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115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby interiorak » Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:12 pm

Anybody out there running a 115/80 jet four stroke on a 20' Wooldridge Alaskan II or XL? If so, how's the overall performance- empty, loaded, solo trips, up to 4 people, etc.? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Crawdad Johnny » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:36 am

Just my opinion, but I think it would be under powered. I'm running a 150/105 (direct injected 2-stroke) on my 17 ft Alaskan and I wouldn't want any less power. Especially if you plan on hauling multiple people and/or large loads. I'm boating at about 4,000 ft in elevation. It will be interesting to see what others think.
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby steelheadfreak » Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:59 am

Im running a Merc 115/80 on a Wooly 17' Alaskan XL. Great motor with good power for 2 guys and some average gear. Im anywhere from 4500 to 4800 RPM depending. If I ran 3 guys on the regular, I would have went 150/105. If I had the 20' Alaskan XL, minimum 150/105
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby interiorak » Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:53 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys. As much as it pains me to see this boat sit under my deck and collect birch pollen for the past month, what I don't want is to jump the gun and regret doing it. And then have to do it all over again down the road. Thanks again.
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Deerhunter » Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:55 am

I’ve got a 200HO Etec on a 20 Alaskan XL. Love it. My buddy has the same boat and had a 150 Etec. He upgraded to the same engine I have and said he never realized how underpowered he was before.
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby mtncntrykid » Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:28 pm

You won't be happy with an 80hp jet on that big of a boat. I feel slightly under powered at times with that size on my 17ft Wooly.
Don't want to see you having to repower in a year or two. Good luck!
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Captainvette » Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:36 am

I have a 20’ Custom Weld Shallow Water which is just Custom Welds version of the Alaskan XL and I have a 225 Evinrude on it. Wouldn’t want less.
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Htnbuks » Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:35 pm

Captainvette wrote:I have a 20’ Custom Weld Shallow Water which is just Custom Welds version of the Alaskan XL and I have a 225 Evinrude on it. Wouldn’t want less.


What top speed are you getting? They’re making mine now, I got a 225 Mercury
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Captainvette » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:04 am

Htnbuks wrote:
Captainvette wrote:I have a 20’ Custom Weld Shallow Water which is just Custom Welds version of the Alaskan XL and I have a 225 Evinrude on it. Wouldn’t want less.


What top speed are you getting? They’re making mine now, I got a 225 Mercury


I’m getting around 38 mph but I have a pretty heavily loaded boat with a 24 volt trolling motor and a 9.9 kicker and 2 downriggers
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Bently907 » Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:58 pm

What about new Suzuki’s with the gear reduction?

I just had a salesman try to steer me away from a 115/80 on a 17 wooldridge Alaskan with a 53” bottom. He said he wouldn’t go smaller than 115/80 (which is currently on the boat) unless he was getting a Suzuki in which he recommended the 90/65 (if I did my math correct).

Same size impeller on the smaller Zuk, he claimed a loaded boat would still run over 30 mph at wot and have essentially the same hole shot.
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Dust Rider » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:51 pm

I have a 08 Alaskan II. 20' boat with windshield. Im running a Optimax 225. I would put the largest motor on that is spec. There is no replacement for displacement. With family in boat and gear loaded you can feel it working harder. When its just me running she rips and can get up to 34 mph (5000' elevation)
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Re: 115/80 4 stroke + 20' Wooldridge

Postby Captainvette » Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:21 pm

Bently907 wrote:What about new Suzuki’s with the gear reduction?

I just had a salesman try to steer me away from a 115/80 on a 17 wooldridge Alaskan with a 53” bottom. He said he wouldn’t go smaller than 115/80 (which is currently on the boat) unless he was getting a Suzuki in which he recommended the 90/65 (if I did my math correct).

Same size impeller on the smaller Zuk, he claimed a loaded boat would still run over 30 mph at wot and have essentially the same hole shot.


That blows my mind.

I dont understand why anyone would go this route? The hull and trailer for a bare bones base model 2020 17' Alaskan is $24k. That 90hp Suzuki is like $7900 online which puts you at $32k. The pump is going to be another $2500. So you are at $35k. A Merc 150 is $12999 . At that point why the hell wouldnt you max out the hp and go with the Merc for 40k total? Makes absolutely no sense to me. What does 5k matter at this point? If you cant afford the boat with the Merc 150 then you really cant afford the boat regardless.

Just my opinion
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