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Old 05-11-2010, 06:51 PM
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Default Suzuki vs Honda portable outboards

Purchased a Aire inflatable canoe for fly in hunting and fishing trips and need a lightweight small outboard for it.
My two choices are either a Honda 2 hp or Suzuki 2.5. Suzuki is a couple of pounds heavier but not a big deal. Honda is air cooled, Suzuki is water cooled. Prices are close as well.

Being water cooled, would the Suzuki make less noise? Is the 1/2 hp difference between the two measureable? Would be interested in other motors if you know of any provided they do not weigh more than 32 pounds. No electrics as well.
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There was a detailed comparitive analysis in the now defunct "Powerboat Reports" regarding all of the very small, portable outboards. It rated Honda at the top, Mercury and Tohatsu in the middle, and Yamaha and Suzuki at the bottom.

It gave the Honda the top rating because it is lightweight, compact, easy to stow, and easy to start. It also gave credit for the centrifugal clutch which for me, is hard to believe as preferable. It also acknowledged that the Honda is the most noisey, which to me, noise level would be foremost in my preference.

I don't know, just saying what was in the article. The article said power was not distinguishable.
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The Honda is the better product from a quality of construction view point. However, the Suzuki is a better design. If my life depended on it I would choose the Honda...But, if I wanted too enjoy my boating day it would be the Suzuki as it is more powerful, water cooled, quieter and does not have that awful clutch. The Suzuki is made in Thailand and sometimes suffers from QC issues so its not perfect.
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Does Tohatsu make a motor that would fall into your range? They have a reputation for being bulletproof.
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Thanks for the information. Confirms what I thought that the Honda would make more noise being air cooled. Seeing I like the stealth mode I may choose the Suzuki unless a Honda pops up for less money.
Tohatsu has a 2.5 but it weighs in at 41 pounds.

Cabelas is selling the Suzuki for $699. Any one know of a better price
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I have the Honda, have not used the others. It is a bit noisy, but I love the fact it does not have a water pump/impeller and inevitable associated problems. It is also quite a bit lighter at 28 dry pounds; runs a long time on a tank. None of these have the ability to use an external tank, I think. As for the clutch, not sure why some are so down on it. start it and let it idle at low speed, when you want to go you just give it some gas. easy to control, saves a step. most little motors don't have reverse anyway (have to turn them around and flip the handle over). not a planing motor but works lke a champ for me.
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I have had the Honda 2hp for the past three years and use it on an Achilles 9.5' inflatable (which is actually rated for up to 8 hp). I can push the Achilles with 5 people in it plus gear at a pretty good clip (no waterskiing off the back, but certainly better than rowing). The Honda has been very reliable and I too like the fact that it's air cooled so no impeller issues to deal with.
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i have the honda 2hp and a tohatsu 4hp too. the honda is much louder, the tohatsu is much heavier. the small honda is clearly built to be the most portable, lightest 4 stroke out there (which it is), but it is 2hp and not the most heavy duty thing in the world. depends what you're looking for. ultimate portability that will start every time, get the honda. a quiet tender motor with plenty of power, neutral and reverse, obviously not the honda.
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I have the previous generation 2 hp Honda since 1994. Simple, lightweight, easy, no frills. Been through one carb in 15 years and that's about it. Good motor, it is just what it is..
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Can you get a Honda for around $700?
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Thanks for the input. Talked to some others who echoed how noisy the Honda is so went with the Suzuki.
Cabelas has them for $699 plus only $13 more to ship it to Alaska with it's current promotion going on now.
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