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    Age old question, What is the average hours for a ski boat per year?
    How do you compare hours compared to miles on a car ( 100hrs = 1500miles)
    What would be viewed as a lot of hours on a 5-6 year old 210/ 800-1000 hrs?

    My boat only has 410 hrs but we have not ski much the last two seasons?

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    I believe the average boat gets 30 hours a year.

    If you drive a car at 60 MPH, for a thousand hours, you get 60,000 miles on the car. But it is generally considered that a boat engine works harder than the engine in your car.

    The biggest issue I believe is low hours. If the engine sits for long periods of time between startups, oil slowly runs off the internal parts, and when you start the engine, it has a lot of wear in that time, until the oil gets to all the internal surfaces. Because of this, it is possible for an engine with very low hours to have more internal wear than an engine that has seen regular use

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    The national average is 60 hours per year, but naturally that takes the northern and southern states into account. When looking at a used boat, I'd question the service intervals and what the boat was used for. If a boat is pulling Parrish, it's been worked harder than one pulling someone's kids tubing. With that said, these engines are designed and engineered to work hard, and can easily get 2-2,500 hours before a rebuild. Long story short, don't be afraid of hours.
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    I would suggest that if a ski boat has been pulling Parrish, and other world class tournament skiers all its life, it will be in better shape than one pulling tubes. Pulling tournament skiers, about 17 seconds of a pull, then drop to an idle, shorten the rope, and another 17 seconds. Every time you close the throttle on an engine, it pulls a little oil up into the cylinder walls. Constantly changing loads, and RPMS is a lot better than a constant steady pull. The tournament boat probably will have higher hours, but it probably will be taken much better care of.

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    At service school we were told for every hour of run time was equivalent to 80 miles. But on the average I see between 30 to 40 hours on customers boats when they bring them back for winter service.

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    I just mean I would prefer a used boat that had some balance in its life, not one that was either in idle or pulling 36mph course runs. I'll make a few course runs then pull my 75lb niece on 20mph tube ride, which is pretty gentle on my engine. Don't get wrong though, I would definitely consider a promo boat, as I know those owners take care of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielC View Post
    I would suggest that if a ski boat has been pulling Parrish, and other world class tournament skiers all its life, it will be in better shape than one pulling tubes. Pulling tournament skiers, about 17 seconds of a pull, then drop to an idle, shorten the rope, and another 17 seconds. Every time you close the throttle on an engine, it pulls a little oil up into the cylinder walls. Constantly changing loads, and RPMS is a lot better than a constant steady pull. The tournament boat probably will have higher hours, but it probably will be taken much better care of.
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    The 95 I picked up has 600hrs, divide by 15 and thats 40hrs a year. I have friends who average 100 hrs though and their boats run like champs, its all in the maintence in my opinion.

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    I purchased our 2007 ski nautique 206 with a advertised 700 hours on it from a couple of ski school gangsters in England we managed to do 40 hours on 2008 and about 70 in 2009 the clock never worked when i got the boat back to Germany. We have just purchesed our own Techmate scan tool and the motor has clocked a massive 1344 hours ,this boat had clocked 500 hours more than I was told
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    Andy, it is a bummer that the hours on the boat were not as advertised. What condition was the boat in?

    I have over 2295 hours on my boat, and it is still running very good. A lot of hours is not really an issue, much more important is how well the boat was taken care of.

    Like I said before, a boat that has a lot of hours only on a tournament ski lake has pretty much had an easy life.

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