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Old 03 July 2005, 16:40   #1
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worth the extra bucks?same old question?

Hi gang,
My employer is going to get two new Honda (200 or 225 or 250 hp) outboards for the 8.3M RIB. (seats 8)
All those motors have the same bore and stroke and from what I've read the differences in the intake porting maybe timing modules and the horsepower rating is higher at higher revs is the difference.
Would we notice the difference between those motors? I'm not sure of the money difference between the different HP ratings.
Since they run most of the time just below WOT.
I would guess that the 200 hp model would not be stressed as much as the 250hp. What do you guys figure?
With twin motors I guess we could feel the difference between 400hp and 500hp.
This much horsepower seems a bit much but we have not had the chance to feel it yet

What ever size motors we get my deckhand and I will be flying to
Vancouver British Columbia putting the RIB together then running it up through the rugged Inner Passage of west coast of BC.
The trip will be close to 400 nautical miles.
We just brought up a 110ft yacht thru the same route at 10 knots it should be a blast to do 35+ knots.

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Old 03 July 2005, 20:28   #2
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With the Evinrude Etec being made by Bombardier what the hell do you want the Honds for - i would much prefer a pair of 250hp ETECS!!!
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Old 03 July 2005, 22:17   #3
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to each his own
I've had such good luck with the Honda products
over the waves
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Old 04 July 2005, 06:29   #4
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Pricing:

BF225A5LC $22,329.00 20 inch shaft, power trim and tilt

BF225A5XC $22,569.00 25 inch shaft, power trim and tilt

BF200A5LC $21,299.00 20 inch shaft, power trim and tilt

BF200A5XC $21,679.00 25 inch shaft, power trim and tilt

These are the suggested retail prices (Canadian Dollars). Do honda do a 250?? couldn't find any details.

Both produce their max power @5500rpm. If it were me I would go for the 225s. You will get the same speed as you would using the 200s but lower down the rev range, putting less stress on the engines and improving consumption, engine wear, etc.

That RIB is gonna be quite stern heavy, I would check that is within the manufacturers max weight and be sure you counter balance with seating, fuel tanks, etc. as far forward as possible.

2 x Honda 250/225: 544kg or 1200lbs
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Old 15 July 2005, 04:22   #5
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Go with the e-tec`s I have one on my 7.8 m and it goes like the wind and very very good on fuel. God knows what two would be like.

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