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    Lets talk Yamaha's

    I have a Action with a 99 Yamaha Vmax 200. Stock motor with carbon reeds. I was told my boat would go 85mph from the previous owner. I was turning a 26p prop at 6300 when I got the boat. In my research and advice from many S&F members and the Facebook page "High Performance Boating" I raised my motor up and experimented with props. I now have a 32p drag 4, which I love! Ive only turned it 5700 at 88.9 and I don't have to touch the wheel. Super stable. Im told if I want to go fast I need a Merc. I guess my goal in the end is to have a 200xs, but for now I love this Yamaha! It runs extremely well. Surprising responsive for a carbureted motor. I think if I spend any money it will be with Hydro-tec before I go with a Merc. Im reaching out to other Yamaha owners and your thoughts on them.
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    I love mine, very happy i switched over,
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    love my sho fishing moter and 3.1

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    Glad you guys are having good luck with yours. I couldn't get rid of my 225 excel fast enough

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    Sorry to hear you didnt like your Yamaha obrien, but isnt an excel from 87-89 making it 26 or 28 years old?
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    I haven't had a Yamaha outboard other then a 90 tiller steer and a pair of 115s on a 22 whaler (they were all trouble free). I have had a lot of other Yamaha products over the years though (snowmobiles, bikes, zumas, rhinos and motocross) and they are always the innovators and first to come out with something new in the market place. Back in 86 they had the 5 valve heads on there sportbikes, the stuff that they are willing to r release first always seems to get copied by others later (especially the fourstroke conversion process-YZ 400-Raptor-RX1 etc). They are getting a good share of the outboard market here in Florida on the everyday boats and I can see them getting serious about competing with the new 400R based on past history. Yamaha has always liked to be the on top with there bikes and willing break the "agreed market limits on displacement or horsepower" going back to the early 80s when they brought out the first 1100 then the V-Max. They have the resources for sure as well as Honda--take a trip back on the Ford sho (Yamaha designed that motor for ford) it was a great engine but ford didn't back it up with a transmission that would live and look at what Honda does in F1. I hope their fire gets fueled for a future performance outboard.

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    There is 'much' potential to be tapped while still staying gas efficient and reliable out of any Yami outboard. SuperBender is a Wiz or Hydro-tec as was mentioned.

    I'm vvery happy !
    1990 22' Activator Yami HPDI 300-sold
    1976 21' Challenger 2002 3.1 Yami 250 Vmax phase lll 89.7-sold
    1982 21' Superboat
    1990 22' Activator yami OX66 Vmax 250
    1982 30' Scarab-twin 200 Merc-sold
    1979 21' Challenger 300 Evenrude-sold
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    Ive heard rumors you can make them go pretty fast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
    Ive heard rumors you can make them go pretty fast

    Don't believe everything you hear Chris, they're just rumors

    OP sounds like the Vmax is running pretty good at close to 90, have you tried a 30p drag 4? might be about same top end with a couple hundrd more rpm's and better hole shot/midrange.

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    I had an 87 prov 150 yamaha with 200 reeds and carbs and after 5 years of beating on it I finally blew it up switched to merc and regretted it every day after. I had the block I blew up and another and had already spoken to a ray neudecker (R.I.P) about build both of them but was talked into getting a merc same story you need one to go fast. But the 150 yamaha pushed the boat 95.6 the 200 merc turned 1000 more rpm same prop only gained 1mph. And didn't have the same turn key reliability that the yamaha did. had it for five years put one set of plugs and one head gasket and two water pumps in it. Ran 87 octain gas and the cheapest oil I could find

    1987 Hydrostream vking yt with 1987 prov 150 yamaha 85mph (sold)
    1999 mirage ski racer with same yamaha 95mph with 19?? 2.4 merc 200 96mph with 2005 2.5xs no top speed never ran a prop bigger than a 24 but got 76mph with it (sold)
    2005 tahoe 215 I/o 4.3 v6 51mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatSleek View Post
    Don't believe everything you hear Chris, they're just rumors

    OP sounds like the Vmax is running pretty good at close to 90, have you tried a 30p drag 4? might be about same top end with a couple hundrd more rpm's and better hole shot/midrange.
    He just needs a good day to let her eat with no one else in the boat. That little yammy will spin that 32.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spearhunter7 View Post
    He just needs a good day to let her eat with no one else in the boat. That little yammy will spin that 32.
    Motor higher now, that good day is coming Jared...

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    Quote Originally Posted by obrien View Post
    Glad you guys are having good luck with yours. I couldn't get rid of my 225 excel fast enough
    I would be glad to get that old scrap, too bad it is gone.
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    Charlie North
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    I have a rebuilt excel and would have another 1 in a heart beat.


    Sold the old Formula 233.
    Now have a 22ft Whittley Sea Legend powered by 175 Merc Optimax

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