Originally Posted by cpa
Thanks for the tip. I will keep my eyes open.
Be VERY careful with buying
certain brands, because of issues such as:
1)Quality of design and construction - some o/b's are high copper content alloy..supposedly to make recycling easier..BUT... their anodes and legs dissolve like aspirin in salt water
2)Dealer backup - some brands hand out dealerships far too easily and you get very inferior service
and expensive spares...if available!
3) " Lighter Weight", often means lots of fragile plastic bits, like shift levers.... can you repair it offshore
? Are spares reasonably priced AND in stock on the island you're heading for?
: Will your family
or crew be safe in the dink? Will the motor run flawlessly, what is going to break, when the kids
use the motor?
5) Resale value!!! A brand may be $350 cheaper than the premium brand...but can you sell the o/b for the best price
, or are you stuck with your lump of revolving scrap alu??
Forget the cheaper outboards and buy quality! I have gone back to Yamaha, because I have owned 8 over the past 30 years, from 5hp to 70hp, in the commercial salvage
business. I bought my yacht with a black coloured well- known outboard
brand o/b and its managed 1.5 years as the tender's o/b, before falling apart from corrosion!