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    2018 VR6 - OB - 200 Verado Pro - Top Speed

    I am taking delivery on this puppy late April. Just curious as to what top speed some folks have hit with the same set up.

    #2
    From everything I can find you should be in the high 40's. The 250 hp version is stated at 52 mph. I would imaging you're within 5 of that. Be warned however, the 200 hp Verado variant has a design flaw and the motor cannot trim up all the way without hitting the engine cover.

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      #3
      Gosh with 200 horses and the weight, I'd suspect you'd be in the low 40s. I have a 642 with an I/O 4.3L Merc 220HP and A1 outdrive. With a 19P 3 blade prop I was able to hit 47 mpg (by gps) with two people on board in perfect glass conditions. Here's the thing though, I don't really want to go that fast. The hull that I think we both have is a medium depth vee and not really meant for high speed. The Stingrays and similar are faster but like any flatter hull, they'll slap in chop instead of cut. Cutting gives you a smoother ride. The biggest issue I have had, and that I think a lot of VR5 and VR6 folks have, is planing. With more than 3 on board and gear and nobody up front, it's hard to get on plane with the stock prop configuration (3 blade 19P). I switched to a 4 blade 18P prop and that helped a lot, way more low end, although my top speed went down to high 30s low 40s. So then I was good planing with 4 but not five, so I put on self leveling (spring) tabs and that helped more and might have slowed me some -- but for the first time I could actually get o n plane with 7 on board and also I could trim up without porposing. That was huge and made for a smoother ride. Things are acceptable right now but not totally perfect, so this spring I plan to install a stainless four-blade 19p and see where that gets me.

      I dig that VR6 and I think you'll be happy. In the end you'll be pleased with the value, as just about any boat you buy will have some need to address. The VR6 is a versatile capable boat with a reliable and powerful OB. It's not a speed demon, but speed demon boats aren't necessarily comfortable rides, either. Every time I get passed by a Formula doing 60, I remember that I can afford a lovely dinner for myself and my guests for the amount of fuel that person just blew through. That's also what I mean by comfortable. With that 200 I suspect your fuel economy will mean you'll spend just $50-100 bucks a weekend on fuel and not $500 to $1000. That's a huge consideration. At least it was for me. Congrats btw!!!
      It is when you give of yourself that you truly give - Kahlil Gilbran
      2015 Bayliner 642 in Red, 4.3L MPI, Alpha 1 Gen II
      Eagle Runner

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        #4
        I have the Verado pro 200 on my VR6. The prop they sent with the boat was the wrong pitch. The sent 11 pitch and the boat was all low end no top end and hit rev limiters. I put 17 pitch prop and I lost a little low end but gained a lot of top end. Max speed on a good day was 53. But 49 mph regularly. At wide open you use a lot of gas. I run it at 3500 rpm and cruise about 35 mph that’s its sweet spot

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          #5
          The Verado pro does tilt up all the way out of the water no issues there

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            #6
            Thank you for all the replies!

            I believe the boat was sent back to Bayliner and they put a new mount on the motor so that it can tilt all the way out of the water. I think this is one of the reason they still have the 2018, its one of their last ones they were trying to move so I got a pretty good deal. The Marine where i purchased assured me it will tilt up and out. I am in Long Island, NY and will be running the boat in salt water, so tilting the motor out is crucial for me.

            Thanks for all the responses, about top end speed. The boat is quite an upgrade for me, so mid to high 40's will be plenty fast!

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              #7
              Good luck with it. I bought it in queens and keep it there.

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