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Old 06 June 2014, 10:33   #31
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Just been out for an hour in it with the better half. Good fun up the estuary...got drenched! Love it!

Can anyone (and I know people hate this) give me an idea what my engine is worth 2nd hand. I'm weighing up my options at the moment and see if I can scrape together some cash for a slight upgrade. It's a 2011 or 2012 Mercury 4 stroke with very low hours, at a guess 20-30. Just been serviced again last month.

How do you tell exatcly how many hours? Presume it's stored in the ECU? Do you need diagnostic equipment to read it or can you just plug a gauage in?


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Old 06 June 2014, 10:48   #32
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All joking aisde, I'm looking ain a postage stamp sized window of your photo (at work! ) - is your transom flat across the top? If so, Beamishken's suggestion isn't so daft...... (and before you all go down the "twin vs single" arguments let's not start that all again here.... )



Also dinae fasch yersel' - pretty much everyone on here would say 40 HP minimum for an SR4. I drove mine around with a 25 on the back for years and happily cruised at 20 knots. I now have a more suitably matched engine & boat....and still cruise around at 20 odd knots! Granted at 4500rpm rather than the 5500 I used to.....



Assuming it's power trim, have a play with that - you might eek another couple of knots (or reduce the revs a bit) by trimming it right.



Moving the weight around (anchor / fuel etc) might also help - the less Hp you have the more critical that becomes.

Thanks dude. The anchor sits up the front in the hatch in the bow and there is a sizeable aluminium fixed fuel tank under the main console so probably not much can be done there. I like to keep it half full when I'm just messing around on the estuary. I'll have a play with the trim when we get a nice calm day in the meantime.



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