50hp, long-shaft new or used?
I've been deliberating over this for some time. I want to change my boat from a Pro 7 to a Seaquest 4.8m commercial. Their spec'd engine of choice is a Suzuki DF50, however at £5,800 new to £5,000 (depending how you source it) - it isn't cheap. To keep my budget and marriage on track, would you opt for a second-hand engine, and if so - which one?
At this mid-power range there are lots to choose from, including Yamaha (which would be my preferred choice), Tohatsu, Honda, Suzuki and Evinrude. I'm not considering Mercury, which probably rules out Mariner.
Suzuki 50DF weighs a hefty 110kg, produces 815cc and retails for £5,800 new or £6,100 for the DF60. Ouch. Only second-hand examples I've seen to date are with boats.
The Tohatsu 50 TLDi comes with a 3 year warranty, uses 2-stroke technology, lightest of the group at 93.5kg and generates 697cc. New at just over £4k, but some nearly new examples on the second hand market at over £3k.
Honda 50 LRTU is one of the most expensive at £6k, weighs 98kg but comes with a 6 year warranty. Scare second-hand examples (varying conditions) for around £2-3k.
Yamaha F50 FETL, 5 year warranty, currently comes with a deal for a free choice of propeller, control box and gauges to suit your set-up, weighs a hefty 110kg. As far as I can see the 60hp weighs the same. Only second-hand examples I've seen are with boats, or a second-hand big-foot gearbox version for £3k. Would this be any use?
Evinrude E-tec. I don't have any details yet.
Any advice appreciated.