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Old 09 June 2005, 16:22   #1
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Choice of Engine?

Hi everyone. In the middle of buying a 7mtr or 7.5 mtr Humber Ocean Pro. Long time looking at engines and down to either Suzuki 4 stroke (looking at a DF 200) which I am told is a bit slow on pick up compared to 2 stroke, is a heavy lump and will need careful trimming to avoid 'bow up' but is very reliable & popular. Other options are Yamaha 2 stroke (looking at 200 HPDI) which I am told picks up better, is more economic, lighter, but a bit noisier. Last one I've latched onto is the Evinrude 200 E-tec. Quiet, light, economical, 3 yr no servicing, good on pick up but new and unproven. Also hard to come by I am told. Any experienced ribbers our there who can offer advice before I spend my money? Another thread going on propellers if anyone has time to help and one on electronics. Many thanks
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Old 09 June 2005, 16:44   #2
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Jeff, firstly welcome to RIBnet!

You seem to have quite a good appreciation of the main differences between the engines so I reckon it comes down to what your priorities are, e.g. pick up? fuel economy? warranty? etc.

Can't speak from experience about the Etec or Suzuki but we have the Yammie 200 hpdi and in the two years that we've had the boat we have been very happy with it.
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Old 09 June 2005, 16:49   #3
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After all I Have read about outboards I would go for an Evinrude Etec - I have only been looking at the larger engines 250hp bracket but they are supposed to be very good - having said that people also very happy with the Suzuki 4 strokes.

I think if it were me I would go for the best deal I could find

http://www.aboatcentre.co.uk/enginesnew_122346.html

8999 for new Suzuki DF200TUL

Seems pretty good - don't know prices for the others though!!!
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Old 09 June 2005, 16:55   #4
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Thanks Louise, Going to be cove hoping up & down the east coast, day tripping & occasionally towing with toys. Also to be used as a dive platform. Once found feet hope to be tripping over to continent for long weekends, etc. So mixed use - need economy, reliability & good pick up. Thanks for feedback on the Yamaha.
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Regarding fuel economy - we use about 1.1 litres per mile (average cruising speed 35 knots), pick up is excellent, it's quite a light engine. Reliability wise we've only had one 'problem' - engine service did not include an impeller change and on a trip out the overheat alarm came on and the engine revs cut back. Got back to base and changed the impeller ourselves.
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Quote:
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hope to be tripping over to continent for long weekends, etc.
Make sure you specify a nice big fuel tank!
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Old 09 June 2005, 17:33   #7
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There is an awful lot of happy Optimax owners on this site!
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Old 10 June 2005, 00:27   #8
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Although i am only really a fan of Merc or Yam engines your "short list" seams sensiable.

If you find yourself condisering the Yam HPDI then i would seriously consider the Optimax aswell - they are often cheaper than HPDI's and are similar technology. I would buy another over a 4 stroke anyday.
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Old 10 June 2005, 04:02   #9
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Its difficult to get an unbiased view here as genererally, if someone has gone through the same process as yourself and bought an engine then thats the one they will oviously like as in ours, rogue waves and Daniels case, others will have purchased a second hand package with engine as in louises case. Codprawn is in your shoes still I think.

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My 2 cents

We went through the same list a few months back went selecting a 200hp and included the honda also with the five year warranty.

We opted for the etec as it is quieter compared to the yami and opti and has a better warranty than the suzi which is quiet. the honda may have a reliability issue. fuel consumption between them all will not be that different.

if you can try the engines out first it would i'm sure help narrow your choice.

We have 40 hours up on her in the past month or so and am pleased. If we had opted for one of the other engines I'm sure I would be saying the same.

You pays your money and ....

If down this neck of the woods your more than welcome to try it out.

Shop around and haggle there are fairly large discounts to be got off list Whatever you chose will be the right engine for you and your family
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Old 10 June 2005, 16:19   #10
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why hasn't my name got big letters in front of the word like 'Daniel> has

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