Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 13 March 2003, 03:29   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Oxford
Make: Ribtec, Ballistic, C
Engine: 40hp 4 strokes - twi
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 309
Help on Mercruiser

Hi all anyone know much about a Mercruiser 5.71 V8 Engine producing 260hp. I have a friend who is looking at buying a hard boat (spit) Anyone know servisability, cost of parts, problems ect.

Thanks

DGPW

__________________

__________________
dgpw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 March 2003, 04:03   #2
TIM
Member
 
Country: Ireland
Town: Dublin
Boat name: WIZARD
Make: REDBAY 7.4
Length: 7m +
Engine: OPTI 225
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 417
In my experance, all these big block petrols die from lack of use and mantenance, The engines themselves are well proven, But OH MY GOD are they dear to run...............

Check out the US web sites, I would guarantee there is a user group on that engine!!!!
__________________

__________________
NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER
TIM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 March 2003, 04:27   #3
Member
 
Country: Canada
Town: Newfoundland
Length: no boat
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 2,097
I'd concur with Tim - Have a couple of mates who have run various 5-5.7L V8's in Hard boats, both Volvo and Merc. I seem to recall they are all based on the same block (GM i think) anyway. Sure Jon F our resident hardboater (who for some reason feels most at home at a community for Ribster, whats that about then? ) will provide further expertise. Parts are pretty widely available through UK Merc & people like Keypart. Also lots of opportunities I imagine to source parts in US where these things are ten a penny.

Frighteningly thirsty at full speed though. Although probably not as thirsty as the 1987 Johnson 150 GT VRO engine that I once owned. A new benchmark for fuel consumption that one!

Alan
__________________
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 March 2003, 04:50   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Hamble
Length: 9m +
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 2,317
Quote:
Originally posted by Alan
Sure Jon F our resident hardboater (who for some reason feels most at home at a community for Ribster, whats that about then?
Frighteningly thirsty at full speed though. Although probably not as thirsty as the 1987 Johnson 150 GT VRO engine that I once owned. A new benchmark for fuel consumption that one!

Alan
I wouldn't say he is totally at home in this community, I quite often have to give him counselling, and make him cups of sweet tea!

As for a "smallblock" V8 being frighteningly thirsty, no more than a V6 outboard for a similar speed.

These motors, whether Volvo, Merc, OMC etc are all based on GMC's. The parts are no more expensive than an equivalent O/B part, and if looked after correctly last for years. Perhaps there biggest failing are manifolds and risers. These tend to rot out if not flushed regular.
__________________
Dirk Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 March 2003, 05:17   #5
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Blackpool
Boat name: To Exi
Make: new sib 4 man
Length: 8+ft
Engine: Mariner 4hp long shaft
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 1,012
Anyone for tea
__________________
www.eurocommuter.com
crazyhorse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 March 2003, 13:22   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 459
Many parts

can be obtained fairly cheaply as they are based on American car lump ( chevy I believe) such as gaskets , bolts , etc

however certain parts such as starter motors / alternators have to be marine items as they are shielded

There is a company which supplies patent parts which are far cheaper, for example , anodes, than going to a mercruiser dealer the name of which someone can remind me as they are well known with a comprehensive catalogue the size of a phone book

it will chew the juice big time, so you must love the Government loads to give them all that tax income

Spend as much time on the condition of the outleg, as this is likely to be more expensive if it has problems, if bellows in poor condition, drive cables stiff etc, study condition of leg oil if pos

I have to say I sold my Binliner with Mercruiser as it was a black hole of money

Oh yes and a pig to start, world famous for stalling when going in and out of gear ( the engine has a microswitch cut off when going in an out of gear which needs to be finely adjusted - what a naff design idea), just what you want as you are approaching a jetty BANG

And the majority of inboard petrol boats are based on this dinosaur of an engine - how boating is behind technology wise
__________________
matiboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 March 2003, 17:07   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Oxford
Make: Ribtec, Ballistic, C
Engine: 40hp 4 strokes - twi
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 309
The boat is a Bayliner 2855 Ciera. as it happens, I know very little about the model if you had one what type of problems ect did you experience other than High fuel prices. Thanks I don't want to turn this into a harb boat thread so I am looking more at the merc. If any one does have any specific info could the mail it to me to david.g.williams@intel.com Thanks :-)
__________________
dgpw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 March 2003, 17:19   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 459
Why not place a post

on

www.ybw.com forums there will be plenty of experience of that model without a doubt

or try a search on that forum
__________________

__________________
matiboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:44.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.