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Old 09 May 2009, 12:41   #1
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How many hours?!

As I'm on the hunt for a boat, I'm seeing/reviewing boats with a variety of engines. I'm curious what constitutes 'just run in' 'used' and 'knacked'!

If you were looking, for example, at a decent used car, then maybe 25,000 miles would be newish, 50,000 on the cusp of old and 75,000 would be getting distinctly long in the tooth.

Is 200 hours newish? Does it differ between 2 and 4 stroke? Mecury and Evinrude?!

Are these questions merely adding to the dark abyss of unponderables?
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Old 09 May 2009, 13:00   #2
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I suspect that the average (excluding us ribnutters on here) leisure boater puts about 50-75 hrs a year on an engine. I'd rather buy a one year old engine with 200hrs (high hours) than a four year old engine with 200hrs (average to low hours). If the service details are there and it hasn't been abused
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That's useful info, thanks. So 75 would be an 'enthusiastic' year?

No difference in wear and tear on a 2 stroke?

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75,000 would be getting distinctly long in the tooth.
stop buying Vauxhalls....
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That's useful info, thanks. So 75 would be an 'enthusiastic' year?
I wouldn't say so. I boat on weekends for the most part, usually around oh, 35 to 40 weekends per year, don't usually do excessively long runs, and put about 100 hrs/year on the motor.

I know some fishermen who routinely put over 300 hrs/year on their outboards.

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nothing wrong with vauxhalls mines an excellent tow vehicle and very economical ! just seems to be half the price of any other car with the same spec ...................

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