Fifty years have passed since Honda launched its first outboard engine. Since then, Honda has insisted on toughness, high fuel economy and clean performance in all of its marine products. To build a brand that is trusted around the world, Honda has always responded to the needs of the times and accepted the challenge of developing and offering the most advanced outboard engines available. On this beautiful planet filled with water, people in every type of aquatic environment are taking on challenges and pursuing dreams with Honda as an ally. Meet three such customers, one from Japan and two from the UK. Taking inspiration from their stories, Honda continues to offer practical products that bring joy to more and more people around the world.
"I worked to perfect every detail of this mahogany boat to make my customers' dream a reality. I put a tremendous amount of time and effort into completing it, which I believe my customers will truly appreciate. I designed and built the SANO24-RUNABOUT specifically with the Honda BF225 in mind. Why Honda? Honda outboard engines have an elegance that harmonizes perfectly with my boats. The shapely body line that goes from the propeller to the top of the outboard... The form that encases the V6 engine... The BF225 doesn't just look good to the person in the pilot's seat. It's also the perfect match for the round tail of the boat as seen from behind.
"The performance of the BF225 is extremely refined. I want my boats to look great whether they are going fast or slow. Since the BF225 has a VTEC engine, at lower speeds it is quiet and elegant in its operation. Then, when the user gives it some throttle, it accelerates very smoothly into the higher speed range. On the open sea, it's wonderful to hear that distinctive Honda engine sound while cutting cleanly through the waves and leaving a smooth wake behind. It's the most exciting feeling. Even better, the fuel economy is outstanding. It's an outboard that makes sense in every way. My son will become the tenth-generation master builder of Sano Shipyard and carry on the tradition of building wooden boats. I look forward to cruising in one of our wooden boats and greeting visitors from around the world. My challenge will continue-just like the Honda challenge."
Note: This passage reflects Ryutaro Sano's personal opinions and is not intended as a guarantee of the performance of any Honda outboard engine.
"I could row a boat probably as soon as I could walk. I was born into the life of fishing, after all. A friend from my childhood is the one who built my boat. He understands what we need because he used to be a fisherman himself. Our catch is mainly lobster and crab. There are several places in the harbor where we put our pots out, and we're at work taking care of them every day. The most important thing is making the whole operation pay. So you've got to catch enough to make it work, but it's got to be done with safety. That's why having an outboard you can trust is so important. If something is not working, you earn nothing. And you could be putting your life at risk.
"A Honda outboard engine is a partner I can trust. The sea changes every day. It's incredibly dark in the winter. It can always scare you, but you have to have respect for it and know your capabilities. You have to have faith in your boat and in your engine. Only then can you work to the limit and get home safely every day. The fact that Honda has always made 4-stroke engines is also important to me. Fuel consumption is low, the engine is quiet, and emissions are low too. It's a clean engine. A Honda outboard engine lets me fish at my best and turn a clean island over to the next generation. That's my personal challenge."
Note: This passage reflects Geoff Blake's personal opinions and is not intended as a guarantee of the performance of any Honda outboard engine.
The history of Honda outboard engines began in 1964 with the GB30. Although 2-stroke engines dominated at the time, Honda's first product was an advanced 4-stroke model. "Watercraft should not pollute the waters they ply.” Honda has always respected this principle of Soichiro Honda in developing the BF series, its cleanest and toughest outboard engine yet. And Honda is aiming for an even better future.
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