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hilob posted 09-12-2007 03:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for hilob   Send Email to hilob  
Hello everyone-

I thought I'd write a few lines to update some on the performance of the 190 Outrage w/ the 150 Verado. This past March 2007 I purchased my first whaler, mentioned above. I was skeptical at first of running a Mercury outboard, but my dealer wasn't about to sell me anything but a Mercury. My primary fear was the level of service on the Big Island (Hawaii).

I guess the main intent of this update is to inform everyone of the outstanding performance of the 150 Verado so far. Since the purchase I have fished the boat pretty hard, according to the Smart Craft System I've racked 309 hours to date. "Knock on wood" the outboard has performed flawlessly. Every hour has been logged offshore while fishing for ahi, ono, mahimahi, and aku. Typically run 1.5 hrs @ 4000 RPM, either park / live bait / troll for 6-9 hrs, then run 1.5 hrs @ 4000 RPM by home.

One Kona tournament we ran 1 hour @ 5400 RPM to get away from the other boats. Only to have one or two boats ahead of us. At that speed, Smart Craft System read that the motor was gulping 15 gph...

I have taken the boat to a Mercury mechanic (not Verado certified) in Kona for the first (20 hrs) and second (100 hrs) services, but got soaked by their cost. Since then I've been servicing the fluids myself, every 50 hrs.

I've ordered a replacement impeller and sparkplugs from the Kona mechanic, and plan to have them remove and replace those items. The scary thing is that they have very little experience with the Verado outboards, but no shame in charging high fees. Oouch!

Still my biggest fear is that currently there are no Verado Certified mechanics on the Big Island (Hawaii).

Verado 150 what a great product, just wish there were more service options here in Hawaii.

Hilob

tombro posted 09-12-2007 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Glad to hear of your good experience. I am experiencing the same with my 2005 Verado 225, which has about 315 hours in the 3rd season of use. This fall it will get a new impeller and plugs, as well as the usual winterization fluid changes.
My only problem is that mine can't get me to bluewater as quick as yours off the New Jersey coast. Hawaii, it ain't!

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