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Old 07 June 2004, 11:30   #1
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Thinking of upgrading my 130 Honda to the Honda 150 VTEC Various Questions!!

I am in the early stages of thinking of an upgrade to my 6.55 mtr Ribtec.

I brought the rib new in January 2001, Honda 130 fitted with usual 5 year warranty. I paid aprox 22K. Including trailer. There is aprox 195 hours on the clock, the engine having been serviced in line with Honda's requirements.

My thinking is that with a new engine comes the new technology, a little extra speed and a new 5 year warranty.

Am I mad to be thinking of spending aprox 4000.00 on a project like this

What price could I expect to get for the 130, eighteen months left on warranty and what is the best place to try and find a purchaser?

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Old 07 June 2004, 11:34   #2
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Is this a Camel Trophy RIB? If so then best solution is chop off the scaffolding and fit a Merc 200 Optimax for real performance!

Honda 130 should sell OK I'dve thought. What you put on it is your call but 4k for another 20hp doesn't sound like good value although the warranty would be nice. What about costing up a Opti or Suzy 140 4 stroke as well?
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Old 07 June 2004, 11:42   #3
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Same hull, but not ex camel, will cost other makes of engine, but warrenty counts for a lot to me. Any other 5 year warrenties around??
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I think its only the Honda's and new E-tecs that have a 5 year warrenty.
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Old 07 June 2004, 15:22   #5
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I think its only the Honda's and new E-tecs that have a 5 year warrenty.
Sadly the Etec only has a 3 year warranty. No major service costs for those 3 years though.
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Old 07 June 2004, 15:36   #6
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I would be interested to see how you get on, after Saturday I hav a urning for more horses, in the region of the Suzuki 200hp or maybe more realistically the 140 which seems quite a good engine.
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Old 07 June 2004, 16:53   #7
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anyone know when the smaller 135 & 175 mercury verado is due to be out forgot to ask at the show

and has the honda 175 been updated ???
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Getting shot of the honda 130 is a damn fine idea. you might get 4 k for it, maybbe more if you sell it to an Irish person.they like em a loy out there!

The 130 is gutless and not a real 130 hp engine and frankly any upgrade is good news.

I have a Camel which has already lost it's 130 and I am about to take the frame off and stick an Optimax 150 on the back. I think the engine will go on before the frame comes off so we can have a fair compatison. I am expecting 5 more knots with the fram and about 10 without. what I am expecting is noincrease in fuel use.

The 150 are lighter and nore powerrful but I think there are better engines out there than Honda.
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Old 07 June 2004, 18:32   #9
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Yep I'd have to agree. Hondas sell well over here and you will always pay more for anything in Ireland(thats why I buy from the UK!!). I wouldn't have one though. Is it true that Hondas aren't rated at the prop like other outboards and that a Honda 130 has in fact about 120 hp at the prop, or is this just a myth I've heard.

I have to say my friends Lencraft with a Honda 130 on the back doesn't feel like it has 130 horses driving it!!
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Old 07 June 2004, 18:49   #10
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Robin,
How are you getting on with your e-tec?
Thanks,

Sorry for the digress Seamonstie.
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