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Old 27-02-2020, 16:21   #1
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Yamaha 6/8hp vs Tohatsu 9.8hp

Seems my Yamaha 6hp 2 stroke was actually an 8hp or close enough. Inspection of the exhaust revealed the washer had been removed, and the carb had a larger main jet than original specified on the 6hp.

It would propel my 2.6m air floor dinghy to the dizzying heights of 15-17knts one up and 11-12knts two up.

I since changed to a 2.6m aluminium rib, weighing the same as the old air floor dinghy. On this rib the motor will push me along at 15knts, but will not plane at all two up.

Dropping down to an 8.5" x 6.5" prop may help a little (currently running 8.5" x 7.5"), but I'm not convinced. The aluminium rib can only carry 300kg vs 500kg of the same sized air floor dinghy, so there's a lot less buoyancy.

I'm wondering if the small additional power of the Tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke is worth the outlay. The Yamaha 15hp would be nice, but the weight is too much. 26kg is about all I can manage moving around.
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Old 27-02-2020, 16:44   #2
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Re: Yamaha 6/8hp vs Tohatsu 9.8hp

I recently went from a Tohatsu 6hp to the 9.8hp.

I performance isn't as much as i would have expected. The biggest change is that it is quieter and smoother.
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Seems my Yamaha 6hp 2 stroke was actually an 8hp or close enough. Inspection of the exhaust revealed the washer had been removed, and the carb had a larger main jet than original specified on the 6hp.

It would propel my 2.6m air floor dinghy to the dizzying heights of 15-17knts one up and 11-12knts two up.

I since changed to a 2.6m aluminium rib, weighing the same as the old air floor dinghy. On this rib the motor will push me along at 15knts, but will not plane at all two up.

Dropping down to an 8.5" x 6.5" prop may help a little (currently running 8.5" x 7.5"), but I'm not convinced. The aluminium rib can only carry 300kg vs 500kg of the same sized air floor dinghy, so there's a lot less buoyancy.

I'm wondering if the small additional power of the Tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke is worth the outlay. The Yamaha 15hp would be nice, but the weight is too much. 26kg is about all I can manage moving around.
Yah I have an 8 hp two stroke on a bare 3.10. rib

That baby hauls ass.

I can terrorize the harbour , women and children screaming and diving for cover

Seagulls take fright, lift off and poop all over the neighboring boats

That 8 hp is about max for manpower lifting and storage
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Re: Yamaha 6/8hp vs Tohatsu 9.8hp

My 2.9m fibreglass rib will plane two up with a Tohatsu 9.8, but stops planing if a bit more than a couple of jerry cans of water are thrown in as cargo on top. Having said that, a 9.8 on this size of dinghy makes it very twitchy one up. Possibly twitchy enough to be a little dangerous.



The problem with short waterlines is that they can be more difficult to get up on the plane. I'd see if moving forward while trying to dig out of the hole will pop the dinghy up onto the plane as once you're planing you will be fine.


An alternative solution may be to try those fin things they fit to outboard legs to help boats get up on the plane. These work really good for boats heavy in the bum, but they can be downright dangerous and cause broaching if the boat is too light.
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Re: Yamaha 6/8hp vs Tohatsu 9.8hp

Goodness, I love my 13 foot two seater kayak and powered by arm and chest.
I also have a porta-bote 10 footer with oars. 4 hp 2 stroke Johnson has been rebuilt but not running correctly. Another day.

Although I love my kayak I understand trying to carry fuel and water any distance would be miserable. I’m just a coastal sailor and have no big need to cross large bodies of water.
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Re: Yamaha 6/8hp vs Tohatsu 9.8hp

IF you are interested in purchasing a used 9.8 hp 2 cycl Tohatsu, please contact me.

Outboard engine is located in NJ
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IF you are interested in purchasing a used 9.8 hp 2 cycl Tohatsu, please contact me.

Outboard engine is located in NJ
I'm in Guadeloupe. I need to update my profile, but NJ is a long way away. The shipping alone would probably make it better off buying a brand new one from St Martin at $1,600 export price.

As it is, I found out that although the exhaust restriction on mine has been removed. The carb is a 6H rather than the 6G model in the 8hp versions. The carbs are almost identical, same jets even, but the 6G has a larger throat.

I've ordered a genunie Yamaha one ($200), since none of the aftermarket suppliers can be trusted to supply the right item. They can't differentiate between the 6H and 6H.

I've also order a new 8.5 x 6.5 prop ($80), so an inch less pitch should help given the reduced buoyancy i.e. the dinghy sitting deeper in the water. In any case I wanted a spare of a different pitch.

I will report back my findings in the coming months.
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