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I am looking at purchasing a used boat that has a 40 hp motor with about 400 hours.

My questions is: is 400 hours typically toward the end of an outboard's life-span? The motor has been well maintained with annual water pump, impeller, and lower end oil changing. The motor also has a trolling plate on it which makes me think a good number of hours were spent at low rpms.

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I personally dont think so. I wish I had a way to check the hours on mine. I would guess i put close to 100 hours a year on mine. But thats driving 1 hour everyday during hunting season and then fishing through the summer.
 

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Yup, I'm with Pillowcasr, it all depends on how it was treated and how well it was taken care of.

Take it to a marine machanic and get it checked out. Make sure you have good pressure in the cylinders.

Good luck
 

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when I bought this new Yamaha 50 in January, I decided to put an hour meter on it along with a new tach. So much of the break-in was do to hours and rpm's. Like smack said it's hard to estimate how many hours you use it. I have ran it out three full days and thats to the duck hole and some reef fishing, and just some cruising. And I only have 2 hours on it. I would have guessed more :huh: . Don
 
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