Here at Seafari oban, between our seafari adventures and seafari marine services we operate 5 commercial RIBs and expect them to be reliable providing we undertake a rigorous service routine. Nothing is bombproof. A new set of engines in their first year of operation here are expected to log around 900 hours. Thereafter we try to reduce the hours and log out at around 2500 hours. Anyone looking for a well maintained engine with high hours?
Verados we have no direct experience with
Suzuki, Yamaha an Evinrude have all been put through their paces with varying degrees of success. If you know what to expect then you keep on top of the equipment.
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but I would not wish to discuss our experiences in public.
Needles to say your engineering support locally is critical. All manufacturers appear to want to reduce the value of their warranty claims in the current climate blaming the operator for the problems.
One manufacturer blamed us with our servicing routine as per service manual. We were told that due to our type of use we should use this special tool to grease. A grease nipple fixed to a length of brake pipe. I asked where this special tool was listed on the official service tool list.
I have also been told wear was due to the quality of the water we operated in. Shame we had been using the manufacturers engines for the previous 10 years without issue. Global warming perhaps.