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Try Too Fish

Verado vs Yamaha ?

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Try Too Fish

If you were to compare a 150 verado with a 150 yamaha 4 stroke what pros and cons would you find?

How would fuel economy compare?

Anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

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GFNER

Bass And Walleye Boat magazine claims the Verados fuel economy leaves alot to be desired(bad).

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Ufatz

As just one guy I gotta say there is no comparison: the Yamaha wins it all hands down. You want dependable? Look around the world at the fishing camps out where the road ends. See what they run. They can't afford downtime. They run Yamaha.

But....you do what you want. crazy.gif

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TravisC

When i bought my ranger i looked at both only in 250hp. the yamaha was $3000 cheaper a little lighter not much. and better fuel economy. the verado is a awesome engine about 2-3 mph faster than my yamaha and better holeshot. but the guys i talked to running the same boat use alot more fuel. the verado is quieter at idle also. hope this helps.

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caseymcq

I think either motor would be a good option for a 4-stroke. I own Alumacraft with a 75 HP 4-stroke Yamaha and I love it. It starts instantly, quiet, power, runs smooth.

That being said, have you considered an Opti-max? In all of the articles that I have read in Bass and Walleye Boats the Opti-max seemed to be about the best overall. It usually beat the 4-strokes in fuel efficiency. Did really well in hole shot. Took top end speed a few times and when it didn't was usually towards the top. It is lighter than 150 hp 4 strokes (Verado 508lbs, Yamaha 466, Opti-max 431).

It seemed early on these motors had their bugs but I think Mercury has really refined them. If I were buying a new boat and was looking at anything over 100 hp I would be looking at getting an Opti-max

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JohnMickish

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Bass And Walleye Boat magazine claims the Verados fuel economy leaves alot to be desired(bad).


Bass and Walleye Boat Magazine also picked the Verado a the best motor of the bunch but that was the 250HP class. They said the Verado was the quitest and smoothest motor out there.

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Try Too Fish

I found this on the net and others may find this a interesting read!

J.D. Power and Associates Reports:

Marine Engines with Advanced Technologies Positively Impact Customer Satisfaction, Yet in Many Cases, Technology Does Not Play a Key Role in the Purchase Decision

Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, MerCruiser and PCM Lead Marine Engine

Customer Satisfaction Rankings

MIAMI: 15 February 2007 — Although owners of advanced-technology marine engines are consistently more satisfied compared to owners of older technology engines (such as carburetor-driven), only one-half of outboard owners report that engine technology played a major role in their purchase decision, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Marine Engine Competitive Information StudySM released today at the Miami International Boat Show.

Additionally, only 27 percent of inboard owners and 26 percent of sterndrive owners indicate the same.

“While they cost more, engines with newer technologies tend to perform better, are more fuel efficient and have fewer problems than engines with older technologies,” said Todd Markusic, senior director of the powersports practice at J.D. Power and Associates. “Boat owners who want to save money may be inclined to favor carbureted engines, but they should be aware of what they’re getting—and what they’re not—when they select those engines. Salespeople need to educate consumers about the newer engines so that they fully understand the benefits of the technology, and consumers need to understand that the short-term cost savings they receive when purchasing an older-technology engine is offset by long-term, substantially lower satisfaction with that engine.”

Now in its sixth year, the study measures overall customer satisfaction with four marine engine types: EFI inboard; four-stroke EFI outboard; two-stroke DI outboard; and EFI sterndrive. Overall scores are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) engines, with lower scores reflecting higher quality.

Owners of four-stroke EFI outboard engines experience much fewer problems and have higher overall satisfaction compared to owners of other outboard engines available in the market. Owners of four-stroke EFI engines report an average of 58 PP100, while owners of two-stroke DI engines report 77 PP100. Owners of two-stroke carbureted engines report experiencing the most problems, 167 PP100, which is more than double the number of problems as the higher-technology engines.

The study also finds that since engines are often sold as part of a boat package, many boat owners have little or no choice in their engine selection. Sixty-four percent of boat owners report purchasing the exact engine they wanted, and they report much higher levels of overall satisfaction with both their engine and boat compared to owners who did not receive the engine they desired.

“It is important for boat dealers to work with customers and fully understand how they plan to use their boats so they can recommend the appropriate size and type of engine to satisfy their customers’ needs and meet or exceed their expectations,” said Markusic. “If the dealer matches the engine to customer needs, they’re well on their way to ensuring that owners have a much more satisfying boating experience.”

The study examines seven factors to determine overall marine engine satisfaction: starting ease; quietness at cruise; reliability; fuel economy; shifting smoothness; lack of engine fumes; and ability of boat to accelerate rapidly.

Inboard EFI segment

Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PCM) ranks highest in the inboard EFI four-stroke engine segment for a second consecutive year, followed by Indmar.

Within the segment, experiencing difficulty with starting the engine and the engine making an unusual noise have the greatest negative impact on overall satisfaction. Additionally, the engine running too loudly and stalling are two of the most commonly reported problems among inboard EFI customers.

Outboard EFI four-stroke segment

Honda ranks highest in the outboard EFI four-stroke segment for a third consecutive year (tying with Suzuki in 2005), followed by Suzuki and Yamaha.

Overall, four-stroke EFI outboard engines receive high marks from owners for ease of starting and reliability. Conversely, engine transmission problems and stalling are the most frequently reported problems for outboard four-stroke EFI engines.

Outboard DI two-stroke segment

Evinrude and Mercury rank highest in a tie in the outboard DI two-stroke segment. Mercury ranks highest in the segment for a second consecutive year, while Evinrude records a 24-point improvement compared to 2006.

Owners of two-stroke DI outboard engines report high marks for ease of starting and reliability. Engine transmission problems and the engine running roughly are the two most frequently cited issues for engines in the segment.

Sterndrive EFI four-stroke segment

For a second consecutive year, Mercury MerCruiser ranks highest in the sterndrive EFI four-stroke segment. Volvo Penta closely follows in the segment rankings.

Owners give four-stroke EFI sterndrive engines high marks for ease of starting. However, customers frequently report issues with the way the engine transmission feels and sounds when shifting and that the engine runs too loudly.

The 2007 Marine Engine Competitive Information Study is based on responses from 12,140 owners who registered a new boat between June 2005 and May 2006. Eleven brands of outboard, sterndrive and gas inboard marine engines are included in the study.

About J.D. Power and Associates

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is an ISO 9001-registered global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, consulting, training and customer satisfaction. The firm’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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TravisC

Also you can get the verado with digital throttle and shift which is a great feature and the power steering is just like driving your car.

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marine_man

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Black_Bay

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The one thing to remember here is that we're talking about the 150 Verado... which is a different block than the 250. Just about everything I've heard about the 250 has been really positive.

The preliminary reports I've heard on the 150 is that they don't run quite as good as the bigger blocks - they don't have the supercharger on them, so the throttle response is quite a bit different and I've heard a little that the fuel economy isn't quite as good in the smaller hp size...

Just what I've heard. I will say that they're both great motors, but that the smaller block verado's aren't the same as the larger block ones performance wise.

The yamaha's a great motor too...

marine_man


All the Verados are supercharged, including the 135 hp through the 200 hp 4 cyl models. In fact the baby Verados are the same motor as the big Verados with 2 less cyl.

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marine_man

I appologize... perhaps I heard that about the preliminary 115's... I've deleted my post above...

Glad to hear that you like it... I've got nothing against the verado's... just passing along what I've heard...

marine_man

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Cold one sd

What size boat do you have. I want to put this on an 1850 Tyee. Im not needing 50 mph top speed. Just want a decent hole shot and quiet motor! What kind of speeds do you get on your boat. Top end and how slow will it troll? It will be used for mostly if not only fishing!

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cold one sd

Try Too Fish, My 150 is on a 1800 Fisherman which should be a close match for your Tyee. I can't say how slow it trolls with the Verado because I have a 9.9 Pro Kicker also. I don't think I would have any problem trolling cranks with it though. Mine only has about 20 hours on it and isn't quite loosened up yet. I get about 48 mph at 6,120 rpms and I should get more when it gets broke in more. A friend has the same boat with a Verado 175 and he tops out at 57 mph. I'm very satisfied with mine and I don't know anyone around here with a Verado that doesn't like it. I don't care much about holeshots, but it is a bit better than a 150 Optimax on an identical boat loaded the same. My dealer had them on the lake comparing them one day and he said the Verado had a better holeshot and top end, and they were about equal in midrange when loaded the same. I didn't ask him any questions.

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cold one sd

I deleted mine too guy. It seems like every forum that I get on has someone cutting Verados down and it mostly bogus information. The owners club is a good place for information and there is another place called the Hull Truth that has some information also. wink.gif

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Cold one sd

Do you have the smart gauge stuff on your Verado?

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cold one sd

Yes I have the Smartcraft Gauges. They give me a lot of information and I can slow my 150 down to 450 RPMs using the troll feature.

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