Re-powered my GW226 with a Honda BF250

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Nice looking rig.
Just re-powered a 228G w/hard top.
Went from a 2000 200 HPDI to a 2018 (new) Etec 225.
2019 Etec motors over 150hp will be G2's and was luck to find one in the box at my usual dealer.
Have about 10 hours and looking for more.
 

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I finally got tired of my original F250 making oil so I went ahead and turned it into a brand new 2019 BF250. Now I hope I can finally troll without changing the oil every 20 hr.

It's going to take a while to get used to that big silver thing back there.

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I also added a Bob's Machine Shop manual jack plate to set the engine back 5.5 inches so that the lower unit will no longer interfere with my side scan transducer. They do a really good job and even machined out a piece so that the mounted jack plate won't crush against the transom bang plate (which I also replaced with the new vinyl material).

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I haven't had it offshore yet but I put on 3.5 hr of break-in runs in the river and bay. The engine and jack plate added an additional 100+ lb to the transom load which dramatically changed the handling characteristics of the boat. It no longer bow steers at low speed and for some reason or other, it no longer lists to port when on plane. I used to need 30% port tab to keep it level. The extra weight buries the scuppers but water doesn't flow into the cockpit with 2 not too fat guys in the stern. However, I image that boots will be needed with a few of my fluffier friends are aboard.

It will be interesting to see how the boat handles head seas when I set up the anchor offshore. With the F250 it would veer from side to side making it very difficult to position the boat where I want.

Do any of you folks with 228s have problems with bow steer when off plane? I've been in a few of them but I can't recall if they had the same issue as the 226. SV2 hulls are very quirky. I have a love/hate relationship with mine.
Looks awesome!! I considered Honda (250) for my seafarer. It was a challenge to get someone local to provide me with a quotation and confidence. I believe Honda makes a very nice product.

I ended up repowering with a 300 Hp Mercury Verado I6. It was one of the last I6 models made in 300HP last year. I waited 4 months for it to show up. Thankful I got it. It's a super nice motor. Extremely quiet and smooth. I can run 50 mph with 5/8 fuel, 4guys, hardtop and all gear. Cruise 28-32 with 2.76 mpg. Then, I pull back and put the vessel view in Troll Mode and at 550 rpm I am at 1.8mph. Love it!
 
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Really sweet motor!
Mine is a 2002 200hp, and the thing starts up and runs like new still with 480 hours.
Just keep changing your fluids and you'll likely never have anything to worry about after the warranty expires.

PS-Did you used to fish near Reno?

Lee
 

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PS-Did you used to fish near Reno?

Sure did. Fished Pyramid at least 50 times per year. Also Stampede, Donner, Davis, Frenchman's, and Eagle. Once in a while, we'd go up to Tahoe. Also fished the Pacific out of Bodega, Monterey, and Fort Bragg.
 
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Nice, I love to fish Donner, kept my boat in Truckee during spring/summer. I have the cannon tournament downriggers that have a dedicated transducer so I can keep 3' off bottom and it automatically raises and lowers downriggers. Used to get 5 macs there pretty fast right on the bottom.
Pyramid is hot as nails right now. Caught 50 by myself at hell's kitchen last week.
30 years ago I lived in San Francisco and kept my boat at Loch Lomand Marina in San Rafael for sturgies and stripers then fished outta Half-Moon Bay for kings at times.


Small world and tight lines Doc!

Lee