Originally Posted by Seaharrier
On the rib I ordered there will be a hydraulic motor lift. Shall I get better performance with a 225 HO than the 250 etec? I heard that a HO engine is good on light boats but mine will be 1400kg (3000 lbs). Should I try to swap engine and go for a 225 HO?
I don't know anything more than what has been written on here about Etecs, but if you're getting a hydraulic lifter (which one?) I would definitely get the HO as you can run it higher with the lower water pick up.
The danger with lifters is lifting the engine too high and starving the engine of water pressure and blowing it up - you must be on the ball the whole time, and a big water pressure guage is a must!
Obviously there is going to be 25 HP less and I don't know if the 225 is a smaller block or not which might give lower torque figures as well ...........
Should give you enough to think about!