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Old 12-06-2010, 14:54   #1
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Looking For an Outboard

I am looking for a new outboard for my Haida 26. It is a 26 foot 5000 pound monohull with a 21 foot waterline and pretty narrow, easily driven hull.

I am looking for something in the 4-8 hp range. The current 2001 Honda 8hp barely fits in the motorwell, and has a finicky carb.

What are the best 5 hp longshaft outboards with charging units? I have been looking at yamaha, suzuki, tohatsu. So far I like yamaha, any experiences?
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Old 12-06-2010, 16:00   #2
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Aloha Tager,
We use an 8hp Nissan for safety boat purposes and it has never failed us, runs and idles great with multiple users (read not pampered). I don't know if it comes in a charging version but I do recommend Nissan.
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Old 12-06-2010, 17:33   #3
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Tager, I think you will find the smaller Mariner, Mercury Tohatsu/Nissan engines are actually made in the same factory and just rebadged. Mercury and Yamaha have been working together for years too.

Whilst the small engines have a charging circuit they are won't provide much power and are aimed at providing power for lights rather than charging batteries.

Some of the manufacturers have sailpower models which have high thrust props and gearing matched to larger boats rather than dinghies which would be worth looking for.

Instead, get the honda serviced and see if that makes a difference. Then look at solar for battery charging especially as prices are dropping. We fitted a 45w panel a couple of months ago. It outputs 13.6-13.9 volts constantly and only the amps vary between 0.4 when the boom casts a shadow to 2 amps mid afternoon. The effect over the week is we have fully charged batteries ready for the weekend.

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For a sailboat of your size, recommend Yamaha 9.9 Hp High Thrust Four-Stroke Extra Long Shaft 25" Outboard Boat Motor Electric Start. with charging circuit.
Model :- FT9.9G High Thrust
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Old 12-06-2010, 20:44   #5
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That probably won't work, laidback. The 8hp barely fits in the well, and it had more than enough power for my needs. I am going to continue looking for something around the 5hp range. I have found some yamaha 6hp with charging circuits that have 2 cylinders. That may be the motor for me.

Of course once I get the Honda running again I am bound to forgive it for its ways and run the dang high-maintenance thing.
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... Whilst the small engines have a charging circuit they are won't provide much power and are aimed at providing power for lights rather than charging batteries...
The output is actually unrectified/unregulated AC (Alternating Current).
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If you are having repeated carb problems,it could be old or dirty gas.Clean out the tank,install a filter between the tank and the carb and use a fuel conditioner.
Todays' gas doesn't stay useable for very long!

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The output is actually unrectified/unregulated AC (Alternating Current).
GordMay it comes with great pleasure and a bit of trepidation that I have to disagree with you. The Mercury 5hp charging system is rectified, you do have to order and install it yourself though.

There should be a sixth Cruisers Forum star for people who actually prove Gord May wrong.

As to the OP please see: Who Makes the Best / Worst Outboards ?
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Although sixth Cruisers Forum star might be warranted (tho’ I think not) for people who actually prove Gord May wrong; a star should also be deducted from anyone with the temerity to merely contradict Gord, without actually proving their contention (perhaps by citing an authoritative source, or equal).

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