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Old 09-26-2020, 10:41 AM
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I'm still running my 2002, 250 HP OX66. I bought my current boat in 2018 with an OX on it with 400 hours and I have put 300 hours on it in the last three seasons. I'll probably run it until it breaks and then I will repower with a 4-stroke. The number of 2-strokes I still see has really dropped off in the last three seasons. I would say that in my area about 85% of the larger OBs are 4-strokes and it seems that about 80% of the 4-strokes are Yamahas.

I was just curious in other parts of the country, how many people are still hanging on to there 2-stroke OBs? I have to believe that there has to be a higher percentage of 2-strokes in the Northeast where the boating season is shorter and therefore there are less hours on motors.
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I was at my local town dock walking the other day. I was bored so I counted dirty 2 strokes (not DFI) and 4 strokes and clean DFI 2 strokes.

Out of 220 OB powered boats over 50% was carb or EFI strokes. Pretty impressive considering dirty 2 strokes have not been made in 15 years.
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'03 OX66 150... probably 1200+ hrs....still cranks and screams WOT at 5800rpms and 61 mph when needed...
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I was at my local town dock walking the other day. I was bored so I counted dirty 2 strokes (not DFI) and 4 strokes and clean DFI 2 strokes.

Out of 220 OB powered boats over 50% was carb or EFI strokes. Pretty impressive considering dirty 2 strokes have not been made in 15 years.
I like that term, I have a “DIRTY” 24 year old 2 stroke still running strong. Water World..
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Pair of 97 225 Evinrude 2 strokes
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Pair of 2005 200 HPDI, 800 hours and running STRONG on 1998 25 open Contender. The Yamaha 4 stroke 200 gets only about 10% better mileage. I can plane with 1 engine & I doubt the 4 stroke can plane with 1. I'll keep running until the engine(s) die and will probably get a new powerhead when it happens.
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Have a pair of 2003 Mercury Optimax 200hp. Just bought the boat this year, seller didn't know hours and I know one could pop any day but so far so good! At least its unlikely they will both let loose at the same time.
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I don’t know if it falls in the category of a large 2 stroke, but I’m still running a 1993 Johnson 200 Oceanrunner.
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I don’t know if it falls in the category of a large 2 stroke, but I’m still running a 1993 Johnson 200 Oceanrunner.
Considering the 200,225 and some 250s are same block with different carbs and jets. Yep. It qualifys
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I was running twin Yamaha Z300s until 2018 when I joined the 4 stroke repower crowd. I loved those motors but man did they use a lot of 2 stroke oil. They are now in Belize still running strong last I heard
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Just sold my 2001 225 OX66 - still running great but who knows for how long? Guy who bought mine was replacing a similar motor that just threw a rod - you never know!
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Rebuilding a 2 stroker as we speak. 535 lbs and 430HP is hard to beat.....
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Trip 04 250XS opti's - still running strong and you gotta love the sound of trip 2 strokes at 5800 rpm's!
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Ran a pair of 225 Opti’s up till 3 months ago... since converted to the quiet one...
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Still running my 2004 200hp Yamaha HPDI in a 21' CC. Running strong and only had minor issues which are directly related to needing a service. It's a beast and only go through 1-2 gallons of 2-cycle oil a year. Very efficient IMHO.
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Was running 01 hpdis with 1200hrs until a few months ago. They were running strong as day 1 when i took em off.
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I like 2 strokes. I just sold my Mako 221 that had an OX66 200 on it and it was great out of the hole. There's a ton of them available in the $2500 range and at $2 a gallon who really cares that much about mileage anyways? The other issue is that my Cabo originally came with a 1987 Yamaha 200 which only weighed 389 pounds. A Yamaha 150 4 stroke weighs 455 pounds dry.
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Still running my good old 2001 Mercury Optimax 200.

She still screams oh so fine at 5750. Pure joy to hear her scream.

Imagine she'll see 5000 hours as of next summer. Seasons about done here now and she's sitting just shy of 4900 hours. 4887 i think last trip.
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Running a 1998 200 mercury efi on my BW conquest 21. 450 hours on it and other than the fuel consumption, it runs great!
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Twin 2000 250 OX66’s on my 25’ classic Whaler. A few years ago, I repainted and decal’d the upper and lower cowls...cause I wanted them to look as good as they ran...like new, with great power and response.

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