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Old 22 December 2010, 18:30   #11
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Bought a new Verado and an ex RNLI 50hp from him.

Price on the Verado about the best on the market and the ex RNLI engine had seen very very little use - bargain!

In retrospect I wouldn't go to him for an install again. There were lots of things I would have expected him to ask me about but no phone call and when I called him they'd already fitted it all without asking. (Left hand throttles are not for me!)

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Old 30 December 2010, 14:49   #13
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Ex rnli outboards

I have always been wary of buying one of these engines due to the fact that most of these engines have completed a certain RNLI exercise which requires the engine to be swamped and then re-started. With an engine in very regular use this may not be to much of a problem but you will always get some salt water residue and we all know what this can do when left sitting on the lower mains bearing for a period of time (i am a natural worrier).
As far as Bill Higham marine goes, i have used the company many times and had very good service.

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Old 30 December 2010, 15:29   #14
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I have always been wary of buying one of these engines due to the fact that most of these engines have completed a certain RNLI exercise which requires the engine to be swamped and then re-started. With an engine in very regular use this may not be to much of a problem but you will always get some salt water residue and we all know what this can do when left sitting on the lower mains bearing for a period of time (i am a natural worrier).
As far as Bill Higham marine goes, i have used the company many times and had very good service.

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Are you sure the RNLI get brand new engines then dip them in salt water just to make sure they restart....
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Old 02 January 2011, 14:11   #15
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I've got one of these ex RNLI 70 evinrudes and I can't fault it,it came with several spare stainless props and a big box of bits including a complete spare gearbox! (mine came from an RNLI crewman not Highams)
If your humber is a 5m you'll need a 17'' stainless prop.Thats what I ended up with after trying a few.
I believe when fitted to the atlantic 21's there was some sort of snorkel/intake shut off device fitted that the RNLI removed before disposing of the engines?
An RNLI mechanic told me this,its no longer fitted to mine though.
No corrosion on mine (2001) I guess how well they were looked after depended on the station/mechanic where the engines were.
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I believe when fitted to the atlantic 21's there was some sort of snorkel/intake shut off device fitted that the RNLI removed before disposing of the engines?
An RNLI mechanic told me this,its no longer fitted to mine though.
No corrosion on mine (2001) I guess how well they were looked after depended on the station/mechanic where the engines were.
They have a letter box on the air intake which shuts when activated by a mercury switch. All this is removed as it can be used on other engines.
The comment about dunking them in saltwater is bollocks.
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Thanks for that, I wondered why they bothered removing the gadget, there's no sign of anything there now. But obviously they re-used them on the replacement engines.
Yamaha 90's I believe?
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The Evinrudes have an alloy box and the Yams have a carbon fibre one.
Can't find any of the Rude's alloy airbox.
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I have always been wary of buying one of these engines due to the fact that most of these engines have completed a certain RNLI exercise which requires the engine to be swamped and then re-started. With an engine in very regular use this may not be to much of a problem but you will always get some salt water residue and we all know what this can do when left sitting on the lower mains bearing for a period of time (i am a natural worrier).
As far as Bill Higham marine goes, i have used the company many times and had very good service.

Cheers Clint
Surely if they see something wrong with any parts they will change them straight away, there not going to go to the lengths of practicing diving the boat under water to make sure a rescue is a success, and then leave the engine full of salt so it breaks down are they. The point is the RNLI are very vigilant about boat and engine care , almost where RNLI are the only used engines and boats out there that carry that "well looked after label" plenty of people put the label on but the're the only ones that seem carry weight. If I knew a boat of engine had been in the hands of the RNLI for 10 years , I would consider it only 5 years old compaired to an engine that someone says has been looked after, "honest mate!". But you do have a point, theres the x-rnli that ran aground or was washed down a mains sewer I supose.
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I bought one of the last Mariner 15 two strokes off him a few years back and got it very quickly. Obviously it came with the Mariner warranty but for the engines that come over here from him second hand, there's a chap in Newtownabbey who does the warranty work if required....can't remember his name but he should be in the yellow pages.
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