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Whats Your Ideal Speed

Discussion in 'Pontoon Forum' started by Dtaylor2954, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Dtaylor2954

    Dtaylor2954 Active Member

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    150 Yamaha SHO on a 21 SLX with Elipticals. Full fuel, 2 people on board

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  2. cwag911

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    Too small, can't see it.
     
  3. Mike31406

    Mike31406 Well-Known Member

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    Please define "ideal speed,"is this top speed, cruising  speed etc.
     
  4. Maynard G. Krebs

    Maynard G. Krebs Well-Known Member

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    My ideal speed is zero. It indicates that I've found the perfect spot and don't need to look any further.
     
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  5. mattb

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    Whatever I get out of wide open throttle!
     
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  6. kaydano

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    Zero here too.  With a big heavy metal thing tied to a long rope to make SURE I don't accidentally hit 1.
     
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  7. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna Well-Known Member

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    He's cruising at 30 mph at 4500 rpm's.......
     
  8. Dtaylor2954

    Dtaylor2954 Active Member

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    Thanks
     
  9. cwag911

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    I was being sarcastic about the size of the pic and not being able to make it larger.   :D I used a magnifying glass.   B)
     
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    adkboater Well-Known Member

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    So that lever is adjustable! :) I just assumed you push it to the stop every time you want to go forward!!  Just don't tell my wife! ;)  
     
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    That's how I saw it. How come you couldn't make it larger? You on your phone or IPAD?
     
  12. BigKahuna

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    Yup adjustable........The farther forward it goes the lower your gas gauge goes!
     
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    And the bigger the smile gets. :D
     
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  14. Indian_Lake_Bum

    Indian_Lake_Bum Well-Known Member

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    Our normal cruising speed is somewhere between 17-20 mph at roughly 3000-3100 rpm.  Is best combo for us as far as speed and fuel consumption.  Other times you don't care about fuel economy and put the hammer down and skip across the lake at right at 40mph......smiling all the way :D to the fuel docks.
     
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    From the Mercury test graphs I've looked a for our 150, there are two max efficiency points. One a little above idle, around 1200 rpms and another just after it rides up on plane which for our boat is about 3000 rpms.  I wish I had the Smartcraft gauges, but they are pricey and I don't have the dash space.  I think I get a little over 5 mpg at both of those points. 


    Still prefer zero.
     
  16. lakeliving

    lakeliving Well-Known Member

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    We either cruise at the 1k-2k rpm range or bump it up to 3k to get on plane which is a little over 20mph
     
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    20 is too fast lakeliving  :p .  I like slow cruising around 10mph
     
  18. 1Blderbob

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    Go to Fla. for one winter and life really starts slowing down!  :lol:
     
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    WOT!! 
     
  20. SEMPERFI8387

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    So full throttle !!! Oooops, sorry, that's me .....   :lol:
     
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