Originally Posted by C-NUMB
Would it be a re branded Parsun? If so, i would not use it for any safety critical boating, quality might not be the same as for traditional brands.
Interesting question... Pulled the two websites up, compared the 5Hp. Techy wise the powerhead has simialr bore / stroke etc, same gearing, but that's where it ends. Cowls are totally different shapes, Parsun holds more fuel, and is heavier, which makes me think they are either just flukily similar with the piston & crank, or the Parsun has a bigger fuel tank therefore different case.
I remember looking at their 2-stroke ranges a while ago, which struck me as being "back to basics" cheap. Kind of reminded me of a 1960s tech in a new box. Whether that is a good thing or not is an opinion only you can form.....
The Merc Clamshells are a good example of stuff like this. Mine was in a Mid 70s state of build when I got it. Needless to say, it went the way a lot of those engines did. Cooked top piston & eventually pre- ignited itself to death. One new set of lighter weight pistons and a rebuild with less spark advance and a higher Max RPM to compensate and a couple of mods to the cooling later and they became quite reliable, but it was too late, the word on the water wasn't good, the damage was done. How long ago was it when you laughed as soon as someone bought a Skoda?
The only way we'll find out for sure is when people buy & use / abuse them. As for spares, looks like the reputation for that is going to be down to two dealers.... until someone figures out if they are old repackaged whatevers or not.