I bought the 15HP Hyfong from the Montreal importer last month. Here are my findings and impressions so far. Keep in mind that this is my first outboard motor
so I can’t compare with other manufacturers. The reason why I bought this motor
is obviously price
related. At less than half the price
, no one can compete with that.
came with a 24L plastic fuel tank
hose and primer bulb, one extra water
pump impeller, 2 extra spark plugs and some tools. Also included was a replacement starting rope
and owners’ manual.
First off, I went over the fit and finish of the outboard. All in all it’s OK. It is not perfect but OK. Castings are clean and burr free. This is what I would expect from any manufacturer. Electricals are OK as well. Electrical wiring
is all secured with Tie-Wraps.
A closer look revealed a broken witness water
line fitting to the bottom cowling. This was fixed with a dab of Silicon. The sacrificial anode was painted. The paint
was scraped off with a knife. By the way, the paint
is powder coating which is real thick stuff. I suspect it will survive the elements quite well. Finally, the bottom cowling had a loose O ‘ring floating around with some residual metal chips. I could not identify the O’ ring. Looking at the engine
schematics, it could only be the fuel filter
O’ ring or the air filter O’ ring. I verified that the fuel filter
O’ ring was present and it was. That leaves the air filter O’ ring. No big deal if it’s not there. There are other O’ rings in the engine
but I don’t see how they could have gotten in there.
Now for the fun part; running the engine...
I went to my favourite pond and went through part of the break-in procedure using the recommended 25:1 oil
ratio. The engine started up on the 4th pull of the cord. Subsequent starts were on the first pull.
Vibrations are low and noise
levels are lower than expected. The engine performs very well. It did kind of cough once in a while at idle. After 3 hours of running, I can now go to WOT for short periods of time. It puts the boat on plane nicely. A 13’ Saturn inflatable
I got last year.
Back home, I inspected the spark plugs after that first day and found one to be coked. The other was fine. I verified the gap and found both to be out of spec by quite a lot. I adjusted the gap on the 2 spare ones and installed those on the engine. I hope this will solve the coughing.
At this point, I am very happy with this OB. Granted it is not perfect but the price is awesome. This outboard is a knockoff of the Yamaha 2 stroke
15 HP so parts
availability should not be an issue. I guess if you have a bit of a mechanical background this outboard will not be a problem. Question is: where to get it repaired if you can’t do the work yourself.