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#11652008 - 06/07/16 10:29 AM Need some input. About to break the bank
kobefish Offline
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250hp motor talk. Looking for some helpful input on brands and why you decided on going with whatever brand you picked. I know this is the ultimate debate like Ford, Chevy or Dodge but just want to get as much opinion/facts as possible. I am going to take the plunge into the insane cost of a new bass boat soon so some help would be appreciated.

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#11652018 - 06/07/16 10:33 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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#11652027 - 06/07/16 10:37 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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I dont have one but I Heard the new Evinrude has risen to the top

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#11652074 - 06/07/16 10:57 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: reelswift]
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Originally Posted By: reelswift
I dont have one but I Heard the new Evinrude has risen to the top


To the top of what?

I would guess that about 2% of all bass anglers run one of them. Not saying they are bad motors but they have a LONG way to go before they are proven over the test of time.

Stick with Merc or Yam. Tried & True over decades. The Merc will be a little cheaper up front but the two stroke oil is pretty costly if you fish a lot. Fuel consumption is also a little better on the Pro XS motors I have owned (three of them). Merc is a couple mph faster on top end but it will have to play catch up because the SHO will beta it outta the hole pretty badly.

The Yam SHO 250 is cool too. I have been running one for 5 years now with Zero issues. They had some early models that had bad oil pumps so they melted a few but Yam stood behind them and replaced power heads. The Yam will cost you about $1,500 more up front but may prove to be less costly to operate if you go often. SHO is a little quieter than the Merc but nothing sounds as good as the old Merc EFI's. (IMO)

Both are GREAT choices.


Edited by Ken A. (06/07/16 11:01 AM)

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#11652083 - 06/07/16 11:01 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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If I was going to buy a new boat/motor combo here is what I would be putting on the back.

https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/engines/outboard/verado/pro-fourstroke-200-300-hp/#
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#11652088 - 06/07/16 11:03 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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Against my better judgement, I'll post anyway.

Please keep in mind that I'm not an outboard guru or genius. These are just my opinions and things that I've seen/heard, and a few that I've experienced.

I have a Yamaha SHO 250 and I really love it! I'll be the first to tell you that a Mercury or Evinrude will be faster, and of course that depends on your setup too. But as far as pure power and muscle, I think the SHO is hard to beat. I have a Skeeter and it's not a light boat. I'm a big guy and I carry a fairly heavy load. I feel like the SHO still gives me a good holeshot and very respectable top end. The SHO handles heavy loads very well, if not the best. I've had ZERO problems, it's good on gas mileage, and she runs pretty quiet up to 40 MPH; after 40 MPH I don't notice a difference in sound between any of the big 3 motor companies. I don't really have any complaints with it's performance. I know it's not the fastest motor out there, but it dang sure is reliable. Talking with Yamaha repair guys and several different pros, I've come to the conclusion that the SHO is built to be run hard and be a workhorse. It's not like a fancy, Italian sports car, it's like a muscle car.

Now, every motor is gonna have it's problems. I don't care if it's an Evinrude, Yamaha, Mercury, Suzuki, Honda, Tohatsu, whatever!... All motors have their pros and cons. I suggest you do as much research as possible, take everything into account including: gas mileage, do you run a heavy load, do you make long runs, is there a maintenance shop close to you, can you afford the maintenance... all the little things matter.

If you decide to get the SHO, make sure you BREAK IT IN PROPERLY! Do not take it to your local lake and just let her rip! Follow what the manual and the dealer tells you. I promise you that if you take the time to do it correctly, it'll pay off and last for as long as you want. But if you take it out there and just start running her, she'll break your heart... and your wallet. Once you've broke it in, let her fly!

With all of this being said, outboards nowadays are super reliable and easy to maintain. Whatever brand you go with, I'm sure you'll be pleased with it.

Good luck with your search and tight lines!
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#11652118 - 06/07/16 11:15 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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I would like to add this about the Yam SHO. They sent me a letter stating that they would replace my complete powerhead at no charge since it was built in late 2010 when they were experiencing some issues. The letter was not a recall on my motor. It said that the motor may have parts that would experience premature wear. I think it speaks volumes about a company that would offer to replace the power head just because it might be one that received faulty parts.

This is NOT a Yamaha sales pitch. I like Mercs just as much as the Yams.

Merc had the same issue with their Optimax motors in the early 2000's. They used to be called OptiPops. LOL


Edited by Ken A. (06/07/16 11:16 AM)

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#11652139 - 06/07/16 11:26 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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Registered: 07/31/13
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I will say this. I run a 2003 Yamaha Vmax 200 and have never had a problem with it. I keep it maintained and she has never failed me. My best friend runs a 2011 Proxs 250 and has never had a problem with his. Good luck with your choice.


Edited by Warren60 (06/07/16 11:26 AM)

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#11652198 - 06/07/16 11:46 AM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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I went with the SHO but if you like merc better they aren't bad. Either way I would go four stroke.

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#11652225 - 06/07/16 12:04 PM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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Mercury. #1 selling outboards for a reason.
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#11652270 - 06/07/16 12:24 PM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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Go with a four stroke. Yam or Merc. both are good engines.

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#11652441 - 06/07/16 01:49 PM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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Mercury or Evinrude. I have had both. I currently have a 2013 ETEC. Very impressive motor. It's quiet and powerful. Here
in the south it's Mercury or Yamaha. North East It's Evinrude. You need to call around to your local outboard mechanics and talk with them. I did this before buying my current motor.

There are two kinds of motors. Those that have blown and those that will blow.

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#11652478 - 06/07/16 02:02 PM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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#11652509 - 06/07/16 02:21 PM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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A lot of what Ken is saying is spot on imo.. I would go 20+ foot on length, and hang a four stroke on the back end.. If you can get a monster warranty with your choice, all the better
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#11652716 - 06/07/16 03:56 PM Re: Need some input. About to break the bank [Re: kobefish]
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I will never own another two stroke, Honda four stroke here, every week my mechanic is getting anywhere from 2-3 blown two strokes some less than 4 months old, it's ridiculous how many blow up now days and then you pay so much for it in the first place!

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