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How do I know when itís time for a repower?

Old 04-17-2019, 09:55 AM
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I have a 2005 Boston Whaler with two Mercury Verados 250 horsepower each. They are original to the boat.

I want to know how many hours Iíll get out of these. This is my first set of Mercurys and my previous boat had Yamahas. If so, how will I know when itís time for a repower?

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When repairs start to weigh on your wallet, it’s time to repower.
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When you spend more time fixing things than using them. You'll know when its time.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:04 AM
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For me, it was a combination of repairs hitting the wallet and the question of reliability offshore. I run offshore in the GOM 35+ miles and the fear of a breakdown was a good motivator for me. My boat was a 1994 with the original Mercury 200 2.5L 2-strokes. It was getting to the point that it seemed that every time out something small broke down. When the tilt/trim motor quit working, that was the last straw for me. I repaired the Tilt/Trim to sell the motors and repowered with Suzuki 175 4 strokes and couldn't be happier. I nearly doubled my fuel mileage and was able to sell the old motors for about 4k to offset the cost. They ran strong, but were better suited for someone who didn't mind tinkering a little bit and they were sold as such.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:13 AM
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Right now your motors are worth the most the they will be from this point on. They run good and they are on your boat so a seatrial will be easy. I say dump them and get Merc 300s.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:15 AM
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They should last right up until the point that you need a tow but no further.
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Kind of the point of twins - run them till one goes down hard. They are 14 year old motors and therefore I doubt they would bring much in a trade-in. You never know how many hrs you're leaving on the table unless you do this. I never would have guessed my HPDI would have gone this far but they keep on keeping on.. now if money is no issue and you don't like hassles - bolt some new one one..
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When the compression drops below manufacturer specs.
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Example of time to repower

Is an overheated motor worth saving?
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There is an equation somewhere, I can't seem to find it.
Thickness of wallet divided by degrees of wife's eye roll X kids chance of college, Plus 2.

If it equals more then 2, I'd say go for it.
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For me, it was when I lost confidence in my motors coupled with my financial ability to buy a new pair....if you like the boat and plan to keep it, then do it as soon as you can and start enjoying it again without any doubts or concerns.
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no way to know how long they will last. When they blow up it's time to replace.
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When this happens,Evinrude 225 almost fell off, its time to repower.
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Originally Posted by rmiller4292 View Post
For me, it was a combination of repairs hitting the wallet and the question of reliability offshore. I run offshore in the GOM 35+ miles and the fear of a breakdown was a good motivator for me. My boat was a 1994 with the original Mercury 200 2.5L 2-strokes. It was getting to the point that it seemed that every time out something small broke down. When the tilt/trim motor quit working, that was the last straw for me. I repaired the Tilt/Trim to sell the motors and repowered with Suzuki 175 4 strokes and couldn't be happier. I nearly doubled my fuel mileage and was able to sell the old motors for about 4k to offset the cost. They ran strong, but were better suited for someone who didn't mind tinkering a little bit and they were sold as such.
X 2. Our 2 stroke 250 Saltwater Series ran well, but after 17 years ultimately it was the confidence factor and a pending trip to the Islands that pushed us over the top. Time is the one thing we don't have enough of and we are pleasure boaters with heavy emphasis on the 'pleasure'. We tend to go during off season so there aren't many boats over there and seriously doubt we would get much help from BASRA if we did break down. During our time we replaced 2 sets of PTT motors (in addition to regular maintenance etc), but our boat was kept in the water w/engines trimmed up, so there was a bit of saltwater splashing going on through the years. Never had any other issues. If you like/love your boat, a fresh set of engines will only make you love it more for the reasons miller states above. If you are a Merc guy, they have wonderful options as far as power choices. There's probably no better time for Merc than right now.

Best of luck with whatever choice you make - mv
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Good question.....
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:24 AM
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I think half the people that repower these days do it to keep up with the Joneses. Unless you have a catastrophic failure keep on running them. Most of the modern four strokes will display warning signs before they completely grenade themselves. Wheter you act on those subtle hints something is going on is another story.

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I have a 2005 Boston Whaler with two Mercury Verados 250 horsepower each. They are original to the boat.

I want to know how many hours I’ll get out of these. This is my first set of Mercurys and my previous boat had Yamahas. If so, how will I know when it’s time for a repower?

Thanks
The day they hung Gen 1 Verados on the boat

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1994 Yami 150 2 stroke. Still going strong, When I am fixing it more than fishing I'll replace it. I will say I love how much quieter 4 strokes are. Fuel economy doesn't matter to me too much as it's a bay boat.
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