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Old 14 January 2013, 05:50   #11
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Lifting it off & on - NEVER underestimate how difficult that can be in even a slight roll, even a small engine - epecially if you care about the state of your Gelcoat.
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Old 14 January 2013, 05:59   #12
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I use a Yamaha 8hp 2 stroke with a high thrust propeller for the job .
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Old 14 January 2013, 06:00   #13
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Lifting it off & on - NEVER underestimate how difficult that can be in even a slight roll, even a small engine - epecially if you care about the state of your Gelcoat.
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Old 14 January 2013, 06:06   #14
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A 4-6 hp 4 stroke ways the same as the 9.8 2 stroke Suzuki. I've got both. For your use I'd go for a 6hp 4 stroke as at least you don't have to worry about pre-mixing the fuel. I'd also go for the external tank option rather than rely on a very small internal tank.

How are you going to mount it ?
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For your use I'd go for a 6hp 4 stroke as at least you don't have to worry about pre-mixing the fuel.
Indeed - the same reason I actively want a premix aux!

Just bear in mind that if your main has died as a result of water in the fuel or whatever other tank related reason, that might lull you into a false sense of security.
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Hmm, I don't really understand the reasoning. If you took the fuel for the aux from a separate plastic tank there should be no cross contamination unless you filled tank and boat from the same source. If you did that you'd still have the same problem whether it is 2 or 4 stroke. However, you can stop the fuel getting stale by taking it off the boat and using it in car, motorbike etc if it is a 4 stroke. The larger outboards (my tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke for example) tend to only have external tanks.
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In the past people have pointed out the advantage of common fuel..... I should maybe have typed a little more background to that thought!

Probably more relevant to twin engine setups.
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