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Old 06-17-2020, 08:57 PM
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I’m looking at a 2006 Everglades 243. Honda F225 2006 with 351 hours. Boat has been kept in stack storage. Seems to be in great visual shape. I don’t think I have any boat concerns, but not sure on the motor. I know little about the Honda engines and even less on a 14 year old one.
i will have it checked out by a Honda mechanic, but does anyone know of any concerns? 350 hours is not much on a 14 year old boat. It would be my first boat in 20 years and don’t need to drop another $20 grand into a new engine.
Any guidance is appreciated!
Old 06-18-2020, 05:19 AM
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Here's my experience....Bought a twin engine 2006 Everglades 260 with twin 225 Hondas several years back with 375 hours. Used the boat for 3-4 years and sold it with 900 hours. Loved the Everglades boat. Excellent top tier quality. The problem with Hondas in salt water is corrosion. Yes, it depends on how any engine is maintained. If religiously maintained, then most engines last a very long time. My boat was kept on a lift in south florida and flushed with fresh water using flush ports on engines after every use. Could not use ear muffs because on lift. Did Not Matter! Wasting your time using flush ports with those engines. Water will not circulate all the way around cylinder heads through water jackets if only using flush port. Must use ear muffs or giant water tub with increased rpm's after each use to properly flush those engines. I don't care how good any late model Japanese four stroke engine looks on the outside. What matters is how it looks internally . Unless you take it completely apart, you'll never know. Both of my 225's were overheating at 900 hours because the water jackets were corroded around the tops of the cylinder heads. Internally acid flushed them, got the alarms to stop, and sold the boat immediately because was not interested in repower at the time. Mechanic advised against taking engine apart to manually clean water jackets.

That engine is only worth about $3K on a trade (if your lucky). That's the value you give it. The hull, depending on condition, is between $30k-$40K. You will not find a better bay boat hull for that kind of money. Your better off repowering that make and model, then buying something of lesser quality that's newer. If you can buy it right, run it, and see how it goes. Maybe you'll get trouble free use the entire time you own it?

The typical issues that model year 225 has are O2 sensors going bad every 300-400 hours (not a big deal), Mid shaft bushing corrosion (Have mechanic check by dropping lower unit), Must replace internal anodes every 200-300 hours in salt water (PIA.....They are located inside exhaust manifold. Must come off and replace) Likely, these have never been replaced. Would be the first thing to do if you buy the boat.

Those engines ran perfect up to the day they started to overheat. Never left me stranded. If you run them constantly, they will go for thousands of hours. If they sit for long periods of time in-between use, without proper flushing, they are susceptible to internal corrosion. In south florida, Honda's are not popular engines. For me, given my location, I would never repower with a honda. Anyways, that's my experience. Good luck with your decision.
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Thank you sir!
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I have the same Everglades with Honda 225 and 350 hours. I have the engine gone over professionally every other year. I do oil changes for engine and lower unit the years that the Honda Dealer does not. I have had 0 problems with the Honda. I bought a custom cover for the boat several years ago and keep it covered on a lift. No one would ever imagine it is a 2005 boat. I have had some of the upholstery redone by the same outfit that does them for Everglades. I have replaced the Plexiglas wind screens and the rub rail. I have never had a problem with Oxygen sensor but have picked up 2 new one on Ebay for cheap just in case. I have never had a corrosion problem. I have had a few minor powder coat problems but get on the problem immediately Everglades has a touch up kit for the powder coat and it is easy fix. Most anyone cannot tell the small spots I have repaired on the powder coat. Everglades had an available option for the powder coat replacement if the issues with the powder coat are severe. Several years ago Everglades told me they would replace all the powder coated items on the boat for $3500 but they would need the boat taken the their Factory. The local Coast Guard Station has Honda 225 on 5 of their boats. Some of the Coast Guard Honda have several thousand hours on them and rarely have problems. They Coast Guard brings the Hondas' to the local excellent Honda dealer to go over them and are regularly maintained.. I have custom covers for the helm and seat. I paid around $55K for the boat new (with trailer), so it is amazing how it has held value. I have been very happy with the boat especially for what I paid for it new and see that it costs around 3 times as much for a new one. Good luck with your search.
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I think the biggest issue you will find with that boat/motor combo is resale value. Everyone I know with a Honda, which isn't many, have had no issues.
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Great boat even if you replace motor with a Suzuki 300 for 19k you will be able to get 50 k for it on the used market
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
Great boat even if you replace motor with a Suzuki 300 for 19k you will be able to get 50 k for it on the used market
And that's the motor to put on that boat if you do a repower.
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