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Old 11-06-2019, 09:03 AM
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Any other Ranger 2300 Bay owners on here? I recently purchased an '04 model with a 2012 Mercury Optimax 250 HP (~140 hours on it, half of which were idle speed).

Anyway, I'm looking to see if I can get some performance specs/setup info from any of y'all out there who would be able to help. I've read that the boat should be pushing 49-52 WOT, and should be able to cruise comfortably at 43-44 or so. But that hasn't been the case for me... I can cruise at about 36-37 taking my time and am only topping out at 42-43 depending on the load. I'm running a 19P Tempest, turning about 5750 RPM at WOT. This is the factory installed prop, and it is in pretty good shape... no dings or bent blades or anything. I feel like I should be getting a little more speed out of her, especially with a 250 2-stroke. I've seen where others were topping out at 48 mph with only a 200 4-stroke... not sure what the deal is. I know this is a relatively heavy boat, but I feel like she should have a little more speed in her.
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Any other Ranger 2300 Bay owners on here? I recently purchased an '04 model with a 2012 Mercury Optimax 250 HP (~140 hours on it, half of which were idle speed).

Anyway, I'm looking to see if I can get some performance specs/setup info from any of y'all out there who would be able to help. I've read that the boat should be pushing 49-52 WOT, and should be able to cruise comfortably at 43-44 or so. But that hasn't been the case for me... I can cruise at about 36-37 taking my time and am only topping out at 42-43 depending on the load. I'm running a 19P Tempest, turning about 5750 RPM at WOT. This is the factory installed prop, and it is in pretty good shape... no dings or bent blades or anything. I feel like I should be getting a little more speed out of her, especially with a 250 2-stroke. I've seen where others were topping out at 48 mph with only a 200 4-stroke... not sure what the deal is. I know this is a relatively heavy boat, but I feel like she should have a little more speed in her.
I have a friend that I fish with all the time. He has a 05 2300 Bay. 250 Yamaha and his speeds are about what you are getting. Not sure what prop he has but cruise in in the mid 30's and tops out at about 45 mph.
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I've got a 2008 2400 Bay and top out about 50 mph with a Yammi F250.
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What size prop are you running? Is that at bare minimum weight or full load? I've never ran without fishing gear, 2 people, and 3/4 or more of a tank of fuel... but I don't see that adding but maybe 2 mph.
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Anyone else out there running a 2300??
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I had an '03 with the then brand new F225 Yamaha four stroke. It wouldn't get out of it's own way. About 41 MPH wide open. It was my shortest boat ownership experience. I love Ranger and I own an intracoastal Ranger today, but that is not a fast hull.
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Not sure if it’s the same hull, but I have a 2015 2310/F300/10 inch jack plate...19 saltwater series. Factory T-top and dual power poles. Runs 50 easy with average
load and 52-53 with just myself and full gas. 5800 RPM...jack plate up a an inch or so from bottom.
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The 2300’s have a hook in the hull which makes them ride good but makes them slow. 45-46 mph is about as good as you will get unless you play with props and setup more. But def not a fast hull. I would make sure your propped correctly the 250 pro xs stops making power at 5850rpm but has a progressive rev limiter which will go up to 61-6300rpm. Good all around boat just not a rocket.
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The 2000 series of bay boats from Ranger are solid, well built boats. Having ridden in a couple different ones, I can feel the difference, they're fairly heavy boats that ride smooth. If you wanted the 'fastest' boat in your area, you bought the wrong hull, but you bought a solid boat that won't fall apart on you and, in my opinion, runs plenty fast enough.
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My fishing bud had one.it was a Cadillac fishing boat,very comfortable but not a speedster.We played with several props and motor height best we got was mid 40s. Motor was a 250 yammy.
Great boat though,Iwould rather have that boat than my haul ass bayboat!
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A 250 anything should push a 23' boat well into the 50's. It all comes down to set up like anything else. Just because a motor has a prop on it and the motor is making the rated max RPM's doesn't mean that's it on speed. There's many factors that go into prop selection. First and foremost is HP. In your case a 250 is perfect for a 23 ft hull with low dead rise such as the 2300. Next factor is do you have a jack plate and understand how to use it to enhance the performance of the hull? There's a difference between trimming and engine and raising the engine while running. Next is the prop, 3 blades or 4? Cupped or not? How much cup? Surface running or not? Stern lifting? Diameter of said prop? You start to see where prop selection is more about adjustment than just accepting what it came with which in most cases is just adequate.

This is where an experienced prop guy comes in a good prop will run in the $500-600 range. If you really want to learn about the most important factors of set back, prop height, pitch, and cup, google it and do your homework. Find a Bass fishing forum and dial into their knowledge of speed. You can also look into performance boat forums. There's a guy... Ken from Propgods that you could contact. He's the guru of props and visits this website.
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I second contacting Ken at Prop Gods. He'll make a suggestion and for a small rental fee send you different props to test. He's good at what he does and will probably get it right with his first suggestion.
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There is an old performance bulletin with Yamaha 225 OX66 on a Ranger 2300. Tops out at 50 mph with a 19 pitch prop.
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I have an '03 2300 Bayranger with a 275 verado running a 4 blade revolution prop. That prop made the difference on how this boat rides honestly. The 4 blade will lift the boat out of the water and allow to run on top of the chop instead of thru. I tried several pitch 3 blade mirage plus props but the acceleration and top end were worse. My boat tops out at 49mph when I had bottom paint. I'm sure it's 50 plus now after I Awlgripped the entire hull from the graphics down. I hope this information helped.
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I’ll try to attach the old performance bulletin with a DF250. I’m finding out that you can generally subtract about 10% from whatever the bulletins say. There are exceptions, of course, but that’s been my experience with a multitude of reports.
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Aware this is an older thread, but here's some more info. Know a guy with a 2300. I don't mean I've heard of him. I mean I've been on the boat and watched it run beside mine. It's re-powered with a 250SHO. He's only getting right around 50 WOT. As stated several times in this thread, it's a heavy hull. His boat has not top and still only gets around 50 with that powerful SHO.

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