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Nitro Avalanche and Optimax motor?

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Personally, I think the "no hole-shot" mantra has been much overblown for the 4-strokes. I've got a 115 Yammy- we put a hydrofoil fin and the correct prop on it and I am very satisfied with it. I've also talked to a lot of people who feel the no hole-shot is a bit of a bad wrap and exaggeration.
I've also hear the Optimax isn't necessarily the best route to take for a lot of reasons. I'm sure that some Optimax owner will chime in here and say otherwise though. Different strokes for different folks.
Good luck,
Scoot

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Scoot-
I cant agree more. Different strokes for different folks. I have a Honda 4 Stroke with a Stainless Prop and am very satisfied with both the hole shot and top end speed. Could I get more? Maybe, but at what cost? Fuel performance and engine sound is much more of a priority for me.

I have two friends with the 225 Opti's. Both are very satisfied with performance. Certainly guzzles more gas than my 90 hp 4 stroke, but doing 55+ typically does that.

You will get lots more opinions on this subject.

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Birddog --
If your Dad is looking for ride, speed, and comfort, have him look at the Tracker Targa fiberglass. Several pros on the walleye trail run these, and I can say from experience they handle big water, get up on plane fast, and provide a dry ride.

Tracker has another welded hull aluminum (the Tundra) which is also a very nice boat, but it's not fiberglass -- even tho part of their marketing strategy is to "sell" it on the notion it is molded and formed like fiberglass. The aluminum has not yet been made that will perform like fiberglass.

In case you're wondering, my fishing boat is an 18 Tracker Targa aluminum -- it's fine for my purposes, but it's no match for a similar sized fiberglass.

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Hey guys, my dad is looking at buying a Nitro Avalanche boat, from what I have read, it is basically a new concept boat with thick aluminum that looks and feels like fiberglass, only a lot lighter....I found the boat at trackerboats.com....anyone know anything about this boat or have any advice. Also, ever since the merc. Optimax motor has come out he has wanted the 150 hp...now that he is looking at boats, he has had some people say that the optimax isnt' the best choice. He does care about a fast hole shot and enjoys top end speed......for some reason he has shied away from a fourstroke due to the fact he has been told it doesn't have as quick of a hole shot.
Any info on either the boat or the motor would be appreciated.
Thanks


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I currently own a 2000 merc 90hp and I love it!! I do know that if I were to upgrade to a 150hp it would be a standard 150 merc fuel injected!! Excellent runner/starter/fuel economy!! Yes its gonna be harder on gas then a fourstroke but its an excellent choice for a 150 hp class motor!! I have heard numerous serious complaints on the 150 optimax!! They are also alot more dough then the standard 150!! Check into it!!! Just my two cents!!
Also I would seroisly look at the Yamaha 150 HPDI!! Its gotta be one of the best!! Its gonna run faster and they troll down excellent!!

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