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180 Ventura assessment
|Author||Topic: 180 Ventura assessment|
posted 08-15-2006 06:36 PM ET (US)
I am considering a 1999 BW Ventura and would appreciate any info of your experiences/comments regarding this hull. I
am only familiar with the classic hulls of the late 1980's.
posted 08-16-2006 10:21 PM ET (US)
I am surprised you haven't gotten any answers yet. I have been too busy to give you my opinion, but I shall try. I have a 1998 18 Ventura. I bought it used at the beginning of this year. It came from Eastern Washington and had very low hours...about 160 when I got it. It has a 1998 135 Optimax.
I have added: 1. a custom built stainless fixed bracket on the port side.
2. a 2004 15hp ML Merc 2 stroke kicker
3. Bennett Sport Tabs
4. All new compliment of Merc Flagship series guages:
two engine temp guages...one for port, one for starboard head
water pressure guage
Garmin 178C with internal antenna
5. New Enertia 17 pitch prop
I get 47 mph on the gps at 5600 RPM...14 gph
Pros: The boat is very roomy and comfortable and I'm confident it will handle any kind of rough water that Hood Canal or Puget Sound will dish out. It is very fuel efficient.
posted 08-17-2006 05:42 PM ET (US)
I had a 1998 18' Ventura with a 135hp Opticrup.
Boat is GREAT Motor Blew! Traded Boat end of story.
posted 08-17-2006 07:59 PM ET (US)
Sorry to hear about your bad motor experience.
I have owned 2 1998 135 Optis.
I was actually the first person in the state of Washington to acquire an Optimax. I shared it with a neighbor on a 17ft. Outrage. We ran it for 2 flawless seasons. The partnership on the boat ended, and I sold the engine to another neighbor. I installed it on his POS Bayliner Cuddy when his 125 Farce took a dump. The Opti is still running fine for him.
My current Opti 135 is on a used 18ft. Ventura that I recently acquired. I did all the updates on this engine myself...and so the maintenance I do is probably alot more than most. It has about 170 hours on it. There is no question that the early Optimax motors had issues, BUT, I have a number of customers with older Optimax motors and they are still running fine. Must be something to do with regular service, good oil and gas, and correct pitch prop.
Having said that, I can't wait to get rid of this thing while it is running well, so I can upgrade to the "next generation" Optimax which should be VERY reliable and much quieter.
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