Dealer Focus

Honda Marine Randburg

Yoshiaki Nakamura, President Honda Motor Southern Africa and Garth Smitherim, Honda Marine Randburg owner, at the launch

With each Newsletter we’ll be introducing you to the Honda Marine Dealer Network, letting you know where your nearest Honda Marine dealer is situated and also giving you background into how Honda Marine has been able to so effectively establish itself in the South African market.

Working our way inland, we’re now heading off to Honda Marine Randburg, where we find ourselves in discussion with Garth Smitherim, the Dealer Principal at Honda Marine Randburg.

Why did you choose Honda in terms of wanting to be a Marine dealer?
When I left Waterworld to go on my own, I knew that I had to align myself with a marine brand that takes the SA marine market seriously. I have had my eye on Honda Marine for quite a while now, and they are most certainly the most passionate brand out there. Although off a small base, they have been the fastest growing outboard brand for two years now, so 
I think that says something if you consider we are at the tail end of a recession, and the marine market was probably worst hit. When I first met with Clinton Lambert, the Honda Marine brand manager, to discuss the opportunity of opening a Honda dealership in Randburg, I knew that I was NOT working with a Mickey Mouse organization. Honda Motor SA is an automotive giant, with a personal touch that inspires their marine dealer network. It’s great being on a winning team.

Honda Marine Randburg Showroom

How long have you been a Honda Marine dealer?
We launched Honda Marine Randburg on the 16th September 2011.

The official opening

Meet the Team at the Dealership
Garth Smitherim – Owner
Dylan Moolman – Sales Executive
Jessica Salgado – Office Manager
Armand de Jager – Workshop Manager (Honda Marine Kya Sand)

With what Boat Manufacturers do you have direct tie-ups?
We predominantly source our Sportboats from Angler Boats in Durban, but can source alternative boats depending on the customer’s requirements. We also carry Honda’s own range of tender inflatables called the Honwave.

Angler Boats' Panache 1750 powered by a Honda BF115HP

What types of Boat Packages are most popular in your area?
My area of expertise lies in the recreational bowrider segment of the Gauteng market, and my customer base has developed around that. We sell outboard powered bowriders from 14,5′ up to 24,5′, we sell nearly new inboard powered sportboats, towboats, deckboats and pontoon boats. 
We even sell offshore boats, when a customer is searching for one.

In what main areas does your Workshop specialize?

Honda Marine Kya Sand look after the technical side of the business

Our technical function is outsourced to Honda Marine Kya Sand. The owner of the Kya Sand Technical Centre is Armand de Jager, and he has been in the boating business for 13 years. 
He did his apprenticeship at Waterworld, and I have known him since then, we are a great team.

With which Leisure Accessory companies are you involved?
In terms of leisure accessories, we stock Connelly Waterski’s, Ronix 
Wakeboards and CWB Boards
 and Tubes from Fuel.

With which Navigational Equipment companies are you involved?
We offer a full range of GPS and Fishfinder units from both Lowrance and Garmin.

Garmin GPS map 420s

Do you offer sell Canoes/ Kayaks – if you do then what makes/ types are available?
Not yet, but we plan to make a great range available for the 2012 summer season. We are in negotiations with a local manufacturer, and will hopefully launch their range later this year.

In the case of Customer Emergencies or Problems, do you offer a Call-Out service?
In the event of mechanical problems, our Technical Centre is available to assist you in your time of need. You can contact Armand de Jager on Tel.: 011 789 7219 or Cell: 074 287 5390. 
Although the Technical Centre is in Kya Sand, there is a daily collection run to and from Randburg. 
Armand’s team is mobile in emergency situations, and travel as far as the Vaal Dam, the Vaal River and the Hartebeespoort Dam every week.

Do you have a specific message for the readers?
We are a team of people that spend our free time enjoying what we do for a living. We are weekend boaters, and we know how valuable your weekend time is with your family and friends. That’s why we can confidently say that powering your boat with a Honda will provide you with years of trouble-free boating. Honda’s bulletproof engineering gives us peace of mind every time we deliver a new boat package to a happy customer. No wonder Honda is the leading brand in providing the best customer satisfaction for a four-stroke outboard in the US. 
I can for the first time say that selling boat packages has become a little easier. Come in and see our range of new and used boats in Randburg.

Honda BF250HP - coming soon to Randburg!

Honda Marine Randburg – Dealership Contact Details
Address: 94 Milner Road, Randburg
Tel: 011 789 4934
Fax: 011 789 3833
Mobile: 083 388 0007



Honda Racing News

Honda 2012 Motorsports Overview

February 3, 2012 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the key features of its 2012 motorsports program, including its motorsports strategy and initiatives for expanding the popularity of motorsports. For Honda, motorsports activities are the symbol of the company’s challenging spirit. Honda has aimed for the world’s top level from the days of its founding, taking on challenges in a variety of racing categories. With the know-how and challenging spirit cultivated through its motorsports activities, Honda will continue to expand their activities that meet customers’ expectations and that bring more joy and excitement in 2012.

Motorcycle activities

RC213V #1 Casey Stoner

In the MotoGP, the premier class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP), the Honda factory team of Repsol Honda Team will put forward a lineup of two riders, last year’s series champion Casey Stoner together with Dani Pedrosa. In line with the regulation change of 2012, Honda will enter the newly developed RC213V machine, Honda is targeting to win all three championship titles this year, capturing the rider’s, team’s, and constructor’s titles for the second year in a row. Honda will also supply machines to satellite teams, amounting to a total of three teams and four riders.

In the Moto2 class, Honda will continue its active support as the sole official engine supplier, based on the CBR600RR motorcycle. The Moto3 class, which replaces the 125cc class, will be competed with 4-stroke 250-cc engines. For this purpose, Honda has developed the NSF250R, which is now also commercially available.

In the premier IA1 class of the MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship Series, Honda
re-launched its factory team involvement last year. This Team HRC will compete with three riders this season; Akira Narita, last year’s series champion in the IA1 class, and Makoto Ogata, moving up from the IA2 class, will join Yu Hirata for a total of 3 riders.

Through collaboration with its local subsidiaries in many countries, Honda aims to capture championships in series races held globally, including the FIM World Superbike Championship Series (WSB), the World Motocross Championship Series (WMX), the FIM World Trial Championship Series, and for the new entry FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Series.

Automobile activities

Civic 5-door (EU model) WTCC image sketch

Honda has initiated discussions with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) for participation in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Planning to compete with the new 5-door Civic that will go on sale in Europe, Honda aims to enter the WTCC starting with the Race of Japan held at Suzuka Circuit in October 2012 and compete in all WTCC races in 2013.

In the Super GT Series, Honda will compete in the GT500 class with its HSV-010 GT with improved dynamic performance and aims to recapture the dual titles of both the driver’s and team’s championships by entering five teams and five racing machines. In the GT300 class, Honda will start competition with a CR-Z equipped with a racing hybrid system, supporting the racing activities of Team Mugen through a joint project with M-TEC Co., Ltd.

Honda will enter four teams in All-Japan Formula Nippon Championships and equip six cars with the 3.4-litre V-8 HR10E engine, now featuring even greater combustion efficiency while achieving greater power and improved fuel efficiency. These teams will battle to win back the dual titles of both driver’s and team’s championships.

In North America’s premier IndyCar® Series, Honda will supply the 2.2-litre V-6 HI12R turbo engine to 6 teams and 10 machines, as it seeks to win the engine manufacturer’s title. The Japanese driver Takuma Sato will race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the IndyCar® Series for his third season as well as compete selectively in Formula Nippon this season.

Overview of Motorcycle Racing Strategy – Road Races

FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Series – MotoGP class
Honda will compete again this year in the MotoGP class, the premier class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Series (WGP), our goals being to win all three championship titles—rider’s, team’s, and constructor’s titles—for the second year in a row. This year Honda will race the newly developed RC213V machines in line with the regulation change in the maximum engine displacement from 800 cc to 1000 cc.

RC213V #26 Dani Pedrosa

The Repsol Honda Team, the factory team, will enter the races with Casey Stoner, last season’s champion, and Dani Pedrosa. Two satellite teams with two riders will compete as well. Alvaro Bautista will represent Team San Carlo Honda Gresini, and Stefan Bradl, last year’s Moto2 class champion, will represent LCR Honda MotoGP.

Moto2 class
In Moto2 class, Honda will once again support the series as the sole official engine supplier. All machines for every team will be powered by a race engine developed exclusively for the Moto2 class, derived from the in-line 4-cylinder engine of the commercial CBR600RR supersports model.

In this class, Takaaki Nakagami, last season’s champion in the J-GP2 class of MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship Series, will join the race for the Italtrans Racing Team, while Yuki Takahashi, in his third season as a Moto2 class rider, will now compete for NGM Mobile Forward Racing. The Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot, also in his third Moto2 season, will now race for Gresini Racing Moto2.

Moto3 class
The Moto3 class has been established as a new WGP racing class this year. In response, Honda has developed the NSF250R, specifically for the Moto3 racing, which went on-sale last year. Moto3’s inaugural 2012 season will feature 13 Honda machines out of a total of 32 machines. Honda will support Kenta Fujii, last season’s J-GP3 champion of the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship Series, who will be the only Japanese rider in the class this year.

The former Moto3 class was for 125 cc class for machines equipped with 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines. New Moto3 regulations have been changed to compete with 4-stroke engines and having displacement of up to 250 cc.

FIM Endurance World Championship Series – Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race
To heighten the attraction of the 35th Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race, Honda plans to enter riders who are active in championship races around the world and in Japan, such as Jonathan Rea, who competes in the FIM World Superbike Championship Series (WSB), and Kosuke Akiyoshi, who currently competes in the MFJ All-Japan Road Racing Championship Series. These riders will come from veteran endurance race teams such as F.C.C. TSR Honda and MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.

FIM World Superbike Championship Series
The Honda World Superbike Team, supported by Honda Motor Europe Ltd. (HME), Honda’s local affiliate in Europe, will compete in the World Superbike Championship Series (WSB) with the CBR1000RR. The two riders on the team will be Jonathan Rea, racing for Honda in WSB, and Hiroshi Aoyama, who raced in MotoGP until last year.

FIM World Motocross Championship Series
Supported by Honda Motor Europe Ltd. (HME), Honda’s local subsidiary in Europe, the Honda World Motocross Team will enter the race with the CRF450R model in the MX1 class, the premier class of the FIM World Motocross Championship Series (WMX).

*MX1 includes engine displacements of 2-stroke/175cc–250cc and 4-stroke/290cc–450cc.

FIM World Trial Championship Series
Repsol Montesa Honda will compete again this year in the FIM World Trial Championship Series (WCT). Honda will run two Montesa COTA 4RTs equipped with 4-stroke engines. Two riders will compete; Toni Bou, the current five-year consecutive champion, and Takahisa Fujinami, the only Japanese rider in the series, who placed third last season.

Honda has its eyes on its sixth straight rider’s championship and its seventh straight manufacturer’s championship.

Overview of Automobile Racing Strategy

FIA World Touring Car Championship

Civic 5-door WTCC image sketch

Honda has decided to enter the world of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and has now initiated discussions with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) for participation in the race. Honda aims to enter the WTCC competition with the Civic 5-door model that will be sold in the European market, beginning with the Race of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in October 2012 and will then race in all WTCC races in 2013. This Civic 5-door model will be a 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbo engine featuring direct injection to comply with FIA regulation. The Automobile R&D Center of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. will develop the engine, while M-TEC Co., Ltd. will be in charge of manufacturing and maintenance. J.A.S. Motorsports of Italy, will be responsible for vehicle body development and manufacturing, as well as the team’s operations.

SUPER GT – GT500 class
In the GT500 class, Honda will continue to race using the HSV-010 GT with improved dynamic performance in its quest to recapture the dual titles of both driver’s and team‘s championships. Five vehicles in five different teams will compete again this season. As before, the machine is being developed under the Honda GT Project by the Automobile R&D Center of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in cooperation with M-TEC Co., Ltd. and Dome Co., Ltd. Carrying the flag for Autobacs Racing Team Aguri will be Ralph Firman, a Super GT champion driver, while Carlo van Dam, the 2008 champion of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship, will compete for Weider Honda Racing in the GT 500 class of Super GT.

SUPER GT – GT300 class

CR-Z Super GT/ GT300 image sketch

Starting this year, Honda will enter the GT300 class with a CR-Z equipped with a racing hybrid system, and through a joint project with M-TEC Co., Ltd. Honda will support the racing activities of TEAM MUGEN, which plans to enter GT300 from Round 4 (Sportsland SUGO). The development driver will be Hideki Mutoh, who has competed in the IndyCar® Series and the GT500 class of SUPER GT.

Japanese Championship Formula Nippon
Aiming to win the title with teams entering machines powered by Honda engines, Honda will equip four teams and six cars with the 3.4-litre V-8 HR10E engine through Japan Race Promotion Co., Ltd.

Takuma Sato, who will race in the entire IndyCar® Series this year, will also compete selectively in Formula Nippon.

Developing talent: Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP)
For developing racing talent, Honda directs the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP), which focuses on discovering and cultivating young, skilled drivers to be active in motorsports. For this season, Honda will support a total of six drivers, two drivers competing in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship Series and four drivers competing in the Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ), a junior formula car race.

Japanese Formula 3 Championship Series
For this season, Honda will support racers Tomoki Nojiri in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship Series (the former C class) and Kazuki Hiramine in the F3N class.

Formula Challenge Japan
For the purposes of “discovery and cultivation of young, skilled drivers to be active on the world stage”, Honda will continuously support the Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ)*, a junior formula car race, together with two other automakers. As part of its ongoing participation in FCJ, Honda will support the participation of four drivers through training scholarships.

*Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ): This junior formula car race was founded in 2006 through the cooperation of three automakers: Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The concept places its focus on the discovery and cultivation of young, skilled drivers to be active on the world stage and developing talent who can help spread the foundation of Japanese motorsports and support future growth.

Developing talent: Suzuka Circuit Racing School (SRS)
Seeking to develop riders and drivers who will become formidable contenders on the global motorsports stage, Mobilityland Corporation operates its own racing schools: the Suzuka Circuit Racing School Junior (SRS-J) for motorcycles and the Suzuka Circuit Racing School Kart (SRS-K) and Suzuka Circuit Racing School Formula (SRS-F) for automobiles. Top-notch riders and drivers provide guidance at these schools as instructors. The Suzuka Circuit Racing School has produced competitive racers for the MotoGP and Formula One Grand Prix. Many graduates have been active in numerous motorcycle and automobile racing categories both inside Japan and overseas. Racers in training who demonstrate excellent results at SRS-F will receive training scholarships for their participation in Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ), a race category for stepping up onto higher level competition.
Main Honda Teams and Drivers in Overseas Championship Races

IndyCar® Series
Starting this year, multiple manufacturers will be suppliers of engines for the IndyCar® Series. Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will equip six teams and ten machines with its 2.2-litre V-6 HI12R turbo engine as it gears up for capturing the engine manufacturer’s title.

Takuma Sato, the only Japanese driver, will compete for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in his third season of the IndyCar® Series.

American Le Mans Series (ALMS), FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
In the LMP1 classof ALMS this year, Honda will supply the ARX-03a chassis developed by HPD and a 3.4-litre V8 LM-V8 engine to support CytoSport / Muscle Milk Racing team. In the LMP2 class, Honda will supply the 2.8-litre HR 28TT V6 twin turbo engine and the ARX-03b chassis to the Level 5 Motorsports team, and will supply the HR 28TT V6 to the Black Swan Racing® team as well.

The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) which includes the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans) will make its debut this year. HPD will continue its support for the participation of the Strakka Racing and JRM Racing teams in the LMP1 class by equipping them with the ARX-03a chassis and the LM-V8 engines.

WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme

WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme

Marine Protected Area Photographic Survey:
South Africa is blessed with some of the most diverse coastline and oceans in the world. These harbor a vast array of differing habitats and associated species between the warm Agulhas Current on the east coast and the cold Benguela Current on the west coast of South Africa. We are additionally blessed to have a fairly good network of 21 coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs – Branch: Oceans & Coasts has also committed to proclaiming additional MPA’s in habitats which are currently un-protected or un-represented, such as the Namaqualand Coast and off-shore areas.

While we have this excellent commitment and good representation within the 21 MPA’s, the public is generally unaware and unsupportive of these important areas. For example, people are aware of the plight of the rhino but yet generally unaware that many of our marine species are just as much at risk and in some cases even more so than the rhino’s.

Globally renowned underwater photographer, Thomas Peschak and Peter Chadwick, also an internationally recognized wildlife and conservation photographer and manager of the WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme have started working together with the Department of Environmental Affairs – Branch: Oceans and Coasts on an exciting three year project. This project will collect photographic images of these protected areas in a manner that showcases their uniqueness, specialness and importance both from a biodiversity perspective but also from a human dimensions perspective.  These images will be used as a resource to increase support and awareness for South Africa’s Marine Protected Area’s.  Over the time period each MPA will be visited and the iconic images will be used in a variety of materials that makes us all proud to support our marine heritage.

Since the projects inception over the last two months, Peter and Tom have visited the Namaqualand Coastline, Malgas Island, De Hoop Marine Protected Area and Table Mountain MPA and they look forward to expanding this list as the year progresses. Below is just a small selection of some of the photos taken to date:

WWF-SA’s marine programme works to ensure that there is adequate protection of our marine resources and environments. This is achieved through facilitating the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as well as promoting a sustainable fisheries industry in South Africa through initiatives such as the WWF SASSI (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) programme and the Responsible Fisheries Alliance.


Boating Tip for the Month

Heavy Weather Boat Handling

Always best to keep one step ahead of a following sea PHOTO: Paul Weavers

Boat Handling Under Adverse Conditions
Some of the most challenging conditions you may encounter as a skipper are the adverse conditions of “Heavy Weather.” The size of your boat does not have much to do with its seaworthiness. How it will handle adverse conditions is more or less built in during the design and construction. You should never use your boat for anything other than for what it was designed and its intended use. Don’t venture into waters or weather conditions which are beyond your boat’s design capabilities.
What may seem heavy weather to an inexperienced boater may not bother a seasoned and weather-wise skipper at all. The body of water on which you operate has a lot to do with how severe the conditions may get. While operating on deep and large bodies of water, wave action tends to build more slowly than on large waters that are more shallow. In deep waters, wind action may only cause moderate seas with slow, rolling swells, while in shallower waters that same wind force may make steep, breaking seas.

Know Your Boat
Handling your boat in heavy weather is as individual as the skipper himself. No two boats react exactly the same in the same sea conditions. Each hull design reacts differently to the sea variables – and even two boats with the same design may act differently depending on their load and trim. Every skipper must learn the idiosyncrasies of his own boat and know how it will react as conditions change.

Meeting Head Seas
In moderate seas you should be able to slow your speed in order to ride up and over the waves rather than driving the bow into them. You also don’t want to get to the top and the wave and fall off the back side burying the bow. If conditions get worse, slow down until you are making bare steerage way and hold your boat at an angle of 45° to the swells.

The more you reduce speed, the less strain will be put on the hull and superstructure. Continued pounding can pop out or break ports and windows. You really don’t want to see how much water can come in a 12″ porthole.

Running in the Trough
If your course dictates that you are running in the direction of the trough of waves (parallel to them) you must take extra caution. As your boat bounces up and down from trough to trough it may roll excessively and possibly dangerously.

In these conditions in a powerboat, it is best to change course and make a series of tacks, taking the wind and waves at a 45° angle, first broad on your bow and then broad on your quarter. This zig-zag course should leave your boat in the trough for only long enough to turn. You want to minimize the time that you are in the trough and broad side to the swell to prevent broaching.

Running Before the Sea
When the swells are coming from directly behind you, running before them can be difficult. Your boat’s stern can be swept up and pushed to one side or another. You want to make sure that you keep the stern perpendicular to the oncoming seas.

Another concern is when lifted up by heavy seas the boat tends to rush down the slope from the crest to the trough. Occasionally with the stern high, the propeller can come out of the water and race. The rudder also may lose contact with the water flow and be left useless. Again, the boat may yaw to one side and broach into the trough.

Another concern is sliding down the wave at a speed that buries the bow, and with the stern still being pushed up the possibility of pitch-poling exists. You might also want to try tacking before the seas, again taking the swells off one quarter and then the other. This is where you might consider a drogue. Towing a drogue helps slow your speed when running before the seas and can make controlling the stern in the proper position easier for the helmsman.

Heaving To
If conditions become so violent that you and your boat are taking too much punishment, you might consider heaving to. This manoeuvre, which varies by type of boat, is designed to keep the bow into or slightly off the wind and wave action.

In a power boat, forget your intended destination and bring the bow around into the wind and waves using just enough power to make bare steerage way while conserving fuel. If fuel becomes a concern you might consider deploying a sea anchor to fall back on to help keep the bow into wind and wave action with no power necessary. It also slows any drift that you may be making if a leeshore is a concern.
Above all your best bet is to avoid severe weather, but if you can’t you should be prepared. This is a subject that should be approached with as many sources of reference as possible. The information provided here should not be relied on solely and is meant to only give an overview of the topic. You should read books about heavy weather boat handling and you should view videos on the subject – you should also practice the manoeuvres in light to moderate seas.



Product News

Honda BF135 and BF150: Exclusive Designs and Advanced Technology
Honda Marine’s BF135 and BF150 horsepower (hp) outboards set the stage for a new generation of marine engine technology. Featuring advanced in-line four-cylinder architecture, they draw from decades of Honda automotive and racing experience.

Based on the same reliable automotive engine that powers the Honda Accord, CR-V, and Element, the BF135 and BF150 are designed for efficiency and reliability. The pair offers a unique set of features designed to provide exceptional power and reliability with less noise than other engines in their class. Additionally, low fuel consumption and reduced maintenance over time minimize the overall cost of ownership.

Falcon 7.6m powered by twin Honda BF150's PHOTO: Paul Weavers

Honda BF150

The 2.4L, in-line 4-cylinder BF150 boasts Honda’s exclusive Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC™); Lean Burn Control and Three Way Cooling Systems; Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and the exclusive Dual Stage Induction System.

Honda BF150

Derived from racing and first appearing on the Acura NSX sports car, VTEC™ utilizes mild cam lobes to operate the intake valves at low rpm, and then engages a high-output lobe for high-rpm operation. The resulting boost in available power provides outstanding mid-range acceleration.

Honda’s exclusive Lean Burn Control automatically adjusts the engine’s air/fuel mix according to speed and load, maximizing fuel efficiency in “cruise mode.” Additionally, a top-mounted oxygen (O2) sensor partners with the engine command system to deliver optimal fuel economy under any conditions. To ensure long term durability, Honda engineers designed the first individually-controlled cylinder cooling system for outboard engines – Three Way Cooling. The system reduces engine heat by allowing the cylinder head to run slightly cooler than the engine block, greatly reducing engine wear.

Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) create added valve lift and greater air flow for higher horsepower, while the engine’s roller/rocker arms generate less friction and wear, resulting in longer engine life. Unlike traditional DOHC designs, Honda valves are easy to adjust and contain no trial-and-error bucket shims.

An exclusive Dual Stage Induction System uses a plenum chamber with twin butterfly valves for low-speed driveability and high-speed performance. At low speeds, air passes through a long intake runner for increased low-end torque. At engine speeds greater than 3,500 rpm, shutter valves open to shorten the air’s path and boost airflow for increased available horsepower. While other four-stroke engines use long intake manifolds to deliver air to the cylinder head, Honda’s innovative design maximizes combustion efficiency.

Finally, the BF150 features a 2.14:1 gear ratio, and a belt-driven 51-amp alternator that offers the best charging in its class. An engine oil cooler, stainless steel components, and a patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System help to create an extremely reliable and rugged power plant.

Honda BF135

Honda BF135

Similar to the BF150, the powerful, compact, 2.4 litre BF135 boasts Lean Burn Control and Three-Way Cooling Systems; Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) Technology and Dual Stage Induction to make it unbeatable in its class.

Like its 150hp sibling, the BF135 engine uses Multi-Port Programmed Fuel Injection to deliver a precise amount of air/fuel to each cylinder under all operating speeds and conditions. This translates to quick starts, instant throttle response, powerful performance, and low fuel consumption.

Honda BF135 with the cowling off

The BF150 and BF135 are available in 20- and 25-inch shaft lengths. All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 3-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.

Honda Marine pioneered four-stroke engine technology, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda’s outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles.

Honda BF135 powering a Pontoon boat

Technical Specifications: Honda Marine BF135

TYPE Four-Stroke In-line 4-Cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 2,354 cc (144 cubic in)
BORE & STROKE 87 x 99 mm (3.4 x 3.9 in)
FUEL DELIVERY Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection
IGNITION SYSTEM Microcomputer Controlled
ALTERNATOR 51 amp (756 watt)
TRIM RANGE -4° to +16°

(L) 508 mm / 20 in

(X) 635 mm / 25 in

(L) 220 kg / 485 lbs

(X) 223 kg / 492 lbs

Technical Specifications: Honda Marine BF150

TYPE Four-Stroke In-line 4-Cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 2,354 cc (144 cubic in)
BORE & STROKE 87 x 99 mm (3.4 x 3.9 in)
FUEL DELIVERY Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection
IGNITION SYSTEM Microcomputer Controlled
ALTERNATOR 51 amp (756 watt)
TRIM RANGE -4° to +16°

(L) 508 mm / 20 in

(X) 635 mm / 25 in

(L) 220 kg / 485 lbs

(X) 223 kg / 492 lbs