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Old 07 August 2010, 16:11   #1
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Hidea Outboards

Has anyone any experience of Hidea outboards?.

I'm looking for a 15Hp auxilliary and stumbled across them while i was trawling the net.

Distributed through Velocity Marine.

http://www.hideaoutboards.co.uk
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Old 07 August 2010, 17:51   #2
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Quite a good price if they are any good, I've never heard of them. Seems odd for a company to trade with a Gmail address though?
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Old 07 August 2010, 18:09   #3
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Quite a good price if they are any good, I've never heard of them. Seems odd for a company to trade with a Gmail address though?
nobody will know them when you try to buy spares or service parts either,
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Yeah I admit my first thought was to wonder if it was one of the many products around these days where the user manual reads something like "To engage the forward motion push the thrusting lever towards the desired direction of sailing and rotate the fuel adjuster in the contrary direction to maintain the speed of sailing of the motorcraft"
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Any other views on these outboards. A friend of mine if looking at purchasing one of there inflatable air deck boat packages with a 15hp hidea outboard. Any opinions on this setup would be nice. cheers Ben.
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Would it be a re branded Parsun? If so, i would not use it for any safety critical boating, quality might not be the same as for traditional brands.
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3.6 meter inflatable air deck plus a brand new 15hp outboard for under 2k with 3 years warranty, is this to good to be true. Or are people just worried about a new brand?
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are people just worried about a new brand?
New brand...no data by which to judge.

I suspect most buy outboards on the basis of reputation for reliability and durability.
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been told to stay away from Hidea & Parsun......
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Would it be a re branded Parsun? If so, i would not use it for any safety critical boating, quality might not be the same as for traditional brands.
Interesting question... Pulled the two websites up, compared the 5Hp. Techy wise the powerhead has simialr bore / stroke etc, same gearing, but that's where it ends. Cowls are totally different shapes, Parsun holds more fuel, and is heavier, which makes me think they are either just flukily similar with the piston & crank, or the Parsun has a bigger fuel tank therefore different case.

I remember looking at their 2-stroke ranges a while ago, which struck me as being "back to basics" cheap. Kind of reminded me of a 1960s tech in a new box. Whether that is a good thing or not is an opinion only you can form.....


The Merc Clamshells are a good example of stuff like this. Mine was in a Mid 70s state of build when I got it. Needless to say, it went the way a lot of those engines did. Cooked top piston & eventually pre- ignited itself to death. One new set of lighter weight pistons and a rebuild with less spark advance and a higher Max RPM to compensate and a couple of mods to the cooling later and they became quite reliable, but it was too late, the word on the water wasn't good, the damage was done. How long ago was it when you laughed as soon as someone bought a Skoda?

The only way we'll find out for sure is when people buy & use / abuse them. As for spares, looks like the reputation for that is going to be down to two dealers.... until someone figures out if they are old repackaged whatevers or not.
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