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Old 05-15-2012, 11:39 AM
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hello all,
I am new to the site and have been doing alot of reading . I am looking to buy a stamas 31 express in the very near future. so here are my two options

option 1:
31 express 1998 twin volvo 240 hp diesels with 500 orginal hrs. boat is loaded{ tower, riggers, geny, rada etc.} water kept and none covered. my pick

option 2:
31 express 1997 twin 1997 fuel injected 250 yamaha 250 0x66, owner says 500hr but no hr meter. boat is bare bones. but inside kept dry storage and is the marina owners boat. aquired by repo.

I am REALLLLLYYYY partial to diesels. but I have tried and tested the 250 ox66. so withch option and what kinda fuel milage and cruse speed should I expect. ;?
OH AND THEY ARE BOTH THE SAME PRICE.
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the only thing I know about these two ( and you shoiuld also know)

the ox66's are great engines that love copious amounts of gas and oil...
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That outboard express is going to drink gas, and are not worth all that much on the used market for resale.

Hard to argue with the Volvo's if they are performing. Boat is not going to be fast, but should be much more economical to run w/ the volvos.
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Sure is nice to be able to venture into skinny water with the outboards. They are pretty easy to replace too. Have you seen the Volvo boat in the water? Some short express diesel boats sit bow down...
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Diesels all the way. Way more resale value and much better fuel economy.
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This a no brainer. The outboard is a year older, 2 strokes on top of that, no bells or whistles and the SAME price? Someone's smokin crack
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I have a Stamas 340 Express and the only advantage I see to the outboard boats is the storage it gives you under the cockpit sole. On my hull (mercruiser inboards) the props are in pockets and the deepest draft is the keel. They are heavy boats if that matters...

If you get it you may want me to send pics about what I did with the cockpit scuppers (I bet yours will be the same with a drainage system that enters into small depressions that collect water by the scuppers).

I love my Stamas BTW.
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I have the 27 express with 225 ox66 motors. Love the boat, but my next move will be a bigger Stamas with the diesels. If I can find one. In fact, where is the one you are looking at located?
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The only advantage I see with those outboards would be speed and shallow water maneuverablity. Diesels is the only way to go if you plan to use it a lot with the way fuel prices are. I'm out in my boat fishin or divin while everyone else is inshore conserving fuel.
Also, as mentioned, the resale value of diesels will be worth it when the time comes.
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Originally Posted by Bird Rock View Post
Diesels all the way. Way more resale value and much better fuel economy.
Evidence suggests otherwise. I shop boats and it is absolute fact that outboard boats sell better and at higher values than straight inboard diesels today.
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What did you do to those pain in the ass scuppers? I was foreever cleaning those things because they collected water untill I fixed mine.

BTW...in my opinion diesels are not in any way economical to run, at least not any more, the increase in diesel distallation costs as caused the price per gallon to be higher than regular gas. I know...you get more miles per gallon with diesel, but sit down sometime and do the math...how many hours do you have to run those diesels in order to overcome the incredibly high cost (when compared to gas engines) of a diesel engine. I've done the math. I own a Stamas 34 Express with twin Yanmars and nothing about them are economical from the cost of fuel to the cost of parts and service.

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