New member here who just bought a new 2014 Achilles SPD330E Aluminum floor boat.
Boat is rated for a 20HP outboard. Unfortunately the 2 strokes are not for sale here anymore and even getting one second hand isn't a great idea as many of the lakes have banned them.
So it looks like I'm stuck with getting a heavy 4 stroke motor. I really only have 4 choices out here... Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, or the Tohatsu's
I have pretty much narrowed it down to 2 specific models. I am leaning towards the Yamaha F20SMHA. Mostly because I trust the name (have owned several Yamaha 2 strokes in the past) and feel like it should serve me well in mixed fresh/ saltwater environments. The only downsides being it is quite heavy (114lbs) and pricier than other motors by about $500
The other engine that seems interesting is the new Suzuki DF20AS... It is about 15lbs lighter, and about $500 cheaper than the yamaha, my only concern is it has a new electronic EFI system unlike the Carb'd Yamaha. I am worried the added complexity of the fuel pumps and injectors may lead to reliability issues down the road.
Has anybody run both the motors and have an opinion on their performance and or reliability?
Bottom line is I'm not so worried about the initial cost and would gladly pay a bit more up front for long term reliability, and above all performance!