Originally Posted by ribraff
The later Mariner/Tohatsu engine is indeed fitted with the 18" midsection and the immersion kits are removed prior to sale, if any more come up i'll let you know.
Thanks but I think a change of plans will be in order . Bill Higham marine has aload of ex RNLI motors coming next week 50 Mariners which are rebadged Tohatsu's . They apparently have an extension piece in the gearcase to turn a short shaft into a long , whether thats how did it or how the RNLI wanted them I don't know .
They wan't 2 grand for a 2005 motor , I was quoted £2150 for a new one at the boatshow .
I wonder if the RNLI actually turn a profit on their used gear, makes you wonder doesn't it .
Anyway have been out for first cruise in the Futura this evening , the yam 25 uses very nearly as much fuel as the DF70 on my rib
so fitting a 40 or 50 carbed 2 stroke is out of the question , and apart from that I don't really think the Sib would benefit from the extra power you would only be able to use it in flat calm conditions so for most of the time a bigger motor would be almost ticking over and oiling up.