Repowering a Valero YT


I have had my 18ft Valero Bowrider YT hull since about 1991.  I am interested in putting a new motor on my boat.  I am looking for reliability #1, user friendly #2, top speed #3. I have the opportunity to buy a New leftover Johnson 225 HO, but I am thinking that the new Mercurys might be faster and equally reliable.  I started out with a 25" Johnson 200, then bought a Mercury 2.5, and finally have a Johnson 225 with Bob's machine shop sportmaster lower unit and a land and sea transom lift.  The boat is rated for 175 hp but as you can see, every motor I have had on the boat was over that.  I have a lot of experience driving this boat with all kinds of motors on it.   I can't get over the thrill of that mercury but it was with problems ( ecu unit ), ( changing the spark plugs every time I took it out, probably because I like to cruise around slow too ).  What is the motor or best 2 new choices you would recommend repowering it with?  Also, what kind of new transom lift would you recommend and should there be a set back?

Thank you,


The 225 HO would be a nice project. The set up is a little pickier but overall it fits the bill pretty good. One of the new E-Tecs would be more user friendly. Due to the weight of the new engines and the fact the transom height is 24 to begin with; I would probably bolt it to the transom.




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