Tohatsu 30hp 2 stroke

Discussion in 'Outboards' started by valvebounce, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. valvebounce
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    valvebounce Senior Member

    Hello,I am looking at buying a 2002 Tohatsu outboard,Model,-M30A4/346B.
    Looking at the reviews they sound pretty reliable.
    Has anyone got any comments on them?
    It is a long leg model.My present engine is a shortshaft (15" to 16")
    The present engine lines up perfectly with the cavitation plate.
    Would the extra leg length be detremental to performance?
    I am not looking for speed,just to use it for fishing inshore waters.
    My boat is a 14' open boat with steering and two seats,and a decent planing hull.(f/glass)
     
  2. philSweet
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    philSweet Senior Member

    On a boat that small and light, yes, the difference will be noticeable. But it doesn't have to be a show stopper. You can kick the motor under a few degrees (with a wedge, if necessary), and raise the mount a couple inches with a shim. The good news is you have more swing height between full up and full down if you keep the wedge to just a few degrees, and that is often nice to have. Raising the mount can help with tiller steering as well.
     
  3. valvebounce
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    valvebounce Senior Member

    Thanks for the advice PS,I think I could raise the transom a couple of inches without too much of a problem.
     
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