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Old 07 November 2003, 05:26   #51
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And last but not lease Yamaha 224 4 stroke
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Old 07 November 2003, 05:31   #52
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Old 07 November 2003, 05:48   #53
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Mabe all you lot can help me? All of the above figures show the facts, but owning an engine is about the cost of ownership, what the engine really goes like etc not to mention any hassles.

I fancy the Optimax 225 on the back of the BananaShark leisure boat when it finally hits the water in the New Year (still not sure when), but someone whose opinion I value is trying to talk me into getting a Yamaha (HPDI VMax either 200 or 250 would be my choice).

His argument is that Yamaha are so much more reliable, and although I agree with him historically, the Opti has been around for a while so any problems like the injectors have been sorted, people like them so they are good when reselling, they seem to be quicker for the same horsepower, and I am struggling with what to get! Anyone got any arguments for either engine?

Oh I nearly forgot - the Optis seem to be cheaper!
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Old 07 November 2003, 16:15   #54
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You know what I am going to say. I find the Optimax really cheap to run. For the forst two months of ownership I was convinced the tank was bigger than it was supposed to be, or the smartguages were wrong as it was so Fuel efficient.

we haven't had any problems with it either and it does get a hiding, but we do kiss it better afterwards

I am fond of the Yamahas, but I genuinely don't think you'd be letting your customers down by going Opti
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Old 08 November 2003, 15:15   #55
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Being new to this, and having just bought boat & engine, I came to the conclusion it is just bloody expensive to run an outboard. Whats the point of debating between 40l/hr or 50l/hr?

I figured you either decide to spend the money on this or something else.
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Old 08 November 2003, 17:00   #56
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My view on this is if you are a real speed freak that takes the great fuel consumption of an opti as a bonus then go for the big opti, it will be more responsive and lighter than a 4-stroke equivelent.
If however your like me and use the boat for crusing about the place at 3/4 throttle every odd weekend

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use the boat day in day out all year then go for a 4-stroke. Malcolm has highlighted a 10L per hour running cost difference. Think how much that will save a guy using his boat all day every day.
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