90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

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Chaz S
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90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

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I'm about ready to buy a motor for my Malahini. I'm a 20 year old who wants to have enough power to take a few friends out skiing and tubing. So I think that I need a minimum of a 70HP but would prefer a 90 HP. I want to make sure my transom can handle the weight of the outboard and skier/tuber. Ideally, I would have gotten the 90 HP Etec which weighs 320 lbs, but they don't make them any more.
My options now are;
90 HP Suzuki, weighs 348 lbs. It is cheaper and weighs less than other 90 HP outboards. (my favorite option, just don't want to break the boat)
70 HP Yamaha, weighs 258 lbs. Lighter than the 90 Suzuki but more expensive.
60 HP of any brand, should be fine with any brand.
I know that others have used the 90 Etec on Malahini's and Geronimo's with success. I think that I would be fine with the 90 HP Suzuki, I just want to hear other peoples opinions on whether I have braced the back of my boat enough to handle it.
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Hercdrvr
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Re: 90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

Post by Hercdrvr »

A 90 hp will be fine on there, you have way more structure back there than I built in. I’ve been giving mine hell for 5 years. Keep in mind, mine is a 252 lb Yamaha 2 stroke. Battery is mounted forward and the tank is aft.
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Biss
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Re: 90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

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I have a 60HP 4 stroke on my Malahini, and have skied behind it (200lb, out-of-shape 44 yr old guy!). If you want to do some serious skiing then you probably will want to have the extra power, especially if you plan to do any slalom skiing. The 90 sounds like a good choice! Structurally, it looks like it would be fine, but I think I'd put the fuel tank up front to better balance the weight. My boat pops right out of the hole and I contribute some of that to having 100+lbs of fuel up front. Another thing you can do is use a "y" style tow harness when pulling skiers/tubers, that will help distribute the weight between your two tow point on the transom.

You got a nice build going there, you should share some more pics!

Biss

Chaz S
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Re: 90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

Post by Chaz S »

Thanks for the responses. Looking at your builds has helped me out quite a bit. I think I will go with the 90 Suzuki. I bought the 19 gal mueller bow tank cause like you say it should help balance the boat better.
A couple of pics of the boat as requested. I wrapped it with shrink wrap to help protect the paint. (don't mind the messy shop)
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JimmY
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Re: 90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

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You must be really tall! That is a looong reach for the steering wheel! :lol:

Looks really nice.
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hoodman
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Re: 90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

Post by hoodman »

Nice Malahini! You'll be happy with 90 I think. Suzuki now makes the lightest 90 with the Etec being gone. I have a 90 on my Geronimo and skiing and tubing are great with it. Other than figuring out what to do with the damned tube.
Matt

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Chaz S
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Re: 90 HP Suzuki for Malahini

Post by Chaz S »

Thanks,
JimmY wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:33 pm
You must be really tall! That is a looong reach for the steering wheel! :lol:
Even though I’m standard height, the leg room is amazing! :wink:

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