Originally Posted by SteveB
i am currently refitting my rib and was thinking about entering this race. these are long distance runs so need something reliable and powerful rather than something quick off the mark.
At the moment i am heavily in favour of the 300 etecs but was also looking at the 350 Verados
Any thoughts on the best outboards for this particular race ??
We are a race boat builder and have a boat running in Marathon at the moment, the Marathon rules don't favour outboards and especially Verado's putting them in a higher class than they deserve.
Having said that the only outboard I would select is the Verado 350. The biggest problem in open water racing is the strength of the saddle and I can quote many examples of other engines breaking these components, P1 Etecs are well known for it and one of the teams running Yamaha's have had some failures. In addition the 350 Verado has a stronger gearbox and saddle (if you can call it that) than the 300. These engines were built for high performance on big centre console boats in the States and are made to last.
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