Hey All. I am in the early stages of looking for a new river boat. Looking at all the standard setups. While talking to a respected boat shop, the topic of life expectancy of the 200 Optimax Sport Jet came up. The answer was 700-900 hours is about all one can expect do to the nature of the engine, after that by a new power head. I thought this was kinda crazy and asked others and the answer was the same. The shop in question was not trying to talk me out of the motor they were actually pushing it. The logic is its cheaper to buy a new powerhead for around 6-7 versus having to buy a new outboard. I also asked if after the 7-9 hundred hours why not rebuild and the response was it wasn't an option.
I come from an outboard back ground and it just seems crazy that a motor would be sold with a definitive death date. I understand the logic of replacing cheaper than you can buy a new outboard but the time frame given seems so short to me. I get that if you run 100 hours a year you would get 9 years out of the powerhead. I guess when I think of a engine it should last thousands of hours.
Any one have any experience with these motors want to weigh in. What was your life span? Is it still running. Any one ever rebuild?
Thanks for the help.