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Could you please give your opinion on motor size?

Discussion in 'Pontoon Forum' started by gblake, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:51 AM.

  1. gblake

    gblake New Member

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    Hello, we just purchased our first pontoon boat and we still have time to change the motor if we need to. I read the previous posts suggesting that others go with more hp, and I was hoping someone could give an opinion on if this would apply to us as well. We are buying a 2018 22GSR. It does not have the third pontoon and it has no lifting strakes. The dealer said it's close to 24' long. We have two adults and three children and would be using it for tubing. We don't ski but the kids might like to try it someday. It has a 115 HP Yamaha. We could upgrade to a 150 but the dealer said if do that, we should also upgrade to hydraulic steering. He thinks the 115 will be fine for us. What do you think?
     
  2. lakeliving

    lakeliving Well-Known Member

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    I'd bump it up to the 150. Given your intended use of tubing and the size of your family the 115 will struggle. We had a 22' with a 115 and strakes on a two toon setup and it was under powered.
     
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    cwag911 Moderator

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    I would also add strakes.
     
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  4. H2GO

    H2GO Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2017 24 foot Swingback with a Yamaha 115 and same toon set-up. With 5 on board and tubing, you will need the 150 unless you want to be a full throttle the whole time and working hard to steer it. I don't have hydraulic steering with the 115 and regreted it the day I brought it home. With either motor if you plan to pull a tube you will want the hydraulic steering. It's double the price to upgrade to the 150 once you take it home. If you can afford it, your arms and your kids will appreciate it. I don't pull tubes but I'm adding the hydraulic steering to mine as soon as it warms up here in Michigan. Good luck
     
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    Jack M Moderator

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    150 , power steering along with the hydraulic
     
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    mattb Well-Known Member

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    I think, 150 and hydraulic.
     
  7. Remediation

    Remediation Well-Known Member

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    You will not be happy with the 115hp. It is a price point motor. Since you have upgraded to a G model, seriously look at the strakes and the 150. P/S is great but you can live without it or add later. Without the upgrades, your performance will be like grandpa's old boat. The new toons are performance boats that are as comfortable as your living room.
     
  8. gblake

    gblake New Member

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    Thank you! We are going to upgrade to the 150. Are lifting strakes something that we can add later?
     
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    Havasu Well-Known Member

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    Yep, buy once cry once. I agree with the others, you'll be much happier in the long run with the bigger motor. I had two F150's on my saltwater fishing boat and they are just awesome motors. Besides, I always like to spend other people's money, lol. Seriously, get the 150.
     
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    Bamaman Well-Known Member

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    Back out on the deal. Buy a new tritoon with strakes and at least the Express Tube option and 150 hp. Take it from a 38 year pontooner, they are much more seaworthy than a 2 toon boat.
     
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    Spoiledrotten Well-Known Member

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    This is the best advice on the thread!!!
     
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  12. gblake

    gblake New Member

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    Thank you, Bamaman,
    A tritoon would be great, but even if we switch to the S and get a two foot smaller model, the tritoon would still cost more than the one we are buying. But we took the advice and upgraded to the 150 and hopefully that will be a good fit for us while still staying within our budget.
    I appreciate everyone's responses and opinions- thank you! I'm glad we asked on here before we took the 115. It sounds like we will be much happier with the 150.
     
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    Michiman Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations and welcome! Pictures when available...
     
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    I am waiting on a 22SSRXP and was also considering the 115. My dealer told me that I would never be happy with the 115 and to get the 150 with hydraulic steering. I took his advice and also added Power Hydraulic Steering based on advice from this forum. I think you will be much happier with the 150.
     

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