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#1
Good day everyone.
I am new on here, and would like some opinions from CB 500 owners or copilots that have been on these boats.

I am in the market for a new or good secondhand one and would like to find out regarding engine size? Does the boat perform adequately with a 115 merc 4 stroke or is a 150 needed? I am not looking for ultimate speed. Just good allround performance. The plan is to buy right the first time and not need to upgrade soon.

The options at the moment is second hand:
Merc 150 optimax
Merc 150 EFI
Yamaha 150 2 stroke
Merc 200 EFI

And then new:
Merc 115 4 stroke
Suzuki DF 140 A 4 stroke ( reports say engine is a bit pap)
Merc 150 4 stroke 
Suzuki DF 200 A 4 stroke ( cheaper than merc 150 ) 

The CB500 boat is 5 m / 16 ft and rated from 90 to 200 hp.
Any input will be appreciated

PS , I am not a new boat owner, just never a bass boat.
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#2
Good day.

I have seen a CB500 with up to a 225 HP 2-stoke Mercury / Mariner

We have on CB500 here in the Western Cape the person runs it with a 4-stroke Mercury.

A friend of mine Scott Matthew up in Gauteng runs a 200 2-stroke Mercury on this.

Let me know in what area you are and then I can put you in touch with any of these gentlemen.
Regards Robert Jacobs
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#3
Thanks Navrik, I am in Gauteng.

I do have the option to fit a Merc 200EFI, and I have no doubt it will be a pocket rocket with that motor.

Do you know anyone with a smaller motor, 115 maybe on the  CB 500?
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#4
I have a CB500 with a 150hp Mariner 2 stroke, and it's more than enough for the boat.
If you are not after top end speed... that is.
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(05-12-2021, 09:51 AM)StevieG Wrote: I have a CB500 with a 150hp Mariner 2 stroke, and it's more than enough for the boat.
If you are not after top end speed... that is.

Thanks StevieG, I am indeed not looking for top speed! Just a well rounded package. 

After much google and youtube, I have narrowed the two options to the Suzuki DF 140 A and the DF 150 A. I am leaning towards the 150 at the moment but will make a final decision later.

I see in the states they run 17 ft boats with 115 FS engine and they perform well. I do not need to look like a Bass pro with a 250 hp on a 21 ft boat.
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(05-22-2021, 09:53 PM)Expidite Wrote:
(05-12-2021, 09:51 AM)StevieG Wrote: I have a CB500 with a 150hp Mariner 2 stroke, and it's more than enough for the boat.
If you are not after top end speed... that is.

Thanks StevieG, I am indeed not looking for top speed! Just a well rounded package. 

After much google and youtube, I have narrowed the two options to the Suzuki DF 140 A and the DF 150 A. I am leaning towards the 150 at the moment but will make a final decision later.

I see in the states they run 17 ft boats with 115 FS engines and they perform well. I do not need to look like a Bass pro with a 250 hp on a 21 ft boat.

I plan to fit an Ultrex on the front as I fish alone most of the time, this might influence my decision.

anyone know of a CB 500 with a DF140 outboard on the back?
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#7
Another point I discovered, I was quoted by two Merc dealers for a 150 plain merc not the XS - R 238000 110 kw
And from Suzuki,  a Suzuki DF200AF R 205000 140 kw. All incl - yes prop , controls and choice of analog or digital MFD gauges.

At least the brand choice is easy!
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#8
Suzuki is very aggressive on their pricing and one by one more guys are switching to them. 2 Western Cape guys just powered and re-powered with a 200 and and a 250 recently.
Regards Robert Jacobs
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