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Nitro Z-7 200HP?? #13917 07/18/13 09:06 PM
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What is your opinions about a 2009 Nitro Z-7 with a 200 HP Mercury Optimax? I am pretty sure 2010 was the last year they were rated for 200 hp max. The newer models are only rated for 150hp max.

What do you guys think on that size of a boat with that HP?
Specs: 18'8" Dry Weight: 1550lbs
What would the Chin-walking be for that set-up?


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Re: Nitro Z-7 200HP?? [Re: FishermanFrank] #13918 07/19/13 01:46 AM
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Hopefully, if it were set up correctly there would NO chine-walking. I really don't have an opinion of the Nitros, especially the Z-7 models. You see an awful lot of them on the lakes. I think it must be one of the BPS most marketable/affordable bass boats.


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Re: Nitro Z-7 200HP?? [Re: FishermanFrank] #13919 07/19/13 02:12 AM
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Yup that's true it's just I was thinking that was why they moved the maximum HP rating from 200 down to 150 for possible Chine-walking problems.
That's a pretty small boat to have a 200hp on it.
Yeah, I have seen 3 of them just on Allatoona.


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Re: Nitro Z-7 200HP?? [Re: FishermanFrank] #13920 07/19/13 12:30 PM
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Most likely they did it because a 150 is more common for an 18ft boat and to lower the cost of package. Don't know about the chine walk issue....as Bob mentioned above that has a lot to do with the set-up. Another big factor is the design of the hull...my Triton TR196 loved to chine-walk starting about 65...
Nitros are heavy boats...but, have a wide beam. I think the Triton 18ft boat is around 1200lbs and rated for a 150.

The heavier Nitro probably has better ride than the triton. Ride probably isn't that important to you...but, when you get 50+ (in age) ride quality seems to be a bit more important!!! lol35

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Re: Nitro Z-7 200HP?? [Re: FishermanFrank] #13921 07/19/13 12:34 PM
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oh and if the boat is rated for a 200 I can't see that there is a problem. But, you want to steer clear of boats that have engines that exceed the rating for the boat.

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Re: Nitro Z-7 200HP?? [Re: FishermanFrank] #13922 07/19/13 07:52 PM
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Ok thanks buddy. Yeah for the most part almost all the tournaments I will be fishing that is one of the first rules "not exceeding the recommended HP rating".


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Re: Nitro Z-7 200HP?? [Re: FishermanFrank] #13939 07/22/13 07:53 PM
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Also if you have a motor on there that is more hp than the boat is rated for insurance company's will not cover it. just a thought.

Re: Nitro Z-7 200HP?? [Re: FishermanFrank] #13940 07/22/13 09:36 PM
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Yeah, thanks buddy. Whenever I have the time and money to upgrade I will not even consider a boat that is over powered by the approved rating. That rating is there for a reason.


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