Upgrade too big?

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Upgrade too big?

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We went to the Vancouver boat show and saw this Ocean Pro 24. SWMBO fell in love with this beauty. Questions for owners of an OP24, is a single 250 sufficient motor? Is this too big a jump from a sportsman 160? How big an increase in running expenses will we incur? Any other words of wisdom appreciated.
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Thats a nice boat and what I would upgrade to from my 180, If I had a bigger rig to tow it with and a bigger garage and a bigger bank balance.

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Beeman wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:22 am
Thats a nice boat and what I would upgrade to from my 180, If I had a bigger rig to tow it with and a bigger garage and a bigger bank balance.
I got the truck and it makes my current boat look tiny.
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Is that you in the pic talking to Dave there Rick? If so we chatted for a spell about that OP24.

To answer the question (my opinion only) 250hp would be absolutely smitten on that kitten, but not a pony more.
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Not me, I was on the other end of the camera, but yes I spent some time talking with Dave. That white beauty ticked all the boxes, loved the aluminum deck and the electronic package.

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I totally get the "Too Big Factor".

I mean it has to look good in the Water as well as behind your truck.

From a 200 Sportsman (which I have "Yet" to encounter "Too Big of Water" for comfort) I would consider a 180ET/200 Pro V, or a 190 SR ET. For my personal use, anything larger would just be overkill and a hassle at the boat launch. Any of these boats would require a 150+hp Big Block over my 115/140 Small Block, and 15-25% more fuel Costs.

I am going to the Same Cabin, I did for years with a 16' Misty River Skiff and a 25hp Suzuki. It could do 2 complete 25 mile trips on 5 Imp/Gallons, I now need 6 Imp/gallons. 1 Gallon $3.00 more fuel/trip, for 4' longer, 115 more hp, and a Windshield/Top seems like the right fit. But 2' itis is always present.
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Nice boat, I also understand the "Too big" factor...

My 220 SR is not too bad for just me to handle, launches and recovers pretty easy with just me when I run solo, you just need to have a system down pat at the ramp. You already have the tow vehicle based on what you said. Operating cost will definitely be more. Depends on what and where your fisheries are I suppose.
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Jim Dandy wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:02 pm
Nice boat, I also understand the "Too big" factor...

My 220 SR is not too bad for just me to handle, launches and recovers pretty easy with just me when I run solo, you just need to have a system down pat at the ramp. You already have the tow vehicle based on what you said. Operating cost will definitely be more. Depends on what and where your fisheries are I suppose.
Jims post here is pretty much on par with what I would say. I've got a 220 OP and have no issues launching and retrieving solo....just have to have a "system" as Jim mentions. I also have a 6 cyl Honda BF250 and love that motor so far. Definitely not too many ponies...but more than I normally use and I think it would be perfect for the 24.
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Rickeoni wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:15 am
Not me, I was on the other end of the camera, but yes I spent some time talking with Dave. That white beauty ticked all the boxes, loved the aluminum deck and the electronic package.


Aluminum deck? For some reason I don't have that in my notes. I did notice that the Raiders had aluminum decks though. The 22' Raider was quite similar to the Hewes OP24 I thought.
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The white Hewes had an aluminum deck, the blue 22 had the plywood deck. We also spent some time with Gordie from Sherwood looking at the Raider. Like the boat as well, but it was missing the toe kick, which I think I would miss. Also looked the weldcraft boats. Lots of researching to be done before we drop $125K on a boat.

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