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Old 11-22-2015, 12:35 PM
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Default 21 Contender repower with 2015 Suzuki DF200A WOW!!!

First of all, a big thanks to Mike at Outboard Specialties. He did me a great boat show deal, was extremely responsive and a pleasure to deal with.

The boat is a 1997 21 Contender with the same year 200HP motor.

After kicking around a number of options and considerations I believe the 4 cylinder DF200A is an incredible choice for power, economy, warranty (6 years), hole shot, space, weight, ease of use, etc. There were so many factors in choosing a motor it can make one crazy!! I ran numbers on Merc, Yamaha and Etec. The cost for the Suz was on par with the Merc. The Yam and Etec about $3000 more, all with mechanical controls and a single digital gauge. I had the motor shipped to a Suzuki dealer in my area for installation, Hidden Harbor Marine in Deale, MD. Good people to deal with. The engine was also networked to my Simrad EVO2 and installed at the second hole down from the top. Batteries were relocated to the console to offset the added 90lbs from the Yamaha 200 SWS it replaced.

I have a 20 hour break in period so my numbers will change slightly but here is what I have achieved using a 3 blade 15 x 21 pitch Suz prop:
Top speed with smooth waters, 30 gallons of fuel, some fishing gear and a T top was 54mph at 5970 rpms!! That's 20% faster than the Yamaha. The hole shot (that I didn't dare try to push) was quick and with ZERO hesitation.
According to the gauges at 4000 rpm 32 mph cruise I was burning an incredible 6.80 gal per hour. Could that even be true? That's like 4.7 miles per gallon.
All in all, I am very satisfied and could not think of a better choice for anyone thinking about repowering their 21 Contender!

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Very Nice! Now go enjoy her!
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Wow sounds like that 4 cyl really put's out 200 hp, with incredible economy. Do you need to run at least 89 octane gas to get that performance? either way congrats.
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Wow sounds like that 4 cyl really put's out 200 hp, with incredible economy. Do you need to run at least 89 octane gas to get that performance? either way congrats.
Everything I've seen says 87 octane for the df200a.
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Looks sweet with the white
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What is the weight of the suzuki 200?
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That's the same speed I get from my 300HPDI. I'm blown away that you are getting that speed. I couldn't hit 40 with the 200 hpdi.
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Nice numbers. I'm hoping to repower my Kencraft 206 with one of those motors in a few years.
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sounds like a great match up, congrats. I bought a pair of them last month and looking forward to better weather so I can get out in the blue with them
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Great numbers, congrats! You're probably leaving a little on the table too with the engine mounted all the way down. All the 21s I've worked on motors were mounted in the second or third hole, so something to look at.
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Pics of the GPS or it didn’t happen...

Just joking but that is crazy speed for that hull. Is that GPS speed or from the outboard?
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Originally Posted by finrazor View Post
First of all, a big thanks to Mike at Outboard Specialties. He did me a great boat show deal, was extremely responsive and a pleasure to deal with.

The boat is a 1997 21 Contender with the same year 200HP motor.

After kicking around a number of options and considerations I believe the 4 cylinder DF200A is an incredible choice for power, economy, warranty (6 years), hole shot, space, weight, ease of use, etc. There were so many factors in choosing a motor it can make one crazy!! I ran numbers on Merc, Yamaha and Etec. The cost for the Suz was on par with the Merc. The Yam and Etec about $3000 more, all with mechanical controls and a single digital gauge. I had the motor shipped to a Suzuki dealer in my area for installation, Hidden Harbor Marine in Deale, MD. Good people to deal with. The engine was also networked to my Simrad EVO2 and installed at the second hole down from the top. Batteries were relocated to the console to offset the added 90lbs from the Yamaha 200 SWS it replaced.

I have a 20 hour break in period so my numbers will change slightly but here is what I have achieved using a 3 blade 15 x 21 pitch Suz prop:
Top speed with smooth waters, 30 gallons of fuel, some fishing gear and a T top was 54mph at 5970 rpms!! That's 20% faster than the Yamaha. The hole shot (that I didn't dare try to push) was quick and with ZERO hesitation.
According to the gauges at 4000 rpm 32 mph cruise I was burning an incredible 6.80 gal per hour. Could that even be true? That's like 4.7 miles per gallon.
All in all, I am very satisfied and could not think of a better choice for anyone thinking about repowering their 21 Contender!

Uhhh . . . numbers don't add up here. This is just math. You'd either need a 26pitch prop turning 6000 or a 21 pitch prop turning 7400rpm to hit 54mph with a 2.5ratio lower.

6000 rpms with a 2.5:1 ratio turning a 21 pitch prop = 48mph - 10% slip = approx 44mph.

http://www.go-fast.com/Prop_Slip_Calculator.htm

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Yeah, that has to be wrong

4000 rpm at 32 sounds right, if that is correct, not possible 54 at 5900 rpm
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Hey guys, I'm not tryin to be called out on the speed thing. the GPS on my Raymarine unit, not the Simrad, showed 54. I didn't even look at the Sim or the Suz speed. Was it 54? 52? 55? Jesus Christ, I had a 10 seconds of full throtte to check on all the things going on for the first run. For all I know the Raymachine got a hardon like me and blew its lid. When I take it for a second run I'll compare the other gauges for the speed and report back.
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What is the weight of the suzuki 200?
Its 498 lbs
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Looks sweet with the white
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Originally Posted by jayyy View Post
Wow sounds like that 4 cyl really put's out 200 hp, with incredible economy. Do you need to run at least 89 octane gas to get that performance? either way congrats.
The manual actually says 91 is preferred. I had always run 93 and used an ethanol treatment so the Suz got a heavy dose of high octane for the first run. I'll probably continue to run high octane while I own it.
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