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    I'm hoping to tap into a greater knowledge on outdrive comparisons. Unfortunately my Alpha upper ate its self last month and I'm having trouble deciding how to proceed. I am considering going with a Bravo 3 but obviously the price tag has me questioning whether that would be the right decision. I am not ready to repower yet but when I do I would want to up the power, however, since I currently run a carbureted 5 liter I could up the power and still stay under the 300hp mark. The biggest question I have is if anyone with a 1999ish 2452 and a 5.0 engine has run the bravo 3? I would like better economy and better tracking at low RPM. I have researched enough to know that the handling will be better but there doesn't seem to be a lot of 5.0 with the bravo three on this particular boat to get economy figures from. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

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    Give Robert Geller Mobile Repair a call 350-5506/350-9673 last i spoke with him he was a becoming a dealer for remanufactured outdrives and some of the prices he mentioned were quite good.

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    Thank you! I'll be sure to do that.

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    You don't see that combo (2452s)because it wasn't available at the time. What you do see a lot of are the Trophy 2359s with the 5.0 and BIII. I think you will be good. If your 2452 is really clean and in great condition it will be worth it to go with the BIII. Don't dump a lot of money into the junk boat. The great news is that going from a single prop to a dual prop type setup is really noticable in performance/handling/economy.

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    Look around on the bayliner forum (google it), might be some guys there with your anwers.....
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    I also forgot to mention that the bayliner discover 246 is sold with the 5.0 and bravo III. That boat is the all new version of the 2452.
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    thanks for the information, good news is I have all winter to decide and shop.

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    Whatever you decide don't forget to give Marine Services in Homer a call for price shopping.
    I get most of my work done there and their prices and services can't be beat in AK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sobie2 View Post
    You don't see that combo (2452s)because it wasn't available at the time. What you do see a lot of are the Trophy 2359s with the 5.0 and BIII. I think you will be good. If your 2452 is really clean and in great condition it will be worth it to go with the BIII. Don't dump a lot of money into the junk boat. The great news is that going from a single prop to a dual prop type setup is really noticable in performance/handling/economy.

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    I spoke to marine services about this, and was told the BIII was mostly for heavier boats. We have a 82 Glasply and needed to replace the drive & motor. MS said the A1 Gen 2 would be fine as there is actually less drag than a BIII.......just what I was told...?

    The GP is not particuarily light, the old brochure claims 4000 pounds, I weighed it and found it to be heavier than that, will weigh it again when we are done with the project.

    I think the 2452 is listed as weighing around 4600 pounds, don't know how accurate that is..? And maybe thats enough heavier to be a good candidate for a BIII...?
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    I have a 2001 2359 with a 5.7 / Bravo III - No complaints really, the boat runs fine, steers well. I will tell you that a broken BIII is a heck of a lot more expensive to fix/replace than an Alpha. My brother had twin alphas and replaced both with remans for less than my lower unit.

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