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alwaysaweigh posted 03-02-2002 06:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for alwaysaweigh   Send Email to alwaysaweigh  
I want to repower my 1988 20' Outrage this year. I'd like to go with a 4-stroke, but the 200 HP is more $ than I want to invest.
I'm thinking about the Honda 130 HP.
Has anyone done this for a 20 ft'er?
The other option is to go with a 150 or 175 2-stroke fuel injected.
gf posted 03-03-2002 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for gf  Send Email to gf     

I would take the Suzuki DF140 over the Honda 130 in a second - it's 100 pounds lighter and fuel injected. That said, however, I think you are underpowered with either of these engines. If you can't spring for the Yamaha F200 then either wait around 18 months for more 4 strokes to hit the market or go with a 175-200 DFI engine.
jimh posted 03-03-2002 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Twin Mercury 2-stroke 90-HP. This is "big" 90 with plenty of displacement.
woody7 posted 03-04-2002 02:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for woody7  Send Email to woody7     
I agree that you could use more power. I have a 20' with a 175 suzuki 2 stroke that gives me lots of speed.
PMUCCIOLO posted 03-08-2002 04:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
My brother had a 1988 20 Outrage with a 1989 200 HP Evinrude. The boat performed beautifully! I haven't had experience with a boat like this powered by a 4S outboard, but I don't like the idea of the 130 Honda or 140 Suzuki. My reasons? HP vs. weight ratio. The 20 is a bit trim sensitive, and I think that, with its deep V and relatively short overall length, you may experience some trim problems. Perhaps trim tabs would alleviate those, if you boat is so equipped.

I am still a fan of a 2-stroke engine for an application such as this, whether carb, EFI, or DFI. Keep the weight down and the power up. I went out on an older 20 Outrage with a 140 HP Evinrude, and the boat seemed sluggish. The V6 in 150 HP or above may be your best bet to preserve the performance of which the 20 Outrage is capable.

I hope that this helps!

White Bear posted 03-08-2002 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for White Bear  Send Email to White Bear     
I have an '88 20' Outrage with an '88 140hp Johnson. Performance and carrying capacity has always been adequate for my needs but when the time comes for repower I will be looking in the 175hp area so the engine will not be working quite as hard.
Paolo Brugnoli posted 03-18-2002 05:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Paolo Brugnoli  Send Email to Paolo Brugnoli     
I have a 1987 Outrage with a Mercury 200EFI and a 9.9 4 strokes mounted aside.
Top speed is 44Knots with an easy cruise at 33-35 knots.
I don't think the boat is able to keep an heavier outboard on the transom, especially if you are going to install a 2nd trolling motor.
I have some trim problems which I am trying to solve using trim tabs but I still need some more tuning.
I would appreciate any feedback regarding the correct position of the motor (it seems to me that it should be mounted with the cavitation plate higher than the lowest point of the transom...) and trim tabs tuning.


Paolo (from Rome, Italy)

Swellmonster posted 04-07-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I have a 98 20 O/R with a merc 225 EFI.
I love it! It always responds regardless of people/weight in the boat. The boat just didnt feel safe until bennet trim tabs were installed. It has the power to push and pull in rough seas and currents. Running the motor between 3000 & 3500 is all you need to run. This is optimal on the motor, it's not overworked, and should last a long time!
Paolo Brugnoli posted 04-09-2002 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Paolo Brugnoli  Send Email to Paolo Brugnoli     
Trim tabs installed!

The performance of my Outrage 20" with 200 Merc EFI is now perfect!
I recommend everybody to do the same.



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