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Old 23 August 2006, 17:11   #1
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Switching Engines

Hey quick newbie question: I've had a honda 115 on my RIB for only one season now, it has about 70 hrs on it but I kind of want to switch engines and I found an envinrude dealership real close by. Would it be really dumb of me to ask them if I could somehow trade in my Honda for an 115 E-tec and pay whatever the difference is and labor and stuff? I ask you guys first because I dont want to sound really stupid to the guy when i ask him heh

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Old 23 August 2006, 17:16   #2
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the engine you have is really quite heavy, swap out for an etec or opti and the biggest hp you can, for example the 135 opti is a great engine and would give you a real sparkle over the honda 115

before you say,......i have a 90 honda on my other boat and would go for the punch of a 2 stroke on a rib for sure

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Hey quick newbie question: I've had a honda 115 on my RIB for only one season now, it has about 70 hrs on it but I kind of want to switch engines and I found an envinrude dealership real close by. Would it be really dumb of me to ask them if I could somehow trade in my Honda for an 115 E-tec and pay whatever the difference is and labor and stuff? I ask you guys first because I dont want to sound really stupid to the guy when i ask him heh

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Old 23 August 2006, 19:10   #3
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Hey quick newbie question: I've had a honda 115 on my RIB for only one season now, it has about 70 hrs on it but I kind of want to switch engines and I found an envinrude dealership real close by. Would it be really dumb of me to ask them if I could somehow trade in my Honda for an 115 E-tec and pay whatever the difference is and labor and stuff? I ask you guys first because I dont want to sound really stupid to the guy when i ask him heh

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Fairwinds in Marblehead? Great guys, very knowledgeable and useful in my experience, though pricey. Don't think it's a dumb question, though I expect you'll hear a "yes, it's possible" followed by a shockingly large number. Don't bother asking for a deal, he's not interested in competing on price. I heard him 'splain it to someone calling for a telephone quote on a new E-TEC. He's all about service.

I don't personally know anyone with experience with an E-TEC, but have mostly heard raves about them. Certainly a better power to weight ratio than that Honda lump! Is it even injected? Didn't we cover this when you were specing the boat?? I'd pick a new tech 2-stroke over any four stroke any day.

Hopefully I will soon have plenty of first hand experience with an E-TEC. Anxiously waiting to hear from BRP Corporate about a requested donation for the wife's disabled sailing team.... Keep your fingers crossed for me!

P.S. How was your trip to Greece?
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Trade ins are always possible but you would prob get a much better deal selling your engine privately and then waving cash under the dealer's nose!!!
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Old 23 August 2006, 21:55   #5
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Trade ins are always possible but you would prob get a much better deal selling your engine privately and then waving cash under the dealer's nose!!!
True of most things I think. Money talks!!! Certainly in the car buying world the worst thing you can do is turn up with a trade in and looking for finance....
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Old 25 August 2006, 20:24   #6
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woops forgot to subscribe to the post but thanks for the replies. I think im gonna send him an email.
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DC didnt see "P.S. How was your trip to Greece?"
It was amazing

I went on 3 different RIBs, all very nice. First one was a 6m something(not to important) with a 150 Opti on the back. We took that from one Island ot another to meet up with a 9m Cobra and an 11m Solemar. The Solemar looked amazing so I obviuosly had to jump on it, it had a cabin, 2 diesel engines (not sure the HP), but it was real nice. Next the 9m Cobra, another very nice boat, but not as nice as the Solemar hah. The whole time I wanted to sell my Ribcraft 585 and get a 11m RIB but that obviuosly wasnt going to happen.

THe wierd thing was on the 6m RIB in not even 1ft chop, kind of windy, we were getting soaked. I was suprised. But other than that it was great
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