08-25-2019 09:40 - edited 10-16-2019 07:30
I've been running offshore charters a few years with my custom Offshore Center Console and 2001 Yamaha
250's that I bought used. After mechanical problems,, it was either time for new powerheads or replacements.
With 1.15 mpg on my 35', but lightweight boat, the new motors and 3.9% financing with better economy was
the answer. Its taken nearly 3 weeks, and I don;t have the motors yet, but hopefully will see them in the next
My boat was a 50mph WOT boat with the tired motors, so I am hopeing the new 300's will see not only
better top end, but even more max cruise and mpg's. I'm going to try 3" more pitch props with the new motors
and hopefully that will be enough. We have caught a lot of fish on the 200 plus charters I have run since
late 2009, and business looks to be much busier this year.
I'm rigging the new motors myself since I used to do this for a living, and will have my dealer do the
programming and start-up. Once I am up and running and get the economy, I plan to start offering
"Otherside" trips off of Florida's east coast to target Yellowfin, Blackfin and Mahi. On the west side
30 miles offshore is were most of our fishing is now, and we get good numbers of Mahi, Wahoo,
Kings and bottom fish, but Tuna's are scarce.
08-26-2019 09:16 - edited 08-26-2019 09:24
The 2001 Yamaha 250 is a 2-stroke and if you repower with the Evinrude E-TECs, most owners report using only about 1/2 the fuel each trip than they used to. You will see a significant savings, plus reduced maintenance intervals and costs over time.
Because you are rigging it yourself and having the dealer perform the initial bleeding of the systems and engine startup, be sure to refer to the factory rigging manual for the proper installation procedures.
Due to the gearcase design and built in engine setback, you can normally mount the motor one or two holes higher than the previous motor for better efficiency and performance. RX4 props perform well in heavy offshore rigs.
"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
-- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald
The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.
The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.