Have Boat Questions? Ask a Boat Repair Expert.
I really like the boats, I work on them all the time as they are made here locally. Now the engine, not so much. I really am not a fan of Honda. I've seen too many problems with them. Parts are high and service availability is spotty in many areas. Some of their engineering in the past was very questionable. One of their best selling larger motors the 130 was an abortion from day one. Bad blocks, bad heads, main relays melting, bad lower seals and I can go on. The 150 I haven't seen any major problems but we also don't see many these days.
What I would recommend is the 4 stroke Yamaha, good motor or any in the 150 Mercury line up. I see little problems with them. Parts availability is good and plenty of service centers and good engineering. Keep in mind the above is only my opinion and reflects what I see in my shop which is still an active shop.
Let me know if I can help further.