REVIEW: HONDA BF150

By: John 'Bear' Willis, Photography by: John 'Bear' Willis

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Two Honda's and a big Sailfish make perfection happen.

Honda BF150 2

Sydney dealership and powercat specialist Webbe Marine recently received the 2016/17 Honda National Dealer of the Year Award in recognition to its success with the range of four-stroke outboard engines. Most are fitted to its Sailfish and Stabicraft fleet.

POWER TO US

Webbe Marine customers Ian and Yanti Fairgrave selected a pair of Honda BF150 inline four-cylinder four-stroke outboards for their big Sailfish 2800 Platinum, and that proved a perfect match for the big catamaran.

TECH TALK

The Honda BF150 features Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), Multi-Port Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), BLAST for acceleration, in a powerful, compact 24-valve DOHC design, with dual-stage induction, 40amp charging, and NMEA compatibility.

Among the long list of features is the patented ‘double sealed’ multi-layered paint process of its Corrosion Protection System, plus added sacrificial anodes and stainless steel technology, along with waterproof connectors, all enhancing corrosion protection.

PERFORMANCE

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On a glassy Botany Bay aboard the Fairgraves’ 2800 Platinum, I planted the throttles on the twin 150hp Hondas and the whole package jumped easily to attention with a minimum amount of fuss or noise and very little bow rise.

There is an ever-so-slight harmonic at a fast lure speed of around 8.6kt at 2500rpm where the outboards drink a miserly 8.1L/h per side – and that is the worst I can say of the whole boat-motor combination.

The Sailfish is comfortable at around 4000rpm and 18.5kt, but just feels like a magic carpet ride at its ideal speed of 25kt and 4500rpm, where you can travel comfortably and economically for a long distance drinking well under 50L/h total.

If you want to get silly occasionally (and who doesn’t) the 2800 Platinum reached a speedy 36.7kt at a redline 6100rpm, drinking 50L/h per side, which still gives a 159 nautical mile range, with 10 per cent reserve, for those fast dashes home when things are about to turn for the worst. 

HONDA BF150 SPECS 

MAKE/MODEL: 2 x Honda BF150
TYPE DOHC: four-cylinder four-stroke with VTEC
RATED HP: 150 (each)
DISPLACEMENT: 2354cc (each)
WEIGHT: 220kg (each)
GEAR RATIO: 2.14:1
PROP: Solas 17in three-blade stainless steel

SEA TRIALS

Sailfish 2800 Platinum w/ twin 150hp Honda BF150 outboards, four passengers, and 320L of fuel from 480L capacity. 

RPM

Fuel Burn (L/H)*

Speed (KT)

Range (NM)*

650

1.2

3.2

576

1000

2.1

4

411

1500

3.3

5.3

347

2000

5

6.9

298

2250

6.3

7.5

257

2500

8.1

8.6

229

3000

11.4

10.7

203

3500

15

14.7

212

4000

16.8

18.5

238

4500

23.4

25

231

5000

29

28.5

212

5500

41

31.3

165

6100

50

36.7

159

*Performance data supplied by the author. Fuel burn is per engine and fuel range calculated with 10 per cent reserve.

 


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