My first question is,..... what exactly makes my
outboard "offshore" setup "offshore"?
I have a Mercury 2.4 EFI Bridgeport on a Vegas XT (28p prop, adjustable
jackplate, hot foot, etc...). Apparently, we bought the boat with a blown
head (No power, it won't
idle, etc....). The mechanic told us that the heads were welded on and
that it would be just as easy to find another motor. Would any motor fit
on the lower unit or how would this work? Are they telling me the truth?
What kind of motor swap could be done? Please help, please advise. How is
this motor really built?
The offshore is referring to the sand cast motor leg with the exhaust
snout over the rear of the gearcase. This is the only motor with this and
they made 2.4s with the standard leg. These would not be "offshores".
How do I put this............... you need to find a mechanic that is not
still stuck in the 70's. 2.4s have heads but the old inline 6's did not.
The head bolts and the head gasket should have clued him. A true 2.4 is a
little harder to find than he's making out. Some Merc powerheads will fit
with relative ease. 150-225hp. Sounds like you have a big can of worms.
1st find a mechanic or shop that is "interested" in your boat
and will discuss options for it. This is important to ensure that you
don't get screwed in the process. You need to find out what you exactly
have and what it will take to make it run for the most bang for the buck.
Find this first and the rest will fall into place for you. Just for your
info we have complete powerheads for just under 2K and they go up from
there. Good 2.4 powerheads are over 4K so you can use that as reference.
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