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Old 12-28-2020, 06:34 AM
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We recently acquired a 2007 18' Caracal with a locked up DF140. I suppose the easiest and least expensive repower would be going back with a new Zuke DF140 using the old controls, assuming the old controls will match.
I am more fond of the Merc 150 but it weights 45Lbs more and will add a huge chunk to the invoice.

I would like to here your thoughts before I make the choice.
Old 12-28-2020, 06:48 AM
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I have the same boat - looked into the specs of repowering and a new Zuke 140 it would be 50 pounds lighter than the original Zuke. Guess cause advancements in tech. When I repower prob go with another Zuke. Just my thoughts.
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My 2007 has a Suzuki 140. I would go with another Suzuki 140. Most of the Caracal's had 115's on them when I bought mine. The hull was rated for 140. Some have put 150 on them. The 150 Suzuki is considerably more powerful than the 140. The weight may make some difference...I believe that the boat could handle the 150 OK....
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Thanks guys. This boat has quite a few missing pieces and parts. Since there is little info on the interweb, I may be back to ask more questions.
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the dealers demo boat I rode on had a 150 on it and it was powerful

you might look at the weight difference before you decide

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this is an old dealer website - you might get some info here

Caracal Power Cats - Power Cat Marine Group - Catamaran Boat Dealers
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The 2007 DF140 was 421lbs. The new one is 405lbs. So, there is a 16lb difference, not 50lb as somebody stated above. You ever make a decision?
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I have seen Caracals with 150hp Coast Guard plates and Caracals with 140hp Coast Guard plates. This boat is very weight sensitive, but I can confirm that you can hang a 150 Mercury on there. People have done it. Also, my boat has an original DF140 and an Atlas 6" jack plate. 421lbs + 50lbs = 471lbs. The 20" Mercury 150 is 455lbs + 10lbs or so for 25" shaft and you have 465lbs. I am a big time Suzuki fan boy, but I think you would be very pleased with the Mercury.
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2 60 hp motors weigh around 478, compared to single at 425 for a 115 or 140 Suzuki
But I believe the 150 Suzuki weighs in around 580 lbs.

I wonder if they would run better getting the motors behind a sponson instead of in the tunnel?

I like the idea of twins, smaller motors that I can pull start and lift, get side to side trim control and cleaner water to the prop but twins are more dough.
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Originally Posted by Friends call me Whiskers View Post
The 2007 DF140 was 421lbs. The new one is 405lbs. So, there is a 16lb difference, not 50lb as somebody stated above. You ever make a decision?
In December I ordered a Zuke 140. The motor came in late Feb. I dropped off the boat early March. Called a couple weeks later to discover the new motor suffered shipping damage and a replacement was on order. Patiently waiting!!
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Originally Posted by Friends call me Whiskers View Post
I have seen Caracals with 150hp Coast Guard plates and Caracals with 140hp Coast Guard plates. This boat is very weight sensitive, but I can confirm that you can hang a 150 Mercury on there. People have done it. Also, my boat has an original DF140 and an Atlas 6" jack plate. 421lbs + 50lbs = 471lbs. The 20" Mercury 150 is 455lbs + 10lbs or so for 25" shaft and you have 465lbs. I am a big time Suzuki fan boy, but I think you would be very pleased with the Mercury.
I have an '04 150 Optimax on a 18' Dauntless that has treated me well so I really wanted the Merc 150 on the cat but it would have cost another $5K and the Zuke seems to have a better warranty.

My Caracal's Data plate is rated at 150HP
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Originally Posted by Bullshipper View Post
etc. But I believe the 150 Suzuki weighs in around 580 lbs. etc.
Suzuki 140hp = 405 lbs
Suzuki 150hp = 511 lbs.

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You will really like the 140 on this boat. You can't go wrong with that choice.

As Bullshipper mentioned, the twin setup would be cool. If my motor ever kicks the bucket, I have always wanted to build a full flotation bracket and add twin 70s. Possibly Yamaha because of the nice light weight. That setup won't be light on my wallet though. I think that Bullshipper is right that it might run even better that way, but I also think it will add to the stability with spacing out that motor weight.

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