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Old 11-04-2019, 09:02 AM
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Just thought some here might find this interesting.
I'm just starting my re-power on my 2390. Had a tired, albeit low hour, Ficht 225.
Got the boat knowing it was only a matter of time.
Really looking forward to the 'new boat'.
Going w/ a Zuke 300.
Results to follow.

Old 11-04-2019, 09:05 AM
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Looking forward to seeing your results (engine height and prop).
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That boats in tremendous shape for a 2000! Good choice on the 300 HP. It will need all of it! Great boat.
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I was once on one of these with a 300HPDI and it ran great. I have a pair of zukes. Great motors. Enjoy
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I put a Zuke 300 on my 23' Outrage.....love it. Good luck!
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Planning on doing the same on my 05 2400 this spring
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Bought our 2000 HS 2390 almost 2 years ago. It come with a late model Etec 250 HP on the back so we kept it for now with no complaints. We lifted the engine as high as possible, blasted the old bottom paint off, new barrier coat and paint, and played with 6-8 different props to get an honest 30+ MPH cruise averaging 2 MPG, running 2-3 guys, fishing tackle, and most times 100 gallons of fuel before we fill it up again. You should cruise close to 35 MPH with the right setup and you'll love that boat at that speed. I looked for a hull only project before we bought this one and it's too nice to take apart. In the future, I would love to repowered but I would do a 350 HP and post reports if it ever happens. Good luck and enjoy.
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Originally Posted by Bsully24 View Post
Bought our 2000 HS 2390 almost 2 years ago. It come with a late model Etec 250 HP on the back so we kept it for now with no complaints. We lifted the engine as high as possible, blasted the old bottom paint off, new barrier coat and paint, and played with 6-8 different props to get an honest 30+ MPH cruise averaging 2 MPG, running 2-3 guys, fishing tackle, and most times 100 gallons of fuel before we fill it up again. You should cruise close to 35 MPH with the right setup and you'll love that boat at that speed. I looked for a hull only project before we bought this one and it's too nice to take apart. In the future, I would love to repowered but I would do a 350 HP and post reports if it ever happens. Good luck and enjoy.
Iíve been thinking about a 350 a lot. I donít know if anyone has done it yet but Iíd love to see the numbers. Unfortunately it seems to me that the current crop of 350s are characterized by the saying ,Ēif you wanna play, you gotta payĒ. All seem to have issues that impact their reliability. On the contrary, finding a reliable 300 is very easy so I will stick with my 300 for now
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Boat only had 180hrs on it when I got it a year ago.
I put 100 on it this year.
I ran the 225 @ 4800rpm and it would cruise at 27-28mph, which diminished a bit durning the season by a couple mph.
Was averaging over 2.2mpg for average use.
I agree a 35mph cruise would be nice for this hull.
I'd like to be able to run it hard at 40+ for short stints, when it's flat out.
I'd also like to be able to plane around 18 which I couldn't do before.

I considered the 350, but not one dealer I spoke to tried to push me toward it.

I'm hoping to get some trials in before I have to winterize.
I was in touch w/ Ken at Prop Gods and will take his advice when testing.
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My brother repowered his 2390 this summer with a 300 suzi. His had a ox66 250 on it and he doubled his economy and picked up about 5 mph on top. I haven’t been on it with the new motor but he is very happy with it.
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Originally Posted by Chillinthemost View Post
My brother repowered his 2390 this summer with a 300 suzi. His had a ox66 250 on it and he doubled his economy and picked up about 5 mph on top. I havenít been on it with the new motor but he is very happy with it.
That's good to hear!
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Problem with the 350ís is most you have to run premium fuel. I was talking with both mercury and Suzuki about their 350ís mercury is more money due to having to run their Verado powersteering and stuff
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Originally Posted by Bsully24 View Post
Bought our 2000 HS 2390 almost 2 years ago. It come with a late model Etec 250 HP on the back so we kept it for now with no complaints. We lifted the engine as high as possible, blasted the old bottom paint off, new barrier coat and paint, and played with 6-8 different props to get an honest 30+ MPH cruise averaging 2 MPG, running 2-3 guys, fishing tackle, and most times 100 gallons of fuel before we fill it up again. You should cruise close to 35 MPH with the right setup and you'll love that boat at that speed. I looked for a hull only project before we bought this one and it's too nice to take apart. In the future, I would love to repowered but I would do a 350 HP and post reports if it ever happens. Good luck and enjoy.
I also own a 2390...... it currently has a 250hp ox66 also, it runs well at WOT 44mph less than half load etc but this hull needs much more when loaded. I have thought about a potential repower eventually if I dont sell and feel the same way, that I'd go with top HP per the manufacturer which is in this case 350hp for the 2001. Love this boat and hull, feels so much bigger and significant than a 24 should.
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Wow, amazing that an 18 yr old boat had only 180 hrs! That’s crazy.

Is something wrong with the engine? Why not re-prop and raise it to get better cruise? Your numbers aren’t bad already.
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Originally Posted by Peerless1616 View Post
I also own a 2390...... it currently has a 250hp ox66 also, it runs well at WOT 44mph less than half load etc but this hull needs much more when loaded. I have thought about a potential repower eventually if I dont sell and feel the same way, that I'd go with top HP per the manufacturer which is in this case 350hp for the 2001. Love this boat and hull, feels so much bigger and significant than a 24 should.
had the same rig and saw about the same performance. I think a single 350 would be awesome but the current offerings leave something to be desired. A 300 Zuke or yammy would be an excellent package of twin 175 zukes. Hull needs all the power it can get, itís a tank.
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had the same rig and saw about the same performance. I think a single 350 would be awesome but the current offerings leave something to be desired. A 300 Zuke or yammy would be an excellent package of twin 175 zukes. Hull needs all the power it can get, itís a tank.
Have also thought about going with a dual OB set up which in this case 175hp would be sweet but at around 5k or so extra it would be tough to justify and I'm not one that subscribes to the notion of reliability as I dont do much offshore, the reliability of todays engines is magnificent and so is towing service when needed. Would love the improved handling of the twins but I'd also be adding extra lbs for the twins. Would examine it all closely again if it ever comes to that though.
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Iíve seen one boat with twin 175 Suzukiís on the stern. I did not run it but I suspect it may have been pretty stern heavy. When it comes to stern lift, these hulls need all the help they can get. Imho
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I bought a 2000 Hydra-Sport 2390 with a pair of Fitch 175's, I re-powered with a pair of new at the time 2008 175 ETEC's. Boat ran great, the hull was designed for a pair of 175's and came that way from the factory.
Boat went well over 50 MPH and at hull speed of 35 MPH engines ran around 3500 RPM's, got around 2 MPG. This 2390 hull like to run, it does not like to plane at low speeds and try to get to 30-35 MPH all the time.

The 2390 needs lots of tab to get the bow down.

I sold that 2390 some 5 years ago.


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The 2390 needs lots of tab to get the bow down.

Not with a big single, proper engine height, and the right prop. I hardly ever use them once I got the boat set up properly

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Originally Posted by plumsal View Post
Wow, amazing that an 18 yr old boat had only 180 hrs! Thatís crazy.

Is something wrong with the engine? Why not re-prop and raise it to get better cruise? Your numbers arenít bad already.
Boat was barely used, then laid up for years as the only owner had health problems.
Ficht caused me problems over the summer, lost a month of boating.
Also there are more issues that had arose that would mean throwing more $ at it.
Every dollar I put into the Ficht, I began to see it being a dollar I could have put down on a new engine.

Also, I was cruising at 4800rpm @ 28mph. 4400rpm @ 24mph Max RPM was 5100.

I just want a reliable piece of so I can run anywhere from 2-15 miles offshore and not think about it.
Hard to put a price on that. Well, I see it as a few K a year. :D

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