289 wa repower questions
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:12:54 AM(UTC)
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I am debating repower options for my 289WA. currently it has the original pair of 225 Saltwater series 2 Yamaha's.

I would love four strokes but I am concerned about the additional weight a pair of 4 strokes would add.
I also am curious if there's any experience with changes in performance with a modern pair 225 or 200 2 strokes and what performance numbers might be.

I am much more concerned about efficency in teh 25-35 knt range than top speed.

Thank you for your input and help.
#2 Posted : Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:08:14 AM(UTC)

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When the 289 was first designed she was built around the two stroke power plants, that being said we have had a few customer re-power with the new 225 and 250 four stroke outboards and have been very happy with the performance with the boat especially the mid range fuel economy. If you are looking to do a re-power I would highly recommend that you give Jeff at Exact Marine a call. He has done more than his fair share of 289’s and would be able to give you performance info on any motors you are looking at. His phone number is (954) 213-2742
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#3 Posted : Sunday, July 01, 2012 11:42:16 AM(UTC)
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I have a 1998 289 and tried to switch to 4 stroke Yamahas in 2005 or 06 forget which :), BUT it turned out the cowling on the 4 strokes were too wide and we were unable to to turn the motors.
At that time my dealer had Yamaha and Mercury. I did not want to return to 2 stroke so I ended up with the 250 Verados. These were GREAT until about 2 years ago when the you know what hit the fan!!! Mercury worked with me and for the past year things have been fine. (fingers crossed). I think the new style Yamahas are not as wide but I am not sure.
#4 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2012 4:50:58 PM(UTC)
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I owned a 1994 28 Walkaround . When I bought the boat it had 225 mercs , after having an issue with one engine I repowered with 250 saltwater series mercs . I increased about 4 mph top end and a about 3-4 cruise at te same rpm (3800-4000) range . I was very happy with the repower and it made a difference performance wise and not fuel wise .
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