How much weight would need to be removed from a modern ski boat to make 300 hp acceptable instead of the 400 hp in some current models? Would 500 pounds be enough? Also, what would this weight reduction do to the wake?
In looking at boats and weight I realized that the engine is about 900 pounds of the weight dry. Now compare that to the Evinrude eTech weight at 500 pounds, which includes the transmission, lower assembly, and prop. Before you flame me for talking about outboards, please hear me out. I'm thinking the eTech engine could be mounted as an inboard. It puts out a lot of power at a low weight and size, reducing boat weight and increasing usable volume. I'm sure there are some serious drawbacks. What an I missing?