New boat owner questions

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Maxum 2300SC

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New boat owner questions

I am a new owner of a 2000 Maxum 2300 Sc with a 5.7 mercruiser (250hp) alpha 1 Gen 2. This boat is completely stock with only general parts replaced (such as belts, pumps, starters, and batteries) No improvements have been made to it yet. I know it has the stock original propeller on the boat (only 170 hours when purchased) without any trim tabs. after taking the boat out all weekend I noticed a few things I would like to improve. I am only getting 32mph to 35mph between 3500 and 4500 rpm. for 1k rpm I only gain 1 mph or nothing at all. Also the need of a trim tab is nearly unbearable.

Nice to meet you, bleak. I am in the same boat as you (Ha Ha) in that I too am a new owner and still learning my machine. I have a 2002 2300 SC with the 5.0L 220 hp Alpha 1 and also 170 hrs. I keep mine on Vancouver Island and have only driven it once for a couple of hours. The prop is a beat up Mercury 19 Pitch. I used it that one time only for reference as my first purchase was to be a new prop (I never run damaged props). I was surprised I got 41 mph GPS at 4600 rpm on this prop. I had three people on board, full tanks and all the gear I will ever carry. I have no trim tabs or ventilation plates. So that should serve as a reference for you.

Despite the dealer telling me otherwise during his pre delivery test run, I found the holeshot to be acceptable and low planing speeds to be good. He advised switching to a 4 blade prop.

I did however notice a few things I wasn’t happy with and perhaps others could weigh in on this briefly (I think it is in line with this thread):

The trim is VERY narrow range of operation. Three seconds on the button and I am at trailering position. Is this normal? My outboard takes closer to 10-12 seconds to travel the full range.

The Faria trim gauge jumps all over the place during trimming and takes a second to settle after releasing the button (anyone else observe this? Where is the sensor?) and,

Maxum 2300SC

the prop ventilates VERY easily.

I’ve recently ordered a set of Piranha composite props in 18 and 20 4-blade configuration. I’ve used these on my outboard and everyone Ive known who owns Piranhas thinks they are better than aluminum.

I’ve also ordered the Smart Tabs SX series model 90 for the boat. Going to wait a bit to see how the new prop works and will add them later but TOO many have said these puppies are a Gawd-send, (they cost less than half a tank of fuel so why not?). I use a Doel-Fin on my 17′ outboard and think the same of it. I may even try it on the Maxum. Will let you know how all these turn out on the water.


Last edited by majbach; 06-27-2012 at 05:00 PM .

Maxum 2300SC

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