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Hurricane ss231 F150 or F200

kkness2 Member Posts: 1
I'm looking to buy a new ss231 (2016) The boat I'm looking into has a f150 on it already . Is the extra money  worth going to the f200 ?    


  • nquirk
    nquirk Member, Moderator Posts: 672 ✭✭✭✭
    Without question, yes..... here's why.

    That boat as a MAX HP rating of 300HP.  You're at 50% of maximum capacity.  If you load that boat up with folks and are out cruising you'll be very slow to get on plane and running at a higher RPM on the motor.

    Typical rule of thumb I use for engine sizing.  For general purpose boating, cruising or fishing, 60-75% of the Max HP rating is what you should purchase.

    If you want to use it for watersports, etc then 85-100% of the Max HP rating. 

    The variances allows for few passengers vs fully loaded.  So you need to know how you plan to use your boat.

    Also, if you run a 150HP engine at 5000+RPMs to cruise around, but are at 3500RPMs for a 200HP to do the same, the larger engine will consume similar to less fuel as its running in a lower RPM range so don't equate extra HP to extra fuel consumption.

    Hope this helps.

    2010 Hurricane SS 188 OB
    2010 Mercury Optimax 200HP / Mercury SS High Five 19P
    2010 Trailmaster SC trailer
  • 89checkmate
    89checkmate Member Posts: 148 ✭✭✭
    Buy the biggest motor you can afford, way better for cruising if you only need to use half the power, when I re-powered one of my old boats going from a 135hp to 225hp the bigger motor used 1/2 the fuel the smaller one did.