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Old 20 October 2009, 07:22   #1
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How many hours

Given that this summer has not been great (again !) . I'm wondering how this is affecting peoples usage of thier boats. I'm thinking the only way to judge this is how many hours run on the engine , but I for one do sit on the boat at anchor etc without the engine going.

So this year I am at ( From 01/03 to date engine hours)

85 hours on the bigger RIB & 32 on the smaller one. All mainly in spring or Autumn times.

With the opti at 5 years old close to 400 hours in all & the Yam 3 years near 130 hours.

The big one is lifted on Friday so thats done for the year & the smaller one still gets a blast whenever I can over the winter

How does this stack up against anyone else ?

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Old 20 October 2009, 07:35   #2
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87 hours this year so far, will stay in use all year round, a little bit down on previous years. April, June & Sept being the busiest
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Old 20 October 2009, 07:51   #3
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About an 6 hrs on my SR4, 5.5 of them were trying to fix the engine!
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Old 20 October 2009, 08:54   #4
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which would you buy

This raises the question, a bit like a car. Would you buy a 3 yr old engine with 600 hrs use, or a 6yr old engine with 100hrs. Assuming both are similar models, appropriate servicing etcetc. Old one has probably had more cold starts, sat at idle longer etc possibly with salt water in the system.

And what is a lot for an engine. I remember Jono G telling me a reckoning amount of hours that would be similar to a car to gauge how long an engine has left. ie 1000 hrs is like 100,000 miles or something to that nature (made up figures)
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Old 20 October 2009, 09:09   #5
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I try to assess the condition and care shown to any prospective purchase and try not to let the "hours" impact to much. My engine dealer also services the Optimax 150 fitted to the Christchurch Harbour RIB and tells me it has well over 1200 hrs on it, most of it low speed stuff
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Old 20 October 2009, 09:41   #6
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My hours are down on last year and even it was not good!! Mainly hours were Spring and September as the summer up here was in the main a washout especially August. Like many my rib is not up hosed down under cover and stacked away for the winter.
Hurry up some decent weather!!

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Old 20 October 2009, 10:12   #7
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I think I've got about equal hours on the main & the aux this year! Since Feb It's certainly done more miles on the trailer than afloat...... Such are the hazards of buying a secondhand engine of unknown history......

Having said that, on the plus side, I will soon (well, OK, when I get 10 mins to take & upload the "after" pics) be able to post a "Humber refurb - part 1" thread, and if all goes to plan (i.e the cyls don't need more than a 30 tho' bore!) follow it with a "Merc rebuild" thread.

I'll probably get it ready just in time for the first snow......
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Old 20 October 2009, 11:17   #8
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How does this stack up against anyone else ?

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About 50 hours to date but set to increase that over the next few days

If only we didn't live as far from the sea as it's posible to get in this country
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Old 20 October 2009, 11:45   #9
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I seem to be on a pretty steady 100 hr/year rate of use.

Seems that if I dive a little less, I'm running further. More, and I don't go as far. Not sure why that is.


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Old 20 October 2009, 13:48   #10
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111hr since new opti in March
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