Originally Posted by Vasco
and ease of repairs
are the main reason I stick with two strokes. A cruiser in Georgetown
last month bought another outboard
(used 2 stroke) off another cruiser because his 4 stroke
Yamaha was having problems being repaired. There is a Yamaha dealer in GT and they ended up telling him he needed a new carburetor! And they didn't have one in stock or readily available. Also the new carb was their last guess at what was required.
A similar thing happened to me in Georgetown
. Basically unless you are willing to wait weeks and perhaps months you cannot get a small 4 stroke
repaired in Georgetown. I was informed that there are no yamaha parts
available in the Bahamas
for four stroke engines under 60 hp. You have to order them from the states. I tried virtually every dealer on the internet
that claimed to sell Yamaha parts
. The best the could do was ship in 4 to 7 business days. Then they have to go through customs
which may take up to 5 weeks and involve what amounts to robbery by Customs
officials. I had a friend that ordered a $97 service
kit for his Yamaha and was charged $500 in duty. Eventually Customs admitted that he had been improperly charged and told him he could get a refund. All he had to do was go to the main customs office at Government
house in Nassau
and fill out the proper forms. Of course he was in Georgetown attempting to go further south, not north. Right now I have a useless 15 hp 4 stroke Yamaha lashed to my deck
because I could not wait in Georgetown 5 or 6 weeks for a new carb or even a carb rebuilding kit. Everyone I know with Yamaha's has terrible times with their carbs, even if they avoid Ethanol gas. People say buy a Yamaha, you can get parts anywhere. Yeah Right!
The solution to the problem of Yamaha four stroke parts in the Bahamas
is to buy a Yamaha two stroke from a Bahamian dealer. These are not the Enduro models, but their higher end 2 stroke
. I was told although these motors cannot be sold in the states you can get parts for them in the states. You cannot get parts in the states for the Enduros.
I have since learned that you can bypass Nassau Customs by getting your parts delivered to Watermakers Air in Ft. Lauderdale and have them flown into Staniel Cay. Then you only have to deal with Customs at Staniel and from what I'm told they are easy to work with. The only issue is that you have to be at Staniel.