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Dan7855 08-17-2018 11:08 PM

Engine Hours
 
I'm looking at a few boats from the early 2000s and most of them have about 750-850 hours on them. How much life do these engines have before an overhaul is needed?

cwarndahl 08-18-2018 12:53 AM

Those boats are still low hour, allot of boat owner are getting 1500
To 3500 before engine overhaul. Keep up with them and the motor will probably out last the hull.


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Mastar 08-18-2018 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by cwarndahl (Post 1439362)
Those boats are still low hour, allot of boat owner are getting 1500
To 3500 before engine overhaul. Keep up with them and the motor will probably out last the hull.


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Agree, the hours number isn't all that important.
If you find one that age with low hours it going to be a boat that has done a lot of sitting. Either way there's a good chance there will be things that need replaced or repaired eventually.

MasterCraft Ranger 08-21-2018 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Mastar (Post 1439592)
Agree, the hours number isn't all that important.

If you find one that age with low hours it going to be a boat that has done a lot of sitting. Either way there's a good chance there will be things that need replaced or repaired eventually.



Totally agree having purchased used boats with 100 hours and 400 hours, they both needed work. Boats do not like to sit. Problems just have a way of creating themselves from non-use. Id be more interested in the service records and the general condition of the upholstery and storage areas.


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Jorski 08-21-2018 09:45 PM

I have 1850 on my 1993 LT1... never been apart and has never been stronger

mcmx2 08-21-2018 10:50 PM

I have 1407 hours on my 2005. Never had an issue and it runs like new. I know some people will be leary of a buying a used boat with lots of hours but I am not willing to let my boat sit so I can resell it. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a boat if you let it sit so it will sell IMO. With proper maintenance these engines can go 3,000+ hours.

david_ski 08-22-2018 12:24 AM

At the end of 2016 we purchased a 2003 with 1400hrs on the engine. I was able to learn about all of its previous owners before we purchased. We did the water intake in a 5 gallon bucket driveway test run before purchase to make sure there was no surprises. We did not do a lake test drive before purchase.

We put on 110 hours last year, and estimating 60 hours this year. It has been running strong with no engine issues. We did have the low pressure and high pressure fuel pumps go out last season. Both pumps were original.

I had a conversation with the local boat dealer last year when our fuel pumps went out. He knew the history on our boat and its previous owners. We were talking about engine hours and age of boat. He said "he would rather have a 15 year old boat with 1,500 hours rather than 500 hours". A 10-15year old boat with low hours means that it was not used much and might of sat idle for multiple years. These engines need to be run. 50-100 hours a year average means that the boat has been used, and not likely has been laid up with engine problems.

wetterthebetter 08-22-2018 12:35 AM

Key word is Maintenance
 
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Originally Posted by Dan7855 (Post 1439218)
I'm looking at a few boats from the early 2000s and most of them have about 750-850 hours on them. How much life do these engines have before an overhaul is needed?

I would rather have a Boat Engine well Maintained with high Hours, than A boat Engine poorly Maintained with low hours.

david_ski 08-22-2018 01:08 AM

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Originally Posted by wetterthebetter (Post 1448806)
I would rather have a Boat Engine well Maintained with high Hours, than A boat Engine poorly Maintained with low hours.

Well Said!


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