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Buying a 2018 Scarab

Discussion in 'Rotax Engine Topics' started by ducati848, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. ducati848

    ducati848 New Member

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    Boat Make:
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    Year:
    2011
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    I am buying a new 2018 Scarab 215! Does anyone have any insight on the engine options? Are the twin 250 really useful or more just a waste of money over the twin 200?
     
  2. Betik

    Betik Jet Boat Addict

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    Location:
    Frisco, TX
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
  3. Rick215HO

    Rick215HO Well-Known Member

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    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Ratings:
    +85 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Scarab
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    HO Impulse
    Boat Length:
    25
    I put about 20 hours on a 215 - 300HP and then I had my 215HO with 400 HP in which I put about 125 hours.

    imho: If you will be using the boat in flat water and like to run WOT all the time then MAYBE you can use the extra horsepower and get a few more MPHs. In reality the hull will not allow you to run anywhere close to WOT in any wave action or choppy water (too harsh). The 300 HP normally aspirated version has plenty of pull and acceleration and you don't have intercoolers or superchargers (better value/better reliability/*less maintenance). If I was buying a 215 again I would go normally aspirated. *At minimum the superchargers have scheduled overhaul at 200 hours.

    I like to go fast too (fellow 1199 rider) but in my engine history on my 215HO I put less than 10% of the 125 hours over 6500 RPMs (my conditions were rarely those were I could go that fast with that hull without fusing my spine) and I could have done better on the normally aspirated version... Go test drive both and decide, but WOT speed and HP alone are a poor indicator for me in this boat. The 255 is another story, heavier boat, better hull design and balance, 500 HP is ok.
     
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  4. Betik

    Betik Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Frisco, TX
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
    @Rick215HO arent you busy with a write up or something ?
     
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  5. robert cabrerea

    robert cabrerea Well-Known Member

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Jacksonville Fl.
    Ratings:
    +84 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    You better look up carbon seal and scarab boats before you drop serious coin man.
     
  6. Scottdip

    Scottdip Active Member

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    Location:
    Lake Geneva, WI
    Ratings:
    +45 / 5
    Boat Make:
    Scarab
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    HO Impulse
    Boat Length:
    25
    I have the 255 with the twin 200's. I'm glad I saved the $5k and went for the 200's over the 250's. I think in reality the 200's are actually 208hp and the 250's are actually 242hp. I agree with the post above, figure out how often you will be going WOT and how choppy your lake is.

    I don't want to get into a Yamaha vs Scarab debate, but if you look around this great site you will see for yourself that both manufacturers have their issues. Par for the course in the powersports industry.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
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