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1995 Johson 200 Ocean Runner

Old 05-22-2019, 03:55 PM
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Considering the purchase of a 1995 Boat w/ twin '95 Johnson 200 Ocean Runners.27' Grady Sailfish
Engines are said to have VERY low hours, I suspect they haven't been used much lately.
Should I run away or seriously consider this?
What might be an estimated GPH usage number be?
How about a link to a free repair manual?
Is parts availability a problem?
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:19 PM
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Price should reflect not having engines.

$15-$20k
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ajv00303 View Post
Considering the purchase of a 1995 Boat w/ twin '95 Johnson 200 Ocean Runners.27' Grady Sailfish
Engines are said to have VERY low hours, I suspect they haven't been used much lately.
Should I run away or seriously consider this?
What might be an estimated GPH usage number be?
How about a link to a free repair manual?
Is parts availability a problem?
Long time no see.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by captbone View Post
Price should reflect not having engines.

$15-$20k
So if I understand, you're basically saying the engines aren't worth anything?
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:19 PM
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I had similar aged Evinrude's. They are thirsty but hard to kill as long as the oil pumps don't crap out. on my Pursuit 2550 with twins at WOT (50mph+) my floscans would read about 35gal/hr EACH!!
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:15 PM
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Solid older carbed engines, but a bit thirsty compared to todays engines. Do a compression test on them
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:20 PM
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Solid solid engines ! Yes they are gas and oil thirsty. But consider a newer boat/ engine combo will be 50k-140k more .
that's alot of fuel . If the boat checks out and fits your needs, ride those old school Johnson's until they blow up. IF they ever blow up is the problem.
you should see 1.2-1.4 mpg at cruise with the right props.
if your planning on putting 200 hours + annually the math might not make sense. If you are planning below that, I would buy those beasts in a heart beat and enjoy the heck out of them.

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Old 05-22-2019, 11:38 PM
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thirsty and loud, but they run forever. If they still have the vro pumps installed, eliminate them and mix the gas yourself. VRO pump failure was their weakness. 50:1 cause as long as their smokin, they aren't broken.
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:25 AM
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Leave the VRO alone, check motors out, if OK, buy with confidence, but be prepared for a decent fuel bill!
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:51 AM
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VRO is fine

Get used to cold starting the engines with proper process to avoid flooding carbs and you’ll be ok.

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Old 05-23-2019, 03:08 AM
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Great engines, very thirsty, very loud, cold starts like an 70's caddy...pump pump...wait 5 seconds then turn key.... repeat 3 mores times till start. If doesn't start then wait 5minutes so you don't flood carbs and repeat process. I had two on two different boats. Easy to work on even for non engine mechanics like myself.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:12 AM
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This engine has OMS (Oil metering system pumps), wast improvement to older VRO-II (Variable ratio oiling). Later (2004) BRP issued new OMS 5007420 to back fit all V-4 and V-6 models.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ajv00303 View Post
So if I understand, you're basically saying the engines aren't worth anything?

I have twin 1995 Evinrude 225hps. I say to value the boat as hull alone because resale, desirability and demand today for carb 2 strokes is very low. Doesn’t make them bad engines but I think most will agree it is a negative compared to modern engines.

Ironically if had to choose between the 1995 Johnson’s or 2001 Evinrude Ficht, 2001 Yamaha HPDI or 2001 Mercury Optimax, I would take the Johnsons due to simplicity.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:56 AM
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With those engines its not GPH its GPM (Gallons Per Minute).LOL
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