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Old 08-04-2021, 07:13 AM
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Looking to order a 621 and I dont think I can get it with the 300 Verado. So I think my only options are the 350/400 Verado or a pro xs. I am little freaked out about the supercharged engines from a reliability and fuel consumption perspective. Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated, Thanks
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Old 08-04-2021, 09:20 AM
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Fuel consumption on the 350 will be more and it will need 89 octane as a minimum and 91 is preferred so overall fuel costs will be higher, not sure it's enough to matter as it'll depend on how hard your are on the go-handle and how many hours a year you log. As far as reliability, the 6 Cyl inline Verado has been around since 2004. It's under went a few revisions over its life including the addition of the 350 as we see it today. Overall these are stellar power plants that deliver a very satisfying operating experience. The 350 is quite, smooth, powerful, and reliable. I wouldn't hesitate to own another. If buying a boat rated for a 350 or 400 you couldn't get me to power it with a 300 V8 just to get the engine platform as the inline 6 is a dream to run. I'm also not keen on giving up 50-100 hp to own the new platform.

I will say the new V-8s have some fantastic torque characteristics, I been in two rigs with them, one being a pontoon with a 200, and the torque is impressive but overall they appear to be slower on the top end. just food for thought.
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Old 08-04-2021, 11:42 AM
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Thanks SLE very helpful insight.
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Old 08-04-2021, 01:22 PM
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I’ll echo SLE.

The L6 Verados have been very reliable, including the 350 and 400. There’s 10’s of thousands of them out there, many of them in the salt where they get run a lot harder and for a lot more hours than us fresh water guys will ever do. You do hear of the odd issue, thats inevitable, but overall, they’re outstanding motors.

They are a little thirsty at wide open, but they’re not bad at all when cruising at 1/2 to 3/4 throttle.

Performance is excellent. VERY quiet, good hole shot and mid range, and the best top end on the market. Add in the digital shifting and power steering, and they’re a joy to operate.

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Old 08-04-2021, 02:12 PM
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Mine was 13 years old 250Hp and I only had 350 hours on it when I sold it, but it ran like a champ and it was whisper quiet. Could have sold it with a few less hours had I heard it running a few times when I thought it was off

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Old 08-04-2021, 03:00 PM
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Excellent! Thankyou. Any thoughts on the 350 vs the 400hp ?
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Old 08-05-2021, 11:16 AM
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I'd go 350 ,myself.. having had the opportunity to compare them.
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Old 08-05-2021, 03:02 PM
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350 vs 400 is kinda of a toss up. I'm all for maxing out the HP so I would typically go with the 400, however it comes at a price both to purchase and at the fuel pump.

They are the same engine mechanically speaking with different tuning that allows the 400 to spin up-to 6,800 rpm. The 350 is set for 6,400 rpm. Because the 400 needs to spin faster, it usually means a lower pitch prop compared the the 350 on the same boat. This turns into slightly better hole-shot because of the lower pitch prop but they don't gain more than a couple mph on the top end because of that same lower pitch prop needed to get the rpms up. Overall it will perform slightly better from take off to top end.

With that said, for performance and fuel mileage below 6400 rpm, the 350 will be running at a higher mph than the 400 at the same rpm because the 400 is running that lower pitch prop. The 400 will have to spin a higher rpm to run the same speed as the 350, and in doing so will use more fuel throughout the rpm band.

I'd still buy the 400 but I'm a performance geek so I'm willing to spend some money for minor returns.

In all essance, the 400 doesn't offer that much more performance over the 350. I don't know what the cost increase is for purchase
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Old 08-05-2021, 03:42 PM
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In all essance, the 400 doesn't offer that much more performance over the 350. I don't know what the cost increase is for purchase

There's this,too: ....From a resale standpoint.. as always on these high end rigs, Max hp is absolutely most sought after....the 400 has an edge.
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Old 08-05-2021, 04:28 PM
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Great information, Thankyou very much!
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