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Old 08 June 2012, 06:47   #1
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Hi all, I am replacing my Volvo Penta (41) with a new 266 from steyr (260hp). I am having problems finding reviews and even information on previous models.
Does any one have any experience with these engines?

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Old 08 June 2012, 09:51   #2
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We looked at one of those motors for our hard boat. There wasn't much info available when were looking a few years ago. Mermaid Marine in the uk are agents and might be able to direct you to some reviews.

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Old 08 June 2012, 10:16   #3
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I think Mitchell Powersystems are now the agents in the UK. Lightweight engine gaining favour with superyacht tenders.

Head and block cast as one - so no head gasket.

A member on here had one in his Cougar RIB - was for sale last autumn. Can't remember his name but have a search in the classifieds.
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Old 08 June 2012, 10:31   #4
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Try Jon Fuller on Boatmad. He and Nick Gilley run a Steyr in their race boat and know a thing or two about which bits break!
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Old 08 June 2012, 15:05   #5
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Yup. We had a steyr on our old cougar. Great engines, ideal for ribs lightweight and free revving. Really impressed with ours although not cheap to service. Mitchell's are agents for them but mermaid will also look after them and relieve you of less money or the pleasure!!

I spoke to nick when I was looking for info on ours and he was really helpful. They push the phantom 3 along really well so that has to show something!!

I haven't looked a new prices for a while but I think they are a fair amount more than the same hp Volvo / yanmar and I know the new yanmars are pretty good and lightweight. Cookee will be able to help on them as he has a few!
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Old 08 June 2012, 16:35   #6
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Been using a mob boat with a steyr coupled to a jet. Lightweight and high rpm, however expensive on parts. The fact they survive IMO rules/testing and often come SOLAS certified shows they are not cardboard and ricepaper quality i guess...
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Old 09 June 2012, 02:40   #7
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I think the problem with the pair in the Phantom 32 (we made that) is that it was raced and there was a bad batch of harmonic balancers. They are now running the higher HP jet version at around 300hp I think.

I would look at the resale value and popularity compared with Yanmars - they are much more common over here but not sure about your part of the world. We race and really like the Yanmar BY260 which only use 55 litres per hour at wide open throttle, the pair on surface drives give us 70mph at 1.5 litres per mile.

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When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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