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Old 31-03-2015, 17:01   #31
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Re: What to buy Outboard Engines

So I am looking around if there is a shop nearby that can service my two-stroke motor. I would try to learn how to service it myself, but I don't know where to start nor do I have the equipment to do it. Also, most of the places nearby do not stock two-stroke stuff.

I'll look at Yamaha too while I'm at it. Has anybody had good experiences with Lehr or Torqeedo? Are they maintenance free ?
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Old 31-03-2015, 20:40   #32
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Re: What to buy Outboard Engines

Best outboard I had was a 2009 Yammie 4hp, 4-stroke.
It pushed my airfloor 310 at 10,9 knots with 1 person.
Previous 4hp motors were 2-stroke 2-cylinder Evinrudes.
Max speed 7 knots.
Whoever said 4-strokes has less power is wrong.
More power, less gas, no oil mix, less noise.
Loved the thing, but it went with dink and big boat when I sold in 2013
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Re: What to buy Outboard Engines

Weight is the biggest issue for me.
This rules out 4strokes although I can
clearly see the advantages of them.

3.5hp tohatsu rebadged as mercury
Is the best power to weight at 13kg.

As soon as you go above this the weight
Is up to 17-20 kg
If you go to a 6-8-9.8hp the power head
Is the same weight at 26kg

So for me the answer is mercury 3.5hp
In two stroke.
This has been able to plane my dinks with 1 person.
Now have a 10' portabote & think that this will
Plane with 2 on board.

Why the merc over the tohatsu ?
The ancillaries are better quality..
In this size engine fuel use is not really an issue.
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