Valero YT Motor

Randy, I own a 1987 Valero YT with a 1985 Stock 175 Mariner motor. The motor has a Bob's nose cone and LWP on it.  I am thinking of putting a 225 on this. I currently run a 28 chopper and a Land & Sea 4 x 8 Hydraulic Lift. I run a consistent 75 + with this set up. (I sold the Viper w/ 150 XR2 to get this, the open bow is great) What type of speed should I expect or how could I improve on speed. I do not have solid motor mounts yet. Any "low cost" hop ups I could do? A grand or less?

I mostly pull tubes or kneeboards, or foot myself. What are the advantages or disadvantages if I get a 200 or 225? Would my mostly recreation use not justify a larger motor? Any info on foreseen problems or speed I would see with a bigger motor would be great? Any idea of where I may be able to find a good used motor from? 




The new generation 3 litre 200-225 motor on your Valero YT would be a bad idea. A 225X Merc or 200XS would be ok as they are the same weight as your current outboard. Unless you are going full boat with a 225X or a high strung 200, don't expect to break 80. Both the 225X or 200XS will break 80, but they are hugely expensive. We build motors for rigs like yours that push it near 90, but with the uses that you are talking your boat works pretty good now. The faster you go, the more your kneeboarding, tube pulling will suffer - unless you throw some serious cash at a changeable versatile setup. 




Please submit whatever questions you have to  All questions and answers selected will be displayed on this page as they come in.  Note: though all boaters are welcome, priority may be given to I.H.R. members.  Randy can not be held responsible for any advice given.  Though his information and expertise is second to none, he has no control over what you do with your boat.  It is up to you to boat safely and act responsibly, and his advice is only to be used as a guidance for your high performance boat/motor of which you are the one responsible for the risks involved.

Mark C.


[ Home l About I.H.R. l History l Models l Registry l Members' Pictures l Feature Article l Tech Talk ]
[ Literature l Events l Top Guns l Guest Boat l Classifieds l Video Gallery l Racing Corner ]
[ Prop Slippage Program l Animated Videos l Screen Savers l HIN Decoder l Links l Contact Mark ]