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Old 15-02-2016, 06:45   #16
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Re: Boat type for east coast of Florida

I love Merc's, but stay away from the Opti-blow motors.
Do your own research of course, but they do not have a good reputation, the Verado's on the other hand do.


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Re: Boat type for east coast of Florida

Looks like there will be several choices with just about every 2950 coming with different engines. From 225 Optimax and E-Tec to 4 cycle engines.

Looking for any thumbs up or thumbs down on any engines to be cautious with. Any engines that just keep ticking and will not break?



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Re: Boat type for east coast of Florida

Once homing in on ProLine, you might also ask your questions on The Hull Truth. Probably lots of ProLine guys there...


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Just talked to outboard service tech. Ugh...he said it is a hodgepodge of issues and different years. Optimax over E-Tec. 2nd gen Optimax over 1st gen. Some years and some engines had bad corrosion issues...typically the Japanese engines.

So, I see it as imprtant to be able to get the boat out of the salt water. Not 100% of the time but most of the time I will be running the boat on a fresh water river to the ocean then from the ocean back up the river. I plan to keep the boat on a trailer when not in use.

Doing this how much can I reduce corrosion?



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So, I see it as imprtant to be able to get the boat out of the salt water. Not 100% of the time but most of the time I will be running the boat on a fresh water river to the ocean then from the ocean back up the river. I plan to keep the boat on a trailer when not in use.

Doing this how much can I reduce corrosion?

Don't know, but the treialer storage -- or storage in a high 'n' dry boatel -- would seem to be on the right track.

Also, one of the advantages of outboards is that you can also usually trim the skeg completely out of the water when not in use, and that's not usually possible with an inboard/outdrive system.

You may find some of the boats that are available in the marketplace may not have always been stored with corrosion in mind.. but I'd expect it would have been a known factor for most owners.

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Re: Boat type for east coast of Florida

I second going over to the hull truth, Yamaha is considered the Gold standard, but I'd take a Verado over one.
Good engine that is flushed after each use and outside kept coated in Corrosion-X and washed yearly, doesn't have any issues.
Most boat engines are rarely flushed and owner never sees what's under the cowl.
"Rack and stack" as they call it here is definitely the way to go, get a covered rack and you want on the top, wash the boat on the wash rack frequently.

Myself I would definitely want a four stroke.


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