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Old 08-16-2020, 03:14 PM
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Going to be putting an order in for a 20" shaft Mercury Pro XS 200 this week for my Boston Whaler Revenge. Couple of questions - (please no other brands etc... I have researched this to death and have decided on this motor)

Preference of steering? Hydraulic vs power?

Controls - Mechanical or digital?

Gauges - my dash is somewhat limited - what would you chose?

Im leaning towards digital and power - but if there is good reasons not to Id love to hear them.





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Standard hydraulic steering, power steering is not needed for your application and is expensive. If you decide you really need it, the SeaStar power assist pump can easily be added later.

DTS would be my choice, though the mechanical controlled engines use the same electronic throttle body and shift actuator. if you really need to stick to a budget, mechanical controls are the way to go as DTS is also expensive.

I’d keep your same dash setup and replace the gauges with equivalent SmartCraft models, Mercury has many SmartCraft option available. You could even go with some more traditional, vintage look gauges from Livorsi Marine. Their Vantage View gauges have the SmartCraft features.
If you’re looking for a more modern dash, have someone like New Wire Marine cut a new dash and install one of the Vessel Views. They can be used as an engine display, GPS chartplotter, sonar, even radar when compatible accessories are added.

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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
Standard hydraulic steering, power steering is not needed for your application and is expensive. If you decide you really need it, the SeaStar power assist pump can easily be added later.

DTS would be my choice, though the mechanical controlled engines use the same electronic throttle body and shift actuator. if you really need to stick to a budget, mechanical controls are the way to go as DTS is also expensive.

I’d keep your same dash setup and replace the gauges with equivalent SmartCraft models, Mercury has many SmartCraft option available. You could even go with some more traditional, vintage look gauges from Livorsi Marine. Their Vantage View gauges have the SmartCraft features.
If you’re looking for a more modern dash, have someone like New Wire Marine cut a new dash and install one of the Vessel Views. They can be used as an engine display, GPS chartplotter, sonar, even radar when compatible accessories are added.
Thank you for the detailed reply! I wish I was closer to your shop.
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Vessel view thru your phone and keep the steering you have. Cheapest option. You can add/upgrade later if you see a need.
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Originally Posted by sorry charlie View Post
Vessel view thru your phone and keep the steering you have. Cheapest option. You can add/upgrade later if you see a need.
Thanks for the reply - I have cable steering - I think the only two options are hydraulic and power with the new motor - I want the right setup - not the best costing one if that makes any sense.
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I recommend hydraulic steering. Seastar is the benchmark.

I do recommend DTS over mechanical. Mechanical cables go to an input sensor today which convert the signal to digital. DTS eliminates this step and is actually more robust in my opinion.
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Great choice for a great boat .
Keep us posted!
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Just out of curiosity, I see you have a 150 on her now,did you consider the Merc 150 4s? I was wondering why you stepped up to a V8?

I'm kinda in the same conundrum now with my boat.
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Just out of curiosity, I see you have a 150 on her now,did you consider the Merc 150 4s? I was wondering why you stepped up to a V8?

I'm kinda in the same conundrum now with my boat.
I wondered the same thing. That boat is fast with a 150. Not sure it will benefit from more power, and it definitely won’t benefit from more stern weight.
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Just out of curiosity, I see you have a 150 on her now,did you consider the Merc 150 4s? I was wondering why you stepped up to a V8?

I'm kinda in the same conundrum now with my boat.
I did consider the 150 - Im going with the V8 200 for the fun factor (sound included). I have never owned a boat that I wished had less power on it. Likely will rarely use the extra power but its nice to have it there if you need it. Weight will not be an issue for this boat. This boat was originally powered with twin motors totaling over 600lbs in weight - the new merc is 505lbs
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LOVE the Gas Pump!!!!
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Originally Posted by Lone Ranger View Post
LOVE the Gas Pump!!!!
Thanks!
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Your old whaler is in great shape.
what year?
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I'm currently hanging a new V6 on my boat. I went with
Standard hydraulic steering ( your application doesn't require it and is just another thing to fail)
Mechanical ( DTS adds thousands of dollars and only gives you a fancy binnacle)
Vessel view 5" due to dash limitations ( the 7k smart craft tach is maybe $500 less) although for you I agree with DWM
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Originally Posted by sraab928 View Post
I did consider the 150 - Im going with the V8 200 for the fun factor (sound included). I have never owned a boat that I wished had less power on it. Likely will rarely use the extra power but its nice to have it there if you need it. Weight will not be an issue for this boat. This boat was originally powered with twin motors totaling over 600lbs in weight - the new merc is 505lbs
Is the 200 a v8 or v6? Either way it should be a noticeable upgrade over a 150.
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Is the 200 a v8 or v6? Either way it should be a noticeable upgrade over a 150.
The Pro XS 200 is a V8, the regular 200 is a V6 - I assume that 200 is the max for the OP's boat (he could go, 225, 250 or even 300 for no weight penalty) - otherwise, the lighter 225 V6 would probably make more sense - but he's already said that it's the V8 sound track that appeals - and I can totally see that.
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I recently hung a 300 Pro XS on my Grady and love it. Stuck with existing hydraulic steering and went conventional everything else. Much cheaper and no regrets.
I too was attracted to the sound and happy I went with the Pro XS for that reason. I know the big thing now is ultra quiet motors but I like the audible connection and being able to hear it run.
Nice Whaler
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Originally Posted by JBS View Post
Your old whaler is in great shape.
what year?
1974 - I am the second owner.
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
The Pro XS 200 is a V8, the regular 200 is a V6 - I assume that 200 is the max for the OP's boat (he could go, 225, 250 or even 300 for no weight penalty) - otherwise, the lighter 225 V6 would probably make more sense - but he's already said that it's the V8 sound track that appeals - and I can totally see that.
Yes boat is rated for 200 max - and that sound track is appealing!
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So there are two local dealers - Got my first quote yesterday - dealer had one in stock (which surprised me) - mechanical shift. - Quote including hydraulic steering, side mount controls, two smart craft gauges and ss prop was $19270 plus tax - I am going to talk with second dealer today (they told me last week 2-3 weeks to get the motor but we didnt price it out with options)

Time is not a huge issue for me as I started pulling fuel tank yesterday - no sense dropping this kind of money to worry about fuel issues. I suspect a few weeks before I am ready for install.

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