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First Impressions: 250hp Yamaha VMAX SHO

GREG Seeto of recently upgraded the motor on his bass boat to the latest state of the art four stroke outboard from Yamaha. Here’s an excerpt of what Greg had to say about the new donk:

Last week, I finally bit the bullet and repowered my boat. It was after much deliberation and numerous conversations with Carl Jocumsen and Scott Bilton, that I ultimately decided to go with a new 250HP Yamaha VMAX SHO.

In short the 250HP SHO is a super high output, 4.2L V6 four stroke, and at only 229kg, is claimed to be the lightest engine in its class. Ian has written about the SHO previously. You can read the official specs and hype and judge for yourself on the Yamaha Australia website or in more detail on the US website.

When I picked up the boat last Friday from Independent Outboards in Arndell Park, the first thing I noticed was the imposing size of the motor. Being quite a bit larger than the old motor, I was really surprised that it could be as light as it is. Now there’s also a bit more room in my bilge, with the old oil reservoir removed. The recommended prop is the VMAX® SHO Series (Ventless) but I was sceptical that the supplied 25″ pitch prop would be large enough.

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