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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403052 06/24/22 11:19 AM
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I never realized fish were that fast. hmmm


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Bigbob_FTW] #14403081 06/24/22 11:51 AM
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There's a good reason bay boats and flats boats don't have max power: you want to get to the fish. The fish most want to get to are at the mangroves or weeds inshore and some of the biggest are in 12" of water or less. Generally, you shoot for a boat that will float in 9" and run in 12" on the main trimmed up. Heavy high hp bow high boats never get to the good fish and have to have power poles to level just to catch the little fish away from the mangroves if they go shallow at all. If this will run in 9" (and it did):

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then a "flats" boat should certainly do the same (and will if properly powered). You would be amazed at how many can't though simply because they had to have a huge engine on the back. The salt pros call them "beginners." Don't be a beginner.


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I never realized fish were that fast. hmmm


Well - forget what I said . . . go with max hp! LOL

Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403086 06/24/22 11:56 AM
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They ask their wife to go fishing, when she gets mad they actually don't go......

Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403090 06/24/22 11:59 AM
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There is a group text of people here that have 115 hp, I dont know how I ended up on it. They all need low t treatment
There are yak people in group too. I just shake my head at what I read sometimes

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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403172 06/24/22 01:20 PM
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Probably more like an under powered wallet!


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403177 06/24/22 01:23 PM
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Some people don't care how long it takes to get to a certain spot (85 my azz!!!!).

I equate it to people who send things through USPS instead of paying the extra to send it next day via UPS/FedEx. We all know that the USPS doesn't care how fast it gets there because they have a long list of excuses for everything for when they constantly fail.


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403187 06/24/22 01:33 PM
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when it says unlimited, then what?

soon the 202 will be rejuvenated with a 250xs, then we be good. woot


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403190 06/24/22 01:36 PM
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I feel like many here are over compensating.


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403194 06/24/22 01:40 PM
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Personality traits is a loaded question. There are many reasons I would think. Fuel economy is probably the biggest factor. I don't think the resale is near as good on an under-powered boat, so maybe an older guy getting his last boat. I personally wouldn't buy an under-powered boat because I don't think you get all the boat has to offer when it's not paired with the right engine.


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Originally Posted by J.P. Greeson
Personality traits is a loaded question. There are many reasons I would think. Fuel economy is probably the biggest factor. I don't think the resale is near as good on an under-powered boat, so maybe an older guy getting his last boat. I personally wouldn't buy an under-powered boat because I don't think you get all the boat has to offer when it's not paired with the right engine.



bought the 202 for the hull, 200 works good but a 250 even better. had the upgrade in mind when I bought it, just taken a little longer than I thought it would.


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403206 06/24/22 01:56 PM
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I just did..... bought a new Cougar with a 250, boat is rated for 300... mid 70’s fully loaded both tanks full in this heat is good for me thumb


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403218 06/24/22 02:00 PM
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My boat is rated for a 300 and it has a 300

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It'll be different with different category of boats... Tin, fiberglass, bass, runabout, ski, pontoon, tri-toon... Whata ya thinking about? How many hp's under the rating plate???... Dan


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403227 06/24/22 02:03 PM
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I have a 300 on mine because they didn’t have a 400 out when I bought my boat. Boats rated for unlimited hp open up real opportunities.


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Re: Under powering a boat [Re: Douglas J] #14403228 06/24/22 02:04 PM
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My Haynie is rated unlimited, currently has a 250 proxs (I bought the boat used, and this is the original engine). Once the 250 grenades itself, I’m gonna put a Merc 400R racing motor on it. Mainly because 250 isn’t enough for me. And because I can.


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