Actually, most people have the Yamaha Enduro, which has a dry weight of 89 lbs, so the vaunted weight differential is 7 lbs - switching to being even more in favor of the 4strokes when the extra need for fuel
Yamaha 4strokes are unusually heavy in their class, though, and most people just compare those weights instead of looking further.
And also, when people are comparing weights, they usually aren't concerned with the overall weight of the dinghy, just the weight of lifting the OB on and off.
For those people, any weight difference in this size engine
is inconsequential. They need to be considering either a lift
, in which a few pounds difference doesn't matter, or a much smaller engine
entirely - where the weight differentials don't mean much.
I have spent far too much time in too many threads listing ACTUAL weight specifications of current
2&4 stroke models - showing that there is no practical difference between them - only to have people pile in with the same old, outdated beliefs that there is. Even when faced with the actual data!
It is natural cognitive dissonance, so I have mostly stopped trying.
The same goes for "buy brand A because parts
are available everywhere". The reality is that most dealers don't carry large parts
inventories anymore and instead rely on shipping
as needed from central distribution points - usually out of the country. The same as one can do themselves for any engine. Not to mention that none of the people saying this can point out to me any of these "parts" that need constant replacement, nor can I understand why anyone would buy an engine that needed constant access to "parts".
We have never had one of these "preferred" engines, instead just carrying around typical spares like a carb kit, impeller, zinc and plugs. In the past 12 years we have needed one impeller, and I changed the plugs once just because.