250 H.O. vs. standard 250 E-TEC, would like to know the true horse power of each of these motors, and what is it that differentiates between being an h.o. model, or the standard 250? I am trying to make my decision about a repower with eithor the 250 ho, or the 300.
Marine Industry standards require the outboard motors to be within plus or minus 10% of their advertised horsepower using ICOMIA guidelines.
The 250HO has a different crank and cylinderblock with more cubic inches than the standard 250. Be patient, there is an article coming soon that explains the differences and features of all the 2012 HO outboards.
Choosing between the 250HO and the 300 depends on the boat and how it will be used.
The boat in question, is a 21' bay boat with a pad-V hull, pretty much identical to a Lake & Bay Boca Grande, it is currently powered by a 225 E-TEC 20" shaft motor. With boat ready to fish, boat will run 65 mph, thats 60 gal. of fuel and all the stuff for a bay fishing trip, will pick up a little speed after fuel burn off almost 70 mph., Im just wanting to have fun with boat, little more speed for playing around was just curious if the 300, or the 250 H.O. would be the ticket?
Either engine would do a good job and you would be happy with your choice.
The 250HO looks cooler with its bold graphics and is turned for high performance use. The 300 is a good strong motor with milder manners.