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150 hp Enough For 20 Deep V Aluminum Boat

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Just purchased a new Tracker Targa 20, which is a 20'2" long boat with a full 8 1/2 foot beam.    This boat has a Merc 150 hp four stroke, which I have on a 19'6" long boat with an 8 foot beam and it worked great, but this new boat his heavier, wider and longer.   I am thinking repower before I hit the water while the motor is still brand new.  As soon as I hit the water, the motor is used and its trade value is less.   I am thinking that the boat would be better powered with a 200 hp Yamaha inline 4 four stroke.   Anyone with any experience with 20 foot deep Vs and 150 hp four stroke.?   Please share your feedback/experience.   Thank you

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If you have already signed the papers and brought it home, it's still a used/previously owned motor.

That should have been a consideration before buying it. You are probably going to take a serious hit trying to upgrade it now. 

This is strictly my personal opinion but I consider a 150 on a boat rated for 250 grossly undersized one of those packages BPS is famous for to get you in what looks like a lot of boat for a cheaper price.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Way2slow said:

 

If you have already signed the papers and brought it home, it's still a used/previously owned motor.

That should have been a consideration before buying it. You are probably going to take a serious hit trying to upgrade it now. 

This is strictly my personal opinion but I consider a 150 on a boat rated for 250 grossly undersized one of those packages BPS is famous for to get you in what looks like a lot of boat for a cheaper price.

 

 

It has been my gut since I walked out of the showroom.  I am working on an "upgrade" before taking delivery.   There were certain reasons why I bought this package, 16 holdover, so the pricing was really good for the overall package.  I just now need to sort out the power situation and I fear you are more right than wrong....

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Didn't you lake test it?  How did it drive/handle/accelerate/run?  I wouldn't EVER consider a new or used boat without a thorough test drive.

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Bass Pro is not interested in lake testing, only collecting money and moving them out.  That is why you have to accept a 12 volt tm and upgrade it yourself on many of their aluminums. 

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1 minute ago, fishnkamp said:

Bass Pro is not interested in lake testing, only collecting money and moving them out.  That is why you have to accept a 12 volt tm and upgrade it yourself on many of their aluminums. 

Some are- the one in Rowlett, TX is built on the lake and they have a whole marina set up for boat demo and customer docking. 

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Then they are doing it right. The ones I have seen were located in MD, PA, TN and VA.

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Your hull weight is listed at 2195lbs and is rated for 225hp (max)

You're underpowered IMO at 150hp and you may be dissatisfied with it's performance or lack there of.

Just for reference, I'm running 200hp on a Lund 1875 that weighs 1475lbs.

 

It'll cost you more but get the 225, you'll be glad you did.  That 150 will be a dog.

 

A-Jay

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I don't know when you made the deal but might want to check your state's buyer protection laws.  Many states have laws that give you a certain number of days to cancel a signed contract.  Since that's already considered a one year old motor, upgrading it could cost you a several thousand.  I also agree with going to a 225 over a 200 on a boat that size if you want a boat that will put a smile on your face when you have it loaded.

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14 hours ago, flechero said:

Didn't you lake test it?  How did it drive/handle/accelerate/run?  I wouldn't EVER consider a new or used boat without a thorough test drive.

I didn't......   I should have....  But I didn't....  In the Northeast, open water is a bit of issue, and unfortunately boat show season doesn't coincide with open water and I didn't want to miss out on a show special on a 16 holdover, so I bought it knowing I may have a slight upgrade cost to get the right motor knowing it wasn't going to cost me any more in the end based on the deal being offered on holdover models (equipped the way I wanted, motor excluded).  

 

So, in the end, I get what I get, but it doesn't mean I married to the motor, as I can always swap that out as long as I have the boat I want...   

13 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Bass Pro is not interested in lake testing, only collecting money and moving them out.  That is why you have to accept a 12 volt tm and upgrade it yourself on many of their aluminums. 

This boat came with a 24v trolling motor, but the one I had (riptide with Ipilot) was better, so I had it taken off my current boat, took the stock one off the Targa, had it installed on my other boat and had the riptide installed on my targa.  Did the same with the helm electronics, ie kept my hook 7 and moved out the basic Hook that came with the Targa.

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I am not clear on one thing, maybe two:

 

  1. Have you taken delivery of the boat yet?
    • If not, the motor is still new.
  2. Have you signed final paperwork and paid for the boat yet?
    • If not it's all re-negotiable, you can work your upgrade before

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On 3/27/2017 at 7:33 PM, shimanoangler said:

It has been my gut since I walked out of the showroom.  I am working on an "upgrade" before taking delivery.   There were certain reasons why I bought this package, 16 holdover, so the pricing was really good for the overall package.  I just now need to sort out the power situation and I fear you are more right than wrong....

I was looking at a Z9 holdover a few years ago. Bass Pro refused the motor upgrade and was selling it as is. I passed. Their showroom boats are all sold as is as far as I know. As far as being under powered, If A Jay is correct with the dry hull weight at 2200lbs, then I think you will be disappointed in the performance. 

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