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Old     (spade)      Join Date: Jun 2007       02-15-2008, 5:32 PM Reply   
what is considered alot of hours for a boat or even too many hours for an used boat? Is 600 hours on a 2002 boat alot?
Old     (nvboarder)      Join Date: Nov 2005       02-15-2008, 5:34 PM Reply   
Not in my opinion ,but depends on location also. I live in Snow country and have about 300 hours on my 06
Old     (phatsac)      Join Date: Feb 2007       02-15-2008, 5:44 PM Reply   
600 is not many at all if it has been serviced regularly, oil/filter changes etc. plenty hours left. Friend of mine has an old MasterCraft with around 3000 hrs. still runs good... now thats alot of hours. One thing great about inboards is you can buy a new marine engine for about 3-4K
Old     (clearlakescott)      Join Date: Apr 2007       02-15-2008, 5:46 PM Reply   
my 04 has 700 on it.
Old     (crowem87)      Join Date: Nov 2005       02-15-2008, 6:30 PM Reply   
1055 before last outing:-) thats with around 3000lbs ballast and still running strong.... its a 2001 x-30
Old     (rnopr8)      Join Date: Apr 2005       02-15-2008, 7:08 PM Reply   
125 on my 04 but thousands of hours on my coach's
Old     (driving)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-15-2008, 7:53 PM Reply   
I but around 700 hours on a boat every 9 months. As long as the boat is maintained you get thousands of hours out of it. I would rather by a 2002 with 600 hours than a 2002 with 100 hours. The worst thing you can do for a boat is let it sit around. At least you know it has had a bit of use.
Old     (crowem87)      Join Date: Nov 2005       02-15-2008, 9:47 PM Reply   
true that
Old     (rnopr8)      Join Date: Apr 2005       02-15-2008, 9:53 PM Reply   
Ok...hand slapping accepted. I can only take it out when we go out of town...Elsi is my only choice of lakes here and that is not much.
Old     (buzz_grande)      Join Date: Mar 2004       02-16-2008, 9:58 AM Reply   
I have over 650 on my 2005. Still runs like new.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-16-2008, 11:40 AM Reply   
I've always read that average boat use is about 75 hrs per year. But typically that varies if you live in a warmer or cooler climate. And if your messing with boats where people are passionate about getting out a lot (like wakeboard boats).

My previous boat was an MC 205, purchased when it was 5 yrs old with only 60 hrs on it. The engine & drivetrain never had a single bit of trouble. I did tune the engine up, and replace the belts & hoses & the impeller. But those are things you should at least inspect on any used boat purchase, if not replace anyway.
Old     (greg2)      Join Date: May 2002       02-16-2008, 6:28 PM Reply   
There's not an exact method to convert boat hrs to miles on a car that I'm aware of, but here are my thoughts. My truck has about 420 hrs on it and on average probably sees about half the RPM's my boat sees per hour. My truck has about 12K miles on it now and my boat has ~430 hrs, based on this I would say my boat has around 22-25K miles on the engine and the oil is changed A LOT more frequently. My truck still isn't due for it's second oil change yet. I really don't consider 1000 or even 1500 hrs very much if the boat has been maintained. When I was in Korea I saw a MC log over 1100 hours in 1 season and the boat had about 1500 hrs on it total...ran great. This boat was very poorly maintained too.
Old     (steve_jones)      Join Date: Jun 2006       02-18-2008, 5:16 PM Reply   
I second Travis. Hours can also be misleading. Each year, we put as many as 600 hours on each of our boats but we maintain and detail them every Sunday, and we keep meticulous service logs. I'd rather buy a boat that has been used than one that just sits around, especially if it's still under warranty.
Old     (bird_dog0347)      Join Date: Feb 2006       02-18-2008, 8:32 PM Reply   
I put 260+ hours on my boat last summer... I thought that was a lot considering it is just now 1 year old. It never had so much as a minor hiccup, ran absolutely perfect, still does in fact.


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