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Old 05-25-2010, 05:50 PM   #1
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Looking to repower by Boston Whaler 260 Conquest. Have twin 200 Optimax's with about 350 hours each. They are 2001 models..

Would like to explore repowering over the winter months this year and wanted opinions on motors. 2 stroke vs 4 stroke. Yamaha vs Merc . The boat is a 2001 model.

I have heard some negative comments about the optimax motors and just had to put it in the shop for what i hope to be a minor repair. Figured I ought to go ahead and do some research on repowering just in case....

Any thoughts, comments, appreciated.

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Old 05-25-2010, 07:08 PM   #2
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I am a BIG fan of Yamaha. Don't know enoudh to make suggestion about power for you but I believe it's the best motor for the money. I would go 4 stroke in a heart beat. A lot more money but much more fuel efficient. Emerald Coast has a great reputation and many friends like Posner's in Pensacola. Good luck.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:34 PM   #3
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We replaced our 225 EFI's with Yamaha 250 4 strokes. Best thing we have done in a long time. If you can afford it, do it.
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Mercury's 4 stroke is a yamaha f225 motor i think.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:15 PM   #5
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I believe yammmy just came out with some 4 strokes that shed a huge amount of weight... but think it was just the 300's... Kenny Mann was telling me about it. I hear this conversation come alot, and its always :

"2 strokes are noiser, dirtier, use expensive oil, but are lighter, more torque, and less maintenance."

and then

"4 strokes are are quiet, heavy, more parts, more maintenance, less torque, no expensive oil mixing"

The new yammys seem to cut the weight down, but like I said, not sure about the 200 - 250 range. Think its the big 300's

I know if I were buying today, I would love to have a 4 stroke.
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choppedliver (25/05/2010)I believe yammmy just came out with some 4 strokes that shed a huge amount of weight... but think it was just the 300's... Kenny Mann was telling me about it. I hear this conversation come alot, and its always :

"2 strokes are noiser, dirtier, use expensive oil, but are lighter, more torque, and less maintenance."

and then

"4 strokes are are quiet, heavy, more parts, more maintenance, less torque, no expensive oil mixing"

The new yammys seem to cut the weight down, but like I said, not sure about the 200 - 250 range. Think its the big 300's

I know if I were buying today, I would love to have a 4 stroke.
Yamaha VMax SHO 4Stroke 200, 225 and 250 Weights less than 2 strokes and get better fuel economy. These are bad jokers. But think they are only short shaft. 20" I believe
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:24 AM   #7
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Way to much information to post, if you call me I would be glad to talk to you about what is available and the pros and cons of each. as much time as you need to make a decision, also I dont think anyone local can beat my prices on engines..

weather you buy and engine from me or not,, i am applying for the job as your Authorized Yamaha service center. Please give me the opportunity to earn your business.
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I'm just curious as to why the refreshing of motors. I saw 350 hours and surely that can't be the reason. Is it a reliability issue?
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shipsmate (26/05/2010)I'm just curious as to why the refreshing of motors. I saw 350 hours and surely that can't be the reason. Is it a reliability issue?
My guess would be that they are 10 years old. or maybe just wants to get out of the merc....
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:11 PM   #10
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Well,

I don't know too much, but this is what I do know for sure. If you are going to repower, go with a yamaha,I have one that is a 1992 2 stroke, and it runs strong, never had a new powerhead, and it is in Kenny's shop right now with what I hope to be is minor repairs. It has never been run in freshwater, only a salty, and probably has around 1500 hours or more. If I were to repower, I would go for the yamaha 4 stroke, a bit bigger than what I got now to make up the what I tell my wife for an excuse to go bigger "power differential". Kenny is a great man to deal with in this area, and he will fix you up proper.!!!
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