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hagerg posted 03-23-2009 10:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for hagerg   Send Email to hagerg  
I am considering buying a 1996 outrage 21' with 1996 200 Yamaha. Boat and motor are in excellent condition. Has T-top and aluminum trailer. Can anyone tell me how this boat handles rough water? Any opinion on 96 Yamaha 200 saltwater series II outboard? Any common problems with this motor? What would average price for this rig in excellent condition be? Thanks for all replies.
gf posted 03-26-2009 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for gf  Send Email to gf     

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20dauntless posted 03-28-2009 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
I have a 1997 200hp SWSII engine on my 1996 20 Dauntless. The engine is great and has been completely reliable in the 12 years we've owned the boat. Like other carbeurated two strokes it is smokey when started cold, uses more fuel than a new four stroke, and is noisier than new engines. We typically cruise at 4000-4200 RPM burning 10-12 gallons per hour and making about 33-36 knots. The fastest I've ever had the boat is 48 knots according to the GPS.

One thing to keep in mind is how big a budget for fuel you have. In addition to the 20 Dauntless I have a C-Dory 22 with a Honda 90 that gets twice the NMPG of the Whaler. Last summer we put ~140 hours on the C-Dory and only about 10 on the Whaler. This was for a number of reasons, but half the fuel costs sure is nice!

One final note...Before we bought the C-Dory last year I had never really experienced the benefits of a four stroke EFI outboard. I loved the two stroke for its simplicity, light weight, and performance. After living with a four stroke for a season, it's tough to get back on the Whaler. This is to say that if you're coming from a different boat with a four stroke (or DFI two stroke) make sure you know how the two stroke will differ. As long as you are comfortable with the differences you'll love the engine.

If the price is right for you, go for it and use the boat a lot. Gas is (relatively) cheap right now!

jimh posted 03-29-2009 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A 1996 Yamaha Saltwater Series II motor was a fine outboard, but in 2009 it is now 13 years old, so one really cannot assess its condition without more information. In general, the Yamaha outboard motors of that era were extremely reliable motors, and they were not prone to breakdown or failure from defects in their original manufacture.

hagerg posted 03-31-2009 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for hagerg  Send Email to hagerg     
The motor on this boat ended up being a 1997. I did a compression check and all cylinders had 120 or 121 lb compression. The owner had done routine maintenance and run ring free regularly....only Yamalube. After an hour's test run I ended up buying the rig as it had most all the features I was looking for. Fishing package and nice radial riggers. Also had nice dual axle aluminum trailer. Electronics weren't the newest but worked well. Boat had a couple minor stress fractures in gunnels otherwise VERY clean for it's age. Wish the access hatches were better on these models/years. Hard to spend the $$$ in this questionable economy. Now I've got 2 BW babies :)

In past years I commercial fished so salt water calls. Thanks for all the responses!

hauptjm posted 03-31-2009 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Congratulations! Great boat to have great times.

Now, try to hide your wallet before the buying spree begins.

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