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Old 03-03-2011, 06:15 PM   #11
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Ok, i havent given up on this boat yet. But now im being told that for a 25 footer it has a small engine. It has the 5.0 . What are your thoughts? Im seeing a ton of different cruisers with this size engine.....thanks
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #12
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IMHO I would look for a different boat........I have had the 5.0L engine in a 21 Bayliner and it was a screamer. I have had a 2655 Bayliner that had a 350 or 5.7L and it was OK too. I would think you should be able to hit atleast the lower end of 40 with that 5.0L. Ask yourself these questions.......Am I going to be able to pull skiers or tubers with this engine comfortable? If I have the boat loaded full of people can I even get it on plane? If you have any doubts walk away now. Buy something that will fit your needs!!!! There are plenty of boats out there to buy.

Now the trailer issue . A new trailer for something in that size new from any national manufacturer will work. Somewhere starting 4 to 7 grand. You have painted, galvanized or aluminum to choose from. Painted trailers will rust, galvanized and aluminum won't but more expensive.

This all can be mind boggling........take a deep breath and your figure out what path to take..........

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Old 03-03-2011, 08:17 PM   #13
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The 5.0 in a 25ft cuddy would probably be just fine. The 5.0 in a crusier (significantly heavier) will have it's work cut out for it. That boat has to weigh at least 6k pounds dry.

If it were just you and your significant other aboard and time to plane and top speed were not a concern, the 5.0 would likely be sufficient. If you load that boat 5, 6, or 7 people, their stuff, food and drink, and a full tank of gas, be prepared to wait.

Have you done any web searches for test reviews of this boat? Might be something out there. The 5.0 is probably the "base" engine.

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Old 03-04-2011, 11:57 AM   #14
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my 2400scr has a 5.7 carb with a bravo 3 and my top speed is about 40mph at wot . I cruise at 30mph at around 3400 rpm with 4-5 on board and all the gear I would think 6000 lbs loaded.I don't think I would want less power than 5.7.If I was buying a boat now in this market I would buy twin motors and bigger boat .good luck
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Hello Cunuck. Wow! You can cruise at 30 mph at only 3400 rpm?? I have a 2500scr with the 5.7 and now you got me wanting to get out today and check where my rpms are at 30 mph. That sounds really low on the rpm to me, but thanks for giving me a reason to take the boat out


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my 2400scr has a 5.7 carb with a bravo 3 and my top speed is about 40mph at wot . I cruise at 30mph at around 3400 rpm with 4-5 on board and all the gear I would think 6000 lbs loaded.I don't think I would want less power than 5.7.If I was buying a boat now in this market I would buy twin motors and bigger boat .good luck
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:11 AM   #16
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I will check but I think around 3400 @30mph on gps in fresh water I have heard saltwater is a little quicker????I won't be on the water till april still - o up here.
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30mph at 3400 rpm sounds a bit optomistic doesn't it???...best I could get at 3400rpm in my boat with twins and nice water is about 26mph.....be interested in knowing size of boat, engine size/hp, drive, prop size, gear ratio, water conditions that will let you get that kind of performance..

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Old 03-05-2011, 09:02 PM   #18
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Daytripper,

My SCR has a 5.0LX / Alpha one / 14.25 x 15p Cruises at 25mph and 3400rpm burning 11-12GPH

Top speed is about 32mph


When I bought my boat, it had the same issues coming on plane. It was fine with 2 people, but add more and some gear and sometimes it never would. I had to pull my motor cause i had 2 cylinders that was down on compression, but mainly I upgraded the camshaft, heads and intake. She planes in 20 seconds now fully loaded. Best money i ever spent. http://www.maxumownersclub.com/forum...Engine-Project


What was the compresison readings? 6 of mine were 110-125 and 2 were 80. Also, was the tests done with all spark plugs removed? leaving the plug in the cylinder next to the one your testing can mask head gasket leaks.

Also, when I added a second battery, I placed it next to the primary battery on port side and developed the same listing you described. I have countered it by loading heavier on starboard side but plan to move the 2nd battery over soon to solve the issue.

As for the exhaust leaks, all are fairly easy to fix unless its where the y-pipe connects to the drive. But it's a o-ring there and not a gasket. engine would have to be pulled to replace the o-ring.

Replacing the bellows and gimbal bearing is a good idea anyways. I'll never buy another older boat and not just immediately do those things. Cant count on someone else to have done the maintenance as I would. Replace the impeller while your at it.
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so many unbelievers what can I say I will be sure to post a correction in april when the boat is in the water if it is wrong.I did say around 3400rpm could be 3500????but I will check.
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Ok Ok Ok................. daytripper what did you decide?
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