Originally Posted by bartiny
Tidy + New do not make it any more (or less) reliable, any engine can develope a fault and 4 strokes have more to (potentially) go wrong than 2 strokes.
Again just my opinion
I agree, I would rather a 2 stroke based on weight, simplicity and of course my limited budget, I have worked on both 2 and 4 stroke motocross engines, I'm sure with familiarity I'll soon get to grips with these relatively simple outboards but it's understanding which are those to avoid through being to old to easily buy parts for & those that are preferred.
I don't mind an older engine as long as it does not look abused or well used, the few that I have seen so far have been put together from a mix of parts or had a lot of paint thrown at them in an attempt to make them look newer, then under the hood a different story unfolds.
Having travelled a bit looking with no luck so far, I think the advice from friends intimating that I will easily find a reasonably presented motor within my budget is becoming less likely, unfortunately with the family on board anything lower powered would not be sensible.
I won't give up yet but the way it's going I may just flog the dinghy & buy a couple of Canadian canoes, oars seem more easily available
Maybe another Speckled Hen will recharge the patients.