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#11209411 - 11/06/15 12:05 PM Hours on motor
C_Fisher Offline
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Registered: 07/05/07
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Loc: weatherford, tx
What do guys consider to be "a lot" of hours on a power head? Mercury pro xs and Yamaha Sho?

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#11209430 - 11/06/15 12:21 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
David Welcher Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
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I would think 500 hours per year shows the motor is used a lot, as in guide service.

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#11209435 - 11/06/15 12:26 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
timwins31 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
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Agreed. That's about 10 hrs a week. I'd say that's some pretty heavy usage.

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#11209440 - 11/06/15 12:29 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
C_Fisher Offline
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Loc: weatherford, tx
At what amount would you start worrying about motor power head issues?

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#11209443 - 11/06/15 12:31 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
Brad Hardt Offline
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Not to be that guy but from 20 hours to 3000. They're just like cars , you get some good ones and some bad ones
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#11209454 - 11/06/15 12:38 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
bogey♂ Offline
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My mechanic tells me that a motor that is not being used is a motor that will not last as long. He says that upkeep is very important, but run your motor.
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#11209470 - 11/06/15 12:46 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: bogey♂]
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Originally Posted By: bogey
My mechanic tells me that a motor that is not being used is a motor that will not last as long. He says that upkeep is very important, but run your motor.
Yep Dads has around 800 and still going strong.
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#11209540 - 11/06/15 01:30 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
C_Fisher Offline
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I see some really nice used boats for sale, and it seems like if they have more than 250-300 hours, they have trouble selling them.

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#11209558 - 11/06/15 01:44 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
ko bass attack 27 Online   content
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Hours isn't as important as proper services performed on motor, I would rather buy a motor with 500hrs. On it that has been serviced at the proper intervals as opposed to one with 100hrs. that has been neglected.

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#11209572 - 11/06/15 01:59 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
TexasTechliprip Offline
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My first boat had 1200 hours on it when I sold it...never had a problem with it

My second had 125 when I bought it and was 9 years old....that engine blew after 65 hours

High hours without issues is a better sign to me then low hours and little use
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#11209602 - 11/06/15 02:13 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
Polly Gosh Lizard Offline
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Registered: 12/09/05
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Loc: Palo Gaucho Bayou, Toledo Bend
My 2003 Evinrude Ficht just turned 600 hours. I've had very little trouble with it even though everyone said "don't buy a Ficht" ! I really bought it for the boat, a 19 foot ProGator but the motor just kept lasting and doing great. I change spark plugs once a year and decarb it along with changing the lower unit oil once a year. I did have to change the low pressure fuel pump but that is about it. I'll just keep using it till it quits.I fish at least 4 days a week maybe more sometimes.
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#11209619 - 11/06/15 02:21 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
str1249 Offline
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Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 261
Loc: Texas
That's because guys wanting a used boat are like guys who want to buy Harleys, 5 years old but no hours or miles, for $500.00.

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#11209631 - 11/06/15 02:27 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
Tracker Tim Offline
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Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 2765
Loc: Murphy, TX
Look at the throttle percentage before deciding. Lots of hours full throttle will tell you about the yahoo that is trying to sell it.

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#11209663 - 11/06/15 02:47 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: TexasTechliprip]
Outdoordude Offline
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Registered: 04/20/09
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Originally Posted By: TexasTechliprip
My first boat had 1200 hours on it when I sold it...never had a problem with it

My second had 125 when I bought it and was 9 years old....that engine blew after 65 hours

High hours without issues is a better sign to me then low hours and little use


Lots of truth in this comment ^^.

Engine hours are kinda like 40-yard times at the NFL combine; it's one of the quick and easy measurements you can point at, but it does not tell you the whole story of the engine/player.

Moderate to high-hour engines with good service schedules and steady-use have proven their dependability.

I have a 2003 Merc EFI with nearly 700 hours that still has 120 psi on all cylinders and impresses the mechanic every time he services it. That engine has been used steadily, but it also gets serviced once or twice a year since I got it.

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#11209766 - 11/06/15 03:34 PM Re: Hours on motor [Re: C_Fisher]
Doug R. Offline
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It really depends on the type of hours. A boat with 600 hours and 30% or so over 3000 RPMs on it doesn't have a lot of hours on it. With today's electronics and styles of fishing, a lot of the time on the motor is used more for looking.

The other thing is if the motor had been maintained properly.

As stated prior, I wouldn't want a 10 year old boat with low hours and not ran hard a percentage of the time.
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