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collectorboy


Joined: 09/19/2003
Posts: 75
Location: Massapequa
 posted 09/20/2007 12:05 PM  

Need to put a new outboard on the old Grady. Would love personal opinions on new outboards. I think my 22' was rated for 225 hp max. but the weight of motors are different now then they were in 1982.
Any help would be great.
Thanks



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leakyrivot

Joined: 08/23/2002
Posts: 4205
Location: Newton, NH
 posted 09/20/2007 03:55 PM  


This is gonna start another 2-stroke vs 4-stroke debate, however do to weight constraints I think you are going to be confined to 2-strokes no matter what if you want to install the rated HP on that boat (which will get you the best economy and performance).

I've got Opti 150's and love them. The 225's are a very popular model and may be your best bet by the spec's alone.

I'd also check out the E-Tec's. Pretty much all the new outboards are great, you can't go too far wrong provided you power the boat correctly.

Jon




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baywatch


Joined: 10/10/2001
Posts: 5514
Location: Cape Coral, Fl. was LI for 52 Yrs
 posted 09/20/2007 04:23 PM  

First check out the transom for rot, then go from there. Some of Grady's are notorius for bad transom's
 
STRIKERTHREE

Joined: 01/17/2003
Posts: 7623
Location: bay shore
 posted 09/20/2007 05:01 PM  

Its hard to beat the 225hp Mercury Optimax that would be my first choice 2nd would be Yamaha


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Mad Mahi


Joined: 08/22/2000
Posts: 2024
Location: Lindenhurst, NY
 posted 09/20/2007 05:07 PM  

leakyrivot wrote:


This is gonna start another 2-stroke vs 4-stroke debate, however do to weight constraints I think you are going to be confined to 2-strokes no matter what if you want to install the rated HP on that boat (which will get you the best economy and performance).

I've got Opti 150's and love them. The 225's are a very popular model and may be your best bet by the spec's alone.

I'd also check out the E-Tec's. Pretty much all the new outboards are great, you can't go too far wrong provided you power the boat correctly.

Jon




Baywatch wrote:



First check out the transom for rot, then go from there. Some of Grady's are notorius for bad transom's



Should not be a debate at all this time!

If the transom checks out as good, go with a 2 stroke because of the weight issue.

Best bet would be the Optimax since it is going to be less ca$h and probably less trouble. The E-Tecs, having been out for a while now, seem to have few kinks to get straightened out.



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gvisko1


Joined: 04/29/2003
Posts: 538
Location: Westhampton Dunes
 posted 09/20/2007 07:34 PM  

225 e-tec is the best


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blueoceangroup


Joined: 01/29/2007
Posts: 62
Location: Fish Tails/NY
 posted 09/20/2007 07:54 PM  

STRIKERTHREE wrote:

Its hard to beat the 225hp Mercury Optimax that would be my first choice 2nd would be Yamaha


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You should be able to pick up a single Merc or Yami at one of the boat shows for a reasonable price with an extended warranty.




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This post edited by blueoceangroup 08:07 PM 09/20/2007
 
collectorboy


Joined: 09/19/2003
Posts: 75
Location: Massapequa
 posted 09/20/2007 10:07 PM  

I hopping the transom is fine. My dad and I are the original owners on the boat. I didnt realise there was a huge issue on weight. Ill have to do more research. Thanks for the opinions so far


you wouldnt believe whats out there if you open your eyes.
 
baywatch


Joined: 10/10/2001
Posts: 5514
Location: Cape Coral, Fl. was LI for 52 Yrs
 posted 09/21/2007 08:45 AM  

collectorboy wrote:

I hopping the transom is fine.


A lot of peole said the same thing until the engine came off exposing the old bolt holes from the previous engine. Then when looked at they saw the rotting wood in the transom.

There have been a few discussions about them here and the rapairs that went along with it.

There is also another site called greatgrady.com and it is for Grady owners and problems occured with there boats, might be worth dong a search for that site also and ask some questions there.

I am not knocking the boat by anymeans but just trying to give you a heads up before buying a engine that could lead into 5 didgit numbers.

 
rjaws

Joined: 08/14/2003
Posts: 483
 posted 09/21/2007 09:41 AM  

My brother has a grady and had trouble with transom rot. Grady ended up paying for half of the cost for putting a new transom on it. It was a $2,000 job. Also had some small cracks around the chines that he had to have fixed. It is an older boat and grady still backed it up.
 
devontie


Joined: 02/23/2003
Posts: 1111
Location: Lake Grove NY
 posted 09/21/2007 12:10 PM  

I agree that they are all good these days, but I love my Suzuki 225.
 
Fishbust


Joined: 11/30/2000
Posts: 1456
 posted 09/21/2007 05:01 PM  

MERC...

is the answer. Ocean Outboard is the place to get them.

The Grady's seem to have a great reputation but at the same time lots of transom and deck rot problems, cracks all over. Sort of a confliction. I would look for a replacement boat before I had a transom rebuilt, not likely worth the money to have it done. I have read threads where people bought Grady's assuming they are the best boats (they are not) and didn't have it surveyed...hung new motors and they fell off into the water. That just $ucks. It is so important to start with and make sure you have a good solid hull to build around when restoring/repowering.



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This post edited by Fishbust 05:08 PM 09/21/2007
 
STRIKERTHREE

Joined: 01/17/2003
Posts: 7623
Location: bay shore
 posted 09/21/2007 05:39 PM  

I would have to recommend Gene @ Burnetts in Bay shore for mercury he beat all the other prices when i repowered and is as honest guy as you would want to deal with


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BLUEFISH9


Joined: 06/07/2006
Posts: 1520
Location: Jersey Shore
 posted 09/22/2007 07:37 AM  

Mad Mahi wrote:

leakyrivot wrote:


This is gonna start another 2-stroke vs 4-stroke debate, however do to weight constraints I think you are going to be confined to 2-strokes no matter what if you want to install the rated HP on that boat (which will get you the best economy and performance).

I've got Opti 150's and love them. The 225's are a very popular model and may be your best bet by the spec's alone.

I'd also check out the E-Tec's. Pretty much all the new outboards are great, you can't go too far wrong provided you power the boat correctly.

Jon




Baywatch wrote:



First check out the transom for rot, then go from there. Some of Grady's are notorius for bad transom's



Should not be a debate at all this time!

If the transom checks out as good, go with a 2 stroke because of the weight issue.

Best bet would be the Optimax since it is going to be less ca$h and probably less trouble. The E-Tecs, having been out for a while now, seem to have few kinks to get straightened out.



It wouldnt be a debate so long as people stick to facts and not rumors...but im wondering what KINKS you are refering to with the E-tec???? Those engines are amazing!
 
wsh2fsh

Joined: 04/16/2002
Posts: 68
Location: Bayport
 posted 09/23/2007 06:28 AM  

If you check out any law enforcement vessel,
they all run Honda's. They are great engines.
 
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