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Old 02 January 2012, 16:30   #51
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going to look at a mariner 115 4s next week , just got a new oddysey console and 2 double jockeys from the Ribeye sale, so may as well go the whole hog on the motor . any reccomendation for stearing , hydraulic is my pref .
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Old 02 January 2012, 17:18   #52
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I have the Baystar on mine, seems fine - Enjoy the fitting out the console, just replaced my gauges and it was nightmare.
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Old 02 January 2012, 18:57   #53
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hmm, not that brave , gonna get the engine supplier to fit . i've not fixed the console in ( or the seats ) yet , figure it will be easier to do it all at once after all the controls and guages are in place . also thinking to put a plastic 100L fuel tank in the console to balance it all up a bit , any other advice as you own the same ?
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Old 03 January 2012, 06:01   #54
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My tank is under the deck and the battery is in the console, so can't help there - This is mine, it's ok but the compass is useless where it is, I think it's there to give access to the gauges and I'd have moved the plotter closer to the helm - it's a right mess in side, and with the seats fitted it's impossible to get decent access to the hatch at the front, have asked my daughter to help but she wasn't interested, not even for pink plastic.

I'm bringing it home later in the week so if any other angles would help then I can take some more images.
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Old 03 January 2012, 06:46   #55
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Optimax 75 you can upgrade to 90-115hp

Optimax 90 up to 125 hp


The 115 have different gear ratio or different gearbox. But to uppgrade a new or used opti is no problem at all.

Many do that in Sweden Lundins Marin R&D
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Old 14 January 2012, 12:49   #56
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ok , after lots of thinking i've comitted to a Mariner 115 4 stroke , 2010 with 150 hours , the new Oddysey console and 2 double jockeys from Ribeye are going in at the same time as the engine , GPS, sounder, engine guages and fuel guage also. A new 100 litre tank mounted inside the console , batteries in the help jockey. Very excited to see it all come together , pictures to follow imminently !!!
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Old 14 January 2012, 13:51   #57
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Hi, I had a RC585 with a Yamaha F115 Xtra Long Shaft. Heavy engine and I must admit I would not have like anything less HP than that. Sometimes it was on the limit getting on the plane etc when fully loaded. Light load was not a problem.
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Old 14 January 2012, 15:02   #58
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i think they are a heavy hull . don't expect to be any more than 2 adults and 2 children 90% of the time. I couldnt really see how i could go for much more weight on the transom without making it really bum heavy and fuel economy was a big deal for me , not least as i hate carrying cans and paying marina prices for fuel !
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Old 18 January 2012, 09:01   #59
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I agree on the fuel prices, I also used to full up in cans from the station. Also I used to get between 5 and 6 miles to the gallon with 4 to 5 people onboard in a slight sea. So your 115 Mariner should be good and well suited to that boat.
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Old 18 January 2012, 09:16   #60
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My last trip I was getting 6 gallons per hour at 25 knots but quite a heavy sea and trimmed out as far as I dared, same engine but I think mine is a lighter boat.
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