I have had very satisfactory experience with two Tohatsu 4 strokes: a 6hp and an 8. The 8 is new to me, with less than 10 hours, so I'll just tell you about the 6, which is also sold as a Nissan
or Mercury 4, 5, or 6hp (with different paint
and a bell or whistle choice.) It has started on the first pull every season. It starts on the first pull all season long. It is easy to maintain with a well presented owner's manual, and the oil
looks as clean at 100 hours as it did new. Parts are cheap
and available everywhere. It is so quiet I've forgotten it was running in a moderately noisy harbor. There is very little exhaust
smell, and absolutely no trail of oil
slick. I have owned a considerable number of dinghy-sized outboards in the last 40 years, from every living manufacturer and a few defunct ones. While I would buy a Honda Motorcycle or car before any other, their outboards don't deserve so much respect. Shy, reliable Tohatsu is your best choice in this market, unless you just have to have a new bell or whistle. You won't find it on a Tohatsu until its proven to be bullet-proof.
Look at the local small boat fleet anywhere you cruise
. You will see
Tohatsu's (or their kin) adorning a number of boats in every harbor. You can bet there's a dealer somewhere close, but he might not be in the directory or under a big sign on the wide streets!