Originally Posted by Peter200
there is no such thing as a cruising permit
in most islands below the BVI's and USVI's
Funny, we have a folder full of cruising permits from all the countries below the VI's that we have been to. One from every single
country, in fact.
Although it was several years ago when we were there, the Budget Marine
was a very large and well-stocked store. They had a full range of outboards there. I don't know the relative prices, but I don't think you will need to wait for an ocean freight shipment to get one.
The OP wants a Yamaha. Regarding the Tohatsu, it is a very well done OB. I would rank it above an Enduro. Personally, I don't think the Enduros deserve their reputation. They are cheaply made and compromise on performance (and noise
, and fuel
consumption) - after all, that is their entire reason for existence.
Now, the Yamaha 15HP non
-Enduro is probably the best 2-stroke small engine
ever made. The Enduro rides that reputation in most people's minds, but certainly doesn't deserve it. The operating characteristics between the two are night and day (the Enduro sounds like it is tearing itself apart in comparison, while shaking the boat burning gobs of fuel
and smoking terribly).
Regarding repair, etc - everywhere we have gone, there has been Tohatsu and Yamaha places. We have never been anywhere where Tohatsu hasn't been supported and Yamaha has.
But all of these are very simple 2-stroke outboards. I can't imagine any place that doesn't have someone who can fix 2-stroke outboards regardless of what brand they are. Personally, I can't believe there are cruisers who don't take the small amount of time necessary to learn how to fix these extremely simple (and extremely critical) things themselves.
And here is the secret to never needing to find someone to fix your outboard
: install an external fuel filter/water separator and have a carb rebuild
pump kit on hand. That filter is the real key - 99.9% of all problems are due to fuel contaminants and water
. Yet, I seem to always fail at convincing anyone to spring for the $30 to add one. And not the cheap
in-line plastic thing with a screen
- a real filter/separator. I am about to start refusing to work on anyone's OB anymore that does not have one, since all the problems I help with are due to the lack of one.
Well what about "parts"? Good luck. It doesn't matter which engine
brand you have, chances are you will be Fedex'ing in a small box of whatever you require from a central location. The days of dealers being fully stocked with parts
are long gone. We had a friend who needed a new carburetor jet for his Enduro 15 in Panama. No jets to be found and it would be a month to ship one in (from the US central warehouse). Since we were in the US at the time, we picked it up for him. Parts
availability in far off places is either no more, or hit and miss. EVERYONE now relies on drop-shipping just in time. Inventory is harmful to business profit now.
But again, the OP is looking for an Enduro 15 along his way. They exist in Curacao
and Panama for ~$2K USD plus or minus. They exist in Colombia
, but will cost a lot more. My advice is to just pick one up where it is most convenient and don't worry about where you can find one for $100 less. Sounds like Martinique
works for that. In Panama, you will be paying at least $100 to get to the city and get it back to the boat. I suspect it may be similar in Curacao too.