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Salmon Tub posted 04-01-2002 09:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for Salmon Tub   Send Email to Salmon Tub  
Went out this saturday for an early crack at halibut in my waters. As I was launching my boat, another guy with a 22 outrage(?) and a sweet Merc. Optimax was beside me. I pulled the trailer to the lot and came back, and saw that my dad had already started the engine and was warming it up. The guy with the Opti was having trouble getting his to go. As I pulled away to the bait dock, he got his fired up and pulled up aswell. I killed the engine, bought bait, and fired up again to get on my way. The other guy, after shutting his engine off, got bait, and again had trouble getting the engine running. He said it ran great the first season (last season) then there was a recall to change one of the computer or electric components, he had it fixed, and now it had just started giving him problems. I felt real bad for the guy, because this is the kind of thing that is just plain not acceptable. We don't run on highways where you can pull over, walk to a call box and call for help. The manufacturers' are in a haste to market products that may still have bugs, and lets face it, when it comes to computers and bugs, I'm sure all of you have never had a problem with Windows or other programs, right?! I had a choice when I bought my outboard, it was the last year you could buy a 2-stroke here, and there was a lot of rumor about bans and such, but in my opinion, it was to early to buy the new technology. Case in point - the Ficht System. That only cost the OMC company what - it's existense? I am actually curious, was that guy at the marina one of the continuous wave members? Either way, I feel for him because it is an uneasy feeling when you are out there and have that little though gnawing at you, will the engine start back up if I shut it off now. P.S., not to toot my own horn, but though I complained about engine vibration in another post, I saw that I have about the same amount of vibration as the direct injected engines, the only difference seems to be that 2 strokes have the occasional lop. Once this engine tires, I will trade it in for a 4 stroke, maybe a Honda, since they have been making 4 strokes for years. It is a shame though that they use a timing belt as opposed to a chain, at least from what I understand.
browning20ga posted 04-01-2002 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
Ya, but what about the halibut?
PMUCCIOLO posted 04-01-2002 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
I suggest you review my post on the thread "Ficht--fatal or curable" by Babysitter. I think it is under the performance section, but I can't recall. Look at the quotes I typed in from the Southern Boating article. I have the same sentiments as you...the DFI technology is unproven. It has only been out for a few years, and, if you were to look at reliability ratings overall (despite the anectodal praise the DFI technology receives), I suspect that it would be disappointing.

By the way, how was the fishing?


Salmon Tub posted 04-02-2002 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Caught one sun tan and a little wind burn. Water was a little murkie still and tides were not perfect. All in all, at least I didn't have to clean any fish.
Dr T posted 04-02-2002 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
So it was basically a good day of fishing.

A great day is when you actually catch something.

The weather here in the Denver area is still being schitzo. It was 70 on Sunday and is expected to snow of and on all day today.

mudpuppy posted 04-03-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
"Leading Edge" ain't nothing but a binch of broken down equipment.

Doesn't matter if it's computers, cars, outboards, whatever--I always let somebody else beta test it for a few years before I buy in.

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