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Old 21-10-2014, 11:57   #46
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Re: Reliable and Light Outboard

I'd just look for a low-hour used one.

For example, I recently picked up 1994 Johnson 15 hp 2-stroke, to be used as a kicker on my 22' fishing boat. From the original owner, it came with the owners manual, fuel tank (still has the break-in gas/oil mix!), a deluxe cart, flushing adapter and deluxe flushing bag, even the plastic warranty card! For $615.

This was an eBay purchase that I picked up a 45 minute drive away. But you can find clean 2-stroke motors in your area, if you are diligent.

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So consensus is that 3 HP Yamaha and Suzuki, both 2 stroke, are great options?
My 3hp yammie is a 1999, looks a bit weathered but still runs great. My 2.5 and 3.5 nissans are over 10 years old and still run reliably. IMHO most simple engines like these can last a long time if you are willing to spend time on them.
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A used outboard motor can be a bargain or it can be somebody's headache that they are tired of dealing with. It's hard to know what somebody might have done to it.
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I just installed my new carburetor from Boats.net for my Honda 2hp. It's running great for now. Fingers crossed.
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A used outboard motor can be a bargain or it can be somebody's headache that they are tired of dealing with. It's hard to know what somebody might have done to it.
It is quite an easy task to do a compression test. Starting and running it will tell the rest. Visual examination will show how it was cared for.
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