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Re: Tohatsu on the Whipray

Hi, Thom!
Here is the low down on the merc 60 upgrade? from the merc 25.
The whipray is a really wonderful tool, deadly quiet, a dream to pole, and as shallow draft a flats boat as has ever been produced. I have fished the flats 19 years and always wished I could find a boat like this one. The tiller 25, which I lived with for three years on two whiprays, is a super little motor. Very powerful for a 112 pound package. I just got the urge to try a little more...so that's why I went with the larger merc. I also refitted the boat at the factory with a small foam cored center console (12 pounds) and steering and binacle. You see I have fished with the South Florida Flats Anglers and I needed the ample rod storage the tiller boat provided, as the side console molded into the deck cap compromised the rod storage on the starboard side. This is one of the few whiprays with a small center console. the problem came about when I replaced the 112 pound 25 hp motor with the 220 pound 60 hp merc. It has a terrific hole shot, and you can cruise at 3300 rpm which used to be wide open throttle with the 25, but it is when the boat is at rest that I experience the second thoughts of the repower. You see I was used to a boat that had 4 inch draft with the motor, rigging, two anglers and all the gear. The shallow draft cappabilities have been compromised more than I care to live with with the heavy 60. Hence the search for a lighter motor with more hp than the merc 25.

I will keep you abreast of the motor swap when it happens, which should be in a few weeks...


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  • Re: Tohatsu on the Whipray - tobyw 22:25:34 06/05/01 (0)

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