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Repowering a 1996 Proline 2950

Old 08-21-2018, 01:51 PM
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Default Repowering a 1996 Proline 2950

Looking for recommendations. I have the 225 Optimaxs on there right now and it appears it is time for them to go. Thinking of stepping up to Suzuki 250APs but I would love to hear some other opinions.
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:41 PM
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Go with the Zukes. My cousin sells Yammy, Zuke & Merc, and he recommends Zukes. I think price to power ratio, Zuke is a clear winner.
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:53 PM
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Just step up to DF 300 AP SUZUKI’s. You’ll fly and get great MPG. Proven reliability offshore.
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Old 08-22-2018, 02:19 PM
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Just step up to DF 300 AP SUZUKI’s. You’ll fly and get great MPG. Proven reliability offshore.
I don't know if that boat will handle the weight...Not a bad idea though
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I’m interested in what direction you go here. I have an 2004 30 Walkaround...same boat, a little newer.

It’s rigged with twin 30 inch 225 Yama-Merc 4-strokes. Top end is 45 mph and I cruise between 28 and 31 mph getting about 1.7 mpg with 17 pitch props.

When it comes time to repower I was thinking 250 Suzuki’s but the new Mercury’s don’t look to bad if the pricing isn’t outrageous. Boat is max rated for twin 250’s but there are ways around that.
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Old 08-22-2018, 04:30 PM
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Look into the ETEC G2s. Owners are giving them great reviews. They probably will be more expensive than a Zuke but your optis weigh 497lbs dry and a G2 300 (or 250) weighs 537. A Suzuki 300 or 250 with a 25" shaft is 639lbs. You're looking at adding 80lbs to the transom plus fluids vs 284lbs with a Zuke.
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Here is my 1996 2950 with G2s.

There is another member with 300 suzuki's on his 2950. I had to change my bracket for 28 inch spacing and I believe Yamaha has to 28 1/2. The Suzuki and new mercs are on the 26 inch spacing.


the boat averages 1.8 mph between 30 and 35. Tops out at 50 with full fuel and canvas. With put the canvas and half a tank I can get 51-52.

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Old 08-22-2018, 06:24 PM
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I don't know if that boat will handle the weight...Not a bad idea though
same motor so no weight difference.

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I had a 1999 2950 wa. Repowered it with white 250AP's. Best repower as far as burn ratio compared to the 225 optis. I burned half the gas and no 2 stroke oil also. The boat handled great. No difference in the weight on the ass end. I was going to go with the 300's. Same weight as the 250's. But you need to check with your insurance company. As many insurance companies won't insure you if you are over powered. I can send you some pics if you like.

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I'm going to keep pounding this. I'm sorry I went with zuks. Everyone on here talked about how great they were so I got one. Cheap plastic all over the place. POS.
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Did someone say new Mercury's?


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Originally Posted by Adam9066 View Post
Here is my 1996 2950 with G2s.

There is another member with 300 suzuki's on his 2950. I had to change my bracket for 28 inch spacing and I believe Yamaha has to 28 1/2. The Suzuki and new mercs are on the 26 inch spacing.


the boat averages 1.8 mph between 30 and 35. Tops out at 50 with full fuel and canvas. With put the canvas and half a tank I can get 51-52.
That's a sweet looking setup! I'd love to see more pics of your boat. I just bought mine last year
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Originally Posted by 1rustyrig View Post
I don't know if that boat will handle the weight...Not a bad idea though
Weight is the same, both the 250AP and 300AP are built on the 4.0L block. Insurance on the other hand may be an issue, I think proline rated max hp at 500
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it needs good cleaning. If you Google videos "proline 2950 G2" there are some videos on there of it running.
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Are you sure the optis are done? Year, hours?
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Are you sure the optis are done? Year, hours?
2006 and 385 hours
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2006 and 385 hours
Wow. Twin 225 2001s on mine and they start every time and are absolute workhorses. I do the off season maintenance on them myself and am picky about the oil/fuel they get. Personally, I would be having some serious second thoughts about repowering that 96 proline with that ob setup.
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Originally Posted by Adam9066 View Post

what props are you running and are they 250 or 300
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Originally Posted by chrisbtr View Post
Wow. Twin 225 2001s on mine and they start every time and are absolute workhorses. I do the off season maintenance on them myself and am picky about the oil/fuel they get. Personally, I would be having some serious second thoughts about repowering that 96 proline with that ob setup.
I guess some background information to better support my position is warranted. I bought the boat last fall and got it at a fantastic price. The price was low enough that I felt that if I had to replace the motors I was still coming out ahead. I really like the proline design as it fits what I want to do pretty well.

I took the boat to a shop nearby because the port side motor had a sparkplug that was cross-threaded into the head. They fixed that but upon further inspection found that there was salt water introduced to the fuel system at some point as both the high and low pressure pumps look like they were parked on the sea floor for a few months.

If I had more free time (I travel a lot for work), I would gladly tear into this myself and begin mitigating the issues. As it stands now I am looking at throwing money down the rabbit hole. Now my thought process is trying to answer the question of: Do I spend 5-20% of the cost of new motors trying to fix the issues on the current ones or just repower?

Right now I am looking at somewhere between $39K and $48K for repowering depending on brand/size.
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