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Post Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:36 am 
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Got the new Merc Optimax 200 installed and sorted out. Some of you have seen the Facebook vid - she "pulls like a bankrupt dentist!" :605_thumbs_up: I decided to update the gauges - mainly because of the new Smartcraft tach/system monitor. The tach now includes engine temp, tilt/trim, water pressure, speed, pre-set trolling modes, water temp, and all the fuel functions like the Flowscan including GPH/fuel used/fuel remaining etc. Even though the tach has the same info, I put separate trim and temp gauges because I want to see those with a quick glance:
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Here's the hole-shot video - what do y'all think of the white rigging tube? :?: I thought it might go better with the boat color and stand up to sunlight better, but not sure about how it works with the black Merc mota... Fuel economy is interesting - she basically runs over 3 MPG from 25-35 MPH. The Optimax seems to shine in mid-range compared to the older Merc. Also no choke/enrichment, no messing with startup - just turn the key! sHa_woot

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:38 pm 
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Very nice! What prop are you running?

Also squeezing the primer bulb isn't necessary every time you go out now unless the boat sits for more than a month or 2. I haven't squeezed any of mine since I did fuel water separators, they fire right up every time

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:30 pm 
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Nice! I know you'll enjoy it. I'd prefer a black rigging hose.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:03 am 
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REAL fast out of the hole! Sounds good too! :605_thumbs_up:

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:50 pm 
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aswaff400 wrote:
Very nice! What prop are you running?

Also squeezing the primer bulb isn't necessary every time you go out now unless the boat sits for more than a month or 2. I haven't squeezed any of mine since I did fuel water separators, they fire right up every time


I'm running a 19 pitch HighFive that I had on my BlackMax. It seems to be just about right for this motor, but I could probably do better with a 4 blade, cuz this motor has plenty of torque and the 5 blade may be overkill. Still, the HighFive is efficient and runs very smooth.

Yes - you don't have to squeeze the primer bulb, and Mercury does not recommend a separate fuel/water separator, as there is one on the motor that also warns you if you have contaminated fuel. In fact, Mercury does not recommend any filter upstream of the Optimax - they don't want any restriction or possibility for air leakage.

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:54 pm 
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might want to try a 19p mirage plus, youll loose hole shot a little(maybe none at all) but gain mid and top end a bunch. a customer of mine is running one on a similar hull but a walk around, his boat gets right at 4mpg at cruise.

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