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NJMike13

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Hi,
I live in NJ and the 2 nearest lakes to me are 9.9hp restricted (lame). Almost everyone I know gets a 20hp and changes the decals to 9.9. I had a 14' Avalon pontoon with a 9.9 merc on it about 9 years ago. I could get about 8mph with that boat. I am looking to get S model 168 SF or the 188 SF3. the difference between the two is 175lbs and 1.5ft longer. My question is do you think I would see any difference between the two? I would like the additional deck space of the 188 but don't want to make an already slow boat that much slower.
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kaydano

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There's more weight, but also more buoyancy because the tubes will be longer too... Not sure what the net result is, but a lot of it is probably a wash. You won't be getting up on plane with that boat, and that makes a difference too, and probably makes the bigger boat a bit slower than if it was able to get up on plane. Others will comment on this.
 

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You aren’t going to notice THAT MUCH of a difference. I had a 615 Gillgetter with 20hp (900-ish ponds) and now have 23GCW with 20hp (2600-ish lbs) Went from 14.5 mph wot to 10 mph.
 
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