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Old 26-02-2008, 18:12   #16
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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
A 15hp 2 stroke Yamaha suitable for powering a 10 ft. RIB in a cruising situation weighs 79 lbs.
The 4 stroke 15hp honda is 108 lbs. is barely manageable...the other is not.
One can be fixed anywhere...many times by a modestly handy owner...the other cannot.

One pollutes a lot...the other pollutes a little bit.
Cruisers need a reliable, repairable, lightweight, pollution minimal choice in the 10-15hp range. Maybe someone will invent one. For cruising in the US there is no longer any choice.
I totally agree. The advantage of the lighter weight 2 stroke 15 hp Yamaha verse the 4 stroke model was enough for me to purchase the 2 stroke. The extra weight hanging from my davits as well as handling the engine when mounting was enough for me to go the 2 stroke route. 100:1 oil mix is a lot better than the 50:1. I also have a 2 stroke 4 hp Yamaha as well. Both are super reliable engines.

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Old 26-02-2008, 18:32   #17
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Lake Tahoe Uses E-Tec on their Marine resource boats its all about the new CARB ratings and E-tec gets as good as they are giving right now .
This From a Merc 4 stroke guy

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