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Old 18 September 2018, 09:17   #1
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Johnson 15 hp 2 stroke

I am looking at the above engine but know nothing about them. Fresh water use only. Are they any good? Or a bag of spanners?

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Old 18 September 2018, 12:03   #2
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Never been a fan of Johnson delt with a 40&4 two stroke but I bought a 15 to go on a zodiac 310 it was the commercial spec one we still have it at work not in use but I tell you what it made that 310 fly if you can get it at the right dosh get it simple engine no frills looked after should serve well
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Old 18 September 2018, 12:12   #3
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I had one, the GT which was sold as a 10hp with an easily removed baffle to put it back up to 15hp. It was a very sweet motor, and Id say it was smoother than the Yamaha I also had at the time (ran them side by side on identical boats for a while).

It also had a front mounted gear change which was more convenient than the normal side mount.
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Old 18 September 2018, 15:06   #4
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I plan to use it on a whaly 370 plastic boat it looks like a sib
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Old 18 September 2018, 15:18   #5
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Should perform one up ok
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Old 18 September 2018, 19:56   #6
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Used 15 hp Johnson's exclusively in California in the 80's and 90's. Freshwater, saltwater, didn't matter, they were workhorses. I believe they were the same motor as Evinrude, just a different cowling.
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Old 19 September 2018, 03:40   #7
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Agree with above. They don't have the name or reputation of the Mercury, Mariner, Yamaha etc in the UK but are simple and usually robust motors. The advantage of their lower popularity should be a lower price than the most sought after makes.
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