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A guy made me an offer I couldn't refuse for both my 89 XP150 Evinrude and my 1988 35hp flats boat pusher.  I'm gonna take that money, add in my tax return, and our stimulus payments, and order myself

April fools!

Think I will keep on with my old 90 HP Yamaha, maybe I will even get it out on the water this year. For what it's worth we have 4 strokes at work and have run the dog crap out of them, and never had a

5 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

A guy made me an offer I couldn't refuse for both my 89 XP150 Evinrude and my 1988 35hp flats boat pusher.  I'm gonna take that money, add in my tax return, and our stimulus payments, and order myself a pair of 4-stroke Mercs to replace them.      

LIAR, LIAR!!!  Liar I say!!!😂

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1 hour ago, jdmidwest said:

You make alot of money off those 4 strokes.

I suppose, but I haven't FIXED one yet.   It's no fun taking somebody's money if I can't be a hero by actually eliminating the problem.  🙄 

A 4-stroke outboard is good for 2 oil changes, 2 gear lube changes, and 1 water pump refresh.   By that time they get so low on power that they can barely shove a boat back on the trailer.....and they can't be helped for a reasonable fee.     They won't even live long enough to burn up the original set of spark plugs.  😢

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7 hours ago, jdmidwest said:

Is it wear in the piston sleeves that cause the power loss and eventual doom?  Poor oiling?

Well I've never gotten to tear one down to personally inspect because the cost to do that is almost as much as a replacement powerhead.   But my guess is that internal plastic components (used so that the motor will run QUIETLY)....have a short lifespan and are immediately compromised if the engine gets a bit warm.   Once that happens you loose efficiency and the emission control module starts adjusting things to keep the engine running CLEAN..... Because you know THAT is the most important thing.   Nevermind the fact that you might need to outrun a tornado or get out from in front of a barge or something like that.   If it can't be done with minimal emissions then bygod it's just time for you to die. 

That's the demand that manufacturers are now forced to comply with.   Because EVERYONE was convinced and agreed that was what they wanted.    I didn't agree.....but apparently all of the rest of you did. 🙄 

(If the boating community had refused to buy them....then we wouldn't be where we are).  

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