Islander this SCARY staff!!
I'm about to change my current RIB with a SCORPION
(the day to become a shipowner has come!!) 3 year old with a 250 Evinrud FICHT on it. The Yamaha chaps said to me that the FIHTS were full of problems heads blowing and the like and that I need to change it with something different because they FICHTS are like a time bomb (you never know when will go wrong). They recommended a Yam 300 HPDI cause is only Euro 2,000 more expenssive than the 250 HPDI. They said that the 300 is a bit sluggish (not a lot of torque in low revs) compared with the 250 and produces a lot of power at high revs. Now you say that these engines are not good either!
As this is a big investment (Euro 17,700 for the 300) I also spoke to the chaps in Evinrude who use to maintain the engine this particular boat has. The engine has done 500 hrs and has no problem what so ever and all the services have been kept by the current and previous owner (the boat is only 3 years old).
The current owner (I've learned) has upgraded the computer on the FICHT. In my books 500 hrs is a lot for an engine so I will change it one way or the other.
So what do I do? The Yamaha people and also some of the Evinrude people say that the FICHTs are not that great, you say that the HPDIs are not good either. So what go for a 300 Merc?
The coice of a 4 stroke is a bif NO as I realy do not want to get a 4 stroke since they do not have a serious track record yet.
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