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    Hello all, I am considering several different boating options, one of which being the Makai. What are your all‘s thoughts regarding engines? Most of the ones for sale that I have seen come with the standard 400 raptor engine. I have heard some random comments regarding that not being enough engine and I would not be satisfied with out the 450 engine. I of course know this has to do with a lot of factors. Sometimes there may only be three people in the boat, other times there may be 12. I’m just looking for all around best case scenario. Is it really that big of a deal with the 400 engine regarding being under powered? Or do most people feel like it’s a non-issue and you’re fine with the 400? I appreciate everyone’s input!

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    I demoed a 2020 Makai with the 400. The 2020s come with the 1.76 trans, so somewhat equivalent to the 2019s with the 450. We had 5 adults and 3 kids, full stock ballast plus 500 lbs lead. It was not lacking in power.
    2019 Supra SL450

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    400 engine is plenty if you are fairly close to sea level and have the right prop.

    If you are above 2500 feet, I would start to consider the 450.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoebox View Post
    I demoed a 2020 Makai with the 400. The 2020s come with the 1.76 trans, so somewhat equivalent to the 2019s with the 450. We had 5 adults and 3 kids, full stock ballast plus 500 lbs lead. It was not lacking in power.
    I forgot all about the 2020s and the 1.76 setup. That's cool and would be probably enough for most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJHSupra View Post
    I forgot all about the 2020s and the 1.76 setup. That's cool and would be probably enough for most.
    I'm at about 2500 ft and there was plenty of power with the 400. The dealer was saying power with the new trans and 400 is basically equivalent to the 2019 with the 450. I demoed the 2020 w/400, and was going to demo a 2019 with 450 to compare, but they made me a deal I couldn't refuse on the SL450.
    2019 Supra SL450

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoebox View Post
    I'm at about 2500 ft and there was plenty of power with the 400. The dealer was saying power with the new trans and 400 is basically equivalent to the 2019 with the 450. I demoed the 2020 w/400, and was going to demo a 2019 with 450 to compare, but they made me a deal I couldn't refuse on the SL450.
    Except the 2019 450 is both the actual 450 and 1.76....I guess I am not sure what was meant.

    Certainly the 20 with the 400/1.76 is closer to the 19 450 though .


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    Quote Originally Posted by dakota4ce View Post
    Except the 2019 450 is both the actual 450 and 1.76....I guess I am not sure what was meant.

    Certainly the 20 with the 400/1.76 is closer to the 19 450 though .


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    Huh? 2019 Makai with 450 isn't 1.76.

    I'm saying the 2019 450/1.5 is similar in output/feel to the 2020 400/1.76
    2019 Supra SL450

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoebox View Post
    Huh? 2019 Makai with 450 isn't 1.76.

    I'm saying the 2019 450/1.5 is similar in output/feel to the 2020 400/1.76
    2019 with 450 is absolutely a 1.76. It was the only and first one.

    I owned one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dakota4ce View Post
    2019 with 450 is absolutely a 1.76. It was the only and first one.

    I owned one.


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    Hmm. My dealer said the 2019 was 1.5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoebox View Post
    Hmm. My dealer said the 2019 was 1.5.
    He is a LIAR. Sorry you had to find out this way.

    JK. Well, not about the 1.76 part of the 2019 Makai 450. That is a fact. Unless some weird unicorn got built accidentally.


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