No offense, but this is just crazy.
I understand the 525 is overkill, but in a year and once you're used to it, you'll wish you still had the power.
Stay off the throttle for now and play with the prop. B Blades and Throttle Up can help you get the boat under control with their prop selections.
I really think you would regret swapping out in the long run.
Blue do you know an ex NFL guy named Big Scotty? Just checking, good luck.
The motor has 101 hours, and is a carbed version 525SC not EFI. Old owner claims you need to run 93 octane, Not sure why. Just going by what he says. He spent $25000 alone on the boat. It is just pristine.
I know Ill end up regreting taking the 525 out and should really think long and hard about making a snap decision.
If I did get rid of it, is it worth $15000-$20000 and could I get into a Standard 496 for $10,000ish?
Last edited by BlueByYou2000; 05-02-2007 at 11:40 AM.
You guys are brutal, but pretty damn funny. I am a speed freek on the snow/ice and have owned 350HP snowmobiles, but this is pretty new to me and safety is my primary concern. It looks like you guys think Im nuts and should really defer to you with the experience. I really appreciate all the great input...BBY
One more thing:
I would definately agree that 88 in a 24 foot boat would be terribly scary. I would never do that. My Scarab 22 does about 67 and that is almost scary in a 22 foot boat.
But again, reprop and cut it down to 70 or so. You would have mind-blowing holeshot and insane mid-range! Man, that boat would be a blast!
Put hydraulic steering on the boat and go out and run it. You will see a big difference. The boat is very driveable with big power, but it is a drivers boat past 80mph. I have seen some 23's in the mid 90's. Just takes some seat time before you would be comfortable. I would not drive the boat over 75 without hydraulic steering though.
I retract my offer to swap.
You have a 525SC which is a 454 with a blower on top.
Mercury Racing currently makes a 525EFI which is a Fuel Injected 502 that makes better than 535 horsepower without a blower. I think most folks thought you had a 525EFI.
Just pull the blower off of they 525SC. Keep it in the garage for when you want to sell or go faster. You will need a mechanic to retune carb and you will need to re-prop. I don't know what octane fuel you will need.
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