The latest acquisition of two new BF250 four-stroke Honda outboard motors by Ocean Odyssey , Knysna’s only permitted Whale Watching and Marine Eco Tour company, means that all their vessels are now completely powered by Honda.
Last year they fitted the BF200hp Honda motors on their newly refurbished Buttcat and they have been more than pleased with the motors’ performance thus far. Onwards and upwards, they decided to step it up a notch with the BF250 model, which has garnered rave reviews from across the board with its engineering and clean technology prowess.
The BF250 Honda has a range of pretty awesome specs, such as “boosted low speed torque, which improves acceleration at low speeds, giving Ocean Odyssey skippers navigating the often dynamic opening of the Knysna Estuary on a daily basis a serious advantage.
Renowned for their environmentally conscious technology, Honda outboard motors also deliver ultra-low emissions and improved fuel economy, the latter of which is an important financial concern for any business. These features are particularly important for Ocean Odyssey, an advocate for maintaining the integrity of the marine environment within which they operate. At cruising speed, this engine uses up to 30% less fuel than other outboard motors in its class; a notable plus for our fragile environment.
Another spec they love is the unobtrusive noise of the motor. The ingeniously designed variable air intake system includes a silencer, which means when Ocean Odyssey is viewing the magnificent marine animals during their tours, they are doing so quietly, minimising any impact they may have on the animals and avoiding any change of the animal’s natural behaviour.