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2018 22SSRX/P build options

Discussion in 'Pontoon Forum' started by MWChain, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. kaydano

    kaydano Well-Known Member

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    One other comment on the elevated helm. I realize it's too late for you but others might benefit...

    I don't have an elevated helm, but I get that it would make visibility over front passengers a big plus. That said, I am still young enough that I can just stand up and steer when greater visibility is needed (like when approaching the dock).

    A question for those that have it, do you ever stub your toes on it? Or is it enough out of the way?
     
  2. Lane S

    Lane S Member

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  3. Lane S

    Lane S Member

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    I'm about to buy a similar boat, but wrestling with the age old question. F150 or F200? Looking at a 23 SSRX with the SPS package. It will be just myself and wife about 60% of our use, but will tube or ski a few times each year with two to 4 more people on board. The 3,500 extra buck is doable, but is it necessary for my use? My biggest criteria is being able to cruise 25-30 mph at no more than 3/4 throttle for just the two of us. What to do?
     
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    Go with the 200 . It is much less now than to upgrade later .
    After 1 season ,with a 150 ,I wanted the 200 . Dealer offered a good price on a trade .Then we found out that the 200 required digital controls and made it cost prohibitive .
     
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  6. Lane S

    Lane S Member

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    Thanks Jack - I currently have a 2004 Harris 240 with a 90 HP 2 stroke, so either option on the Bennington will feel like a rocket ship in comparison. The extra $$ spread out in the payment won't make or break the deal. No luggage racks on a Hearse, so 200 ponies seems the way to go.
     
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    adkboater Well-Known Member

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    Lane, what brand motor does your dealer sell?
     
  8. Lane S

    Lane S Member

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    Yamaha Exclusively - I believe they at one time offered Honda also, but every boat I looked at had Yamaha hanging off the stern.
     
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    adkboater Well-Known Member

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    That’s a great motor, just make sure if you’re looking for performance make sure you get the correct model/series. I’m sure there’s someone very well educated about the different options on the Yamaha’s. I’m an e-tec guy so I’d be little help! ;)
     
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    I think you can get away with the 150 for your stated uses. You’d be able to do everything you mention. If saving the extra $ is essential, then sure, stick with the 150hp. The 150’s are a good motor. However....

    You absolutely cannot go wrong with the 200hp for water sports! It’s also going to cruise in your desired mph range with less throttle and rpm than the 150hp, which is less stress on your motor over the years.

    My way of thinking is this: if the upgrade to the 200hp doesn’t break the budget, then 100% do it. It’s going to give better hole shot power, lower throttle at cruising speed, better upper end speed if caught in inclement weather or during an emergency, and a little bigger smile every time you look at “200” on your engine case. :D
     
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    Something I was told when purchasing my first boat was to always max out the motor to the boat. This way you will never go back saying gosh I wish I would have gotten the bigger motor.
     
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    Thanks Vikingstaff - I think the extra $$ for the 200 will be well worth it. Once you get above a certain threshold, a few thousand more is absorbed in the payment with minimal pain. I needed a little confirmation from people who've had the experience with both horsepower ranges. I appreciate the input from everyone. Will finalize the deal next week.
     
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    Don't forget the power steering. :)
     
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    BulldogsCadillac Just some guy

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    Never have. One of the best things about the elevated helm, is simply the helm! The added space under the helm was great to be able to still fit my sub and stereo gear and STILL fit a big cooler under there too!
     
  15. kaydano

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    I hadn't thought about the extra storage space. That's pretty huge. I feel like I'm ripping life jackets out of there with the door being small. That would be a nice benefit.
     
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    Due to its size I store my playpen cover under the elevated helm however the reason I like it the most is definitely due to the classy looks. The standard helm does not compete with the elevated helm, I always thought for marketing reasons the elevated helm should be the standard helm on all Benningtons.
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    I have never "stubbed my toes " on the elevated helm either . Would never purchase another boat without one .I would like to see Dual Elevated Helms on the windscreen models .

    And plus 1 and the Power Steering
     
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    I don't see the raised helm offered as an option on the QX boats when I use the Bennington boat builder. Just recliner helm seats with bolster.
    Is it still offered on new builds? Maybe just not on the Q series.
     
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    I don't believe you can do a bolster seat or elevating seat along with an elevated helm. That being said, per above with the storage and AWESOME looks of the R / Q elevated helm we wouldn't ever consider another option.

    It also angles in towards aft. 3 years in, nobody has ever stubbed their toe or tripped on ours.
     

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