Typical hours seen

AlswaggAlswagg Member Posts: 2,800 ✭✭✭✭✭
what kind of hours are you guys seeing on your engines and drives?   I have several customers with well over 1000 hrs on their 496 Bravo 3.   The commercial customers I inspect and replace whatever is needed once a year on the bravo drives usually around 1000 to 1200 hrs.  I know of one gear set that had over 4,000 hrs    Just wondering what others are logging.  


  • raybo3raybo3 Revere MAModerator Posts: 4,660 mod
    I got between 750 and 850 before I replaced mine. I also had bracket problems. 
    2002 342 Fiesta Vee PC Point Of Pines YC Revere MA. popyc.org     [email protected]
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Member Posts: 8,736 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What are you seeing on the diesels Al??
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoMember Posts: 1,693 ✭✭✭✭
    I've got 750 hours
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDMember, Moderator Posts: 6,078 mod
    Well, you don't want to include my numbers.  I've gone thru 3 bravo 2 drives (1 stbd, 2 port) in 7 years (just replaced one last week after hitting something submerged, in 20+ ft of water).  

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaMember Posts: 4,623 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My '07 has 800 hours on the engines.  One B3 is original, and the other was replaced at 600 hours.
  • davidbrooksdavidbrooks GermantownMember Posts: 725 ✭✭✭
    2003 342 with 600 hrs on the engines.  One drive was sent in last year for a full overhaul and the other needs to be done this year.  The guy i worked with in MI said that 6-800 hrs is about tops for the drives before they get rebuilt.
    It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoeMember Posts: 289 ✭✭✭
    original 1993 engines and alpha 1 gen 2 drives still going. Drives have a bit of corrosion,engines still have full compression and dont burn oil.

    1993 300 FIESTA VEE TWIN 5.7L ALPHA GEN 2
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoMember Posts: 1,693 ✭✭✭✭
    What are the signs a Bravo III needs a rebuild?  I would imagine saltwater vs freshwater usage is a huge differential?
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • Dude_HimselfDude_Himself Charleston, SCMember Posts: 566 ✭✭✭
    400-ish and all original. Runs great still.
  • reneechris14reneechris14 Pawcatuck river CTMember Posts: 2,789 ✭✭✭✭
    2005  342  390 hours had my drives reseal last spring and pray they have many more hours.
    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
  • Lake_BumLake_Bum Flagstaff, AZ Member Posts: 560 ✭✭✭
    255 original hours on my 350 mag  & Bravo 3 drive.  I had the drive gone thru when I bought the boat at 173 hours. Bellows, Gimbal, seals, boots, etc.  
    2000 Captiva 232 
  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganMember Posts: 5,056 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I think I was not much past 100 hrs and both B-III outdrives were destroyed. No hits/groundings. Never really got an answer why....I can only think that being overpropped caused it. Brutal cost at that low hours. 

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLMember Posts: 6,698 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm 320 and no issues as far as I know...
  • AlswaggAlswagg Member Posts: 2,800 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Handy, the Volvo diesels we deal with at I
    6 and all three have over 6,000 hrs.  They are due for freshen up at 10,000.  The Cummins 5.9 has just over 1,800 at the last oil change.  The Cummins is only  on its second season. 
  • AlswaggAlswagg Member Posts: 2,800 ✭✭✭✭✭
     Unless an unforeseen gear or shaft breakage.  The typical sign of needed repair is a very “soft” shift. Slippage going into gear is an indicator and consistency to adjust the shift cable.  The new cone clutch is much better though 
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDMember, Moderator Posts: 6,078 mod
    @alswagg , do the newer Bravo drives have a different whine sound when clicked in gear?  I just had a new B-2 drive installed about 2 weeks ago and it definitely has a whine to it in gear than the other.  Another buddy had a B-3 one installed last year and it sounds identical.  Just curious what the change was for that to happen.  The whine is only there in gear at slow speed (or only hear then).

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • AlswaggAlswagg Member Posts: 2,800 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have not noticed any different sounds. However, I have not replaced any complete drives with a 2019 drive     The clutches are now the same as the x drives 
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDMember, Moderator Posts: 6,078 mod
    Alswagg said:
    I have not noticed any different sounds. However, I have not replaced any complete drives with a 2019 drive     The clutches are now the same as the x drives 

    Thanks Al!  Maybe I'll capture a video this weekend to post.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • trip_ntrip_n Member Posts: 679 ✭✭✭
    496=427 hrs
    bravo3=drive shower
    maintenance stuff = oil changes=plugs=wires=etc
    bravo3 = fluid changes=bellows=shift cable etc
  • cmelt2003cmelt2003 Holland, MIMember Posts: 72 ✭✭
    My 99 270 just passed 700 hours with original engine and B3 drive.
  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYMember Posts: 1,902 ✭✭✭✭
    Our 2003 310 with 680 all original engine and B3.



    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore (2019), Crescent Boat Club


  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Member Posts: 3,027 ✭✭✭✭✭
    2006 342 with 350's & B3 drives. 300 hours, all original. 
    07' Cruisers 390 (Previous Rinker's: 06' 342EC & 01' 310FV)

  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaMember Posts: 3,147 ✭✭✭✭✭
    2000  FV270. 5.7L EFI Gen +
    B3 Drive.Stock Props.
    390 Hours.
    Motor untouched and runs like a champ. 60PSI oil pressure. 
    Changed gimbal bearing, seals, bellows, cables last year. All drive internals original.
    Some corrosion on lower case from P.O. installing Aluminum anodes (fresh water) and Mercathode not working properly so changed those out last year also and repainted drive.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
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