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Old 04-02-2005, 09:09 PM
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Default Hours on a 4-stroke outboard ?

Hi all - I am presently in the market for a new boat - and have been looking at New Lunds - in my research I noticed a few used ones around that are in my price range but was wondering how many hours is alot for an outboard 4 stroke motor ?

One of the used boats that I want to look at has a 115hp 4 Stroke Honda on it.....the hour meter says around 200 hours - Is this alot - or is it just breaking in ???

I am not new that new to boats, but all I have owned in the past are smaller jon boats for Duck hunting with 8-15hp motors.

Looking to step it up and do more fishing this year.

Any help would be great.

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Old 04-02-2005, 09:20 PM
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Default RE: Hours on a 4-stroke outboard ?

I hate to say this, because it bothers me when I am told... but do a search on four strokes...

200 is not a ton of hours, I believe most estimates are 50 to 100 hours use per year (I think).
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200 is AT MINIMUM 10% of it's life -and probably 5%.....
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Default RE: Hours on a 4-stroke outboard ?

The Yamaha dealer I spoke to advised that if you do regular maintenence a 4 stroke can last 4000 hrs or more. I've heard the Coast Guard has some Honda's and Yamaha's with over 10,000hrs with just regular maintenece.
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200 hrs is nothing , barely broke in
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Default RE: Hours on a 4-stroke outboard ?

Thanks for the quick reply's guys.....I did a search and found that this topic has been covered countless number of times...oops - sorry.

As I have read for the past hour - looks like 200hrs on a honda - or any 4 stroke is Just breaking in......

Another quick question - I am going to look at this boat very soon....anything I should be looking out for on the 115 Honda ?? Cleanleness of oil ?? Ask about oil changes ?? anyhting else ??

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Find out who has been doing the maintenance and what has been done. The lower unit oil should have been changed a couple of times and the engine oil should have been changed at least annually. Confirm that the fuel filters are fresh and that the motor idles smoothly. Look to see if there is a water separating filter between the tank and the engine. Check for any filth or salt under the cover. Some of the 115/130's apparently had some corrosion complaints but I don't know the specifics. See if the owner has a fresh water flush fitting and determine if he has been using it. I have the big motors and also a BF90 on a CC . . . wonderful engines. I have over 1000 hours on the 90 and it runs and looks like new.
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Old 04-03-2005, 03:23 AM
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200 hours is not very many when the lifespan of outboards - both 2 and 4 strokes is several thousand if properly maintained.

A couple of other things to look at when buying a used motor. Do a compression check and verify that all cyclinders have the same compression within 5-10%. Inspect the spark plugs - do they all look the same? Do they have any water on them.

Pull the dipstick and smell for any gas and look for water. Usually sellers change the oil just before the list the motor so that you assume the motor has been flawlessly maintained, so you may not be able to tell much.

Most of these things should check out just fine on a motor with 200 hours on it. Pay attention to the overall condition of the boat - that will give you some idea of how the motor has been taken care of.

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