My new 22sxp is a BIG disappointment

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Your issue is a dealer issue. Please do not run down Bennington. Your post may not stay...
I agree with you, the boat itself is very nice indeed.
I like the materials and stuff, I am just disappointed in the performance.
Thanks for your input
 

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Happens both from a stop and while slowly increasing speed

Do you know exactly which prop is currently being utilized - diameter and pitch?

I checked the Merc Prop Selector using the basic specs for your model from the Bennington website as well as selected Command Thrust, and here were the suggestions:


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If you want to run through it, here is the link:


This is merely to eliminate the prop, itself, as being part of the problem because it could be a combination of engine height and prop.

If your current prop is spec'd near any of those (or is a prop that is inarguably best suited for your particular BoW), then I would lean towards agreeing with what others have said about the engine being mounted too high for the operating conditions, assuming it has a 20" shaft instead of the 25".



There's also the possibility of something mechanically wrong with the drive.

Frustrating for sure but, all in all, definitely partner up with your dealer to allow them the chance to make it right.
 
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Wow, could it be that someone not only put the wrong type motor on the pontoon, but mounted it up one hole too?????? That would seem to be a rather significant QC issue.....
 

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I bought a new 2018 Bennington dual log with no lifting strakes pontoon (22 SSBXP) in the summer of 2018 with a new Mercury 115 command trust 20 inch motor. The pontoon was set up from the dealer with a 3 blade Stainless steel Mercury Enertia 15.0 X 15P RH prop. The pontoon ran ran 29.5 mph (5900 RPM) two weeks ago with 2 people on board trimmed out A small amount. This boat has an excellent hole shot.
This boat loaded with 6 or 7 adults will only top out at approximately 22-23 mph. If operating the pontoon with the lower unit all the way in the prop does not slip or break loose. If operating the pontoon with with one mark on the trim gauge it will definitely slip. The outboard is mounted with the pin in the top hole. If there are only a few people in the boat I can get up on one ski with this prop set up. I am very happy with the performance considering I only have a 115 hp and not a tri toon. I hope this is of some help to you. Good luck!
 

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Pictures of my setup on my 2018 22ssbxp
 

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I bought a new 2018 Bennington dual log with no lifting strakes pontoon (22 SSBXP) in the summer of 2018 with a new Mercury 115 command trust 20 inch motor. The pontoon was set up from the dealer with a 3 blade Stainless steel Mercury Enertia 15.0 X 15P RH prop. The pontoon ran ran 29.5 mph (5900 RPM) two weeks ago with 2 people on board trimmed out A small amount. This boat has an excellent hole shot.
This boat loaded with 6 or 7 adults will only top out at approximately 22-23 mph. If operating the pontoon with the lower unit all the way in the prop does not slip or break loose. If operating the pontoon with with one mark on the trim gauge it will definitely slip. The outboard is mounted with the pin in the top hole. If there are only a few people in the boat I can get up on one ski with this prop set up. I am very happy with the performance considering I only have a 115 hp and not a tri toon. I hope this is of some help to you. Good luck!

Congrats on your purchase and the performance you have obtained. It's very remarkable for a 2 tube/115 combo. I do want to caution readers of this thread that the purpose of a stainless steel prop is to prevent blade flex on higher horsepower motors. There is no performance advantage to installing a stainless prop on an outboard of less than 150 hp.

Happy boating.
 

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If there are only a few people in the boat I can get up on one ski with this prop set up.
Congrats, you must be using a "big boy" ski. Attempting to slalom on my regular ski at anything less than ~32 MPH is very tiring and just asking for a crash!
 

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Yes, you are exactly right, I have to use a wide body ski behind this 115hp set up. We call this ski our clown ski. Whatever works‍♂️
 

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Yeah, fun stuff. I guess you aren't going fast enough to be of much concern. But if you are generating some good crossing speed, be ready for a ski like that to fly like a wakeboard...don't ask me how I know that.....
 

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I bought a new 2018 Bennington dual log with no lifting strakes pontoon (22 SSBXP) in the summer of 2018 with a new Mercury 115 command trust 20 inch motor. The pontoon was set up from the dealer with a 3 blade Stainless steel Mercury Enertia 15.0 X 15P RH prop. The pontoon ran ran 29.5 mph (5900 RPM) two weeks ago with 2 people on board trimmed out A small amount. This boat has an excellent hole shot.
This boat loaded with 6 or 7 adults will only top out at approximately 22-23 mph. If operating the pontoon with the lower unit all the way in the prop does not slip or break loose. If operating the pontoon with with one mark on the trim gauge it will definitely slip. The outboard is mounted with the pin in the top hole. If there are only a few people in the boat I can get up on one ski with this prop set up. I am very happy with the performance considering I only have a 115 hp and not a tri toon. I hope this is of some help to you. Good luck!

Thanks so much for your reply and information concerning my issue with my boat.
Luckily for me my boat is nearly identical to the one you posted online.
I checked your photos and noted the following differences:
I appear to have the same engine, Mercury CT 115 with numbers near the bottom as follows: 13x31 2.38:1
The prop I have is a Mercury Black Max P/N 48-78116A45 15.25 x 15 pitch 3 blade aluminum
Also, my engine is mounted one bolt hole higher than your engine.
It appears I will need to get the engine lowered before putting the boat back in the water for next season.
I really would rather have an aluminum prop as the lake water can be a bit shallow.
Thanks again for your input
 

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Do you know exactly which prop is currently being utilized - diameter and pitch?

I checked the Merc Prop Selector using the basic specs for your model from the Bennington website as well as selected Command Thrust, and here were the suggestions:


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If you want to run through it, here is the link:


This is merely to eliminate the prop, itself, as being part of the problem because it could be a combination of engine height and prop.

If your current prop is spec'd near any of those (or is a prop that is inarguably best suited for your particular BoW), then I would lean towards agreeing with what others have said about the engine being mounted too high for the operating conditions, assuming it has a 20" shaft instead of the 25".



There's also the possibility of something mechanically wrong with the drive.

Frustrating for sure but, all in all, definitely partner up with your dealer to allow them the chance to make it right.
Thanks for your reply on my issue.
I have a question, how can I tell which shaft the engine has, 20 or 25"?
It has 13x31 2.38:1 on the out drive and is a Mercury 115 CT engine.
Also, I noticed the props you listed and wonder if any aluminum ones would be comparable.
Thanks again.
 

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Thanks for your reply on my issue.
I have a question, how can I tell which shaft the engine has, 20 or 25"?
It has 13x31 2.38:1 on the out drive and is a Mercury 115 CT engine.
Also, I noticed the props you listed and wonder if any aluminum ones would be comparable.
Thanks again.


The shaft length designation will be in the engine model number:
115 ELPT = the "L" means long shaft/20"
115 EXLPT = the "XL" means extra long shaft/25"

There should be a plethora of aluminum options available, but I'd take the advice mentioned earlier by Potomacbassin’ and Vikingstaff to reach out to Prop Gods to ensure that they give you the best service and recommendation for your specific needs, desires, and usage.

 

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Thanks for your reply on my issue.
I have a question, how can I tell which shaft the engine has, 20 or 25"?
It has 13x31 2.38:1 on the out drive and is a Mercury 115 CT engine.
Also, I noticed the props you listed and wonder if any aluminum ones would be comparable.
Thanks again.
I haven't noticed it mentioned that the Merc 115 CT (Command Thrust) has the larger lower gear housing (same as most 150 HP and larger motors), not the smaller lower diameter of most 115 HP motors. As you are looking for props, be sure to mention that. Sounds like the general purpose Black Max can't hold that motor/gearing, especially if mounted too high.
 
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