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Old 01-20-2018, 10:08 AM
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I know all outboards are made for the salt water environment, but i have seen corrosion issues on 2009 Yamaha inside the thermostat housing on the block side, the cooper material of the thermostats react with the aluminum block (poor design) and the corrosion is small pea size indentations in the block . Left untreated they will rot through an salt water enter the oil and combustion area , usually loose a piston and a new power head is the only way to repair it. I try to clock the position of the thermostats when I change them so the sides dont always end up in the same position. I know about the lower exhaust corrosion
I have 2005 Johnson BMD that drain completely when tilted up and the thermostats are material is ceramic if you look in the block when they're out its spotless.
I had 80s era engines that where over 20 years old with no corrosion issue.

I know the new engines have better fuel consumption , run smother and quieter and can be very reliable for thousands of hours if maintained properly. But when you still see corrosion even after doing all the necessary maintenance it starts to piss me off . A new boat may be in the cards would like to have my choice of engine installed on it. So I am just looking to see what issues others have had with all the different brands and what looks best.
Any intel would be appreciated.
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Where's the popcorn emoji when you need it.
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:34 AM
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Where's the popcorn emoji when you need it.
Was thinking the same thing. Should we start a pool on how many pages of worthless partisan opinions he's gonna get?
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:39 AM
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A 05' yamaha f225 or an early model ficht.
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:40 AM
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:44 AM
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I still have a 1971 6hp Evinrude kicker that is corrosion free and runs great. Paint and cowling look like crap but everything is clean. Salt water engine.
1 vote for old Johnson/Evinrudes...when American aluminum alloy components were thick and good quality.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
I still have a 1971 6hp Evinrude kicker that is corrosion free and runs great. Paint and cowling look like crap but everything is clean. Salt water engine.
1 vote for old Johnson/Evinrudes...when American aluminum alloy components were thick and good quality.
OH WELL if you're gonna pull THAT crap, then I vote for a 1985 70hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Try and kill it.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:31 PM
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To answer the title of your original post, check the length of the corrosion warranties of current engines. That will give you a general idea of the faith the manufacturer has in the corrosion-resistance of their product when used in salt water.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:28 PM
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Buy a sailing boat.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:49 PM
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The best outboard, for saltwater use, is one that's well used and maintained properly. The best new outboard, is one that will be used frequently and maintained proper. That's about all there is to say, on this...
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1989 Force 125. Never left me stranded.
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Originally Posted by peter bear View Post
Buy a sailing boat.
Never buy a new one. They get thinner and thinner and crappier. Stay away from old school builders the make boats that can only sail 7mph at at 45 degree angle from level. They used to call them Crab Crushers, etc, The inboards never run because they never used them and are a pile of rust.

It is fun watching the new racers going 40 mph upright and running through the waves not over them. Wide and flat bottomed aft.

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I'd go for a Honda, Suzuki, Tohatsu, Mercury or Evinrude and use it often.
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I run my boat 3 to 4 times a week April to 1st week of December, I flush them out and do all maintenance and a little extra .
looking at newer engine issues
Honda was at the top of their game but have slowed down a bit on new improvements and are sticking with there 6 year old technology, nothing wrong with staying with something if it works
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Originally Posted by 81Malibu View Post
1989 Force 125. Never left me stranded.
I can't imagine that you went anywhere...
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
I'd go for a Honda, Suzuki, Tohatsu, Mercury or Evinrude and use it often.
And use it up within the warranty period.
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Or it could also be marketed with a longer warranty in an attempt to move more units.


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To answer the title of your original post, check the length of the corrosion warranties of current engines. That will give you a general idea of the faith the manufacturer has in the corrosion-resistance of their product when used in salt water.
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Or it could also be marketed with a longer warranty in an attempt to move more units.
Negative. That would be called, "Buying transoms".
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I have had good luck with my Minn Kota riptide.I have not noticed and corrosion.It is not the fastest,but get a the job done.Maybe Tesla can make a faster version.
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