Thinking of upgrade

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by bmaultbay, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. bmaultbay

    bmaultbay New Member

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    I currently have a 2006 25HP Merc 4 stroke on my boat, app. 30 hours of operating time. I am thinking of upgrading to a 50HP, the max my boat can support according to the manufacture. If I go with a trade what is a "fair" trade-in value I should look for or expect? Am I better off staying with the 4 stroke or should I look at 2 strokes as well?
     
  2. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Brian I couldn't begin to say if the upgrade would do you any good or not. As for the hours on that motor I don't think 10 more h/p would do you that much better. As for the 2 stroke I will always be partial to them.:smile2:
     

  3. bmaultbay

    bmaultbay New Member

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    Are you recommending I stay with what I have?
     
  4. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    If that engine hasn't given you any grief then yes I would stay with what has been tried and tested and went that mile I wanted to go.:cool2:
     
  5. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    Call around to several dealers and tell them exactly what you have and what you want to trade for - they should be able to quote you a price difference on the phone.

    Be aware that many dealers don't sell "loose motors" - if possible, I'd find a dealer that moves a lot of boats and handles exclusively Merc motors, maybe a Crestliner dealer since they're a Mercury-owned company -- those dealers will be able to give you the best price.

    I recently traded my 05 Yamaha 60hp 4-stroke for an 06 115hp 4-stroke and was given prices ranging more than $1500. I did the best at a G3 / Yamaha dealer because of his volume.

    As for what the motor is worth, you can check the NADA web site http://www.nadaguides.com/SectionHome.aspx?LI=1-28-0-5000-502-578-50250&l=1&w=24&p=0&f=5601 to get an idea.
     
  6. navigator

    navigator New Member

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    if you idle a lot you might want to keep the 4 stroke or go with a larger 4 stroke.

    If you mostly crank up and run pretty good and cut off and fish, you might want the 2 stroke.

    the 2 strokes are lighter and from what I understand a little more peppy than the 4 strokes. the 4 strokes are quieter and don't mind idling like a 2 stroke.

    I also hear the 4 strokes smell better.