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BoatingLAB Tests: Outboard Ownership Costs
Discover the true costs of owning and running, including fuel and maintenance, outboard motors from a variety of manufacturers.
Outboards grow more popular every day, and the 150 hp outboard may be the most popular on the water. It’s ideal power for the 19- to 21-foot boat range, and in twin applications it’s plenty of power for boats to 26 feet.
So when we wanted to pencil up the costs of owning an outboard, it was natural to choose from a variety of manufacturers’ versions in this popular, efficient and commanding power range.
Here’s what they cost to run and own.
How We Tested
We calculated our maintenance costs by using the manufacturers’ maintenance schedule. Dealers may, and often do, need more time and greater frequency for various procedures.
Labor cost (estimate): $100/hour
Time Allotted for
Oil change: One hour
Gear case lube change: Quarter-hour
Water pump change and related service: Three hours
Valve inspection and/or adjustment: Three hours
We calculated fuel costs by choosing comparable motor/hull combinations as closely similar in size and weight as possible. Fuel consumption on these test models was calculated by approximating the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) outboard running cycle standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency to closely estimate the running speeds and loads over a 300-hour life cycle. ICOMIA testing is actually done on a dynamometer, and our estimates are likely to vary from actual test results considerably.
We calculated a fuel/oil ratio of 68.9:1, or roughly 70 gallons of fuel per gallon of oil for Evinrude’s E-TEC two-stroke.
We did not calculate costs for changing anodes or winterizing because these depend entirely on conditions of use.