Well after looking for months for a good used unit, it looks like I'm giving in and am about ready to pull the plug
on a new outboard
for my portabote. We are headed out for an extended (3+) year cruise
in 5 months, so reliability
and worldwide parts
availabilty are key.
I am strongly looking at both the Yamaha F6 and the Suzuki DF6A. I understand parts
may be a bit easier for the Yamaha, but the Suzuki is 8 pounds lighter and actually has an oil filter
. Otherwise on paper they look pretty comprable. It looks like the Suzuki will be slightly cheaper as well.
I know outboard
brands are a religion to themselves. What are your experiences trying to service
a Yamaha vs a Suzuki while who-knows where?