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    2859 outboard power?

    hello, am new member wondering if anyone has or knows of a 2859 conversion to outboard power?

    #2
    Would be very expensive. Alot of work to convert and outboard power would require twin 200's at a min. If i were to go that far with a boat that heavy i would spend the extra money and go twin 250's. Twins give you the added security of an extra motor if one dies. A single 350 is in my opinion on the small side. The outboard wont produce the same torque as a v8 sterndrive of the same hp rating.

    you would be money ahead just rebuilding the v8 you probably have already. Hoping its a 7.4 or a 383 for that boat.

    just my opinion! Im sure there are many different ones out there!
    Doug
    1995 2859 -extensively rebuilt/restored 2016/17
    496 big block - Bravo ll leg
    The Doghouse
    Prince George BC

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      #3
      I have has two 2859’s and repowered both of them.

      I have never heard of a 2859 with outboards.

      I can say that in my opinion the perfect engine for the 2859 is the 496 Mercruiser.

      At 375 horsepower, coupled with a Bravo 2 drive, the 2859 has a 27 knot cruise speed and gets right at 1 nmpg

      KEVIN SANDERS
      4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA

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        #4
        There was one guy on here a while back that either had done the outbd conversion, or just posted a link to it. Seems that it would be easy enough to accomplish.

        These guys have a trophy that was converted - same hull as the 2859.
        Here is a 2452 conversion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60qZpfINic
        Google is your friend
        97 2859

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          #5
          I have seen one 2859 with outboards that belonged to a charter outfit in BC? I actually considered doing just this with twin Suzuki 200s when I repowered last year. I ultimately decided against it because of the increased overall length wouldn't fit in my driveway. I repowered with a diesel and am extremely happy with the performance and economy.
          "REEL WILD"
          2001 2859 FNM 300 Diesel-Bravo 2
          Anchorage, Alaska
          If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes.......

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          • yakkid
            yakkid commented
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            Hi, didn’t happen to purchase your FNM 300 and have installed by the dealer In Wasilla did you? I purchased an FNM 300 for my 2859 but lost boat in storage accident and sold engine back. I believed the combination would have been great and am glad you seem to find it so! This time around am thinking outboards so thanks for the note.

          • aknurse
            aknurse commented
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            That is exactly who I went through. It turned out to be a good combo. Lighter than the 7.4 same speed and almost twice the fuel economy. Sorry about your loss.

          #6
          What did it cost for the diesel conversion aknurse?
          Doug
          1995 2859 -extensively rebuilt/restored 2016/17
          496 big block - Bravo ll leg
          The Doghouse
          Prince George BC

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          • aknurse
            aknurse commented
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            I did it for approx $28K I kept the original Bravo 2. I think I saved $800-1000 in fuel last summer.

          #7
          The cost is all relative to the labor you are willing to kick in your self. In my case I installed a 6.5 turbo from Peninsular and a Bravo III X drive my hunch is in the 35+ range, but I am one that needs to change thing just because
          Slightly modified 2859 6.5 Diesel Bravo III X drive
          96 Dodge 5.9 5 speed Gear vender OD.

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            #8
            Picture of engine -- work in progress.
            Slightly modified 2859 6.5 Diesel Bravo III X drive
            96 Dodge 5.9 5 speed Gear vender OD.

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            • builderdude
              builderdude commented
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              Silver engine, looks cool Fritz!

            #9
            Originally posted by fritzman View Post
            Picture of engine -- work in progress.
            THAT is a thing of beauty!!
            97 2859

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              #10
              2859 with twin 300 OB

              Joon, Kathy, Jaden & Tristan
              Uniflite 42 AC, DD 671N
              93 3058 sold
              92 2855 (day boat)
              91 Fourwinns 205 (lake boat)
              Longbranch WA
              Life is Good

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              • yakkid
                yakkid commented
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                Is this your 2859 with twin 300 Suzuki’s or can you put me in touch with owner? Thank you so much!

              #11
              Originally posted by sketch96 View Post
              What did it cost for the diesel conversion aknurse?
              You looking for a diesel?
              With a trailer no less..
              https://charleston.craigslist.org/bo...390451752.html
              But, this would be a pig compared to a 496.

              Esteban
              B-ham!
              Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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                #12
                Originally posted by green650 View Post

                You looking for a diesel?
                With a trailer no less..
                https://charleston.craigslist.org/bo...390451752.html
                But, this would be a pig compared to a 496.
                Merc 4.2. Run away....FAST.
                Matt Train
                BOC Site Team
                Chicagoland, IL

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                  #13
                  No not looking for one now. I went all out and built a 496 with aluminum heads, intake and exhaust plus i removef the 180lbs of concrete from the port side under the water heater shelf. More power less rear weight. Approx 400lbs removed from the stern with approx 425 to 450 hp. All for the same reason fritzman stated..........i cant leave things alone and love to try to improve over stock!lol

                  love the twin 300 outboards ruffryder!!!! Perfect!
                  Doug
                  1995 2859 -extensively rebuilt/restored 2016/17
                  496 big block - Bravo ll leg
                  The Doghouse
                  Prince George BC

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                    #14
                    We did instalated on our 2452 diesel new from HYUNDAI SEASALL 270 HP .to connect with BRAVO 2 . nice engine . Costs for it was apr . 16 000.00 EUR .

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                      #15
                      Thank you JT and Doug all have a Marry Christmas .
                      Slightly modified 2859 6.5 Diesel Bravo III X drive
                      96 Dodge 5.9 5 speed Gear vender OD.

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