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BKANE posted 10-17-2004 06:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for BKANE   Send Email to BKANE  
Guys, can any of you speak up for or against [a 1996 Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 20]. Thinking [apparently] of [purchasing] one that has a 175 Evinrude? thanks
mfclapp posted 10-18-2004 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
The only thing that would bother me about the boat is the Rude that it has mounted on it.


kingfish posted 10-18-2004 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish unnecessarily Rude remark-

Nothing necessarily wrong with a '96 Evenrude 175.

BKANE posted 10-18-2004 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for BKANE  Send Email to BKANE     
whats up with Evinrude? or are you just brand loyal? nothing wrong with that by the way.
TexasWhaler posted 10-18-2004 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for TexasWhaler  Send Email to TexasWhaler     
That's just personal brand loyalty talking.

There are many that swear by Mercs, Evinrudes, Yamahas, etc. Fact is, none of them are bad.

With that said, that Outrage 20 having an Evinrude would make it even more appealing to me. Every weekend, on the polluted saltwater here, you see 30 and 40 year old boat and motor combos on the water all the time. 99% of them are Johnsons and Evinrudes.

That's what I see in saltwater anyways.

There's my personal loyalty flaring up ;-)

merc125 posted 10-18-2004 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for merc125  Send Email to merc125     
I have a 97 Dauntless 20 with a 98 carb 175 Evinrude . I believe this 19'6" hull to be same as the Outrage ( much deeper V than the current Dauntless) The Dauntless is a dual console, so it's probably a little heavier. I use it mostly in Barneget Bay, always windy, 2' chop, with no complaints on the ride.
The Evinrude is a little thirsty, but you have the same 87 gallon tank, so range is not a factor. This motor inspires confidence, it starts first time, every time,even cold. I cruise at about 3500 rpm, 25 mph, WOT is 5500 rpm 42 mph, full tank and 3 people. I am running a 17" OMC SST stainless prop. As with any boat purchase, sea trial it, to see if it fits your needs. MartyD
BKANE posted 10-20-2004 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for BKANE  Send Email to BKANE     
Thanks guys
gpjoe posted 10-22-2004 08:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for gpjoe    
I owned a 1996 with a 150 and it did not have enough power. The 1996 outrage is too heavy and does not navigate well. I currently own a 1989 OUTRAGE 22. and the difference is night and day. I love my older boat. Look for the old hull design from 1978-1992.
jimh posted 10-22-2004 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
When mfclapp comments negatively about Evinrude outboard motors, I am sure he is basing this on a great deal of research, analysis, and careful study. To assume otherwise, that someone would just out of hand defame the oldest maker of outboard motors in the world, a fine American brand, a premium name for decades, well, would be presumptive.

Without even a whit of detail or first-hand inspection, Milt has been able to determine that the engine in question is a liability. This kind of insight comes only from years of careful study, research, and analysis. It is best to take heed of sage advice like this when it is offered to you.

BKANE posted 10-24-2004 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for BKANE  Send Email to BKANE     
thanks again. JIMH, thank you for having this very handy site. I keep finding Whaler fans who are into this site. Thank You
boxers posted 10-27-2004 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for boxers  Send Email to boxers     
I have a 1998 OR-20 and give it thumbs up. It has alot of capacity (9 persons) and a HP rating of 225HP. This combination really gets the job done when pulling a skier or just running down the ICW. Other handy features include an enclosed electronics box, very comfortable seats which allow for driving while seated for longer trips. Onto the fishing capabilities, there are 2 in floor fish lockers and a live well which can double as a potty for the kids. It has low gunnels for easy boarding and the quality of the hardware has not diminished as has some of the later models. The cleats are large and the gunnels are wide so it just looks very functional. The drawbacks would be that trim tabs are needed for the boat to handle well if you put a large four stroke on back. It has a fairly light hull weight 2200lbs which makes for an excellent power to weight ratio 9.8 lbs per 1 HP. Few newer models can match that. If you are near Topsail Beach, NC your welcome to take a ride.
BKANE posted 10-28-2004 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for BKANE  Send Email to BKANE     
Well, I bought it. It is a 1996 20 Outrage. It ran like a champ. Now I have to wait for good weather and drag the family out for one last fall run. Thanks for the imput.
TexasWhaler posted 10-28-2004 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for TexasWhaler  Send Email to TexasWhaler     
Congrats Brendan!

Sounds like a sweet rig.

boxers posted 10-28-2004 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for boxers  Send Email to boxers     

Congratulations on your purchase of your OR-20! Hopefully you will have many years of enjoyment. Now that were going into the off season you can go over the boat and make any changes you deem necessary. All the best.

ewalsh posted 10-29-2004 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for ewalsh  Send Email to ewalsh     

Best of luck with the new boat. The 17 is under wraps until the spring.... Have a great winter... Maybe we can meet up at the Lobsterman's Wharf next summer. My wife's favorite spot for Bloody Marys.


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