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buddy79 posted 04-20-2004 11:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for buddy79   Send Email to buddy79  
I believe I've found me an older outrage, its an 81 25 with twin 93 johnson 150's. How fast should this boat go WOT? What about cruise speed? Are then good motors, they currently have 300 hrs. and compression is good (so I'm told). Thanks for the help.
bwguardian posted 04-21-2004 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for bwguardian  Send Email to bwguardian     

I had a 1984 25' Outrage with twin Mercury 150's spinning 19" pitch high five props, trim tabs, no bottom paint, and no t-top. With 50 gallons of fuel, two people, and light gear she would run 49 knots / 54 m.p.h. This boat would plane quickly via the five blade props and the trim tabs, so cruising was a dream. Those engines are pretty much o.k., just cold natured. In order to get close to the speed the boat should travel, more info. is needed about the boat.

Calm Seas...

buddy79 posted 04-21-2004 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for buddy79  Send Email to buddy79     
If repowering was an option does anybody know the transom rating of a 1981 25' outrage? I would rather have 4-strokes and was curious as to how big I could go before weight was a factor. I understand the older boats were designed more for the weight of 2-strokes. Thanks.
bwguardian posted 04-21-2004 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for bwguardian  Send Email to bwguardian     

If your hull is a 1981, it is known as a 24 Outrage. If you have the notched transom, it is more than likely rated for 300 h.p. max. The problem you will find is that most of the newer engines are 25" shafts while the hull is set up for 20" shaft engines (I went through this scenario with my 25 before I decided to get the 27). Look at the Suzuki 140's.

Calm Seas...

homey posted 04-21-2004 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for homey  Send Email to homey     
My 25' Outrage/cudddy/whalerdrive has 150 Johnsons and tops out at 43-47mph. (depending on load) I cruise at 28-30mph. Those are good motors, and will last if they've been well maintained.(300 hours is low) If the boat has been sitting for awhile, I would suggest general maintenance, Carbs cleaned, thermostats, plugs, water pumps, and lower unit oil. I would also suggest a compression check before making a offer. A pressure test on the fuel tank will tell you if its leaking. (Thats important given the age of the boat)

If all checks out, the 25' Outrage is a great boat and can handle almost anything. In my opinion its the company's top "Offshore boat", I take mine out 50 miles. I highly recommend the classic Outrage model and feel it has more room and useable floor space then newer models. Thats just my opinion and not intended to offend new boat owners...Good luck, Homey.

If you repower, I suggest, Suzuki/Johnson 140 4-strokes or Yamaha 150 hpdi's.

jimh posted 04-22-2004 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Regarding the limitation of the 25 OUTRAGE for maximum engine weight, you really should read this discussion of this in a thread

Maximum Engine Weight

I think you'll find a good discussion of that topic there, probably more than could be provided by anecdotal reports and a rehashing here.

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