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agreco33 posted 03-04-2004 09:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for agreco33   Send Email to agreco33  
I am interested in a 1985 Mako 23'' with a 1996 Johnson 225 on it. Someone told me to beware of Johnson/Evinrude of a certain vintage. Does anyone have experience with this engine/vintage performance?


Traveller posted 03-04-2004 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
This sounds like a good question to put on the Hullthruth forum. To answer your question - I have a 1995 Johnson 200 Oceanrunner and have over 1000 hours on it. It still runs flawlessly, but really drinks the gas. The 225 from 1996 should be provide similar performance to what I've seen with my motor. Seems like a lot of power on a 23" boat, though. :)
LHG posted 03-04-2004 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Yea, but the Whaler Forum is known to be the place for great information & knowledge! The other place isn't.
tully_mars posted 03-04-2004 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
The 1996 Evinrude Ocean Blow 225 on my 21 Whaler gave out a piston at 200 hours. In the rebuild process it was also noted the main crank and bearings were about to go too. My mechanic told me though these were proven designs, the tooling in the factories was pretty poor which made for sloppy engines in this era.

Just what my mechanic said though, so take it FWIW. I would pass on it for another boat with a Yammie


LHG posted 03-04-2004 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Nothing changes around here, except which US brand is getting trashed in favor of "Yammies", the old broken record. Even if an Evinrude did have a problem in only 200 hours, it shouldn't be assumed at all that this would happen again, without detailed, accurate information on the engine's history. There are a lot of people around here with that engine, running perfectly fine, and they all seem to like them. Why do we do this?
tully_mars posted 03-06-2004 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     

He asked for an opinion, that is my history which formed my opinion. Yours may be different but I didn't read it in your post (Lhg's post is almost off topic). For the treatment of my motor, it was bought brand new. Serviced every spring with new plugs, new gear fluid, de-carbed, and always ran Evinrude oil.

Am I trashing Evinrude as a whole? No, I own a Bomb. 2002 Evinrude FICHT on my 17 Montauk that is so far running great and pulls slalom skiers out of the water darn near as fast as my Mastercraft used to.

But I think Yamaha motors do request higher resale values than Evinrude and there is probably a reason for it during the period of time inquired about.


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