Yes... this thread is getting interesting. Each new writer seems to and more to the puzzle.
One goodieguy writes saying it is illegal to import
a 2 stroke carbed motor
, and technically he is correct, albeit not wholly informed.
The EPA should be banned for some of its own control-freaked stupidity. Don't worry, Trump (love him or hate him) is scheduled to clean-up some of that over-reaching gubment compost committee that takes abusive liberties while spewing pure unadulterated hypocrisy on US citizens/ businesses both large and small.
Even congress is likely more respected than the EPA. For example: permitting (or looking the other way) raw sewage to be dumped into the Anacostia, the Potomac
and the Bay when rains are high. Why do you think the Potomac
River is so gross? Thank you EPA... Meanwhile while those polyester-wearing booger-balled fashion-challenged bureaucratic goobers are worried about a few molecular-sized puffs from the occasional recreational mini-outboard. Oh, why doesn't EPA ban all the Jets flying over our homes dumping tons of carcinogenic soot each day? Let's check the carbon footprint of vehicles the EPA approves as well as the quality of the water
in the Potomac and suggest the drinking fountains of the EPA building be directly piped from the Potomac unfiltered and let them drink like the fish
they allegedly protect...ha.. right. Since it's ok to pollute the Potomac while EPA worries about a few weekend-operated dingy outboards, seems only fair. As Charles Dicken's said: "The Law is an ass."
Now, here is what I believe is legal
a Tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke anywhere but the USA. Stick it on your boat
as a kicker
for X period of time and one day it sails
to USA as used for personal use. They can be purchased for $1,750.
2) Have a mechanic
separate the powerhead from the outboard and dismantle carb from it. At this point, it is considered either used or re-manufactured parts for personal use and may be designated at such. (some say you must separate the crank from the piston.. not sure about that??) Mail the engine parts to the USA in its specified class. They can't and don't ban re-manufactured or used parts. Then mail the lower unit and engine cover in another box which makes it easier to ship anyway. Mark the appropriate value of each and pay your duty as designated based on value to customs
. You have now imported used or re-manufactured engine parts. Do they even check that close anyway? Then you can re-assemble your used or re-manufactured clean parts just as though you were fixing an older 2 stroke carbed engine. Not a big deal.
The Tohatsu 9.8 is the one to do as it is only 27kgs and many lakes have a 10HP max. Plus this motor screams and is indestructible. Check a few You tubes and watch it go.... nothing comes close weight to power ratio. A 4 stroke
will likely weight 30-40 pounds more, be slower responding and since it has a crankcase you can't just lay it any which way... and hanging a 10 HP 4 stroke
off a dingy or carrying around is a huge delta
If you separate the engine from the outboard, pull the wires plugs and take the carb off and mail separately, question become does that technically fly or pass? I think it does... anyone who knows or has heard otherwise, please share your story/views.