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Old 11-07-2013, 04:22   #76
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Re: Which Small Outboard is Most Reliable

In Oz we have Parsun which are another name for Nissan - supposedly really good.

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:18   #77
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Re: Which Small Outboard is Most Reliable

Our '98 Nissan-Tohatsu 8hp 2 stroke is the most reliable engine I have ever owned and I have owned quite a few over the past 40 years. I never treat the gasoline, leave the fuel tank half full over the winter on the dock and the engine still runs great in the spring. I think this engine runs on water. I have also have a 2002 Mercury 7.5 that wont start if it is even mildly humid out. Luckily that engine does not get used a lot and I do not need to deal with it often.

BTW, anyone recommending an engine should also note the model year.

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:27   #78
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Re: Which small outboard is most reliable

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I'll also put in a plug for the Nissan/Tohatsu 6hp. I liked my little Honda 2hp, but it didn't have much power. No reverse either. My old Avon rollup died, and I wanted something that I could lift easily but which would also put my new Walker Bay air floor up on a plane. The Tohatsu, which weighs a tad more than 50lbs, does that, and after sitting in my basement all Winter it started on the second pull. Plus it was the least expensive 6hp out there.

My only minor complaint is that it idles a little high. No big deal.

I could have bought a used 2-stroke, but mixing gas and oil is a pita.
I have a 2011/12 Mercury 5 hp, 4 stroke, extra long 25" Shaft Outboard that I use to push my 6600lb Full Keel Bristol 27 around the Chesapeake Bay with. It's the same engine as the Nissan/Tohatsu.

So far so good for 2 years now. I thought I'd only use it to get the boat out of the slip thinking I would do all my sailing without engine assistance afterward. And that's true for the most part but after long nights with lack of sleep near Kiptopeke and Fisherman's Island I have motored back across the entire lower bay to Little Creek probably 4X now. The wind is many times on the nose so sailing would take 6 plus hours or more whereas I can motor with my " Big 5HP " in 3 hours on autopilot. It's probably around 15-17 miles.

Now I'm usually doing this between the day winds and the afternoon/evening winds when it had laid down a little, but if the wind is up I'll motor sail it with the main like 25-30 degrees off the wind until it lays down a little then drop sail and go direct route.

My boat on it's own could never sail that close to the wind. I can usually do the crossing on maybe 3/4 of a gallon of gas.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:17   #79
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Re: Which Small Outboard is Most Reliable

I have a 2.5 hp Suzuki. Short shaft, though. Don't know if there is a long shaft version. It's now in its 8. year and has never let me down (unless you count the one time when I worked the thing for halv an hour with no luck - until I noticed that I forgot to open the fuel line
My father in law has his second Suzuki 5 hp two stroke. Also swears by it. I don't think you can go much wrong with Suzuki.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:56   #80
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Re: Which Small Outboard is Most Reliable

Another plug for Tohatsu/Nissan 6hp. I've had mine for 5 years on a Livingston 7.5'. It starts first or second pull and planes the boat to scare you. The only problem I had was a few time the water exit hole plugs up with salt. I drilled it out a little lager and keep a piece of wire to clean it out when I first start it up. At 50lbs., it works for me. I definitely would not want anything heavier.
In regards to propane set ups...I think it's a great. With anything new, it will get better with time. Hopefully a non-Chinese company will bring one out or develop a conversion kit for other engines, much like forklift truck had (gas to propane). I would definitely like to stop carrying a 5 gallon gas can onboard.

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