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Old 06-16-2009, 05:26 AM
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I want to replace a small outboard motor in the 8 to 15 hp range
I want a four stroke. Which is the best selection. This is for a spare motor for my wife and child. It needs to be easy to start.
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i want to replace a small outboard motor in the 8 to 15 hp range
i want a four stroke. Which is the best selection. This is for a spare motor for my wife and child. It needs to be easy to start.
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Yamaha is the best.
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I had a small Honda outboard. If it wasn't running on the first pull, the kill switch was activated. Never let me down.
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Tohatsu. (Nissan, Merc etc all source small 4 strokes from them) They are bulletproof.
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Sounds like I should just get the best deal i can on any of them
Thanks for your help
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Tohatsu. (Nissan, Merc etc all source small 4 strokes from them) They are bulletproof.

I do not think Yamaha does, I have had both Yamaha and Tohatsu and the Yamaha seems to be much better made.
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Tohatsu are great small outboards. My buddy has a 6 horse on a small jon boat and he didnt have it attatched properly....anyway, it went for a swim still running. He pulled it out, pulled the plugs, pulled her over put them back in and she fired right up. its been over a year since then. Not to say Yammies arent great too, tohatsu is just a largely overlooked option.
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Hard to beat the Tohatsu's when it comes to small motors. They're darn near bulletproof.
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i usd a suzuki plenty of time nice quit and quik on a 9.9 i enjoy using them
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I just sold a 25 hp 4 stroke Mercury. It had 1700 hours on it. I'd buy another small merc 4 stroke in a heartbeat. Never a bit of trouble.
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WhiteBucket, depending on the age of that Mercury, it was probably a rebadged Tohatsu. I think Mercury just recently started making their own.
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WhiteBucket, depending on the age of that Mercury, it was probably a rebadged Tohatsu. I think Mercury just recently started making their own.
It was a 2002. When I bought it, I was told it had some Yamaha components in it. i can only hope my new Yamaha F150 is as dependable and reliable.
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When you say 8 to 15 HP.....first look at the power/weight choices....
the 15HP models generally weigh in at 120-130lbs.....a hand full for one person.
the 8HP models are around 80-85lbs...but that's general and they scale up
if you look at the tohatsus at the link below....

http://www.onlineoutboards.com/Tohat...Outboards.html

Also look at whether you want power trim/tilt, electric start, and a charging system,
and what shaft length you need.

The look at local service service options, who works on which brands locally.

Then I say price shop.....as previously stated tohatsu is a great value that is WAY overlooked. I have a 15HP Merc 4S kicker....I would go with an 8HP tohatsu next time in a heratbeat. Once you list the options and size you can price shop the brands/models.
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I have had many.
A 4 stroke is a mistake unless emissions or regulations are an issue. Heavy, maintenance intensive and slow.
The best ever all a rounder is the 2 st. Evinrude/Johnny 15...18 real horses , Low profile and a slow troller. Very powerful and will do 6500 rpm for years. Easy starts.
It is hard to find a good used one for sale because they were so good.
25 hp. to 35 hp... 2 st. Yam, Yam Yam...That is not what you asked though.
10 hp Merc 2 st., fast but tempramental. Crappy trim, shallow drive andbshift on the tiller leaving less options. A 15 Yam is OK but not the Evinrude/Johnny. Too heavy, hard to lift and to slow.
(I have both now)
4st. Honda, 7.5 to 15 , reliable, but heavy and very fast idle. I have one too. Underpowered. Honda does 20 mph with the same 14 aluminum boat and load as the Evinrude at 32 mph. Yam 15 at 27 mph, but heavier and a faster minimum troll. Higher profile too. Harder to fish and less balanced on a carry.

I have two 4 st. bigfoot Yams. an 8 and a 9.9. Great ocean trollers, but finnicky at midrange and hard to start. Good generating capacity though. I regard them as a portable 12 volt generator with marine propulsion.

I have not had or driven low hp. Tohatsu/Nissan.

Go great used Evinrude if you can. You will not be sorry.
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