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Old 08-15-2019, 06:44 AM
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Question New (2018-19) Mercury V6 four stroke experience?

I am considering a repower of a Grady 265 express with a twin OX66 225 config on a heavy boat.
Due to weight considerations of this hull, I was going to go with Zuke DF200APs until Mercury came out with these new lightweight V6 motors.
I have no hesitation with Suzuki quality. I have had a great experience with a DF140.
Until now, V6 four strokes were too heavy to repower this pre-4stroke hull.
I delayed my repower and want to see how the launch of the new Mercs goes.
I am very interested in owner experience/reviews of the new Merc 225 four stroke or any of the other new non-Verado models.
Any real experienced review would be appreciated.
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You are going to love them. I have the 250 v8ís and they are amazing. I run all day on my 29 and do between 1.9 to 2.2 mpg depending on how heavy I am on the throttle. They have amazing mid range torque they are very responsive and quite. Iím glad I made the change. I was going to go with the 200hp zukes as well but glad I held out for the mercs.
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Saw this on Facebook. That's the most hours I've seen on them.




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Thanks for the replies. Sounds like some happy Merc owners. I think I will go that route when the time comes. I think the V6 torque & horsepower over the zuke 200s is worth the extra money in the long run.
I get 1 mpg with the OX66s on an average offshore trip so if I get numbers like you guys are getting I will pay for the motors in gas over 10 years.
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Everyone I know that has them loves them. The only problem is they are hard to find, several months ago over a year long waiting list. Hopefully that will change Iíd be interested in twin 225ís next year.
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I want these when i pay off my 265. i keep flip flopping though also with the DF200 and these
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Love them, have about 80 hours on them now and each trip I am more impressed with their performance. I am running eco 19's and may go down to 18's for a bit more RPM's. Ran the boat home form the keys just over 7 hours non stop with out any issues. A V-6 lighter then any i-4 in their class, get the V-6 you will not be disappointed. Avg 2.3 MPG, much better then the OX 66-250's I was running in every way!
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We have sold and installed several and maintain many more that came on new boats. The power and economy is incredible. Besides the early shift actuator recall, we haven’t wrenched on any except for maintenance and installation purposes.
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Originally Posted by ctime260 View Post
Love them, have about 80 hours on them now and each trip I am more impressed with their performance. I am running eco 19's and may go down to 18's for a bit more RPM's. Ran the boat home form the keys just over 7 hours non stop with out any issues. A V-6 lighter then any i-4 in their class, get the V-6 you will not be disappointed. Avg 2.3 MPG, much better then the OX 66-250's I was running in every way!
What WOT RPMs are you getting with the Eco 19s? I am running Eco 17s and I am getting 6000-6050 on my Port motor and 5900 on my starboard motor.

I really like my 225 V6s. They have amazing mid range power. I am getting 1.8-2.0 MPG average loaded to 9500 lbs. The fuel economy seems to be as good or better than other boats like mine that I have compared to. I believe that there are still some improvements in fuel economy to be had with some prop experimentation, I may be a little under propped with the 17s.

We will see how reliable they end up being. I have 92 hours on them and I am still trying to work out some bugs/idiosyncrasies. The fuel burn varies from port to starboard motor quite a lot. I have to trim my starboard motor up considerably more than my port motor in order to get the fuel burn rates similiar for both motors. I dont know what is going on here, I suspect now that the two motors do not trim at the same rate. Kind of weird.
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Skunkboat- I agree with you, could be awesome on a 265. I havenít had a chance to see how those cowlings would fit back there in the engine well. I havenít see a pair in person.
Then they go in and introduce that 250 V8, that might be the ultimate ticket on a 265
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The biggest problem with them is that you can't get a pair of them.
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Originally Posted by ctime260 View Post
Love them, have about 80 hours on them now and each trip I am more impressed with their performance. I am running eco 19's and may go down to 18's for a bit more RPM's. Ran the boat home form the keys just over 7 hours non stop with out any issues. A V-6 lighter then any i-4 in their class, get the V-6 you will not be disappointed. Avg 2.3 MPG, much better then the OX 66-250's I was running in every way!
Ctime. Give me a performance run down as we have the same hull bottom. How does the speed across the RPM spectrum stack up to the 250s you were running? What kind of props were you running on the OX66's? I'm eagerly awaiting a pair of them to come available. But not holding my breath either.
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Originally Posted by SLINGINBAIT View Post
You are going to love them. I have the 250 v8ís and they are amazing. I run all day on my 29 and do between 1.9 to 2.2 mpg depending on how heavy I am on the throttle. They have amazing mid range torque they are very responsive and quite. Iím glad I made the change. I was going to go with the 200hp zukes as well but glad I held out for the mercs.

youve got got me thinking about the v8s now.
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Originally Posted by MTRiverRunner View Post
What WOT RPMs are you getting with the Eco 19s? I am running Eco 17s and I am getting 6000-6050 on my Port motor and 5900 on my starboard motor.

I really like my 225 V6s. They have amazing mid range power. I am getting 1.8-2.0 MPG average loaded to 9500 lbs. The fuel economy seems to be as good or better than other boats like mine that I have compared to. I believe that there are still some improvements in fuel economy to be had with some prop experimentation, I may be a little under propped with the 17s.

We will see how reliable they end up being. I have 92 hours on them and I am still trying to work out some bugs/idiosyncrasies. The fuel burn varies from port to starboard motor quite a lot. I have to trim my starboard motor up considerably more than my port motor in order to get the fuel burn rates similiar for both motors. I dont know what is going on here, I suspect now that the two motors do not trim at the same rate. Kind of weird.
You have a propeller difference, some variation is normal from prop to prop. You have a considerable difference where you are seeing it in both RPM and fuel burn. At cruise, you have more load on the starboard engine when RPM is matched which results in higher fuel burn.
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So how does the wait list work? Pay a deposit and get on a list? I want one and will want it about the time the current wait list ends. Iíve never bought a new motor over 10hp and those were cash and carry.
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Originally Posted by Vollymall View Post
So how does the wait list work? Pay a deposit and get on a list? I want one and will want it about the time the current wait list ends. Iíve never bought a new motor over 10hp and those were cash and carry.
depends on dealer, for me it was only a $1000 deposit. It took 10 months to get a 200 v6.

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