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Old 02 September 2009, 15:44   #11
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If I had the choice of those two engines I'd go for the opti. The 150s do indeed suffer from broken saddles - I have come across two such breakages in the last year. Its not just racing boats that suffer either! I'm not a massive fan of Honda outboards. The 150 seems to lack grunt to me.
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Old 02 September 2009, 17:06   #12
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I have always found the optimax far more Economical than other makes of engines of equivalent size, that is is its strong point.

Had minor issues with sensors going but that's what you expect when a engine is sitting in the water most of the time. Performance is good but they are all similar.

The biggest draw back is it noise (some like that though).

I would buy another one. Hondas are good too but a bit heavy and expensive. Is the 150 hp an Accord engine?
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Old 02 September 2009, 18:46   #13
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Thanks for all the replies, opinion so far would seem to favour the Optimax.
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Old 03 September 2009, 03:33   #14
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The biggest draw back is it noise (some like that though).
One did, but he's disappeared now. Perhaps he went deaf.
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Old 03 September 2009, 05:09   #15
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You might think about an E tec, I got offered really amazing deals on new engines, they seem to be very frugal on fuel as well.
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Old 11 September 2009, 15:31   #16
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Honda 150

After somebody put water in our rescue boat fuel tanks.I was surprised that it got through the primary Honda transom water separator/ cartridge filter.also
the 2 engine filters causing expensive damage to 2 new engines. I also
understand from other posts the Vtec may effect our VHF signals.
( Any body heard about this latter problem ) In the old days you could dunk
a complete engine , wash it out and drive away.and I do not mean just Seagulls
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