Your thoughts

 Hi Fishos, i am chasing your thougths on a re-power.

I have a 1997 5.3m Caribbean with a 90Hp two stroke Mercury.

Looking at changing it out to a four stroke Mercury 115Hp Pro XS.

Does anyone here have one or know of a mate with one, and what are their thoughts on it.

Any opinions appreciated.

 

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What Caribbean?

Sun, 2020-02-09 13:46

I had a Caribbean Concorde (5.6m) with a 115 Suzuki. Very economical. Cruises at 20+knots, maxed out at 38knots. 

father in law has a new 580 revival with the 115 pro xs, and it does almost exact figures as my Caribbean did. 

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 Hi Scotto, thanx for your

Sun, 2020-02-09 14:23

 Hi Scotto, thanx for your response.

Mine is a Belmont. I would like to update to a new boat but i am restricted for garage access.

Plus it would give me only the same deck space but a cabin to store lots of "crap"  that i dont need.

The hull is a great solid sea boat for where i go and worthy of keeping for a while, hense the thought of an engine swap.

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Hi mate

Sun, 2020-02-09 17:24

 I have a Caribbean Intruder 2001 model (5.9M) and it is an awesome boat, great in the chop and very seaworthy. It came with a 1999 Mercury 135 two stroke, which I decided to upgrade to a 150 Suzuki 4 stroke a couple of years ago. New motor is around 20 kg heavier, but plenty of power down low and tops out at 39.5 kts at WOT and full trim (which is plenty).

If you are happy with the Caribbean (they are a great hull design) and can justify the extra $ , I Would say go for it. My fuel cost are around half now (allowing for two stroke oil). 

 

Would cost a lot more to get another boat of similar quality and performance, and Aussie made(Haines , Cruisecraft, Seafarer etc.).

 

Hope you make the right decision.

Cheers, Richie.

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 Thanks for your input

Sun, 2020-02-09 19:32

 Thanks for your input Richie, gotta agree on the Caribbean hulls.

Thats why i am thinking of keeping it.

The 2 stroke Merc has only done 255 hours and well maintained, but the lure of a new motor with better fuel economy and cheaper service costs has me interested.

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Trim tabs

Mon, 2020-02-10 18:46

 Hey Ritchie, dont forget you also have put trim tabs on your boat which also makes a big difference in my opinion. In saying that I agree with you that Deckie should go for it as the power is there and the noise is greatly reduced from my observations while onboard.

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New Evenrude triple 115,140,150

Sun, 2020-02-09 18:05

 

Hi Deckie

Do your homework on these new three cilinder two stroke. The most advanced most powerfull,quitest. most econimiclal. highest tourque engine on the market. Throw in five year waranty or more. Saving for one?

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 Starting to hear some good

Sun, 2020-02-16 15:14

 Starting to hear some good reports on the new E Tech 2 stroke, power, fuel etc.

The reason i am looking at the merc is they are currently offering $1500 discount and 6 years warrenty.

Also the lightest of all 4 strokes.

But still looking...

cheers

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 Yuck evinrude 

Sun, 2020-02-09 18:49

 Yuck evinrude 

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Merc 115

Wed, 2020-02-12 20:39

Thought I never say this having worked on outboards many years ago when they where called black anchors, I now proudly have a new 115 mercury 4 stroke on back of Northbank550c , very quiet, great on fuel, wot 38 and a bit knots, really impressed with whole package , plenty of up and right through rev range. Check specs on merc site. If you want a four buy a four stroke, in my opinion 3 makes, merc, yamaha and Suzuki 

ahh decisions all the best

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 Thanks for that moose, the

Sun, 2020-02-16 15:15

 Thanks for that moose, the more i read about them the better.

Looks like i will be staying with them but going the 4 stroke.

cheers

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4 strokes

Wed, 2020-02-19 20:28

 You can't beat the 4 strokes for economy. just remember that they need to be run a minimum of once a month for 5 to 10 minutes.

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 Thanks piscetor, that means

Thu, 2020-02-20 16:47

 Thanks piscetor, that means fishing at least once a month.

Sounds good.

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