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Old 01 March 2004, 15:28   #1
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What's the real difference between a standard 2 stroke, an Optimax/HPDI, and a four stroke. I have heard so much but what is the truth?

I am about to get a Mercury 200 Optimax - Anyone got any feedback on these?
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Go for it. Do you know Charles from Jersey who has the Scorpion cabin rib "Scorpio". Well he is just about to have a new set of twin Optimax 225 fitted . I am sure he will give you the best advise. He used to post here but you can now find him on www.hotribs.com/forums

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What's the real difference between a standard 2 stroke, an Optimax/HPDI, and a four stroke. I have heard so much but what is the truth?

Errm, a 200hp conventional 2 stroke will consume petrol at a rate that will send your wallet white. An Opti or HPDi or 4 stroke will (unless you use full throttle all the time) be around 30-40% more friendly to your wallet!

As to which is best. Do a search as its been discussed here loads. I've owned both an Opti and a HPDI and they are both great bits of kit!
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Your original question is difficult to answer comprehensively, it would take hours to explain all the differences between the models. Anyway, save of fuel is the relevant thing after all.

I would wait a while before buing Optimax, there is Mercury Verado 200 hp coming out next month for consumers. It's much more developed than Optimax and absolutely the best choise for Mercury-oriented ribster. I think you can get your own engine in UK during early summer. I have nothing to complain with Optimax, I drove over 1000 miles with Optimax 135 last summer and it worked fine. Buy Smartcraft gauges with your engine, they are really worth money.
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I do not believe there is a Verado 200 as yet. A 250 and 275 yes.

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Optimax's are stunning engines, the fuel economy is very nice and the power is plentiful. whilst economics may dictate I buy a different engine in the future I would always default to an Optimax.
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Andre, do you have specific information about schedule regarding Verado sales? Are larger models coming out earlier than 200 hp model? I think not later than may-june if there's difference between power range.
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Andre, do you have specific information about schedule regarding Verado sales? Are larger models coming out earlier than 200 hp model? I think not later than may-june if there's difference between power range.
From the web page it is clear that at the moment only the 250 & 275. I will make some enquiries but perhaps Diesel is more up to date.


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The Verado range of outboards are a 200, 225, 250 & 275hp available in 20" 25" & **30" shaft lengths. (**not 200hp)

The initial batch of 100 motors are being supplied exclusively to the US market for demo boats. When they will be available to the UK market, no one knows at the moment.
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Thanks Dirk,

I must have had my eyes closed when I was looking up the web page


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