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#12392437 - 08/19/17 11:08 AM 60 to 75 upgrade worth it?
B1TX Offline
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Registered: 05/05/17
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Hey All,

As you might surmise from my previous posts I have been actively searching for a new boat, torn between a traditional bass or a center console. For all my searching I disregarded the fact that I currently have a paid-off 2012 Crestliner VT-17 with a 60 Merc EFI. This boat fishes great with its 24v trolling system, two fish finders, a power-pole micro and will cruise around 41 mph with myself and a full tank of gas. When I load it up with three adults, I'll get a decent 33-35 indicated about 200 rpm below the max throttle window. So.......is the upgrade to the 75 worth it? For those that aren't familiar with the VT-17 it is similar in size to a Tracker 175, but its all-aluminum structure brings the hull weight to a mere 1100 pounds, allowing the boat to reach speeds that most in its class would find unattainable. With a gross weight nearly 100 pounds more than the 60, would a 75 Merc make this a 50 mph boat or would the weight offset the increase in horsepower? If I trade in my current 60 EFI I'm looking at about $4000 in out-of-pocket expenses, but this seems small compared to 30k on a new boat! I think it's important to mention that after I add all my desired accessories to these new boats buying new just seems more unappealing. Any thoughts?


Edited by B1TX (08/19/17 11:22 AM)

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#12392499 - 08/19/17 12:43 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
T Bird Offline
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Edited by T Bird (08/19/17 12:51 PM)

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#12392502 - 08/19/17 12:51 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
Pat Goff Offline
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It'll be maybe a 3 mph gain.
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#12392646 - 08/19/17 04:06 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
B1TX Offline
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Thanks guys. I'm not confident that I can trust those numbers though. It says my boat tops at 31 in its current configuration, when I GPS and indicate 40+ all the time.....

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#12392731 - 08/19/17 05:20 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
Pat Goff Offline
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Giving the benefit of the doubt ten hp usually equals a mph. Giving you a few more for percentage change but even then it won't be more than four.
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#12393103 - 08/19/17 09:32 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
B1TX Offline
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Good point. Well, do you have any suggestions on a good boat that will fit my needs without breaking the bank? Some people I've spoken with say get a 200+ hp boat that's a good size to handle choppy water, but the fuel burn, insurance, storage and price of the 60hp can't be beat. This is a never ending circle I can't get out of!!

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#12393354 - 08/20/17 07:20 AM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: Pat Goff]
Bob Landry Offline
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Originally Posted By: Pat Goff
It'll be maybe a 3 mph gain.


That's what my dealer told me about upgrading from a 90 to a 115 when I bought my Seaark. Hardly worth is considering the cost difference, but to some people speed is all that matters.
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#12393880 - 08/20/17 07:14 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
Pat Goff Offline
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"Just a little more"
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#12394774 - 08/21/17 11:58 AM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
T-racer Offline
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Yeah I'm gonna say if your 60 runs great, then keep it. 40 mph is fast enough for most. The 75 won't make you drop your jaw it'll be so different. If you really want a bigger boat but don't wanna break the bank, there are plenty of clean boats in the 10-20 year old range instead of buying new. Maintenance is everything, find one well maintained and score on a 20+ footer with 200+ horsepower and still don't break the bank to the tune of 30, 40, 50 thousand dollars or more.
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#12395403 - 08/21/17 07:15 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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If you have a 60hp that runs 40+ on a 17ft 1000 lb hull you better keep it.
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#12402743 - 08/26/17 09:26 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
Fisherman110 Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
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75 hp runs about 40 mph on a loaded down 17 foot boat. It might get up to 45 if the boat didn't have anything in it

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#12402780 - 08/26/17 09:54 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
B1TX Offline
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Registered: 05/05/17
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Yea you guys are definitely correct, not worth the upgrade. Loaded with two adults and a full gas tank I'm cruising about 36-37 ish (although I'll hit 40+ in the right conditions, see the next post). I've decided to list my boat for sale as an excuse to upgrade, but I plan to install dual power-pole sportsmans and keep fishing out of her as if she's not for sale. In fact, after taking the boat out this afternoon I'm tempted to pull my add because it fulfills all my needs, just not the "want" for super high speed. grin


Edited by B1TX (08/27/17 01:12 PM)

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#12403476 - 08/27/17 01:08 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
B1TX Offline
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Well my boat was running really nice today, indicating around 41-42 and GPS at 40 with two adults, gas and gear. Can't be disappointed in that kind of performance! Here's a video: https://youtu.be/EhWYNxV8Lfc


Edited by B1TX (08/27/17 01:09 PM)

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#12403535 - 08/27/17 01:49 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
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That's pretty good speeds! I had a 16ft Nitro with a 75 Mercury and with two batteries, empty livewells, and NO FISHING GEAR on board, it would just touch 37mph GPS trimmed out as much as possible. The speedo said 42-43....but those are the most optimistic gauges on the planet.
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#12419695 - 09/08/17 08:27 PM Re: 60 to 75 upgrade worth it? [Re: B1TX]
B1TX Offline
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Registered: 05/05/17
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Well I decided to add a set of power-poles and the boat still runs great! Didn't really see much of a performance hit. Gotta love that 60 smile

https://youtu.be/0ZG5z78ORnM

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