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BertsBoat posted 02-20-2004 04:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for BertsBoat   Send Email to BertsBoat  
I recently upgraded from a 13' Dauntless to a 17' Outrage II (1998) The boat came with the removable fishing station/rod holder on the stern. I want to add the ski pylon and was interested in having one fabricated. (too cheap to pay the dealers price) I am looking for the overall pylon length and the measurement of the hole for the pin to pass through. I know a 1"OD stainless rod with a 5/16" hole is required. I don't want to guess at the length since I geel that a long pylon might cause excessive torque on the base and deck.
prm1177 posted 02-22-2004 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
If you can wait a week or so, I can get you the measurements from the pylon I have. Right now my Outrage is about 20 ft up in the rack, but it's coming down shortly for pre-season maintenance. The toughest thing you'll have to do is to fabricate the hook/ring at the top to which the ski rope attaches. I believe Whaler still has these in stock, and they are priced reasonably. I paid around $115 for mine last season.
wenchris posted 02-22-2004 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for wenchris  Send Email to wenchris     
I have a 1998 Ventura with a ski pylon measurements are as follows: 1 1/2" dia., 22 3/8" to the bottom of the ring, 25 1/4" with ring, outriggers attach 16 1/2" up from bottom and are adjustable in length , 29 3/8" overall with 3/4" pin. Hope this helps.
BertsBoat posted 02-23-2004 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for BertsBoat  Send Email to BertsBoat     
Thanks for the help,

I will be glad to wait for you to get the boat out of storage. I'm not in that much of a hurry. I have a friend who owns a metal shop so I am hoping to get it fabricated for less than the dealers cost.
Out of curosity have you had any problems with your boat porpoising, It might just be me not knowing the boat.
Mine has a Merc. 135XL Saltwater Series.
also thanks Jimmy for your information

prm1177 posted 02-23-2004 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
No initial problems porpoising. My boat's rigged the same as yours (Opti 135), but I did find that the original dealer had mounted it too low. Took it up one notch and it planes faster and trims out much better than before. Interestingly, bringing the motor up a notch does have an effect when using the tow bar as there is now less clearance between the tow ropes and the engine cowling. No complaints, though.
BertsBoat posted 02-23-2004 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for BertsBoat  Send Email to BertsBoat     
I have sent all of my boat motor, etc., information to the local Whaler dealer. He was going to check to see if the motor had been mounted in the correct hole. It sounds like my problem might be fixable, not a design problem. Thanks for your comments.
whaler3 posted 02-23-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler3  Send Email to whaler3     
I have a 17' 1997 outrage II with a 130hp Yamaha. If you lift the engine too high it will porpoise. Just put the trim back down till it stops. Lots of luck with her. She is a great little boat that will take you anywhere.
BertsBoat posted 02-24-2004 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for BertsBoat  Send Email to BertsBoat     
I did find out that the boat came equiped with a 19P Prop and the previous owner had installed a 17P Prop. Makes me think that the engine has to work harder to make the boat move the same distance and could have some bearing on the trimming
prm1177 posted 02-25-2004 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
My Outrage has a stainless Mercury Vengeance 14 in, 19 pitch prop. I get good performance from it. You may want to find out if your dealer will let you try a 19p.
BertsBoat posted 02-26-2004 08:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for BertsBoat  Send Email to BertsBoat     
As soon as the weather warms up I will give that a try. I'm with you, I think it might help

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