4 stroke Outboard best brand

Discussion in 'Outboards' started by shakey78, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. shakey78
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    shakey78 Junior Member

    Hi I'm looking at buying two outboards 4 stroke for 7.2m mono
    aluminium boat and would like some feedback on the best to buy,
    max hp combined 200hp, so if you have some info on a good brand (model) it would
    be great to get your feedback.
     
  2. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    Whoever is the best dealer in your area with the best after sales service.

    I'd buy Merc's for that reason alone. Buying them's easy, it's the installation and after sales service that can be a nightmare.

    -Tom
     
  3. Easy Rider
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    Like everybody I'm a bit biased. Having said that I like 2 strokes below 30 to 45hp and 4strokes above that depending on application. Yamahas, Mercurys, Nissans and Tohatsus are all very good engines But Suzukis are a bit better (I think). Sub Tom has a very good point that Dealer support is important. I have a 60hp Suzuki on my 18' FG runabout and thing it would be hard to imagine a better engine except I'ts heavy and I don't like the throttle control very well.
    Easy Rider
     
  4. Easy Rider
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    Like everybody I'm a bit biased. Having said that I like 2 strokes below 30 to 45hp and 4strokes above that depending on application. Yamahas, Mercurys, Nissans and Tohatsus are all very good engines But Suzukis are a bit better (I think). Sub Tom has a very good point that Dealer support is important. I have a 60hp Suzuki on my 18' FG runabout and thing it would be hard to imagine a better engine except I'ts heavy and I don't like the throttle control very well.
    Easy Rider
     
  5. souljour2000
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    Mercury or Tohatsu...Mercs under 15 hp is made by Tohatsu ...after you buy..service/part may be harder to find. but if you maintain well then you don't need to often...they run strong
     
  6. shakey78
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    I no that after sales service is a buying point and Im a suzuki fan as well as I have a 1980's 8hp outboard on my 3m runabout and its been the best so far!! but technolgy has advanced and I have no experiance with the big hp engines and this will be a big investment and I want to no what people have experienced with different brands, I have looked at the yamaha's and suzuki's so far, so keep you input comming thanks so far
     
  7. caughtafish
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    caughtafish Junior Member

    I agree with Shakey78 I would love to get my hands on a new 4storke suzuki!!:D
     
  8. pfridays
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    pfridays Suzywiz

    The newest Suzuki 90's weigh the same as Easy Riders' old 60hp. If your boat is rated for 200hp I would go with twin 90's rather than the heavier 100's. The new 70-80-90hp Suzuki family is one gas sipping great engine.....but service after the sale is a very important consideration. I would be a shame to blow a weekend because of a spun prop (any brand) and a dealer that didn't have one in stock. Decisions, decisions...
     
  9. wcnfl
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    Yamaha Four Stroke 90 hp
     
  10. Easy Rider
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    Easy Rider Senior Member

    Does anyone know if my camshaft (on the 1300cc heavy old Suzuki) is the same part # as the 90hp version of this engine?

    Easy Rider
     
  11. pfridays
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    pfridays Suzywiz

    EasyR...you mean 70hp version. The cams are different but interchangeable. As to your next question..yes you can put a 70 cam in your 60 but if you don't run WFO or with heavy loads you probably couldn't tell the difference.
     
  12. Easy Rider
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    Easy Rider Senior Member

    So my suspicions seem to be correct. The lowest power engine for this displacement has a camshaft of lesser lift and duration or probably both so to push a boat at 1/2 to 3/4 load the lowered power engine should consume less fuel. I think my 18' FG runabout boat (sorta like a Glass Ply) at about 16 to 18 knots burns a bit over 2 gph. Any more than 3 people and a moderate amount of fuel the boat is under powered so if I wasn't concerned about fuel burn I'd be better off w 90 to 115hp. I wonder what the fuel burn penalty would be.

    Easy Rider
     

  13. sandhammaren05
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    sandhammaren05 Senior Member

    Evinrude E-Tec is cleaner, faster, accelerates well enough to pull a comparable-in-hp 4 stroke backward and submerge it. No good reason to buy a 4 stroke outboard.
     
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