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Old 07-11-2014, 11:46   #1
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Help! Which is better 5hp Honda or 6hp Nissan

I am completely confused.

Either there is a Honda 5hp 4 stroke for 1700 dollars


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A 6hp Nissan 4 stroke for 1300 dollars

to power my inflatable. Which is the best choice.
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Old 10-11-2014, 23:43   #2
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Re: Help! Which is better 5hp Honda or 6hp Nissan

I had a honda 5 as a main motor on a 26 foot yacht it gave great trouble free service
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I vote Honda as well
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Re: Help! Which is better 5hp Honda or 6hp Nissan

You can't go wrong with either. The Japanese fisherman have been using Tohatsu/Nissan outboards since the 1950's because they were cheap and reliable. The company has been making engines since the 1920's. Honda came along in the early 60's. and started producing their own line of outboards. Both companies have built a solid reputation for reliability.

I am a huge Honda fan due to all the engines that I have owned, from Generators, lawn equipment,..... to my Gas powered air compressor. Quite a few of my friends who have re powered their boats over to to 4 strokes run with Honda's and Tohatsu/Nissan's. I spend a lot of time with these guys and have not heard any regrets from either camp.

My islander 26 came with a 2002 M8B Tohatsu that had not left the marina in 4-5 years. I needed to move the boat 22 miles to my present location. The onboard fuel tank was severely contaminated so I bought a 6 gallon portable tank, and fuel line. It started within 2-3 seconds and we were under way after letting it run and checking it over. The M8B pushed the boat along at a 2/3 bell for about 6 hours without missing a beat. I have about 15 more hours on it since. The outboard is probably worth more than my boat considering it's present state.

Yamaha - Honda - Tohatsu all make great outboards.
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Re: Help! Which is better 5hp Honda or 6hp Nissan

Personally I've always found the single cylinder Honda four strokes difficult to start.

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Honda is good stuff, but you pay a lot for the name, I don't think the Honda is worth $400 more
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Re: Help! Which is better 5hp Honda or 6hp Nissan

Okay ill break it down to size and brand. In my opinion having that one extra horsepower on that small of an engine makes a huge difference, well worth the extra weight when you have to load it on the mothership. As far as brands go if money is no option I would go with an Evinrude but at $1800 I'd go with the Nissan( maybe, I sure do love Evinrudes)
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