Honda BF175/BF200/BF225 outboards offering world-class performance, reliability and durability

Twin Honda BF225's powering the NSRI rescue RIB in Port Alfred

Honda’s BF175, BF200 and BF225, with powerful large-displacement 3.5L V6 engines, provide boaters with some of the most technologically advanced outboard power available. Based on the proven technologly found in Honda’s automotive engines and incorporating exclusive marine technologies, these revolutionary, high performance outboards deliver superior torque, top-end speed and overall world-class reliability and durability in a narrow, balanced 60° ‘V’ profile powerplant.

Packed with power, the BF175, BF200 and BF225 incorporate Honda’s revolutionary Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST™) air/ fuel ratio and ignition-timing technology, and lean burn control to deliver powerful acceleration together with outstanding fuel economy during cruising. A high-performance gear case further contributes to the V6 engine series’ impressive acceleration and top-end speed.

The BF225 is also equipped with Variable Valve Timing and 
Lift Electronic Control (VTEC™) – the same system Honda uses in its racing technology, sports cars and other motor vehicles. VTEC™ ensures smooth, stable idling, while the increased valve lift at high rpm broadens the torque curve and provides incredible top- end power. All three engines are NMEA2000 compliant which allows the motors to be interfaced with on board CANbus networks. This allows engine management data to be displayed on existing NMEA2000 compatible multi function electronic equipment such as Chartplotters and Fishfinders.

Honda’s exclusive Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and lean burn control systems, optimise the air/fuel mixture to ensure maximum performance out of every drop.

Honda’s Variable Air Intake system controls the volume and velocity of air in the combustion chamber, making cruising as smooth as it is enjoyable. The use of linear rubber mounts, combined with innovative design features that
 see the flywheel positioned below the powerhead, ensures vibration levels are extremely low.

Honda BF200HP outboard engine


60° V6 3.5L. A powerful, compact, 24-valve SOHC design. Lacking the bulk and weight of long intake runners and multi-camshafts, the narrow V6 design ensures superior performance and durability based on Honda’s automotive engineering excellence.

VTEC™ delivers more power,
torque and efficiency at every speed.

At 4500rpm, a special high-lift cam engages to provide more air (increased valve opening) into the combustion chamber to produce more power.

VTEC™ and Dual Stage Induction work to produce a longer, flatter torque profile: the ultimate in fine-tuned performance. [VTEC™: BF225 only]

Hole shot and acceleration is significantly improved by MBT* trace control (ignition timing). *MBT – Minimum advance for Best Torque.

Advanced ignition timing develops more horsepower at low rpm to get the hull up on the plane quicker. Super-strong acceleration with rapid advancement of the throttle.

This patented technology pioneers a new age in 4-stroke outboard engines and will be the benchmark for future Honda engine designs.

Inclusion of lean burn control
 offers further improved consumption in cruising mode versus comparable 4-strokes and reduced running costs for boat users.

Honda BF175HP

NMEA2000 compliancy allows
 the engine to communicate with
onboard marine electronics to deliver a wide-range of information to head-unit displays. When networked with a Garmin or Lowrance NMEA2000 device, for example, engine data such as speed, rpm, temperature, fuel usage and other data can be displayed on the unit’s screen.


Getting away from it all at the Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape

Vanderkloof Dam

Every month we’ll be bringing you some insights into South Africa’s best boating destinations, hopefully giving you and your family the opportunity to experience these exciting, yet sometimes isolated and hidden away boating meccas. Here we take a closer look at the Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape which is the second biggest dam in South Africa, with the highest dam wall at 108 metres, and a span of 765 metres. The Vanderkloof Dam plays an important role in providing water for irrigation to more than
100 000 hectares of productive agricultural land, but it’s also a playground for watersports enthusiasts.
When the dam is full, the shoreline is 100km long, and the dam is perfect for angling and most watersports, including sailing, waterskiing, and windsurfing. Dam tours can be taken, to explain the workings of the dam and convey some of its history. There is a hydro-electric power station (one of only two in the country) built within the dam wall which can also be visited by appointment. The pretty town of Vanderkloof, at the head of the dam, sprouted up when the dam was built, and is popular with visitors.
The Vanderkloof Holiday Resort is a great place to camp or stay in a chalet next to the dam, especially if you want to spend as much time as possible on the water. At the resort there is a good place to launch your boat and enough space for docking. On the north western shore is the 6 200ha Rolfontein Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, Burchell’s zebra, white rhinoceros, kudu, springbok, grey duiker, bat-eared fox, baboon, vervet monkey, aardvark and aardwolf.
Further south is the Doornkloof Nature Reserve. The Doornkloof Nature Reserve is a 9 388 hectare area that also incorporates a section of the Seekoei River, regarded as an important tributary of the Orange River. It is a particularly scenic reserve with an amazingly mountainous landscape and a consequent collection of deep, shady kloofs grown over with olive, buffalo-thorn and sweet thorn trees. Mammals like the mountain reedbuck, buffalo, eland, kudu, the lurking brown hyena, the bat-eared fox and even the odd hedgehog and some 173 bird species including 19 raptors, are often spotted here.

Doornkloof Nature Reserve is wonderful for hiking. There is a two to three day hiking trail, but hikers can also apply to walk anywhere in the reserve and either sleep in the hiking hut provided, or anywhere in the veld. There are basic camping facilities available, and there are also picnic and braai areas on the Seekoei River bank at Roodewal.

Should you wish to make a booking please contact Vanderkloof Holiday Resort on Tel.: 053 664 0198 or visit the website:



Apex Shark Expeditions very pleased with the overall operating efficiency of their new Honda BF250’s

Honda BF250-powered Apex Expeditions photographing an Orca Killer Whale called Mannemerak. PHOTO: Dave Hurwitz

Apex Shark Expeditions is a commercial shark tour operator that recently upgraded to the new Honda BF250HP 4-stroke engines. A spokesman for Apex Shark Expeditions had the following to say on their new Honda BF250’s: “We find them to be fuel efficient, extremely quiet and with very little smoke emission. The engines easily power our 35ft vessel to a top speed of 32 knots.”

“We have recently added the new cowlings and will keep you updated on how the engines are performing. Overall, we’re very pleased with our new Honda engines and the service backup from the local dealer, namely Honda Marine Somerset West.”

Apex Shark Expeditions is based in Simon’s Town and these Honda BF250’s are powering their immaculate 35 foot G-Cat called ‘White Pointer 2’ which had previously been powered by a pair of Honda BF225’s.

A Great White Shark checking things out... PHOTO: Monique Fallows

Apex Shark Expeditions’ founders, Chris and Monique Fallows, are wildlife naturalists who are passionate about sharks and who try and provide people with shark encounters which are as natural as possible. They established Apex Shark Expeditions back in 2000, choosing Simon’s Town as their base due to its proximity to oceanic areas that provide the best shark cage diving in the world. Spending up to 150 days per annum at sea working with a variety of shark species, they need outboard engines that offer performance, reliability and fuel efficiency, and certainly from the feedback that’s exactly what they got.

For more information on what Apex Shark Expeditions has to offer go to:



Honda Marine Knysna appointed as Garden Route agents for Bennington

Benningtons are renowned for their top quality and attention to detail

More and more people are looking at a pontoon boat as a highly versatile means of getting on the water. You can carry lots of family and friends, up to 12 people on the bigger models, you can fit a large Honda horsepower outboard and get truly surprising performance, you can waterski, fish or simply just cruise around and then anchor up and have a dinner party at a unique location. At the forefront of the pontoon boat surge is Bennington Marine in the USA whose quality and attention to detail is unsurpassed, what’s more you can now order one through Dave Hoets and his Honda Marine Knysna team.

Bennington country

With Honda Marine Knysna having now been given the Bennington agency for Knysna and the Garden Route as a whole, you can now order any one of 52 potential floor plan options in various trim levels, styles and lengths. In addition with literally hundreds of available options, you can essentially customize a Bennington to fit your specific lifestyle.
Just a look under or around any Bennington pontoon boat will quickly verify the absolute focus on superior craftsmanship and quality. Using only proven construction techniques and the highest quality materials, the boat builders at Bennington don’t even know what a construction short-cut is. Bennington pontoons are the most solid, quiet riding boats on the water backed by the best warranty in the industry.
For more information on Bennington pontoon boats, the options available and to review a multitude of product videos, check out their website at:



Honda CR-V to the Glacier Bay’s rescue

Never fear there's a Honda CR-V near!

On completion of Honda Marine Somerset West’s just-arrived-in-SA Glacier Bay 2780 sea trials, dealer principal Jeremy Barnes had organized for their usual towing contractor to recover the boat, but it was a bridge too far for the tow truck which was unable to pull her up the slip and out of the water. Andre Bloemhoff of Honda Marine Somerset West believed that their Honda CR-V was up to the task, and so hooked up a line from the CR-V to the truck, and promptly pulled both the truck and the Glacier Bay 2780 out of the water without a hint of a fuss. So the next time you need some extra towing power, just phone a friend who owns a Honda CR-V!



Honda Marine Somerset West unveils awesome Glacier Bay 2780

The Glacier Bay 2780 in the Honda Marine Somerset West showroom

Western Cape dealer, Honda Marine Somerset West, in conjunction with Powercat Group, the South African importers of World Cat and Glacier Bay boats, has just unveiled an impressive Glacier Bay 2780 at a gala function at their dealership. As a displacement hull she offers an unrivalled ride and is gentle on the environment, requiring only a pair of Honda BF150HP engines to propel her to a very respectable cruising speed.
The legendary Glacier Bay holds no less than 4 world records (view here: she’s as beautiful as she is capable, offering finishes and comfort which are both world class and will also accommodate a family comfortably.

For more information, please do not hesitate in contacting Jeremy or Andre at Honda Marine Somerset West on Tel.: 021 851 7710.



A remarkable man called Honda (from the Observer Newspaper archive, 16 June 1963)

A remarkable man called Honda

Just 10 years ago in 1953, a Japanese businessman on a machine-tool shopping expedition to England decided to attend the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races. He was shocked by what he saw. His own company – Honda – was at that time turning out a 250cc machine called the “Dream”, which developed 13 horsepower; the equivalent 250cc British machines competing in TT events gave 36hp. The realisation of the difference between the two was a turning point in Soichiro Honda’s career. When he returned to Japan, he immediately established a research department with the sole aim of producing a machine that could compete with the world’s best in Grand Prix racing.

Honda CR110

By the end of last week’s Manx TT races, Honda had scooped up a first and a third in the 250cc class and a first in the 350cc. Incidentally, he had also become the world’s biggest manufacturer of motorcycles. Early this month, the company started pilot production in Belgium. After only seven months of selling in Britain, Honda claims it has 40% of the 50cc market.

Mike Hailwood ridng a Honda CR110 on the Isle of Man

Soichiro Honda is the new Japanese tycoon: self-made, determined, with a touch of genius. He and men like Konosuke Matsushita of Matshushita Electric and Masaru Ibuka of the Sony Corporation are as different from the semi-feudal bureaucrats of the prewar zaibatsu cartel as today’s Japanese economy is from prewar days.

Honda is 57, son of a blacksmith, and left school to be apprenticed to a garage in Tokyo. He says that he’s been obsessed with speed ever since he can remember. Honda’s early days after the war could hardly have been less impressive. He went into the motorcycle business in 1948 when he bought 2,000 surplus Japanese army petrol motors and fitted them on to the crossbars of ordinary bicycle frames.

As sales boomed, he incorporated the Honda Motor Company with a capital of £1,000 to begin full-scale motorcycle manufacturing.

After the Isle of Man revelation, Honda scrapped his old two-stroke engines and developed a four-stroke, knowing that if he could give them a reputation in the racing world he would be able to develop his export markets. It took four years before he won his first major event in Japan.

All Honda’s success has been built on sophistications of production techniques. His plants are more like watch factories than mass-production machinery plants. The entire purchasing, production and distribution systems are so integrated that plants have no stockpiles of finished products or raw materials. Each day’s production moves directly from factory to dealer.

The company’s 6,000 employees are among the highest paid in Japan. The average monthly wage is £26.13s (plus two annual bonuses and fringe benefits) compared with a nation-wide average of £23.06s. In common with other big Japanese firms, Honda is firmly paternalistic. Supplying housing, medical care and holiday resorts to its workers at nominal cost. The workers own 30% of the stock (Honda himself owns 10%) and two out of three own either a car or a motorcycle – far above the Japanese average.

Honda spends most of his time at a new £1.5m research centre. Spread over 26 acres, near the Saitama plant, where innovation goes on round the clock. The company spends an average £150,000 a month on research, which is one of the biggest research budgets in Japan. Much of it is directed at repeating Honda’s success with motorcycles in other fields.

Honda is planning to market sports cars designed to attract teenage sports car enthusiasts in the United States. Conscious of the Grand Prix successes in promoting motorcycle sales, Honda is now engaged in a crash programme to develop a Formula II racing car with which he expects to surprise the racing world next year.

And more is on the way. Honda will announce its entry into the light plane market soon. The company has developed a plane which is expected to take a substantial share of the market now dominated by the United States.

It plans to establish a chain of private flying fields and aero clubs around Japan – eventually expanding abroad – which will give sales a practical, promotional boost. In the same way, the company has been busily creating interest in motorcycles by building Techniland parks throughout Japan, with racing tracks, hill-climbing facilities and novelty rides to keep the children happy – all employing Honda products.

A racing circuit has been built at Suzuka and Japan’s first Grand Prix car race was held there in May this year. Nineteen of the world’s top racing drivers were invited (at Honda’s expense) to compete.

The Honda Motor Company is in a strong financial position by Japanese standards. Its capital has increased from £1,000 in 1948 to £9.9m in 1963 and its profits have never fallen below 20% cent of the paid-up capital.

(This is an edited extract)



Honda tribute to biking legend

John McGuinness paying tribute to Joey Dunlop

ISLE OF MAN – To mark the 30th anniversary of Joey’s Dunlop first Isle of Man TT win with Honda his former team mate and Honda TT Legends rider John McGuinness contested the June 2, 2013, Superbike race in tribute Dunlop livery. Dunlop died in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2000 while leading a 125cc race. He apparently lost control of his bike in wet conditions and was killed on impact with trees.

Watch a video tribute:

The red-and-black Joey Dunlop/Honda Britain design on the Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade and McGuinness’s leathers is based on what Dunlop wore for his final Isle of Man TT in 2000.

John McGuinness paying tribute to Joey Dunlop

The tribute is part of a weekend-long celebration by Honda that paid homage to the “King of the Road”. The manufacturer also hosted a gala dinner with special guest appearances by Dunlop’s former team mates Ron Haslam, Roger Marshall, Roger Burnett, Carl Fogarty, Phillip McCallen, Michael Rutter and John McGuinness as well as his wife Linda Dunlop and nephews Michael and William Dunlop.

Honda (UK) racing manager Neil Tuxworth said: “There are a few reasons why we decided to celebrate the life and times of Joey Dunlop. First of all he is Honda’s longest-standing factory rider – he rode for us longer than any other rider in any championship in Honda’s history – and on top of that he won five World championships and 26 TT races, 24 of which were on Honda machines.

John McGuinness in action

“It was in 1983 that Dunlop secured his first TT win with Honda so 2013 marks the 30th anniversary and it seemed the perfect time to honour him and his career achievements.”

John McGuinness said: “It’s an honour to be asked to take part in the tribute to Joey. He was and still is the most famous road racer of all time and although it’s 30 years since his first Honda win he’ll never be forgotten.

“Seeing the tribute design for the first time brought back all the memories of being Joey’s team mate. It’s an iconic design and he just looked so cool so it’s going to be pretty special getting to wear it in his memory.”



High-Access survey Robot co-developed by Honda begins work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

High-Access Survey Robot during a demonstration

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have jointly developed a remotely controlled survey robot that will conduct on-site surveys on the first floor of a nuclear reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Its primary function will be to determine the state of the structures in both high and narrow areas. This newly-developed survey robot will begin working inside the reactor building as of this month.

The survey robot was developed to specifically investigate the actual conditions inside the reactor building based on information provided by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). AIST developed the high-area accessible crawler work platform and Honda developed the survey-performing robot arm which is installed on top of the platform.

High-Access Survey Robot

In developing the survey-performing robot arm, Honda applied the following technologies which were originally developed for ASIMO, Honda’s humanoid robot:

  • Technologies that enable a 3D display of structures surrounding the subject of the survey using a 3D point cloud (a group of vertices in a coordinated system)
  • A control system that enables the simultaneous control of multiple joints
  • Control technologies which enable the robot arm to absorb the impact when it makes physical contact with surrounding structures

With these technologies, the newly developed robot arm can easily approach hard-to-see objects that are behind other objects in a structurally-complex environment in the reactor building by applying simultaneous control on multiple joints. When approaching the objects, the robot uses a zoom camera, laser range finder and dosimeter located at the tip of the arm to confirm detailed images, collect 3D data and identify the source of radiation.

For the high-area accessible crawler work platform to function properly, a low centre of gravity was required to enhance the stability of the robot, whilst AIST applied its various remote control technologies and ingeniously positioned camera, lights, laser marker and other devices, enabling it to be remotely controlled via 400-meter fibre-optic wired LAN and wireless LAN.

High-Access Survey Robot - from compact unit to fully extended

Moreover, Honda and AIST jointly developed an intuitive remote-control interface. Using this interface, the operator can control the robot from a remote location such as the Main Anti-earthquake Building and allow the robot to manouevre in dark and narrow places in the reactor building. Once the robot reaches a target spot, the mast can be extended to survey areas as high as seven meters without hitting the robot arm against surrounding structures.

Key specifications:

1. Length              1.8m

2. Width                  0.8m

3. Height                1.8m (while being transported/traveling)

4. Maximum reach (height)              7.0m

5. Weight               Approximately 1,100kg

6. Robot arm        Length: 1.7m, DOF: 11

7. Travel capability              Maximum travel speed: 2km/h

Maximum allowable incline: 15 degrees (front/back), 20 degrees (sideways)

Maximum allowable bumps: 60mm in height

While making progress in the development of ASIMO, a humanoid robot that can be helpful to people while co-existing with people in their daily lives, Honda also has been studying and researching the possibility of using humanoid robots at disaster sites. Following the development of this survey-performing robot arm, Honda will accelerate the development of humanoid robots also designed for use in response to disasters, including the prevention and mitigation of damage caused by a disaster.

Survey Robot's operational arm

In reaction to the Great East Japan Earthquake, AIST has been supporting recovery efforts in various forms including surveying the situation of underground seawater seepage in areas affected by the tsunami, leading the Kesennuma Kizuna Project, conducting and supporting radiation measurement and decontamination, and volume reduction of plant-based radioactive cesium. AIST will continue utilizing primarily its robotic technologies to contribute to the efforts to decommission the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.



Top Gear and Honda team up

Top Gear joining forces with Honda

Top Gear and Honda have teamed up to tackle a motorsports speed record. No, it’s not a car-based record. Nor is it a truck, van, or even a motorcycle. Instead, we’re dealing with the type of vehicle that’s normally relegated to slow speeds… and trimming the grass. That’s right, it’s a lawnmower. Since we’re talking about Top Gear though, you can expect this to be one that’s been modified for a bit more speed and power.

The current lawnmower speed record is 96.5 miles per hour and it’s held by a fuel additive company called Gold Eagle. Honda and Top Gear are aiming quite a bit higher with a goal speed of 130 miles per hour/ 210km/h. To hit that target, the mower has been extensively modified. Its engine has been swapped out for the unit from one of the manufacturers motorcycles, and the tyres appear to have been snagged from one of its ATVs.

A Honda motorcycle engine is being used as the power source

This mega mower also still needs to be able to cut grass. In order to accomplish that, the team had to attach brake cables to the underside to act as the blades since the original cutting equipment would no longer bolt up. How fast will it take to cut the lawn once this thing rolls out of the workshed? Well, early estimates peg the acceleration figure at 0-60 miles per hour in around four seconds.

“There’s no scientific reason why we asked Honda to build this,” said Piers Ward, senior road tester at Top Gear Magazine. “The grass needed mowing and everything on the market seemed a bit slow. Why take an hour to mow a football pitch when you can do it in five minutes?”

Sounds like a typical Top Gear project and why not? We’ll keep you informed of developments.



My Journey – Where has your Honda taken you?

Nothing like getting away from the madding crowd!

Honda Motor Southern Africa has just launched the exciting new ‘My Journey – Where has your Honda taken you?’ campaign. Inspired by the epic journey of Jon Hancock who spent 8 years driving his 1989 Honda Civic around the world with the ultimate goal of driving it back from his home in Bristol, England to the factory where it was built in Suzuka, Japan. It’s a story of adventure, human experience and of making dreams come true, where Jon’s Honda Civic is the star of the show having taken him through 25 different countries, across ice roads, through deserts and down bustling city streets. Above all his tale totally embodies Honda’s underlying concept of ‘The Power of Dreams’.  Check out Jon’s journey at:

Another road trip is calling you...

Climbing that mountain with your reliable Honda generator...

But Jon’s Journey is only the beginning, there must be many stories of people making epic, special or adventurous journeys using Honda products, whether that be travelling five continents on a motorcycle, navigating a powerboat or climbing a mountain with the aid of a generator. It could just be that day or weekend trip where you and your Honda undertook or experienced a special journey.

Giving a whole new meaning to boat cruising!

Awesome prizes are on offer, so to enter the global campaign please share your ‘My Journey’ images, together with a brief story, a map (if relevant) and a Video link (if available) by tweeting #myjourney. Sign up to Twitter and get more entry information at:

You can also send the same ‘My Journey’ images and information to: for potential inclusion in this Newsletter, giving you the opportunity to win additional local prizes. We look forward to hearing from you…