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Old 07-13-2013, 06:54 PM
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Default Honda bf250 or Suzuki df250

Repowering my Dusky 233 from the Suz dt225. Any thoughts or considerations? What would be a fair price for each unit? I'm in Manatee County FL--any suggested shops?

Fuel #s on the Honda look awesome from what I've seen. On the new lean burn Suzi's, not sure how they compare to normal df250.
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Right now Honda is offering 4.49% financing for 84 months, and a 5 year bumper-to-bumper (or should I say cowling to prop) warranty that is transferrable. I paid about $20,000 for my BF250 30" shaft rigged, and spent another $1200 on the new NMEA2000 gauges (though honestly I should have just gone with the analog because my NMEA2000 MFD displays all the engine info on its own gauges).

I haven't had it in the water yet, but everything I read about the Honda is very positive, great fuel economy, and reliable as hell.
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I'd go 300 zuke vs 250 honda. No sense in not carrying the hp if ur gonna carry the weight. Hondas r known for weak out of the hole weak top end but amazing fuel economy in the midrange where u run ur boat all the time unless ur a hot dogger. Not knocking honda but they just came out with the 250 when people r chasing 350s and bigger now. Either motor will be good just comes down to a good service guy. However a 250 zuke would probably be an easy repower based on what u already have.
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Great feedback, thx
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I guess it really depends on your style of boating. Me, I like slow and steady and above all reliability and efficiency. I don't need balls-to-the-wall acceleration/hole shot, fast cruise, etc. I want to get where I'm going and not use a lot of fuel. Plus I want reliability. That's why I went Honda.
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I tend to boat like you do, but my boat is heavy and my current 225 struggles with heavy loads especially in rougher seas. I want to make sure I have enough power in reserve for when I need it. I like the Hondas, but if I struggle a bit with 225, in wondering if a true 250 is going to be enough for me.

Any ideas in what the true hp outputs if these motors are?
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I'd go 300 zuke vs 250 honda. No sense in not carrying the hp if ur gonna carry the weight. Hondas r known for weak out of the hole weak top end but amazing fuel economy in the midrange where u run ur boat all the time unless ur a hot dogger. Not knocking honda but they just came out with the 250 when people r chasing 350s and bigger now. Either motor will be good just comes down to a good service guy. However a 250 zuke would probably be an easy repower based on what u already have.
Agreed on the Honda comments. I had a BF225 for 8 years. Never a hiccup. Fuel economy was outstanding. Downside is they are heavy and sluggish out of the hole. Mid range performance is great.

At the end of the day, doubt you can go wrong with either choice. Just decide what motor suits your type/style of boating.
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I had both a suk df140 (2005) very nice engine no problems at all , have a Honda(2006) 200 hp. right now and is a great engine , brother in law has an Honda 225 (2003 ) for years, has been great only problem he had was oxygen sensor replaced it and Honda reimbursed the money back wich he was not expecting ,other than that great and economical in gas , in my opinion I would go Honda .......good luck
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25 horses won't change much in the usable range.... I would go to the 300 Suzuki....The mid range is where you want the Balls, whole shot will be a breeze and you will love not having to gun the boat onto plane.........Honda is a good but heavy motor , never owned one but I stayed at the Hull TRUTH a few times......A single engine boat is nice, with the most power it can have.
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My Honda has over 1000 hours. I only have had an O2 sensor go bad. My dad has twin 130s and had a powerhead and a head replaced under warranty when the motors were 9.5 years old as Honda claimed a casting problem with the block. I don't think any outboard company stands behind their product as strongly as Honda.

Zukes are good motors too but given my personal experience, Hondas are tough to beat. I venture to argue that they are the most reliable brand on the market.
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I have the new BF250 and I can tell you on my boat, the hole shot is excellent and it has great acceleration out of the hole.
Plus, I was able to get it to a top end of over 50 MPH!

Not to mention the fuel economy is fantastic!
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I have a BF225 on a 23 SeaCraft (potter) and the performance numbers on my boat would be similiar to your 233. Feel free to come by and check it out sometime...... I'm right around the corner from you in Parrish.

You'll find the Honda has plenty of power.
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I have the new BF250 and I can tell you on my boat, the hole shot is excellent and it has great acceleration out of the hole.
Plus, I was able to get it to a top end of over 50 MPH!

Not to mention the fuel economy is fantastic!
What kind of boat do you have and what is its weight with fuel? Trying to get an idea of what my MPG might be as well as speed - I have a 250 Cobia WA that weighs about 5200 pounds loaded with full fuel and a BF250 on it.
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Sorry. I should have mentioned what boat I have.
It's a 23 ' Steiger craft DV Miami.
The boat holds 125 gallons of fuel and the pic was taken with 90 gallons in the tank. Plus I had a 20 gallon water tank filled with water.
Sorry I don't know what the boat weighs.
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