> Ok, already. I intend to use the boatfor very general boating
> for now and simple water skiing later. I have a two year old
> so fishing and general cuising is the limit right now.
Why? My daughter started coming on the boat when she was about 4 months
old (and it probably would've been sooner, but she was born in January!),
and waterskiing is all we use our boat for. We started her skiing at 3
(on trainer skis, along the shore with me pulling, not the boat). At 5,
she's now skiing behind the boat. Lots of swimming lessons and a rule
that she _always_ wears a life jacket make this no problem (and assorted
other common sense safety rules, like never standing up when the engine is
on). When she was little (up to 3 or so) she slept almost the whole time
she was on the boat. The vibration lulls them to sleep. Of course, this
means you need a minimum of 4 ***s to ski: skier, driver, observer, and
> So, with that information, since you seem to know quite abit
> about the differences. Which would you choose:
> 115 Merc Outboard.
> 3.0L LX I/O.
> Your previous posts have caused me to think this through. And I
> do have a opinion and a selection. But from your experience which
> would you go for ? The cost difference is in the noise and can be
> considered zero. So would you go inboard or outboard ? If you care
> which way I went, let me know in your next post. Thanks Bill, your
> posts have been fact based and i appreciate it.
One more question comes to mind. Will you be using it in salt water, or
fresh? The outboard is probably a little more corrosion resistant. In
fresh water, it won't make much difference.
For water skiing (which is what I use my boat for, so I'm biased), you'll
probably be happier with the performance of the outboard. It'll
accelerate faster, and the wakes will probably be lower (and therefore
easier to cross). You'd have to deal with the motor blocking your view of
the skier, which is an annoyance.
For fishing and general cruising, you'll probably be happier with the
I/O. It doesn't smoke, it'll get better gas mileage, and it won't foul
the spark plugs when trolling, as I understand outboards are somewhat
prone to do (although I gather they've gotten a lot better in recent
years). Then again, a whole lot of offshore fishing boats use outboards
these days... hmm, but come to think of it, most of them either have a
separate trolling motor or else two big motors.
The driveline is more robust in the outboard, but their engines have
always seemed more finicky to me. But I have very little _recent_
I know, I've said some of these things before. I'm thinking aloud here,
trying to decide myself. I have another bias here, too, because I
absolutely _hate_ the sound of outboards.
Hmm, I wonder which has better resale value...
Given that it doesn't sound like water skiing is a high priority with you,
I'd be inclined to go with the I/O, unless low towing weight is a high
priority (you _did_ add in the weight of gas, gear and trailer when
figuring out whether your car/truck could tow this boat, didn't you?).
The performance will be a bit worse, and some years down the road,
reliability of the "extra systems" of an I/O may be a bit of a problem,
but other than that I think the I/O is easier to live with.
BTW, I tried to email this reply (since nobody else seems to be
participating in this discussion), but it bounced, with the following
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