Originally posted by thewavehumper
...modern 2 strokes represent rather good value for money ...
That's the bit I don't (fully) agree with, Stu.
Look at Ribcraft's package pricing sheet...
Cheapest purchase price for 5.85 + 130-140hp motor is the Suzuki DF140 at £17, 041. You can pay an extra £954 for the Mariner 135opti if you choose, for the privilege of carrying around an extra 9kg on the transom and having to pop to the chandlers every weekend for a bottle of Optimax oil (or buy a bloody great barrel of the stuff
) and pouring the stuff into a little reservoir (or all over your hands like I do!)
OK there are advantages - yes, a super engine, great acceleration, service centres everywhere (that's one to think about - where will you use for service?) And proven reliability. But in terms of running costs, how are you going to get that £954 back, especially when you're forking out for 2-stroke oil? And I would always know that I'd paid for a 175hp engine with a restricted chip. Annoying or what!?!
Now have another look at the Ribcraft packages... and don't read this whilst you're eating Stuart, as you'll probably choke on your cornflakes, but their Honda 130 package is just £383 more than the Suzuki and includes a 5-year leisure warranty. Lets get the negatives out of the way - it's an Accord 2.2litre car engine on a Mercury leg(?), and referred to by many as the most boring outboard engine in the world. A bit heavy as well, and these engines had their reputation tarnished in the RIB world by being mounted on a 2-tonne mobile scaffolding rig commonly known as the Camel Trophy RIB. But a 5-year warranty is gold-dust in marine gear! And what's more boring than a RIB laid up with a blown engine waiting for a £££ rebuild - I think that the Honda owner would have more fun in that scenario. At least he'd get back out on the water without having to re-mortgage the wife!
When all said, it's a question of what you want. If excitement and adrenaline rush are your thing, then the Opti (or another good efi 2-stroke) would almost definitely be the choice, but then I don't reckon that the Ribcraft 5.85 would be the boat to match. Mind you, you'll get 40kts+ I guess... If you want low cost running and servicing then it's got to be the Honda, although I reckon that the Suzuki engine is probably the better piece of engineering out of those two.