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    I’m looking at a new 225SS. I’m interested in hearing from anyone who has a 225SS powered with the standard 4.5l 250hp Mercruiser with a Bravo III. I’m a little worried that the boat may be underpowered with the the standard engine. Most of the time I boat with my wife and teenage son. They both waterski and my son also wakeboards. My son sometimes brings several of his friends with us. I’m thinking maybe the 215SS may be a better option as it is lighter but has the same horsepower. The jump in engines for a new 225SS is more than I’m willing to pay. Thanks for any input.

  • #2
    Go find a year or 2 old boat with a bb and you will be much happier. That engine no way in that boat . That's just me.
    03 Cobalt 220 8.1gxi 420 9/20/16
    03 Cobalt 220 8.1gi 375 3/16 sold 9/16 "Always for Sale"
    Cobalt 220 5.7gxi 320 10/19/15 sold 2/16
    2004 Cobalt 200 350 mag. "Kids in Tow" 4/30/15 sold 10/8/15
    Clifford Sold 3/7/15 1999 Crownline 202
    350 mag 300 HP MPI Corsa
    Alpha One 1.47 Drive shower
    17p Rev 4, 21p Vensura
    Towed by 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Diamond Edition.

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    • #3
      from S. Carolina. I also agree, a 350 Mag (minimum) or bigger is the only way to go...……...
      MISS "B" HAVEN

      2007 Mastercraft X2, Indmar 350 MCX, 350 hp V-Drive (SOLD 8/12/16)

      Previous boat (1999-2011) : 1999 202BR Carbed 5.7, 250HP, Alpha 1, 17P Rev 4

      Tugger: 2014 Ram 1500 Crew, EcoDiesel


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      • #4
        I had a 2007 240EX with the 5.0 260hp engine. It was "fine" most of the time (with Smart Tabs to get on plane better) but would bog down a bit tubing with a large crew on board. Of course, that was an older engine so may not be perfectly comparable. There are pretty much 2 things you want to make sure you get right as they are hard to impossible to change and that is power and length. I would suggest to 80/20 rule. If 80% of the time it is just the three of you, you will probably be okay with the 250hp. If 80% of the time it will be 5 or more with watersports, you probably would want the bigger power.

        I am not sure where you are located, but I just traded in my 2017 E4 with the 350hp 6.2l. Boat has about 70 hours on it and is very, very clean. Its in northern MA. They gave me low 60's for the trade with a trailer, so that may be in the same ballpark as the new 225 (depending on how you option out the 225). I would be happy to put you in touch with them if that would interest you.
        Last edited by DrewM5; 11-07-2019, 11:25 AM.
        "The problem with internet quotes is that they are hard to verify" - Abraham Lincoln

        2017 E4 350hp 6.2L BIII
        2005 240EX "Chaos" (Sold)

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        • #5
          I agree with Chad’s recommendation of buying a year or two old. Crownlines are heavy boats and the extra power is nice.
          Crownline 235 SS LPX 502

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          • #6
            My 2¢, there are so many gently enjoyed boats available with BB's. Chad's recommendation is the way to go. In the future, having too much HP is a lot better than not enough HP. The premium on a used BB is so much less than new.
            1999 CL 182 LPX - Solid Onyx - Tweaked 5.0 EFI, 19P Rev 4, Smart Tabs,
            Drive Shower & Wireless Remote Trim
            Schlepped by 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel HEMI
            Daily driver - '92 Corvette Convertible - Blackrose/Lt. Grey - 6 Speed. (sold)
            My New GSD Project - Winsome's Bearfoot Journey aka "Journey"

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            • #7
              I don’t think you will find anyone who thinks a smaller engine (or a smaller boat for the most part) is a good idea.

              as suggested, look for something gently used or increase your budget. You won’t regret having a bigger engine. You will regret not having enough engine
              2014 Malibu Wakesetter 23LSV with 450 HP LS3
              2004 Crownline 216 LS 350 Mag BIII "All Paws on Deck" - SOLD with 685 Hours on the clock!
              2012 RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn
              2007 Lund 1660 Sport

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              • #8
                Just wait until those teenage boys start bringing teenage girls. You need a bigger boat and more HP. Tower??
                I would look at a good used 225 with a big block. Or a wakeboard boat.
                2000 266BR Ruby & Opal


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jekish52 View Post
                  I’m looking at a new 225SS. I’m interested in hearing from anyone who has a 225SS powered with the standard 4.5l 250hp Mercruiser with a Bravo III. I’m a little worried that the boat may be underpowered with the the standard engine. Most of the time I boat with my wife and teenage son. They both waterski and my son also wakeboards. My son sometimes brings several of his friends with us. I’m thinking maybe the 215SS may be a better option as it is lighter but has the same horsepower. The jump in engines for a new 225SS is more than I’m willing to pay. Thanks for any input.
                  There was a guy in here in Michigan, Joe Moskie (or something like that). I thought he was on here but he may just be active on the Facebook Group. Anyway, he had an older 202BR 5.0L he sold and then bought a 225SS with a 4.5L that was a couple years old. I think he sold the 225SS during his first season. Not sure why he dumped it so quickly, or how you can reach him, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear it was due to performance. Those new SS models are much heavier than the BR variants.
                  "Maravalis"
                  2001 CROWNLINE 230 BR
                  350 Mag/Bravo III

                  2019 F-150 4X4 SuperCrew XLT Special Edition
                  EcoBoost 400 lb.-ft. of torque

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                  • #10
                    I agree with what has been mentioned above. I have a 2013 215ss with the 250hp 305. Boat required Smart tabs and a 19p High Five just to be able to pull two tubers.
                    If I were to do it again, I would rather have too much and not need it, than need it and not have it.

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                    • #11
                      I agree. I have too much and still not enough. It never is . Go big or go home. Add another year or 3 to the payment and go big.
                      03 Cobalt 220 8.1gxi 420 9/20/16
                      03 Cobalt 220 8.1gi 375 3/16 sold 9/16 "Always for Sale"
                      Cobalt 220 5.7gxi 320 10/19/15 sold 2/16
                      2004 Cobalt 200 350 mag. "Kids in Tow" 4/30/15 sold 10/8/15
                      Clifford Sold 3/7/15 1999 Crownline 202
                      350 mag 300 HP MPI Corsa
                      Alpha One 1.47 Drive shower
                      17p Rev 4, 21p Vensura
                      Towed by 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Diamond Edition.

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                      • #12
                        Plus the second owner will really appreciate it and pay part of the premium.
                        2006 Crownline 180 BR
                        4.3 L MerCruiser Alpha One 1.81
                        Prestige trailer
                        Platform by: Swimplatform.com
                        19P Rev 4 SS Prop

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                        • #13
                          Not enough engine for that boat.
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                          2018 Malibu 23 LSV (6.2L Raptor 450)
                          2005 202BR (350 MAG) - Sold
                          2010 Tundra Crewmax

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                          • #14
                            Welcome to the HQ Jekish. These guys are giving you straight advise. I haven't logged on in a bit so I'll spring for typing a rant while I'm here.
                            In my experience, the standard engines offered are almost always, no always-always weak. Borders on incurable defect. They do it to keep the price down, lure new boaters. Forget about the base price on any boat you look at. Go straight to the engine package "options" add the biggest they offer and tick the box. That's the real starting point before adding chrome cup holders etc. If that number doesn't fit the budget look at smaller boats (boo!), shop 2-3 yr old boats (excellent advice) or save your nickels awhile longer (boo!). The 10k or whatever for the right engine well worth not being underwhelmed and having to go thru the expense of unloading the lemon and buying right. LOL if they say it works just fine most of the time, run. That one time you struggle getting on plane will be burned in your brain in a bad way.
                            Tell me asshole - What's your fair share of everything I've worked for??? Please join me in starving and beating the govt back to it's honeymoon physique.

                            2000 Formula 260SS 502 Mag B3
                            2003 Suburban 2500 8.1L
                            2011 Honda Civic w/1.8L
                            2017 Honda Civic w/1.5L

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                            • #15
                              Well said Paul!!
                              03 Cobalt 220 8.1gxi 420 9/20/16
                              03 Cobalt 220 8.1gi 375 3/16 sold 9/16 "Always for Sale"
                              Cobalt 220 5.7gxi 320 10/19/15 sold 2/16
                              2004 Cobalt 200 350 mag. "Kids in Tow" 4/30/15 sold 10/8/15
                              Clifford Sold 3/7/15 1999 Crownline 202
                              350 mag 300 HP MPI Corsa
                              Alpha One 1.47 Drive shower
                              17p Rev 4, 21p Vensura
                              Towed by 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Diamond Edition.

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