Advice needed for repower

Drew Stephens

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Drew Stephens
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Whatsup guys, I have a 23 foot walk around. Recently my 97 evinrude 200 ocean pro seized do to water entering the cowling somehow. I love the boat and do not want to sell it so I want a repower. The old evinrude 2 stroke weights around 460 pounds. Boats rated for a 225 max. I can get a smoking deal on a 2016 yamaha 225 v6 for 15k with 62 hours. Problem may be the weight. The v6 weighs 562 pounds. Thats a 100 pound increase from the original 2 stroke. My other option is to get the brand new yamaha 200 4 cylinder. The 4 cylinder is 489 pounds. I had zero problems pushing the boat filled with 130 gallons of fuel, 40 gallon bait tank, 3-4 people with the old 2 stroke. Thing would run 40mph. Now my decision comes down to weight and power. The new 200 4 cylinder isnt that much more than the used v6. I am just worried the 4cyl might not have enough grunt like the 225 v6 will have. Reading comparisons of the 4cyl 200 to the older v6 200 the v6 was faster from 0-30. The 4 cyl competed identical the rest of the test with same top end but 10% better fuel economy. It also planed the test boat faster at slower speed(im assuming the lighter weight in the rear). I dont care how fast the engine is I just dont want it to be a pig down low. Thoughts?
 
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gecsr1

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what is the boat rated for 225HP... and what is the total weight capacity with people and gear fuel water? you may be able to use the 225 4 stroke if you don't go over total weight capacity of the boat it self..
 
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butcherboy

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What is the width of your boat?? About that time many manufactures were increasing the beam from 8' to 8.5 to help with the weight of the 4 strokes. If you're 8.5 you're in better shape to handle the extra weight.
 
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jbl_91762

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My opinion is to go with the 225 and here's why. You have a WA and the weight of the 225 should not be a problem as your boat is probably front heavy and will balance perfect. With the right 4 blade prop you will be good to go. Imagine getting the 200 and then wish you went with 225. My dilemma is I went 225 maxing out with a CC after running my 200 2 stroke and still am stern heavy but finally dialed in. the 225 is a beast and is maybe too much for my boat, Im probably never gonna go WOT cause of the ocean swells seem to hate me and is rarely flat enough. I almost with I went with a 200hp ONLY for fuel savings as I only have 70 gallons.
 
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michael e. bingham

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The yamaha 4 cylinder 200 is a great motor , plenty of power , I bought a new one for my skiff which is 29 feet and it`s all I need , also Good luck finding any new motor they are hard to get right now
 
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KID CREOLE

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I really wouldn't be too concerned about the extra 100 lbs. I'm a firm believer to put as much horsepower you can per the max rating of the manufacturer

Less horsepower doesn't mean better mileage

With the shortage of motors out there both new and used and if this motor checks out as far as hours and is in good condition this might be the way to go

good luck
 
Drew Stephens
Drew Stephens
I’m more worried about the weight. I just installed a 40 gallon bait tank in the middle of the deck. Don’t want my scuppers to be underwater
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