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Old 05 March 2003, 13:40   #1
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Optimax 225

Just seen a 1 year old Optimax 225 for sale in PEPE Marine at Hayling Island asking 5000 inc 1 yr warranty .Sounds good value .
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Old 05 March 2003, 16:25   #2
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IMHO Opti's are great engines, I have a 150 and am cconstantly impressed by it. It is my understanding that a problem existed on the Larger opti which was to do with the Injectors cracking?

You need to make sure this Opti was made after the problem was resolved.
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Optimax are in my opinion the best sounding engines in the world. They also provide steady smoth power throughout the range, but the sound is fantastic could listen to one allday long!
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I have had two no. 6 injectors requiring replacement both under warranty but other than that the engine has so far been brilliant; the last time the injector was replaced I started my Normandy trip the next morning and did nearly 600 miles in a week without a problem - but I must admit the failure of the same injector twice without any explanation did cause me some concern
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I'm 99% sure a friend has just had an injector problem on his optimax 150 fixed under warrenty too.
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All the big engines In my opinion have their faults. I personaly would always go for eithere a 200HPDI or a 225 optimax. The Optimax would the prefered option. Pluss they sound good
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Sounds like a reasonable deal. I was very pleased with 150 Opti I used to run. Now have Yam HPDI which is better but considerably more expensive.

Cant agree with those who reckon Opti's sound great as I think they are bl**dy noisy. My 150 had a particular ringing dissonance around 3500 rpm. HPDI is much quieter. The fun thing about both engines is at tickover you have to see the tell tale water coming out to actually tell whether they are running or not!

Although I do miss the great clouds of unburnt 2 stroke oil on start up ........................
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Although I do miss the great clouds of unburnt 2 stroke oil on start up ........................
Interestingly Daniel (DJL) said exactly the same thing when i started my engine just after he had started his 4-stroke. Not that i could hear him over the noise of my beast ticking over mind, but i can lip-read!
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The HPDI is far less noise than the Optimax. I personaly like the noise. Top sports cars don't have sound systems because people like to listen to the noise. Boy racers put big exhorsts on their cars to make them sound loud. I like the optimax because it makes a great noise and provides loads of power when you need it. In my oppinion the differense between the 200 hpdi and the 225 optimax is huge. It is very noticable the difference in power even though their is only a 25 hp difference. This along side the fact that the optimax is loads cheeper to buy in the first place wins it for me. I do love the HPDI as well and would either go for an OPTIMAX of a HPDI. I think they are much the best out of all the big boys.
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As for optimax sounding good, sound like a tractor to me.

Who wants to listen to an engine at rest? Its much better to sit in the quiet at sea with the trickle of the tell tale. You need a 4 stroke or Yam HPDI to enjoy the peace

Besides, you can have a conversation (a lost art in some places nowdays) even when going at speed, its only wind noise to be concerned about then.

If you want good sound, you need twins.
Bit of old 2 stroke harmony sounds great at 30 knots!!!

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