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bkeith posted 03-09-2004 02:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for bkeith   Send Email to bkeith  

Looking for a bit of advise.

I am looking to purchase a Nantucket but am interested in a 4 stroke engine because of it's cleaner running engine / less noise.

It looks to be about a $6k difference in price to get the 4 stroke engine.

Any advise/comments if the upgrade is worth it????


LHG posted 03-09-2004 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Look at Whaler's published performance figures on all engine options, reproduced here by JimH, then you decide. You won't like what you see. Pay more, get less.
bricknj posted 03-09-2004 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for bricknj    
When is your timeframe for buying?

The reason I ask is because I am a few weeks away from my delivery of the rig you describe, bought during boatshow season. I have heavily researched all of the engine combos and opted for the underpowered 4 stroke. I can be your guinea pig if you can be patient. to summarize a legnthy thread here on the forum,

115 2stroke: best performance for the money. almost identical performance characteristics to the 135 opti. The 135 opti however has smartcraft guages, is better on gas and quieter. The 150 opti offers very little benefit over the 135 opti in terms of performance.

The 115 4 stroke is very economical and quiet. I sea trialed it with 2 200lbs men, 2/3 a tank of gas, and it hit 36 mph. Planes slower......

I can report more details if you are patient. Your usage will dictate your choice as well. IE Will you be nearshore? Do you need to pull skiers? Do you fish 15miles offshore with 2 large buddies and all their gear etc?

Finally the price I paid is somewhat convoluted as it incorporates a generous trade-in (I think) on a new 160 Ventura I bought a few months earlier. But I will ballpark, as there is a $3,000 clear the decks rebate if you buy now.

I paid 30,500ish, tax included, for 190 nantucket 115hp 4 stroke, bow cushions, bimini, swim ladder, igloo cooler with cushioned seat and backrest (sits in fron of the center console), bottom paint, placing my daughter's name on both sides of the hull, and registration fees.

bricknj posted 03-09-2004 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for bricknj    
One more thing,

If Jimh hasn't moved this thread to Post classics section, I would do a search to read that legnthy post regarding performance of the Nantucket with the different engine combos; it is a good read. I would also perhaps post in post classics and hope that a guy named TG-190 chimes in. He has the Nanucket with the 135 opti and can speak fluently about it.


Moe posted 03-09-2004 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Here's the Reference article on the 190 with various power

Here are some Post-Classic topics about 190 powering:


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