Looks like my Grandkids win. We are trading in the Bennington R23 for a new Regal LS6 Surf. It had the best seating-almost Pontoon like vrs the others we looked at and the same dealership that has sold us our last 5 boats has Regals.
I do miss the Hotrod feel of a good running bow rider so I...
I have a 2020 R-23 w/ Yamaha 250SHO
with 2 on board 1/2 tank on a 85 deg day top up, I hit 46 MPH
My neighbor has a 23' Harris with Mercury V-8 and my boat will walk off and leave him behind easy.
His does have a tower and maybe a heavier boat.
I am not following your view of ruin a good night on the lake. I dont run mine unless I start to see a reason too, like bass boats hauling ass without lights. I see alot of others running at night without their lights and it has not ruined my night. lol
We boat at night or later evening regularly, We have slightly lighted channel markers, but we see bass boat coming in late evening without their nav lights on every night we are out. Driving pretty fast as well and we have had a couple close calls. I run my docking lights sometimes and when not...
The Yamaha 200 & 250 SHo are exactly the same motor minus a hotter tune and 250 requires 89 octane. Run 91 octane in both for prolonged periods at a high rate and i bet within 10 hrs running time they make the same power!
I just raced my neighbors Mercury V-8 23' Harris against my Bennington...
There is a company that send out a flash tune for $1050 abouts that will retune a 200 to 338, or a 250 to 338 HP. He said they are the same motor but it is in the tune only. But Boat companies get you there.