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  • 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

    I am looking to purchase a 2009 24' Tahoe Pontoon with 25" toons.

    My current motor options are 2005 75 HP Mercury or a 2000 90 HP Suzuki--both engines are 4 stroke.

    The reason for such large engine is because we want to pull the occasional tuber or knee boarder.

    Looking for any advice on those engine choices...

    THANKS!!

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    Re: 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

    go with the most power you can afford. its better to have a larger engine running at lower RPM's than to have a smaller engine running at or near WOT consistently. and as for pulling people, bigger is better. if your boat can handle a 115, or larger, go for that.

    you never hear anyone complain about having to much power, but you will hear lots of people say "i wish i had more power"

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    • #3
      Re: 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

      We need to put a sticky at the top...All motor questions for pontoons will be answered with one of the following:

      1. The bigger one
      2. The biggest one your boat is rated for
      3. The biggest one you can afford
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      • #4
        Re: 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

        Go for the 90. I think the statement about "no replacment for displacement" applies here.

        I have a 25' that I bought with a 40hp. it moved it along OK but I popped a 90Hp on there and it was so much more pleasant to be able to cruise at a nice speed with out the motorwinding out at WOT. I now have a comfortable cruise at 3000-3500 RPM.

        You will not see a proportional speed increase, but the benefits will definitely be noticeable.
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        • #5
          Re: 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

          I assume both motors are long shaft. Regular short shaft motors will not work on a pontoon. Also bigger props, bigger gears help push a toon better.
          Ray

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          • #6
            Re: 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

            Of course I would say go for more power, but take into consideration the fact that botha re used, so how many hours, how well maintained, etc....

            You don't want to be replacing a motor!!

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            • #7
              Re: 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

              Originally posted by sfy View Post
              go with the most power you can afford. its better to have a larger engine running at lower RPM's than to have a smaller engine running at or near WOT consistently. and as for pulling people, bigger is better. if your boat can handle a 115, or larger, go for that.

              you never hear anyone complain about having to much power, but you will hear lots of people say "i wish i had more power"
              Only because they're 4-strokes. 2 stroke outboards are designed to run 3/4-WOT, running lower RPMS especially if towing someone damages the engine.

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                Re: 24' Pontoon-75HP Mercury or 90 HP Suzuki?

                I had a 24 ft. JC with a 115 on it and it was way underpowered! Go with as much HP as you can aford.

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