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Old 05 July 2006, 10:42   #1
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Small outboards

I'm after a small outboard for a dinghy -- ideally a Johnson 3.5 2-stroke.

Any suggestions for a good purveyor of second hand outboards? Or somewhere cheap for a new one?

Failing that it'll have to be Ebay!

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Old 05 July 2006, 11:39   #2
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John you could try Kings marine at Chertsey they had couple small second hand engines (not sure of the size but looked OK) in there week or so back 01932 564830
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Old 05 July 2006, 13:10   #3
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Yep kings marine had a few yesterday when i popped down to pick up my rib!! Was having a sniff around for an aux for mine but nothing stood out for me. a couple of smaller engines there.
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Old 05 July 2006, 13:24   #4
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Not exactly what you want but I have a Honda 2 HP 4-stroke which is in pretty good nick. Previously was on a yacht tender and was claimed to have only done 10-20 hours. I got it for the back of a wooden sailing dinghy 2 years ago. In my hands it has done something like 10 hours max before we sold the boat (and moved up to a RiB). Kept the engine with a plan to use as an aux. but there isn't enough space on the transom. I think we paid 275 for it - would be willing to accept a sensible offer - to fund a DSC and an old evinrude 2st aux that will fit on my transom and is lurking in the depths of the chandlers "for repair only" section.


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Try Redline Outboards in Abingdon-he had some pretty good deals on new 2 stroke Mariners-think they were 3.3hp?

They were around the same price as a 2nd hand recent one.
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Not exactly what you want but I have a Honda 2 HP 4-stroke which is in pretty good nick.
I think I'd better stick with a 2-stroke as the engine is likely to be chucked into the boot of a car quite a lot, and I can't be sure to keep it right side up. I know they don't have to be kept vertical, but I wouldn't want to end up with oil where it shouldn't be!

Or is this a non-issue with a modern small 4-stroke? There must be loads of them out there being abused by now!
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Try Redline Outboards in Abingdon-he had some pretty good deals on new 2 stroke Mariners-think they were 3.3hp?

They were around the same price as a 2nd hand recent one.
Thanks. I'll give them and Kings a ring tomorrow.

My local outboard dealer (Oakleys) recommended that I give the Merc/Mariner/Tohatsu a miss as they apparently have cooling problems. Anyone heard of this?

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My local outboard dealer (Oakleys) recommended that I give the Merc/Mariner/Tohatsu a miss as they apparently have cooling problems. Anyone heard of this?

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John,I think all small outboards have cooling problems as the salt water blocks the narrow cooling channels in the head as the water evaporates after use,this seems to happen even on outboards flushed in fresh water after every use,I have found that it is a yearly chore to take the head/leg off and declog.
Larger outboards dont suffer the same as the cooling channels are larger.
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My local outboard dealer (Oakleys) recommended that I give the Merc/Mariner/Tohatsu a miss as they apparently have cooling problems. Anyone heard of this?

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I have never had any problems, with any of the merc/Tohatsu type 3.3 engines, all be used & abused, on the back of a Melges 24,sail boat, more or less flat out, then bunged into the bilge's whilst racing, then remounted and flat out again, In fact, bough another Tohatsu for use as a aux for the Solent, and on the back of the Avon tender
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I think I'd better stick with a 2-stroke as the engine is likely to be chucked into the boot of a car quite a lot, and I can't be sure to keep it right side up. I know they don't have to be kept vertical, but I wouldn't want to end up with oil where it shouldn't be!

Or is this a non-issue with a modern small 4-stroke? There must be loads of them out there being abused by now!
I think its a fair point. There are 2 ways you can lie the engine down safely without oil ending up in the cylinder. If it is just you doing it then it will be fine. If random people might do it then thats different. I did lie it down wrong once and it wouldn't start - took the plug out gave it a wipe, turned it over a few times - popped the plug back in and after a few pulls - hey presto. It then smoked like a 2 stroke for 5 mins.

It does have the advantage of being air cooled so none of the cooling issues you expect with some other outboards. But I appreciate the reasons why a 2-smoke might be preferable.
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I ve owned:
Suzuki 2HP 2stroke (noisy, ultra relaible, no gearbox, very light)
Honda 2HP 4 stroke, ( noisy due to air cooling, a pig to start, sounds like a machine gun, had problems with storage and oil oiling up the plug due to lying it down in the cockpit locker of a sailing cruiser.
Currently have a Yamaha Malta 3HP, its a Yamaha, enough said, Its heavier than the others (17kg), you can start it with your little finger, has a twist grip throttle and tilt settings, its 1995 and has never missed a beat
My money would go on a Mariner/Mercury/ Tohatsu 3.3/3.5 as used on the J24's they can take all sorts of punishment, have a seperate gearbox and there are some good deals to be had on new models.
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