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Old 18 January 2008, 18:37   #11
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I was looking at my transom working out the best way to fit the Aux . It looks like with the main engine tilted right up the aux may clamp next to it . I couldn't run like that but lifting it on and off is the intention anyway . Its only the steering ram that is in the way of the clamps when the main motor is lowered .

Think Iam going to buy a new motor now , 200 plus for 10 yr old motor is too much IMO .
It has to be iether 3.5 tohatsu or 2.5 suzuki 4 stroke both same wieght and price , would prefer the suzuki but unsure if it will have as much go as the tohatsu . Iam thinking 4 stroke torque against the 2 stroke revs for slow speed use ?



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How would you steer it?
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Old 18 January 2008, 18:50   #12
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How would you steer it?
How about two of them
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Old 18 January 2008, 19:09   #13
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How about two of them
Or 3?
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Old 18 January 2008, 19:20   #14
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I figure I would steer it using the tiller handle on the aux , maybe need an extension handle ? At least it would reduce the drag of the main motor in the water

Think I will have to just get the motor then work it out from there . There's Not much time left for buying the little 2 strokes .
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Or 3?
oh one as a bow truster, great idea, think we could market it
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Old 18 January 2008, 19:35   #16
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I used to leave the main outboard down and steer using that as a rudder.
It was a bit hard to trun sharply but it worked well enough.
I wouldn't recommend the TS Tohasu 3.5, mine was forever seizing up and having to be stripped to get it working again. It eventually died electrically completely after only running less than 5 hrs in two years and I scrapped it to buy a 2.3 FS Honda last year. This has been fantanstic so far and has been very reliable.
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Old 18 January 2008, 19:41   #17
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I used to leave the main outboard down and steer using that as a rudder.
It was a bit hard to trun sharply but it worked well enough.
I wouldn't recommend the TS Tohasu 3.5, mine was forever seizing up and having to be stripped to get it working again. It eventually died electrically completely after only running less than 5 hrs in two years and I scrapped it to buy a 2.3 FS Honda last year. This has been fantanstic so far and has been very reliable.
That doesn't sound good news , i thought it was a well respected motor .

Maybe you can tell me Bruce how much more power did the tohatsu have than the Honda , did you ever use it on your rib for a donkey engine ?
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That doesn't sound good news , i thought it was a well respected motor .
They are, we have the 3.5 hp Johnson version (its white paint instead of grey) pushes the tender along nicely, never serviced and just chucked in the garage at the end of the season. Might be a little small for a rib, see if you can borrow one first to ty it.

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I found the carb linkages would seize up making it impossible to start until the whole thing was stripped down and freed off.
Eventually after two years with the only use being started occassionaly and the testing after each repair, it died completely and the electrical system, what little there is sealed, was Gubbed and beyond economic repair.
It just didn't like to be on the transom of a RIB as the salt water seems to corrode the alloy parts.
The Honda seems to be standing up to the abuse much better.
Both were used as Aux motors and both pushed a 5.3m rib along at approx 4knts, neither was faster than the other.
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[QUOTE) That doesn't sound good news , i thought it was a well respected motor .

By 1 dissatisfied user you cannot tell whether a brand is bad news, for instance in BVI from 12 engines I have personally seen, 10 were Tohatsu's, 1 Mercury and 1 Yamaha. And you see hundreds of them in mostly ribs cruising all day long as yacht tenders with excelent results.

http://www.pbase.com/locozodiac/image/82593974
http://www.pbase.com/locozodiac/image/82739127

Maybe the engine was poorly kept, electrical parts died prematurely due to humidity and very poor usage in such a number of years. Should use a proper marine grease to have all linkages working properly. A outboard must be started/used constantly.

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