Thread: Rapido Marine Feedback
01-24-2012, 06:11 PM #1
Rapido Marine Feedback
I am looking at possibly buying an inboard boat engine from Rapido Marine in Florida and just wondered if anyone here had any feedback, good or bad. Thanks, Cliff
01-24-2012, 06:29 PM #2
The Good: We have bought two engines from them in the past. They are very good to deal with, I think we dealt with a guy called Raul (sp?). Both engines shipped from the states to New Zealand were US$250ea. They also put the second motor into a plastic crate when requested to avoid some of the customs/border/pest control issues. Both motors ran strong. One was a 351W and the other a 350. The 351 also got the GT40 heads put on it for a (very) small fee.
The Bad: One of the motors ended up with water ingestion from a rotton riser (DEFINATLY NOT RAPIDO'S FAULT!! ALL OURS. A couple of thousand hours on the boat - 93 Sport Nautique). The issue we had was when we took the engine to a rebuilder, all the specs were at there limits so had to end up buying another block to start again.
Overall: If I were to do it again, I would definantly buy from them if I was only going to keep the boat for a few years. If I was planning on keeping the boat for a long time and put plenty of hours on it, I would look to a crate motor which has the capacity to be rebuilt.
Hope that helps? Just my opinoins as well, please don't take them as gospel.
01-25-2012, 11:14 AM #3
Rob, Thank you for the reply. It sounds like they might be the SBT of Boat engines. Still might not be a bad way to get on the water cheaply. Thanks again, Cliff
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