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Old 11 August 2014, 11:58   #1
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Optimax re Fourstroke

If you had the option to re-engine a 5.85 RC (surprise ) what would you buy and why?


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Old 11 August 2014, 12:13   #2
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175 opti. Only cos I know/like them and it's not let us down. Thousands of units produced and proven tech these days.

Depends as always on your useage.

If not that it'd be a suz 4s as they seem very reliable/economical and quiet, max hp allowed.
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Predictably a 150 Etec 'cos it's a 2 stroke & that's what an outboard should be
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No No No PD two strokes are a thing of the past, even Yamaha the world leader stopped making em!!
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Not a 175 on a boat rated to 150

But.... Opti 150.
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No No No PD two strokes are a thing of the past, even Yamaha the world leader stopped making em!!
No they didnt, they still sell 1000's World wide, its just us and our backward cousins that stopped importing them.
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Im only teasing!!
Davis G kindly let me have a blast in his 585 with opti 150 and went like the proverbial.. as a brill all rounder,the Suz 140
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There is a you tube clip somewhere with a 585 and 150 verado. It jumps out of the water. Not sure if you can still get the 150 though


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Found it http://youtu.be/f8EgJVy4xu0



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Not a 175 on a boat rated to 150

But.... Opti 150.
My 585 had a 175 FICHT on the back
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Not a 175 on a boat rated to 150

But.... Opti 150.

Same block and weight. Hence the 175 would be nice, ;-)
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175 opti doesn't exist any more as far as I can tell :-(

Would be one of my top choices if I were to re-engine my boat.

150 Verado video looks impressive.
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It jumps out of the water

Being trimmed out doesn't help
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I'd look long and hard at the new Merc 150 4 stroke.

Light - Check
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Good value - Check
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Yeah that does make it jump but powerful engine as should take longer to pop up on the plane being trimmed up but it's almost straight away


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175 opti doesn't exist any more as far as I can tell :-(

Would be one of my top choices if I were to re-engine my boat.

150 Verado video looks impressive.

Shame really but I believe the difference in price from 150-175 was disproportionate, you almost had to spend the same as the bigger 3.0 block 200. So v few were sold evidently. We have one though, whoop! Happened to be on the ex demo we bought.
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I,d look at all 2or 4 st in the max hp then start knocking them down by lack of local dealer support, cost of ownership etc
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I agree, very sensible & the proper way to go. But where's the fun in that
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Have you seen where he lives?

I'd guess there's no dealer within a days drive. ;-)
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Have you seen where he lives?

I'd guess there's no dealer within a days drive. ;-)
Billy has more marinas/boat yards/boat services on his doorstep than us in the centre of the country could ever hope for.
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