Searay 190 vs 205, help needed :-)

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by sharpsolver, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    My 185 has the 4.3, really a great little boat and PLENTY of power from the 4.3 to do about anything you would want with that boat.
  2. KnotEasy

    KnotEasy Member

    May 14, 2013
    Whitehall, Mi.
    205 Sport
    5.0L MPI
    I didn't sell it. Don't count on 59mph either, maybe on the trailer pulling it behind your truck. 55 mph on the water, yes.
  3. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Member

    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 SeaRay 205 Sport
    2008 GMC Envoy
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    For what it's worth my TKS version starts first time every time. Haven't touched the carb. Just good maintenance. Nothing special.
  4. searay205

    searay205 New Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    2011 Searay sport
    5.0MPI Catalyst
    I sold my Starcraft (3.0L) to a very heavy family. I had an extra prop and changed from the 21 pitch to 17 pitch. It planed much better but would top out at 35mph. My buddy has a 195 with the 5.0 liter TKS. Outside the fickle carburetor it is powered adequately. Oh very interesting and true what a previous poster said the 3.0liter is much louder than the 205. I guess the 205 outdrive sits deep in the water where the exhaust is cover.
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    Exhaust is through the prop and both boats have their props pretty much the same distance into the water - not enough of a difference to make any noticeable change, anyways. The 3.0L, itself, is a lounder engine than the V8. The 175 also has less sound deadoning material than the 190 or the 205.
  6. sharpsolver

    sharpsolver New Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    Vienna Austria
    Searay 190 SPE (Sport Europe) 2013
    Towing Vehicle: BMW 2016 5 Series
    Merc. 3.0. 135hp Alpha One
    Alright, I saw the 205, the engine was in great condition, all maintenance was perfectly done.
    Unfortunately esp. the polstry and the inner surfaces looked more used after a few years on saltwater than expected.
    So I decided to first testdrive the 190 with the 3.0. engine that I already saw hibernating and that looked like new.
    As winter returned, it will take some time ... We will see ...

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