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jhtheo 01-09-2013 03:52 PM

powerstar 200 - engine replacement ?
would appreciate any and all thoughts on replacing the original 200 hp merc ?

currently, who makes the best 200/225 hp o/b for waterskiing (salt water) ?


aquaman 01-09-2013 03:58 PM

Yamaha's are the best i have seen.

Several models to choose from, 2 stroke or 4 stroke.

Those boats were new w/the 200hp but they were acutally rated for 225hp.

jhtheo 01-09-2013 04:36 PM

thanks, that's where my research seem to be taking me... the merc has been extremely reliable, but parts and a reliable mechanic are becoming hard to find.

aquaman 01-09-2013 05:18 PM

Be sure and have your transom checked for rot or stress cracks before bolting on new power.

When i re-powered my BareFoot 200 i also replaced the old hydraulic steering unit.

ProStar200 01-09-2013 05:28 PM

No offence to the other Outboards out there but I am a huge fan of Johnson Outboards. I have three right now, a 225hp on the ProStar200 and I also have a 30hp and 9.9hp for my Zodiac Futura Mark1. Their line of E-TEC HO's are supposed to be incredible for performance and fuel economy. Check out BRP for their line of outboards. Good luck

Rockman 01-09-2013 07:50 PM

The Evinrude E-Tecs are supposed to be really good but the Yamahas are supposed to be the best for salt water use.

CC2MC 01-09-2013 08:02 PM

Well, when I worked for Chris Craft, we put on the Yamaha outboards, which I loved. They were put on our fishing boat lines. Mercury also makes a very good saltwater engine. It is supposed to be slightly faster than the Yamaha as well. The Evinrude/Johnson/Suzuki motors, from what I have read are great engines and low maintenance. My neighbor has a Johnson and I believe the only difference between that and the suzuki is the cowling. I think that whatever you decide to go with will be a good choice, as the four stroke engines have really come a long way.

VTJC 01-09-2013 10:04 PM

If I was shopping for an outboard for a mature hull I would seriously consider buying a rebuilt one from Good luck in your search. Jamie

mcparadise 01-10-2013 12:45 AM


Originally Posted by jhtheo (Post 900574)
would appreciate any and all thoughts on replacing the original 200 hp merc ?

currently, who makes the best 200/225 hp o/b for waterskiing (salt water) ?


Yamaha's current 4-stroke 200 hp starts at $15K. Ouch!!
Wouldn't go for the 2 stroke in saltwater. Been there and done that.
You could buy a pretty nice used direct drive for the same price, eh?

blackcreek 01-11-2013 10:42 PM

I've been running a 98 Yamaha 225 saltwater series 2 motor for the last 12 years. I use it offshore on a 22 ft Century center console. 850 hours of stone cold reliable use, best outboard I've ever owned. You won't hear many complaints about the fuel injected ox 66 two stroke motors except their thirst for fuel. I got around 10 gph fuel flow at 3800-4000 rpm and 20-22 gph at full throttle. They were actually pretty efficient at trolling speed because they shut off injectors below 1800 rpm. A four stroke will use about 1/3 less fuel but will cost you twice as much on the used market so you just need to run the numbers to see how long it takes to make up the difference. If you only go out once or twice a month it will take a long time to get the cost of the four stroke back but the four stroke will hold it's value better when you go to sell. If your merc was a carbed two stroke the fuel injected 225 will have the same or a little less fuel flow and will be a real torque monster with the 3.1 block. The 200 ox 66 yamaha is a 2.6 block and will get much better fuel flows than the merc.

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