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Muddy Water
Posted 4/14/2017 2:23 PM (#115275)
Subject: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?


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Hi Tuffy 1760 owners!

I'm about to lay down some cash on a new 1760 GC and I could use some advice.
I want the 115 which I think will do fine on day trips, but will I be disappointed when I hit the big water with supplies for a week long trip with two guys? Anyone own the merc command thrust? I know it's a big debate subject but Yamaha or merc? I'm partial to Yamaha since I own a F225 and a T8 kicker on my salmon boat. I also have a merc 4 stroke 50 on my jon boat which takes a licking without fail. All motors, however are ten years old at least.

I think I'll go with a Terrova on the bow.

Electronics? I have zero experience with Humminbird. I have a Lowrance Elite 7 but I'm disappointed with the chartplotter's slow redraw speed. I've been super pleased with Navionics chips and their unbelievable accuracy. A good chart is critical since I will always be operating in rocky waters.

Please chime in with any ideas. I've never stepped foot in a Tuffy, and a lot has changed since I rigged my last new boat.
Much appreciated!

Muddy
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Tanner Wildes
Posted 4/16/2017 5:00 PM (#115282 - in reply to #115275)
Subject: RE: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?


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I think you will love the ride you will get from your 1760, I would hands down go with the Mercury 150 4-stroke. Excellent top end speed, and it will troll you down no problem. It is by far the most popular engine I have seen go out with the 1760.

As for electronics, do your research on pick the one you like the best. if you have any questions on how to properly rig it though, take it to someone who knows how to properly. You want to really maximize what your units can do, and properly rigging them will do that. Hope this helps!

Tanner
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KHedquist
Posted 4/18/2017 6:08 AM (#115283 - in reply to #115282)
Subject: Re: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?



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I would go 150, look at the new G2 150, gobs more torgue and and better fuel mileage. Look at the Lowrance Gen 3 its in another class than the Elite 7, and so you own a smart phone? The touch screen is like comparing a smartphone to a flip phone of the Elite 7 and Humminbird. And with the Gen 3 you can do live mapping on the screen with Navionics cards.
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Muddy Water
Posted 4/18/2017 8:59 AM (#115284 - in reply to #115282)
Subject: RE: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?


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I've seen the Tuffy's on my lake for years and knew that was my next boat. I might be the first one on the lake with a 1760.

I think I may have regrets if I purchase the 115. My big water trips include big guys with big gear to a remote cabin. I'm afraid the 115 may be too doggy when I need it most. Strange that my dealer says I would be happy with the 115 and don't need to upgrade.

Even though I've rigged a few of my own boats, I think I'll have the dealer do it this time so it's dialed in when I come in to fish and shake down the new boat. I want a transducer mounting plate, too.

Looking at Lowrance or Garmin for the console, and a Humminbird for the bow so it can talk to the Minn Kota? Still researching.

I really appreciate your opinion, Tanner. I'm hyped.

Muddy
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Muddy Water
Posted 4/18/2017 9:18 AM (#115285 - in reply to #115283)
Subject: Re: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?


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Kirt-
Thanks for your opinion. Saw your "mood lighting" on FB. Sweet boat. Very pimpy on the metal flake! I will be adding interior lights too. Have you heard of anyone installing underwater lights in Tuffys? That would be so cool.

That G2 is crazy looking! You can pick out the panel covers-camo even! I'll bet it's a screamer. I think my dealer only does Mercs and Yamahas.

Dealer recommended and quoted a Lowrance Carbon HDS9. That's where I'm leaning towards at the console, but I want to look at Garmins too. I need to see if Garmin's lake maps are as detailed and accurate as Navionics'-that could be a deal breaker. Time for a local field trip to get some hands on some graphs/plotters.

Looks like I'll be getting prices on 150s.
Much appreciated-
Muddy



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KHedquist
Posted 4/18/2017 11:35 AM (#115286 - in reply to #115275)
Subject: Re: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?



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Remember you can link the Xi5 Motorguide to the Lowrance and do pretty much everything the Minnkota and Bird can.

The touch screens make this extremely easy.
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KHedquist
Posted 4/18/2017 11:47 AM (#115287 - in reply to #115275)
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Have you heard of anyone installing underwater lights in Tuffys? That would be so cool.

The thought has crossed my mind.

When you go look at graphs compare how east the touch screen is to make a waypoint vs the old keypad versions
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Muddy Water
Posted 4/18/2017 11:52 AM (#115288 - in reply to #115286)
Subject: Re: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?


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I hadn't considered motor guide. I only have experience with basic older Minn Kotas.

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KHedquist
Posted 4/18/2017 12:12 PM (#115289 - in reply to #115288)
Subject: Re: New Tuffy 1760. 115 or 150 hp?



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Works similar to the Terrova
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