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btb posted 11-04-2007 11:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for btb   Send Email to btb  
Is a 225 optimax adequate for a 23' Outrage? It seems this was the motor offered in the 2000 era outrages.


aubv posted 11-05-2007 06:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Yes, the Optimax 225 is plenty of HP for this boat. On a 2002 23' Outrage W/T-top -top speed is over 45 MPH and the boat gets up on plane quickly.

Newps23 posted 11-08-2007 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Newps23  Send Email to Newps23     
225hp is sufficient in terms of top speed. When fully loaded, hole shot is a little lathargic. Just repowered with a 275hp verado with a 4 blade prop and am very happy with the performance (2001-23'outrage)
diveorfish posted 11-08-2007 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
It is standard configuration for this boat. You either see them with one 225 or twin 135's the vast majority of the time. Some times you see them with twins 150s which I think is the best setup in the older boats. I have twin 135s and would not object to having more power.

Mambo Minnow posted 11-08-2007 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
Newps: Tell us more about process of repowering with Verado. Many on this site waiting to hear details on repowering and steering retrofit for a Verado.
Newps23 posted 11-12-2007 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Newps23  Send Email to Newps23     
As you would suspect the process is costly. In addition to the engine, the power steering pump with the appropriate harnesses and new smart craft guages will run you an additional $5,500. My dealer charged me $1,100 to derig the old engine and rig the new. The process was very smooth and the installation was very clean. The only downside was that the only logical place to install the power steering pump was where the old oil tank was located in the bilge (would have preferred a drier location).
Mambo Minnow posted 11-12-2007 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
Newps - Many thanks for sharing cost...much higher than I would have surmised.

Were you able to at least offset rigging/guages with trade of old motor or did you have to sell it on your own?

Newps23 posted 11-13-2007 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newps23  Send Email to Newps23     
The dealer is still trying to sell it on a consigment basis (they take 20%). I am not sure why we haven't had any bites yet, it's a strong 2001, 225 hp optimax with low hours. Dealer is asking $6,000 i think, but at this point i'd be willing to accept less.
Mambo Minnow posted 11-14-2007 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
I think I know why...2001 was the absolute worst year, reputation wise, to own an Opti 200/225. That was the year of the Class Action lawsuit, when Mercury had Q/A problems with a new subvendor for fuel injectors. You should have received coupons as compensation as an original owner as part of the settlement.

Even if your motor was flawless, it will suffer "guilt by association". Good luck with the new motors and the sale. I will start saving my pennies to do the same in a few years.

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