Originally Posted by Nos4r2
That's what I'm thinking-probably late 40s, maybe low 50's as it's VERY light for what it is-there's quite a lot of unneccessary crap not going back in.
I've put a 21" Lazer II on there as the original prop was obviously underpropped.
RIB International 02/03/2006 article : BIG GUNS IN FOUR-WAY SHOOT OUT
(I’ve a copy & can email if you want it..)
Anyways it was test for the then current 250hp offerings from Evinrude, Yamaha, Mercury and Suzuki. All rigged on the back of Ballistic 7.8mtr provided by JBT.
Article goes into a lot of detail, but in summary they recorded the following WOT performance figures with each outboard.
Yamaha F 250 = 47.35kts
Mercury Verado 250 = 45.9kts
Suzuki DF 250 = 45.75kts
Evinrude E-Tec 250 = 45kts
Yamaha = 11.71sec
Mercury = 13.13sec
Evinrude = 14.71sec
Suzuki = 17.9sec
I know all different outboards to yours, but maybe a useful bench-mark of performance.
I’ve done in excess of 200hrs in a Ballistic 7.8mtr pushing the best part of 350hp (not an outboard) and that in the flat runs all day long at WOP 55kts/56kts on the gps.
I like the hulls very much, although hard ridding they can be fast boats. Interesting that you say the seat base fell apart in your hands, same for the anchor locker seat base on this hull after less than two years!