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#11764648 - 08/08/16 08:23 AM Typical bass boat speed (skeeter)
that1time Offline
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Registered: 02/24/14
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I recently purchased my first bass boat, skeeter fx21 le in black/lime, but have been fishing as a co for the past few years so I have been able to ride in plenty of brands and lengths. However I don't tend to pay attention to speed. I have read as much as I can, but nothing online really gives top end speed numbers, just more or less what props are supposed to do what.

So I wanted to see if I could get some help/advice from you guys that have more experience than I do here. I have broke in the motor, I have about 22 hours on it. I haven't changed a thing, it still has the 3 blade 25 pitch T1 prop that came with the Yamaha 250 sho. I maybe babied it longer than most but until the past 3 weekends I have not really put the pedal to the floor and ran it at wot.

It has been just me, both tanks full, 1 lifejacket, 1 rainsuit, 6 rods, and a tackle bag about the size of a back pack. So to my knowledge, that is a very light load. Once on plane, I begin trimming up until I get somewhere between 95%-100% trim based on what my gauge says.

I have been on lake Conroe each time, (early in the mornings when you can actually run wot and not get beat to death later in the day with the waves from the party boats), and it has either been slick or a very slight ripple on the water. Using my lowrance unit for gps, I have never gone faster than 68.2mph.

Is that normal, or right? I have spoken with several other boat owners on the lake and at the launch, and while I understand sometimes people exaggerate, each one has stated I should be at minimum 70mph and likely more with my boat as they can do that or close to it in theirs depending on the load they are carrying.

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#11764656 - 08/08/16 08:27 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
UTDmiller Offline
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That should be a 70+mph boat. Play with the trim some more, you may have it over trimmed a bit, i would trim down from where you are at little by little and see the results.

What RPMs are you turning?


edit: I have an 05zx225, but have been in the newer ones as well.


Edited by UTDmiller (08/08/16 08:28 AM)
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#11764659 - 08/08/16 08:27 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
fouzman Offline
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Assuming you have an Atlas hydraulic jack plate on that boat? What is it set at?
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#11764666 - 08/08/16 08:30 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
Chris Borden Offline
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That's slow for that light of tackle. I would think 73-74 should be reasonable unless your 600lbs. Adjust your motor height until you find the sweet spot.

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#11764667 - 08/08/16 08:31 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
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Should Of Bought a Ranger.......

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#11764671 - 08/08/16 08:32 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: RedRanger]
UTDmiller Offline
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Originally Posted By: RedRanger
Should Of Bought a Ranger.......


He said he wanted to go faster, not slower bolt
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#11764678 - 08/08/16 08:38 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: UTDmiller]
Dbranch3 Offline
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Registered: 02/08/15
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Originally Posted By: UTDmiller
Originally Posted By: RedRanger
Should Of Bought a Ranger.......


He said he wanted to go faster, not slower bolt


Lol!!

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#11764689 - 08/08/16 08:42 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
Cougar FTD Offline
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That about right
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#11764690 - 08/08/16 08:42 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
Cast Offline
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It has been a while but my Dynatrac would do 75 on flat water. I had a little cheat though.
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#11764717 - 08/08/16 08:48 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2701
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: JasonC
I recently purchased my first bass boat, skeeter fx21 le in black/lime, but have been fishing as a co for the past few years so I have been able to ride in plenty of brands and lengths. However I don't tend to pay attention to speed. I have read as much as I can, but nothing online really gives top end speed numbers, just more or less what props are supposed to do what.

So I wanted to see if I could get some help/advice from you guys that have more experience than I do here. I have broke in the motor, I have about 22 hours on it. I haven't changed a thing, it still has the 3 blade 25 pitch T1 prop that came with the Yamaha 250 sho. I maybe babied it longer than most but until the past 3 weekends I have not really put the pedal to the floor and ran it at wot.

It has been just me, both tanks full, 1 lifejacket, 1 rainsuit, 6 rods, and a tackle bag about the size of a back pack. So to my knowledge, that is a very light load. Once on plane, I begin trimming up until I get somewhere between 95%-100% trim based on what my gauge says.

I have been on lake Conroe each time, (early in the mornings when you can actually run wot and not get beat to death later in the day with the waves from the party boats), and it has either been slick or a very slight ripple on the water. Using my lowrance unit for gps, I have never gone faster than 68.2mph.

Is that normal, or right? I have spoken with several other boat owners on the lake and at the launch, and while I understand sometimes people exaggerate, each one has stated I should be at minimum 70mph and likely more with my boat as they can do that or close to it in theirs depending on the load they are carrying.


Where are you wanting to go in such a hurry. Are you really that concerned about another couple of mph? At your present speed you could run the entire length of Toledo Bend in 70 minutes are less. If you wanted speed you should have bought an Allison XB-2002 bass boat, clocked at over 116 mph. I would be spending time learning all I could about the electronics and locating structure and cover. You bought it to catch fish didn't you?
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#11764724 - 08/08/16 08:50 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
jhall239 Offline
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I get 70-71 mph in a 20-I, same prop and manual plate with a little more load than what you are describing around 5600 RPMS
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#11764728 - 08/08/16 08:50 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
Cast Offline
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#11764737 - 08/08/16 08:56 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
FMJag64 Offline
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Registered: 04/30/15
Posts: 59
Loc: Texas
I would make sure Hydraulic jackplate is a correct height and trim at correct position when maxing speed. That's a 70+mph boat.

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#11764738 - 08/08/16 08:57 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
WAWI Offline
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Registered: 05/18/07
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www.Lithiumpros.com if money is no object let's get some weight out of that boat


Edited by whatsaweighin (08/08/16 08:57 AM)

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#11764747 - 08/08/16 09:00 AM Re: Typical bass boat speed (skeeter) [Re: that1time]
WAWI Offline
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And be careful with the skeeter, they crack you know.

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