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Around what hours on a gas boat motor that things really start to go down hill, I found nice boat for a reasonable price, just to find that the motor has 422 hours on it, its an 07 skeeter skeeter zx225 with an 07 yamaha Vmax 225. 

 To me 422 hours seems like its sure seen its life, but on the other hand if she has run this long it leads me to believe that she has been well taken care of to keep going as much as it has... opinions, thoughts any help is appreciated. Thanks

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If it has been well maintained 422 hours is not alot. Barely broke in. You should be good to go for awhile as long as it has been well taken care and you do the same.

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1 hour ago, Matthes25 said:

If it has been well maintained 422 hours is not alot. Barely broke in. You should be good to go for awhile as long as it has been well taken care and you do the same.

Thank you for the input!!!

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Amen, it all depends on well it have been maintained.  Like asking if a car with 60-70,000 is finished.

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Original owner? 

Garaged?

Jack plate, hot foot ??

Stock SST prop?

Dual console bass boats are usually a family use boat in lieu of a tournament used boat.

Engine hours; anything 300 is a concern if the hours are run a high % at wot. Have a mechanic check out the engine and go for ride before making up your mind. 

Hot foot, hydraulic Jack plate and cupped prop and multiple owners can be red flags. 

Garaged is a big plus.

Tom

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Back in the day on high dollar engines you could send an oil sample to companies for analysis, today on most engines few would pay the few buckazoids to check them out. 

 

In my saltwater days, if a motor were well cared for 400 +/- hours is nothing. Living on a deep water access island I put 200+ hours yearly on my boat's motors. Note that with twins, most of my trolling was with one engine and the hours on a motor did not reflect actual time fishing... but wifey didn't know that :-) 

 

 

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I had a friend that ran eight 225 Evinrude's in a commercial application.  His bench mark was 2000 hours when he replaced a motor.  He said over the years, he found that was about the time they started having failures that increased maintenance cost over normal routine maintenance.  Now, these were properly maintained and cared for motors, something most boat owners seem to know nothing about.

 

The type engine also plays a role in it also.  For instance, Mercury racing engines like the 300sx etc, can require a re-ring every 100 hours.  Of course they can also be turning almost 8,000 rpm and a modified one over 10,000 rpm

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20 hours ago, WRB said:

Original owner? 

Garaged?

Jack plate, hot foot ??

Stock SST prop?

Dual console bass boats are usually a family use boat in lieu of a tournament used boat.

Engine hours; anything 300 is a concern if the hours are run a high % at wot. Have a mechanic check out the engine and go for ride before making up your mind. 

Hot foot, hydraulic Jack plate and cupped prop and multiple owners can be red flags. 

Garaged is a big plus.

Tom

According to the dealer it is on consignment through, it was always garage kept and if he couldn't get somewhere indoors to store it when traveling he had a heavy duty cover for it to ride under. 

It has a stainless prop (didn't list pitch)

It has a hot foot

So far as i'm aware the guy bought the boat in 2008 and it was his boat until he just recently decided to upgrade.

unsure if it has a hydraulic jack plate.

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Being on consignment means you are paying about 10% to the dealer. The prop should be SST, ask the dealer if it's modified/cupped hard to tell visually. Jack plate with hot foot means the boat owner likes to go fast and that affects the engine and hull long term. Look closely at the transum area for any spider Webb stress cracks or gel coat repairs.

Garaged is a big plus as it keeps it out of the elements, rain, sun light that degrad the boat geo coat, upholstery and carpet. 

Good luck,

Tom

 

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