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Old 08-18-2020, 07:56 AM
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I'm looking at a boat with a 2015 mercury Optimax 225 XL, 600 hours, and would appreciate some opinions on this outboard.It is pushing a 23 CC.
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Powerful,Very Fuel Efficient Engines. They are a Bit loud,Love to be run hard,Plugs last 300 hrs. plus..Keep the Strainer for the Air Compressor cooling clean. Nothing like the sound of an Opti at 5K rpms...
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I put 5215 hours on a 2002 from 02 -14 ..... I repowered with another 225 Opti.in 2014 couldn't be happier. They love to be run hard. I did normal maintenance less a compressor failure at 2100 hours covered under warranty. Other than that no issues whatsoever.

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Where I fish it's necessary to leave the boat idle all day while drift fishing. My four strokes had no problem with this but I had a two-stroke that would load up and stall after a few hours. Wondering if these mercs would load up and stumble at a critical time like when the boat is being pushed toward a pilon. Fiberglass and cement don't mix well.
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Optis will idle all day I slow troll for long periods of time have never had a fouled plug (make sure you are running the proper plugs they are pricey but worth it)
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Originally Posted by Lone Ranger View Post
Powerful,Very Fuel Efficient Engines. They are a Bit loud,Love to be run hard,Plugs last 300 hrs. plus..Keep the Strainer for the Air Compressor cooling clean. Nothing like the sound of an Opti at 5K rpms...
This.

Run it WOT sounds so awesome
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I put over 3,000 hours on my two optimaxes without any major issues (replaced lower unit was totally my fault when I miss-read a channel marker and ran aground). I do not turn off my outboards when I am offshore and they idle all day without a hiccup. For noise - line your cowling with Dynamat sound insulation instead of the foam stuff that comes from the factory. This significantly quets them down at idle and at 4K rpm. They do ROAR at WOT.
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Mine runs good, had to replace a $700.00 oil pump at a little over 100 hours.
2013 power head.
Inspected the air compressor for play as they are known to go out.
Very good on fuel but likes oil.
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Originally Posted by bluewaterpirate View Post
I put 5215 hours on a 2002 from 02 -14 ..... I repowered with another 225 Opti.in 2014 couldn't be happier. They love to be run hard. I did normal maintenance less a compressor failure at 2100 hours covered under warranty. Other than that no issues whatsoever.

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Wow. I've never heard of 5K+ hours on an opti without some major repairs. Curious if you had the ProXS or the standard optimax ?
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The 2014 is a Pro XS we've got a little over 800 hours on it we're slowing down I'm 75 and my first and only mate is 68. We're going to die with our PFD's on!





The 2002 225 Opti was the XL series it came with our BW DC 210 Ventura in 2002. We fished this boat and motor combo 50 miles offshore all the time never failed us ....lt strong running motor Never had one before this one mechanic said run the hell out of it the more you run them the better and we did just that. Note: I sold it for $1000 in 2014 and it's on the back of another boat and still running today.

Coming back from offshore .... go to the 42 second mark in the video

November Offshore Returning to Beaufort Inlet NC





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Awesome stuff bluewaterpirate. Reason I asked is I have a 200 ProXS with about 600 hours on it and was considering replacing the compressor as preventative maintenance. I'm long out of warranty and don't want to deal with the mess in the fuel rails if the compressor goes. Over course a new 4 stroke ProXS would solve this worry as well
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If the new 4 strokes had been available when we re-powerd in 2015 there would have been one hanging on the back in fact I had ordered one when they first came out but the wait time was too long. I've got my terminal boat and motor combo on my trailer. My wife and & I have had some wonderful adventures on our Whaler over the last 18 years.

Left the dock in the dark saw the moon set and the sun rise. My wife is a NYC lady she loves to fish

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Love my 2011 Optimax. Would buy another without hesitation. Some don't like the sound, but in my opinion, there is nothing like the roar of an Optimax when you put the hammer down.
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Originally Posted by rla69 View Post
Where I fish it's necessary to leave the boat idle all day while drift fishing. My four strokes had no problem with this but I had a two-stroke that would load up and stall after a few hours. Wondering if these mercs would load up and stumble at a critical time like when the boat is being pushed toward a pilon. Fiberglass and cement don't mix well.
Bear in mind that an Opti is nothing like the two strokes you’re talking about - the only similarity is the number of power strokes - fueling is completely different - hence no wasted fuel and the subsequent good fuel economy, exhaust is different - hence no fumes, smoke etc, and oiling is completely different (it doesn’t mix with the fuel) - hence no more chance of fouling the plugs than there is with a four stroke.
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I have a 2015 .. Opti 200 with 350 hours...I have the water pump changed every 2 seasons. Filters and plugs every season. Remember you need a good strong cranking battery for that motor. I also ad Quick care every time I ad fuel and some Quick clean every so often. Also I use Optimax oil...only problem I had was I had a leaking oil pump replaced just last week...Joe R
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Originally Posted by rla69 View Post
Where I fish it's necessary to leave the boat idle all day while drift fishing. My four strokes had no problem with this but I had a two-stroke that would load up and stall after a few hours. Wondering if these mercs would load up and stumble at a critical time like when the boat is being pushed toward a pilon. Fiberglass and cement don't mix well.
I had a 2005 225 Opti for 10 yrs. Would Troll for 5-7 hrs.burning 0.3 to 0.5 gallons/hr. NEVER loaded up .It's a Direct Injection Engine and the Oil is Metered very well. They do not burn no where as much oil as the old Carbed Engines.

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