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Old 26 September 2007, 07:18   #1
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ex RNLI contract motors

In my search for a bigger SIB motor the Tohatsu 50 I wanted is long gone .

However 2 local dealers have ex RNLI mariner 40s for sale . They have a 1 year warranty amd are supposed to have been back to Mariner and completely checked out . They can't tell me how old they are exactly but are a "couple or so years old" in the dealers words.
At 1750 the price is reasonable but its still an unknown quantity .

Anyone had one or using one what do ya think . What are the small mariner 2 strokers like ?
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Old 26 September 2007, 08:27   #2
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ex Contract mariners.

I have run twin ex contract mariners on my Osprey since I brought it, originally the older (yamaha) type 40,s and have recently upgraded to two of the newer type you are thinking about.

I like them, good reliability, come with a few extas (twin tell tales to name but one!) and if they are ex contract they would as you say have been back to Barrus for a complete check.

If for sale now (without previous owner) they are probably about 3 years old but you can find the age by several means, check the manufacturers plate on the engine, or get the serial number and check through the mariner power web site. or if they are ex RNLI they may even have the date painted on the side.
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Old 26 September 2007, 08:37   #3
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Thanks for that , got to be quick by the sound of it , these and similar motors seem to be like finding Rocking horse droppings .

The 2 stroke laws are going to kill the small SIB market as there seems to be nothing 4 stroke with tiller steer about 40hp
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If you ask for the serial number you should be able to get a date from it. I would steer clear if there's no number-for various reasons.

Do they come with the immersion proofing kit?
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A batch of the 50hp engines have just been offered out by the RNLI, they are the Tohatsu 50's rebadged as Mariners, i won't tell you what price they were offered at!
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Old 26 September 2007, 11:23   #6
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why would the rnli rebadge engines??
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I don't think the RNLI rebadged them, i'm guessing that mariner could'nt supply this model from their own range for some reason so bought in Tohatsu's? ....'anyone know the story?
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A batch of the 50hp engines have just been offered out by the RNLI, they are the Tohatsu 50's rebadged as Mariners, i won't tell you what price they were offered at!

Please tell me , where can I get one .

As I understand it Tohatsu actually make the new 4 stroke mariners .

Mat i know nothing about the imersion proofing kit but could be a good thing, Iam still trying to get some more info on the 2 motors that are on offer . I Understand the older mariner was a yamaha , but not sure who has made the latest ones , I think they are Tohatsu .

The mariner website doesn't actually list a 40hp only a 30 and 50 .
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Its never simple is it .
In my trawl for info Iam told that the ex RNLI motors may have a non standard shaft length ,and inch or shorter that a normal Long shaft .
I find that hard to believe .

So what about the Ex contact 50's then Ribraff ??
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Its never simple is it .
In my trawl for info Iam told that the ex RNLI motors may have a non standard shaft length ,and inch or shorter that a normal Long shaft .
I find that hard to believe .
Tis troo thow.

The ones used on the D class boats have a 'medium shaft' ie 18" from saddle to cav plate.
The D class inflatables used to run standard shaft motors - don't know when or why they changed.
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