New 205ss crownline-is 200 HP enough?

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Hi everyone. New to this forum. Looking for some help. I’m debating on taking the purchasing a 2021 205ss crownline. I am concerned the 200 HP will be in a little on the light side. I have 3 kids who are very active. Ski, tube, wakeboard etc. Boat weights 3800lbs. What do you think? Thanks in advance.
 

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Most boat manufactures list the standard equipment motor which will move the boat. It will get the job done but barely if loaded. The largest motor offered is the one which will do the job much better

Example: My 95 Rinker (4200 lbs) came with a 7.4 and it has no problems doing anything asked. Folks who bought the same boat with a 5.7 complain how long it takes to plane and pull toys when loaded

Another thing which is in the mix is the EPA regs. Boats have to burn fuel cleaner these days.
 

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My boat is about a foot shorter and almost 1,800# lighter (which is amazing to me). Supposedly my 3.0 is putting out 135HP. - Its a good mix for skiing and pulling a tube. My kids are all lighter, but adults and they ski and tube fine. I'm older and bigger (230#) and I can ski and tube behind it pretty well, albeit with a little more fight getting up.

Trying to shove the stern down and cut a wake for boarding would never work on my boat. I'm thinking that's the struggle you'd have on that boat too.

If you're just monkeying around and skiing and such for fun, it could work out fine. If you're remotely serious about the water-sports, you may be disappointed.
 

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Keep in mind that any new inboard/outboard will have cat converter exhaust and these can become troublesome and expensive to repair over time; due to the issues of running an exhaust system really designed for dry exhaust in a wet exhaust application. IMHO cats that run @ 700* and have to be water cooled in a wet exhaust application are risky in a fiberglass boat. I would suggest a 4 stroke outboard instead; safer, less maintenance & headaches.
 

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Thanks for the reply’s. I am taking the boat out next weekend with the 200 to see how it performs. Will keep you posted.
 

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Lou C the motor that is spec’d on the proposed bill of sale says “Mercruiser NAP 4.5l MPI ALPHA Non-cat (US limited supply) 200HP”

So I am assuming it will not have a cat converter by that description. Good point though.

The plan is to keep this boat for 7 years or 200 hours before kids are gone. What maintenance (other than routine) will need to be done? Thanks
 

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I like the idea, but how they getting around the EPA , maybe just forget the comment, it might get political
 

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Ah well then I guess they might be able to build a limited # of non cat engines, that is better for you, because of the issues you can sometimes have with the cat exhaust in a marine environment (check engine lights, alarms, very expensive parts cost). The rest is just typical I/O maintenance with fluid changes winterizing and drive pull and maintenance that has to be done yearly to avoid problems. Outboards while initially more expensive cost less for yearly maintenance and are safer in several important ways. I’ve been doing I/O maintenance close to 20 years and would not have another.
 

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Most boat manufactures list the standard equipment motor which will move the boat. It will get the job done but barely if loaded. The largest motor offered is the one which will do the job much better
best advice offered, get the boat with or close to the highest hp offered for that model year. I have yet to own a boat with too much power.

200 hp with a lower pitch prop and 4 blade for water sports would work ok if you don’t mind swapping props and you really like the boat otherwise.
i used two different 4 blade Michigan vortex Aluminum props on my 3.0 , 16” to ski , 18” to tube and cruise both were head and shoulders better than the black max 3 blades (17” & 19”) on a underpowered 135. Hp ...
 

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The Crownline website says it comes with the Merccruiser 4.5L MPI engine @ 200HP in the base model . . . the 250 HP version of the 4.5L is an upgrade ($10K :unsure:) . . . available in either Alpha or Bravo 3 outdrives.

Sounds like you will want the 250HP . . . Is the uplift in price a concern?
Are there more goodies packed into the engine upgrade?

Any updates on the choice?
 
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