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Old 07-31-2009, 07:02 PM
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Default Best 250hp outboard

I will be repowering my Edgewater 225 cc. Who makes the best 250 HP outboard and why? Consider reliability, fuel economy, weight, warranty and ease of service etc.
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there all good. 2 stroke either the optimax or etec, 4 stroke Suzuki, yamaha
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On that boat:

250 etec
250 opti
250 zuke
F250 yam

all good motors, service and price is what you should be looking at.
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Two or four stroke?

Which of the details is most imp to you?
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Reliability is most important, price is least. Weight would have to be next in importance because I don't want to go much heavier than the 531 lb 225 optimax on there now. I have had bad experiences with Evinrude and Mercury and an excellent experience with Yamaha. I use the boat in the LI sound ( no offshore, no trolling, no skiing) for fishing ( drifting or at anchor) and cruising. I like quick, fast reliable starts for chasing fish. The Yamaha V Max 250 weighs 539 lbs. What do you think?
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no way i would go with the yamaha 2 stroke over the opti. Stick with the opti or look at the etec. the newer optis are very reliable
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The Vmax 250 is only available in a 20" shaft length. I am not familiar with your boat but I am guessing it has a 25" transom so that would eliminate the Vmax from your choices.
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You're correct! Thanks.
I am trying to figure out the pros vs cons of the remaining options. I think I can even afford an extra 50 or so lbs ( if that's all it is ) for a Yamaha f250
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On that boat:

250 etec
250 opti
250 zuke
F250 yam

all good motors, service and price is what you should be looking at.
I agree, and I also think the list is in the right order for expected service costs (from lowest to highest)
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evinrude and suzuki are top contenters. Same with the optimax.
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The outboard on my previous boat was a 150hp Yamaha ox66. It rarely failed to start on the first crank of the day and thereafter it only required a quick turn of the key to start (a one handed 2 sec motion).

My 2000 225 opti requires pushing in the button on the side of the throttle advancing the throttle and pushing in the key while cranking for a minimum of 5-8 seconds then if it turns over backing the throttle into neutral and then forward again ( a two handed opertion that requires at least 10 sec-more if I have to put my rod in a holder- and often has to be repeated several times) .

I also have to be ever vigilant about my battery management and how long I am running accessories such as livewell pumps because it requires so much juice to start.
I need to know that an e tec or new opti won't trouble me like this before I buy one and would like to hear other people's experiences.
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BIG...BIG...BIG difference between a 2000 Opti and a new DFI Opti. I have an '08 175 Pro Xs and that thing starts when I look at the key!! NO smoke or stink, love it!
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As already stated there, every 250HP model made today are very good engines.

In this HP size both 2 strokes are right about 100 pounds lighter than the four strokes if that matters for this boat.

In your area, ask around and find out what OB shop is the best for service. That combined with any special warranty programs going on at the time of your purchase would make the difference for me.
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Take a hard look at the Zuke 250, tons of torque, great fuel mileage, swings a 16" prop, $1000's less than most other's mentioned, quiet as any others, easy to work on yourself, ie. oil changes, LU lube, waterpump service.
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I know you said you were looking for a 250hp, but the suzuki 300 should be an engine not to rule out. The fuel economy is incredible and it weghs abot 600 lbs which is not much more than the 250's mentioned
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Yamaha has the best overall package, best dealer network, best gauges and controls, the other brands motors may be as good but they cannot match Yamaha on both dealer network and gauges and controls.
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As mentioned above, make sure you have a local service center for whatever engine you choose. My previous two boats had a yamaha 225 four stroke. The 225 never let me down, but I chose to go with the Suzuki 300 on my current boat. So far I'm pretty impressed. When I decided to buy a new engine, it was hard not to go with another Yamaha because of my previous experience. After doing lots of research I purchased the Suzuki, and I'm very happy with my decision. As previously stated, they all seem to be good motors now..
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What is the beam on that boat? Deadrise? Weight? All of this makes a difference. I am usually the guy that would recommend the lightest motor possible for these hulls that were designed before the heavier 4 strokes, but in this case I think you would be just fine throwing a 4 stroke on there. Especially if the boat has a decent beam and I'm assuming the deadrise is around 20 or 21, which being relatively low will also help carry the additional weight. I personally would throw a Yam F250 on there. You will fall in love with your boat all over again after replacing that 9 year old Opti...

One thing you can do is go sit on your Opti and see what it does to your scuppers in the water. Or actually get a kid to, since you're only talking about an additional 70 or so pounds for the 4 stroke.
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Thanks for all the good advice. My 2000 225 Edgewater cc is 22.5' long with a variable deadrise and 8.6' beam. Max HP rating is 250hp. In the water with no people on board and the motor up I don't like the fact that the lower unit sits ~4in in the water an additional 100lbs on the transom puts it in another 2in. However a different motor and even a different mounting could result in an entirely different rest position ( is there any way to figure this out in advance? )
50-100 lbs doesn't seem to affect the deck drainage/ scuppers too much.
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I think you can tell from the posts that they are all good motors, especially in the 250 hp range, with that in mind, you need to decide 2 or 4 stroke....and that is going to be a personal preference, make sure you choose a good service dealer that will install correctly and get a good price....the nice thing about 4 good engines to choose from, it really opens the door as to the ability to choose a strong service dealer and bargain for the price....that's the best advice I can give you at this point.

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