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Old 15 April 2016, 18:43   #1
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Honda BF50

Hi all,

Considering a 4 year old BF50 with efi, getting conflicting advice, one dealer says Honda no good for salt water, still corrosion issues, another dealer says there're worth the extra dosh...

I like Hondas, I have a carb BF10 and it's a sweet, fuel sipping reliable little engine...

Anyone running the efi Hondas?
Is the corrosion issue still around and would should you still pay a bit more for a Honda?

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I'm running a efi Honda 50, it's had two seasons in salt water and no signs of corrosion so far, but it does sip the go juice, very happy with the Honda
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Ron, I'm guessing the dealer bad mouthing the Honda sells a different brand?

Not sure what the commercial boys use round your way but a Honda wouldn't be out of place on a fishfarm, or potting boat on the west coast of Scotland...
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The USCG run Honda's on the Defender class fast response boats. (Maybe not the best example given their budget I suppose.) A lot of other commercial guys run Honda outboards on this side of the pond.

I ran a Honda 40 (basically the same engine) on a trailered SIB for about 5 years (30 to 45 weekends a year), and never noticed any corrosion issue.

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My honda bf 90 20 yrs old and is still in good nick and i've used it as much as possible. They are used a lot in scotland in open sea. I know there was a cam belt pulley prob with some of the smaller hondas. don't know which one though. Nik
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Ron, I'm guessing the dealer bad mouthing the Honda sells a different brand?

Not sure what the commercial boys use round your way but a Honda wouldn't be out of place on a fishfarm, or potting boat on the west coast of Scotland...

Dealer who mentioned Honda corrosion used to sell them, now he sells Suzuki and mariner & mercury... Who knows how the dealership ended with Honda...

Even my own BF10 has pitting on the gearbox.., I went for a walk around local marina yesterday, can't get close up to the engines as the accessed ramp is locked for security , lots of Yamaha's, a few Hondas and even fewer Suzuki's,
Didn't see anything obvious on the lower parts of the yamaha's, (some didn't even bother tilting them out of the water?)
Some of the bigger Honda's were a different colour on the lower sections,
Suzuki's looked normal

Local lobster fishermen use old 2 stroke Yamaha's, 1000's of hours, no back up engine 😳

2012 Honda BF50, 6 month warranty =5000

2016 Suzuki DF50, 5 year warranty = 6500

Looking at those sums it's hard to make a case for buying the Honda

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You certantly won't have corrosion issues with a Suzuki on my third DF no probs. But if the anodes are working there should be no problem.

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