DOUBLE THE FUN
What's Power Got to Do With It? You Be the Judge.
Story and photos by John Tiger, Jr.
We had a chance to double up on Nitro’s midsized 591 bass boat when two models showed up for testing, so naturally we made the most of the situation. Nitro offers the 591 with a choice of 175 and 200 Mercury outboards, and the upgrade cost is just under three grand (including the hydraulic setback jackplate). Since we had two boats with different power options, we decided to see what the hull could really do, and what difference the added ponies make.
FAST AND FASTER
Our 175-equipped Nitro was set up conservatively, with no setback jackplate or ability to change engine height. With a 25-inch-pitch Mercury Tempest Plus propeller spinning at 5400 rpm, our best top speed was 63.6 mph. Handling at this speed was easy and secure, with no tendencies to chinewalk. With little effort we drove this rig at its maximum speed. If you pay some attention to the setup, a few more mph is easily within reach.
Our 200-powered rig was an entirely different animal. This one was rigged and set up by Jaco’s Marine of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (931/762-6710; jacosmarine.com), a dealership with a penchant for wringing the most out of a bass boat. Equipped with a CMC hydraulic jackplate and swinging a 27-inch-pitch Mercury Trophy propeller, we maxed out at 76 mph (5700 rpm). Getting to 76 mph was one thing; keeping the Nitro there in changing water conditions was another. Up on the pad, with the jackplate raised and the trim extended, the Nitro’s driving characteristics asked for constant attention. The boat rides high on the pad so it’s easy for crossing waves, boat wakes or wind gusts to push it around. The boat is not unsafe by any means, but it did require a fair amount of skill to maintain top speed given our conditions.
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