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Old 07-13-2011, 03:22 PM
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740 hours on a twenty year old boat would probably be considered below average use. Indmar engines are often said to go 2,000 before rebuild, but that's not a magic number. If you maintain it, you can get much more out of it than that. 740 is just broken in.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:44 PM
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:50 PM
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I just bought a 2002 boat with ~1000 hours and I think I'm happy with it. My logic being that because the guy was using it, so he took care of it. I did ask a bunch of folks about the risks of 1000 hour boats, guys I know that ski a bunch told me not to think twice about the hours alone.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:56 PM
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I've always thought 1 hour is equivalent to 100 miles.Therefore,50 hours is about 5000 miles.The starts are tougher on the motor than a car,but remember that our boats do alot of idling.If you are on the slalom course for 10 minutes,the ride including the starts and stops are only about 30 seconds a pass,so thats more than half of the time idling.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:41 AM
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Proper care

I beleive alot depends on how well you take care of it my 2007 X2 just turned 400hrs. So I avereage about 125 hrs a seanon, this ones not over until october for me. But I take care of everything. I firmly believe interior condition will give you a really good idea on how the rest of the boat is taken care of. These engines are mostly just 350 chevys. SO if it blows up I am pretty sure a vortec longblock can be had for under $2000. The rest of the parts have very low failure rate. Get back to me in 10 years and I'll post how she's holding up sould have about 1500 hrs on her by then.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:20 AM
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Are hours accumulated on a boat when idling? Or does the transmission need to be engaged?

I ask because esseintally that is how it works on a vehicle with wheels, miles don't accumulate until you are rolling.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:24 AM
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hours go up when the engine is running.

Which is why adding a 2nd battery is a great idea. We hang on the boat a lot, and if i had to run the motor for those hours it would add up quick!
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:35 AM
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hours go up when the engine is running.

Which is why adding a 2nd battery is a great idea. We hang on the boat a lot, and if i had to run the motor for those hours it would add up quick!

the hour meter goes up when the key is on, hours tracked on the ECM are when the motor is running
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:57 AM
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It is simply because, A boat engine is worked harder. They are frequently under heavy load, and run at higher average RPMs than a Car/Truck..... The damp environment that they are in, all of the time, doesnt help either.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:59 AM
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I have a 1993 Prostar 205, I just turned over 1200 hrs on it yesterday. I bought the baot brand new, and I have never changed the trans fluid. The engine gets an oil change and fuel separator every year and an impeller every 2 years. It runs as well as it did when it was new.
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