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outboard motor hrs #10625970 02/17/15 09:01 PM
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im looking at used boat with a mercury optimax 200 2006 with 200 hrs would that sound like high hrs or about normal??

Re: outboard motor hrs [Re: rwb9043] #10626086 02/17/15 09:46 PM
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Not bad for a 2006; ask for all service records, have motor checked out as well at the dealer.

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80 a year is about average, 200 is nothing.


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I agree with Pat. 200 is pretty low, especially for a 2006 model. I just bought a new boat in August and already have nearly 100 hours on it. But with that being said I would pay to have it checked out before I bought it. Best money you will ever spend on a boat. Have them do a compression check and a leak down. Either have it done or do it your self with a complete service of the boat after buying. JMHO

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I hate the hour meter on boats cause it does not do the motor justice IMO. If you break it down in a MPH X Mileage it would be low at 600 hrs. Most of the hours would be under 3000 rpm also. Now another thing to look at is from a consumer stand point.

We would be totally stupid to buy a engine at the going price if it life was only 500 hrs so to me hours is not a issue on a engine. I put 250-275 hrs a year and motor is very tight.

When I go to sell it I look at book price which says nothing about engine hrs cause it is not important in book price but it is to certain buyers. IMO. I have a good friend that is a 35 year Mater Mercury Tech.

I ask him about this years ago and he said the most hrs he has seen on a engine that was running very good also was 2300 hrs. Just take care of one and they last a very long time.

Look around at some of the older engines that are still out there with carbs.

Re: outboard motor hrs [Re: rwb9043] #10652900 02/27/15 05:32 PM
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I'd almost be concerned if it was less that would mean it was sitting for long periods which IMO is worse than an engine that's been used regularly.

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