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swampdaddy
07-15-2010, 03:11 PM
I'm in the market for a used boat and I was just wondering how many hours on a used boat motor is considered alot. I know that it would really depend on the particular model of the boat and motor, so I will throw this at ya. Im looking to purchase around a 2004-2007 boat with around a 225hp or 250hp motor. One that I'm looking at is a 2004 with 321hrs. is this alot or around average for engine hrs. on that yr. model motor?

My other question is what brand engine(Mercury, Yamaha, Envirude, Johnson) is the best in this horsepower and year model range, as far as fuel milage, oil usage and so on?

ledouxmike
07-15-2010, 05:15 PM
I'm in the market for a used boat and I was just wondering how many hours on a used boat motor is considered alot. I know that it would really depend on the particular model of the boat and motor, so I will throw this at ya. Im looking to purchase around a 2004-2007 boat with around a 225hp or 250hp motor. One that I'm looking at is a 2004 with 321hrs. is this alot or around average for engine hrs. on that yr. model motor?

My other question is what brand engine(Mercury, Yamaha, Envirude, Johnson) is the best in this horsepower and year model range, as far as fuel milage, oil usage and so on?

What brand motor is the one you're looking at?

swampdaddy
07-15-2010, 10:24 PM
Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS

TAE73
07-16-2010, 08:32 AM
To me thats pretty low, I have a Optimax 08 200 with 160 hours. I would make sure you had a compression test done and scope the cylinders and reeds. All brands had problems with certain models and years. I know mercury had trouble 1999-2001 optimaxs. Evinrude had some trouble with older ficht motors. Average life of motor is 2000 hours or more, just depends on how it was ran. That 04 should have a smartcraft, which has the onboard computer which can be hooked up and print out on how the motor was ran.

brushnjigs
07-16-2010, 11:44 AM
For a merk or yami that's about normal hours. I would take it to my mechanic and have the computer ran. The print out will tell you how hard the engine was used. If I purchased it I would have all plugs replaced and the lower unit fluid changed along with water impeller and thermostats, and a new fuel supply line and pump ball, and fuel filter. I can just about promise you that these items need changed.
On my engine I change the plugs and lower fluid annually, and the water pump and thermostats every other year