Honda or Yamaha 50???
Greetings to everyone from a first time poster and a new member. I am in the fairly rib-less USA and am just about to buy my third small rib. The last was an AB AL3.50 and Now I'm looking seriously at a Caribe delux 13, a farily deep vee hull, 13'4" long, 6' beam, console. Weighs 420 lbs.
I'm trying to decide which motor to buy. I want a four stroke and am pretty much looking at either the Yamaha F50, or the F40 or a Honda 50. The Yamaha is heavy, weighing 230 lbs while the Honda is about 200, and this seems like a big plus for the Honda. The Honda will also cost me somewhat less than the Yamaha. What I'm looking for is anyone with experience with both engines. I care as much about smoothness and noise level as I do about absolute speed. Another high priority is corrosion resistence.
The dealer of the boat states that it is an excellent performer with 40 HP but the manufacturer says go "at least 50, 60 is even better"
Any advise or personal experience with these engines or boats will be greatly appreciated.
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