250 pro xs vs Yam 250 F250 they have been out awhile now? 250 pro xs vs Yam 250 F250 they have been out awhile now?
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    250 pro xs vs Yam 250 F250 they have been out awhile now?
from sde13  
12/15/2010 5:53:36 PM


 For those who have been in a boat that have them how are they doing? Is the 4 stroke yam 250 holding up? How are they compared to the merc xs out of the hole? Top end? Gas consumption on the f250? Have they changed the game as advertised? Or just a wannabe with a lot of hype? F200 and xs pro 200 compared? DO they save a bunch of fuel? at 3.00 plus a gallon it would be nice to save on gas.

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   SHO and Pro XS from Rtidwell  12/15/2010 8:25:56 PM
 We have had great luck with the SHO so far and we have about 20 some out on the water. It does have one heck of a hole shot and pretty good top end and is also good on gas. I would say it is very close to the optimax as far as how far you can go on a gallon of gas and close in top end performance. One thing you can bank on with the Optimax and that is living, we have had GREAT luck with the Optimax since they made some major changes in 2003. For me the Optimax is proven, the SHO is still new to the fishing world and still unproven as far as i am concerned. I think it is a great engine but time will tell if it will live. A bass fisherman can be real hard on a engine and in the end it will be a good test by bass fisherman if it will hold up.

   I Would Consider a SHO from BR400  12/16/2010 9:23:22 AM
 $25-#30 a gallon oil adds up quickly even though my 250 Pro XS is not too bad on oil.

   decisions decisions from EHarris #16648  12/16/2010 10:33:20 AM
 I just went through the decision process of Pro XS vs SHO on my new boat. After much much research it came down to service. In my area, I can get service on the Pro XS at numerous locations. With the SHO that was not the case. Plus the SHO was approximately $1500 higher. That buys a lot of oil. Plus I was told parts are more available with the Pro XS. All the real positives to me were on the side of the Pro XS.

   Good Points Eharris from BR400  12/16/2010 10:39:41 AM
 Yeah, a lot of dealerships can work on the Mercury.

   in this market from MikeF  12/16/2010 11:20:17 AM
 The SHO has taken over almost all the market in this area for 250 & 300 HP outboards. The guy who built my bayboat told me the other day the SHO is 90% of what he's selling.

I think bass boats are the last market where 2 strokes are the majority of sales.

   I would consider the SHO for my next motor if they had a better lower unit from Spookchucker #10778  12/16/2010 11:30:16 AM
 Something similar to the sportsmaster in strength, speed,and ability to withstand a surfacing prop. (Or if I ever get a slower boat (currently a Stroker)).

   Spooky solution from Fisherboy #10852  12/16/2010 11:55:56 AM
Send HydroTech a couple grand and get a sporty adapter for the Hammer. It's only money .... a lot of it ... after factoring in the cost of a sporty to go with it.

   Fisherboy, if I didn't fish tourneys from Spookchucker #10778  12/16/2010 4:46:06 PM
 I might be running a Phase III with a sporty. But I have to remain 100% legal.

   Ran them both from Brett M  12/16/2010 5:23:37 PM
  I have been running the Mercury for years. I did get a chance to do some demos with my bosses boat rigged with the Yamaha. I will say that Yamaha has fixed what was wrong with the 4 stroke concept on bass rigs. The hole shot and low end is there, but it does not overtake the Mercury,,and the Mercury is faster by a tick or two- not a lot and will most likely depend on the load. My numbers give a dollar and cents difference of 2000-2500-- at the 28 bucks quoted here thats all over 90 gallons of oil. Sorry most fisherman will never burn 90 gallons of oil while they own an engine. TIP--- if you keep you jugs most GOOD dealerships will sell you bulk oil at around 18 a gallon,, same stuff, your jug. THATS 138 gallons of oil. Figure you still need to change oil in a 4 stroke and the numbers still get better.

I am not bashing the Yamaha motor at all, its a beast from what I could tell-Excellent performance- but if you are making a buying decision based shearly on economics all things equal Mercury wins.

Edited 12/16/2010 5:27:21 PM

Edited 12/16/2010 5:29:10 PM



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