Is 1000 hours a lot for a boat?

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Green Quigley asked a question: Is 1000 hours a lot for a boat?
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Date created: Thu, Mar 18, 2021 12:58 PM
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The number of hours that a marine engine runs is very dependent on the amount and quality of maintenance over the years. The typical gasoline marine engine will run fine for the first 1,000 hours. It is at this juncture that the engine starts to exhibit small problems.

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Many people we talk to think that 1000 hour boat is something to be avoided. What we need to do is find a common link from automotive to the marine world and the easiest way to do this is by using oil change intervals. A 60,000 mile vehicle having its oil changed every 3,000 miles will have had 20 oil changes.

The quality of a boat is probably the first thing to consider when looking at the hours. For instance, if the boat in question is a high-quality boat that is known for usually running 2000+ hours before a rebuild is needed, then at 1000 hours you could still get 1000 hours of usage from the boat if only it’s in good condition.

Generally speaking, 1000 hours on a petrol V8 inboard putting out 350hp or more in a large sports cruiser (think 25ft or larger) has had a hard life. You will often find share syndicates off-loading around these hours or re-powering.

We have lots of boats in our marina with over a thousand hours. Some seem to run like they are starting to get tired but others nearing two thousand hours are still strong. These are all basically stock marine engines with oil changes every fall.

Re: is 1100 hours on a boat to many To me, a 1000 hour boat hours is equivalent to 100,000 miles on a car. I wouldn't be as concerned as much for the engine hours, assuming compression is good, as I would for the drive hours.

Isn't that in of itself a possible predictor of satisfaction? Boaters often put artificial ceilings on hours: anything over 1000 is too high for that age, etc. The truth is, that if the boat got used, it got loved. Marine gasoline engines can run 2500 hours or more if properly maintained before needing a major overhaul.

The typical gasoline marine engine will run fine for the first 1,000 hours. It is at this juncture that the engine starts to exhibit small problems. If these small problems aren’t addressed, they can turn into major problems which may make the last 500 hours of life difficult to reach.

Todd, to directly answer your question, I think it's reasonable to expect over 1000 hours or more out of a properly maintained propulsion system, and decades from a well maintained, quality hull. Most of my boating friends have boats much older than mine, with well into the thousands of hours, and they do great, because of good care and maintenance.

Now under great condition, and dealing with a four-stroke outboard. A lot of hours, when it comes to a number, is usually around 3-4K hours. That is what is considered a lot. How Many Hours Is Average For A Boat? This amount of hours is also what we would consider average. But in order to determine the average.

This means that a motor that lasts even 1,000 hours can last 20 years with the proper maintenance as long as you do not ride it too hard. But how can you know how many miles are actually on a motor? If a boat has electronic fuel injection, you can look in the engine management system. This will give you a reliable record of the engine hours.

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