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#9007711 - 06/05/13 09:40 PM 18 ft bass boat top speed?
Toadrustler Offline
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Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 1300
Loc: lake palestine ,tx
just curious as I just bought a 2010 basscat sabre with a 150 efi merc. has a 23 tempest 8" plate and after getting the setup right. she is running 61 gps at 5800 rpm. this is with two guys full fuel tank, full livewell, and all the tackle I will need. just curios what other 18 class boats are running.

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#9007724 - 06/05/13 09:44 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
JPost Offline
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Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 3902
That sounds about right. Drop your buddy, water and gas and you might get 65 out of here.

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#9007731 - 06/05/13 09:45 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
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Registered: 06/04/08
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Loc: Jack County
Sounds like you got it dialed in those are impressive numbers peep

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#9007750 - 06/05/13 09:51 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
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Registered: 12/16/12
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Loc: gun barrel city
19 ft ranger 461 vs 150 johnson fast strike...hyd jack plate 56 mph loaded

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#9007767 - 06/05/13 09:55 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
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Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 612
Loc: Texas
This is my educated guess based on research - Fastest current models of 18 foot boats with 150s are approx in order - Basscat Margay and Sabre, Phoenix 618, Triton 18 Pro (not xs), Skeeter zx190, then the heavier 18'8" boats Stratos VLO, Triton 18xs, Nitro Z7 and Ranger 118. With the Margay and Sabre being mid 60s and the Z7 and 118 realistically topping out at about 58 - 60.

Though the VLO with an Evinrude HO tested around 62-63 I still think real world load you're still looking at the range above.

I don't know anything about Charger's new 18'1" boat or whether Legend will still sell an 18'6" boat. Those two would trend to the higher range.

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#9007768 - 06/05/13 09:55 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: JPost]
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Originally Posted By: JPost
That sounds about right. Drop your buddy, water and gas and you might get 65 out of here.

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#9007779 - 06/05/13 09:58 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
Flyer Offline
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Registered: 04/22/13
Posts: 477
Loc: East TX
I have gotten 62 out of my Triton 18 Pro with the 150 Pro xs. That's with about a half tank of fuel and empty live well. I did it most recently with just me but I can do it with 2.

I think I need to raise my jack plate a little more and I should be able to get a little more trim before the chine walk gets bad.

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#9007782 - 06/05/13 09:59 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
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61 with 2 people and a load is great for that setup , my sabre with me and no load will hit 66 and 62 with a load
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#9007793 - 06/05/13 10:02 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
EarRings Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 493
Loc: Irving, TX
I have a Nitro 800 lxs with a merc xr6 150 and I'm running 70 mph (gps) and expecting mid 70's with some future upgrades.

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#9007797 - 06/05/13 10:04 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
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Registered: 12/30/10
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My old Champion 181 with a 150 merc would run 57-60 GPS fully loaded with gear and 2 people with a 23 tempest. Could've squeezed more if I took out extra tackle weight, anchors and stuff then dialed it in.
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#9007823 - 06/05/13 10:15 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: JPost]
Toadrustler Offline
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Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 1300
Loc: lake palestine ,tx
Originally Posted By: JPost
That sounds about right. Drop your buddy, water and gas and you might get 65 out of here.
a quarter tank of gas no water and a 25 tempest by my self saw 66.8 and with a buddy 64. light load and it rockets out of the hole with the 25. I really like an 18 to 19 foot boat for back water maneuverability. and really love everything about this boat.

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#9007852 - 06/05/13 10:24 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
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Registered: 05/01/12
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Loc: Wichita falls, Tx
My 94 skeeter with a 150 merc mariner with all my tackle half a tank of gas by myself will run 61
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#9008009 - 06/05/13 11:40 PM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
Rickmb Offline
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Registered: 07/07/12
Posts: 747
Loc: San Antonio
Originally Posted By: Toadrustler
just curious as I just bought a 2010 basscat sabre with a 150 efi merc. has a 23 tempest 8" plate and after getting the setup right. she is running 61 gps at 5800 rpm. this is with two guys full fuel tank, full livewell, and all the tackle I will need. just curios what other 18 class boats are running.

I have a ZX190, 18'5 w/175.
On a cold day I hit 67.1 by myself half fueled and empty livewells. Most of the time I'm around 62-63 with two people and moderate tackle. If I really pack in the tackle and fuel I get 60 with full livewells on a hot day.


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#9008157 - 06/06/13 05:02 AM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
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82 champion 184, 96 johnson 175 fast strike (with a few mods), 24 raker worked by steve, 8" hyd jackplate, and I can get 69-70 empty, loaded with 2 and lots of tackle about 65-66 gps.

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#9008374 - 06/06/13 07:40 AM Re: 18 ft bass boat top speed? [Re: Toadrustler]
Dax Davis Offline
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Registered: 10/27/08
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Loc: Lake Fork
I've got a 06 legend 186 with a 200 opti with full tourny load and full tank gas and just me I run about 72 with some one with me it runs 69 when conditons are right I've had it to 74!
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