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Old 20 December 2010, 02:11   #11
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so what outboard do you recommend then
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so what outboard do you recommend then
IIRC only the Honda 2/2.3 are air cooled - so almost any other outboard would be better on the ear! They are also quite "wide" so if you can fit one of them you'd probably get a 3.3 or bigger of another type on their. If you are not storing it on the transom all the time then i'd go 2 stroke so you don't need to worry about which way round to lie it down. More horses is always going to be more reassuring!
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Old 20 December 2010, 05:30   #13
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There is an engine out there that I think I'm safe in saying has carried almost every manufacturer's livery at some point in it's production history. - It's the square plastic case with a vertical throttle lever on the front. Nice & slim, and some (Def. Tohatsu & maybe Mariner or Suz) badged ones were 3.5HP. They have been sold as low as 1.5 Hp (presumably for tenders & canoes). Weigh about 12Kg fully fuelled, F/N gears and are slim enoguh to fit on an SR4 transom.
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Other option if you don't mind going a bit older is the Johson / Evenrude twin pot 4. They are also relatively slim, weigh about 13 KG fully fuelled and have the advantage that it will still run if you loose a cylinder. Newer ones had a F/N select, otherwise it's a permanently in gear Stop / go, so need to make sure you are pointing roughly the right way when and / or have a plan before it fires. I've got one as my Aux, and it took me the entire N/S leg of Loch etivce last summer during the 70 Wild miles event. Used it because it was better that at 3/4 throttle than the main at ticjkover oiling up at canoe speed! I think Pol has the 2Hp single cyl version as his Aux. Plenty of them secondhand.
http://www.old-omc.de/e_1973/seite_18_19.jpg
http://www.old-omc.de/e_1972/seite_04_05.jpg

Other option is two of the first one I mentioned & have a 2Hp each side of the main!
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thanks for the advice can you look out for second hand outboards if you see any good ones thanks
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I was going to mention the Tohatsu too

£600 should buy you a new 3.5hp, do a google shopping search
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thanks for the advice sounds good will check it out
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I would buy a 3.5hp Mercury / Mariner longshaft fourstroke
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I was going to mention the Tohatsu too

£600 should buy you a new 3.5hp, do a google shopping search
The Tohatsu 3.5hp is a cracking little engine. I bought one of the last 2-strokes in 2008 from Extreme Marine as an auxilliary.
My only criticism is the transom bracket and tilt push bolt isn't robust enough. It's fine if it was your main engine on a little tender, but not as an auxilliary, bouncing around. This needs to be secured while underway (under tension with ratchet strap), or there's a good chance it will disintegrate!
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It's fine if it was your main engine on a little tender, but not as an auxilliary, bouncing around. This needs to be secured while underway (under tension with ratchet strap), or there's a good chance it will disintegrate!
That could be said of most small engines........

Other thing to remember - Longshaft on the low Horsepower engines isn't the same long as the "big" ones. I forget where the cut- off is, but below about 20 Hp I would use actual measurements. Chances are you'll need a long shaft - when I had a short shaft as an aux I had to be sat on the toob beside it to keep the prop in the water.
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