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Old 27 March 2004, 09:45   #1
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I Need a new engine !

Iíve just spent the last hour and a half getting back to shore at 4.7Knots, this was due to my Evinrude 60 packing in on me again!
Lucky for me I carry a 6hp Johnson for this kind of emergency and so I managed to keep out of the way of the Liverpool SeaCat.
This happened quite a few times last year and so I think itís time for a change, I need a reliable engine.

Iím looking for any help or feed back on 4 stroke engines, 50hp to about 75hp

Can anyone recommend a good dealer or give advice on preference (Honda, Yamaha etc)

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Old 27 March 2004, 14:02   #2
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Well:

Mercury and Mariner fourstrokes are the same engine.
Suzuki and Johnson fourstrokes are the same engine.

So really its a choice of 3, the 2 above and a yamaha and yamaha share some of the same blocks with merc/mariner, the 115 is shared, not sure about the others.

IMO you cant go wrong with any of the fourstrokes on the market at the moment and it just a case of shoping around untill you get a really good deal on one.
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Old 27 March 2004, 14:21   #3
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Why do you want a four stroke.

Yamaha 3 pot 70 BETOL is very difficult engine to beat.

Tohatsu 70 also reliable

the new tohatsu TLDI range should also be investigated IMHO

If you insist on 4 stroke then look carefully at the weights of the engines you are considering and also how the power is measures. i.e the Prop or the Crank.
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Old 27 March 2004, 14:31   #4
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Send a message via AIM to Graham H
Give Bill Higham Marine a ring he has new & used engines most makes in stock 0161 790 7678 www,billhigham.co.uk not far from you just of #13 M60
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Old 28 March 2004, 02:51   #5
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Thanks gents

To be honest I thought that for reliability 4 strokes seem to be the dog's doo dah's, maybe Iím wrong.
I'll certainly look at Tohatsu its one name that never came to mind.

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Old 29 March 2004, 02:37   #6
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Hawkerj - So what happened to the Evinrude then when it stopped, would be interested to know what the exact problem was and potential outcome of your problems, having completely rebuilt and re sleeved my evinrude i completely sympathise with you right now, i also broke down about 4 miles out and it took me 2 hours to limp back to the slipway.

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Old 29 March 2004, 05:34   #7
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e-tec/ new opti

Well if you want reliability and durability, you should be looking at the new evinrude e-tec:

http://www.evinrude.com/e-tec/default.htm?OT

So over engineered and durable, that there is no scheduled dealer maintenance for 3 years. My local outboard dealer stocks johnson, evinrude, mercury/mariner and honda, but swears by these. They use barely any oil, are very quiet and clean and are seriously light. There were twin 90 e-tecs on the back of the new Redbay Hurricane at the LBS.

A sworn optimax man myself, I still would have gone for one of these on my new boat, but i needed a 135, and they only go up as far as 90 at the moment.

Also don't forget that there's a new optimax 75 out now as well.

http://www.mercurymarine.com/mercury_75_optimax
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Old 29 March 2004, 05:55   #8
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Possibly......

the nicest looking outboard around.

E-tec 75

£6,089 (retail)
138kg

A 60 may also suit you. Very light at 107kg
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Old 29 March 2004, 05:57   #9
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and another one
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Old 29 March 2004, 06:01   #10
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New Opti 75

Mercury Optimax 75

£6,599 (retail)
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