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Old 16 May 2016, 11:58   #1
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Aerotech 380 Long or Short

Hi there im looking at buying a secondhand aerotech 380 which comes complete with a honda BF20D long shaft outboard. I'm confused as the bomard technical stuff says a short shaft!!!!!! Is this the wrong outboard for the aerotech or will it operate fine????
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You will want a shore shaft as most including me has built up the transom even with a short shaft!
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Old 16 May 2016, 12:17   #3
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CC if it's the outfit on Ebay in poole I'm 90% sure it's a description error as it looks a shortshaft. If is that outfit I reckon somewhere near the start bid is a bargain for such new kit.
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CC if it's the outfit on Ebay in poole I'm 90% sure it's a description error as it looks a shortshaft. If is that outfit I reckon somewhere near the start bid is a bargain for such new kit.
Yep thats what i was looking at!!! is there anyway i can work it out from the model number???? would want to make a very expensive mistake!!!
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Ask him to measure it or query the long/short shaft situation. I think he'll realise once you ask. I so wish that outfit had been available when I paid a lot more for a new grey one last year!

But only buy it if it's the right boat for your family use. See my comments on your other thread.
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Thanks so much for the speedy reply on both topics. I have already contacted the seller and asked the question but just responded that the engine was purchsed for use with the boat! I'm not sure they know.
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I think the ad showed the plate? Must have the product ID on there you can check with Honda UK? Have you tried to contact him and get a deal together outside eBay? You will surely want to inspect the boat/engine first anyway and cash speaks loudly when you're the guy standing there with a wad rather than the seller waiting on a potentially problematic ebay sale with 10% on top etc...
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Yep great advice!
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Get him to measure it if he doesn't know (top of transom to AV plate... about 15-17"). He does show the ID plates on the listing but it doesn't indicate a shaft length (that I've noticed) unlike some other makes... unless a Honda owner knows how to decode it.

I did check out the sellers and they seem quite genuine so really ought to have the paperwork and manuals from purchase... unless they are so posh this SIB outfit was just loose change to them.

I've said before we all have differing ideas of value but Mrs Fenlander thought it such a potentially good buy she was looking at the listing trying to think of an excuse to buy... one each she says! BTW 2014 was a good year for grey Aerotecs... as long as the floor fits snug!
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Look at this link for a sold long shaft BF20... Honda 20hp Long shaft | eBay

If you look at the join between tapering lower engine panels and the leg and check the distance from that to the anti-ventilation plate above prop on the one above and compare it with the Poole Ebay listing Honda you can see how much shorter the Poole one is.

99.9% sure it's a short shaft but don't buy on my 99.9% feeling without measuring!
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