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Old 05 June 2003, 04:03   #11
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There I was, standing on the pontoon at Mayflower Marina next to 'BOB' the boat. Just could not work out why water was peeing out the back of the Suzuki, then Martin casually told me the engine was running - quite extraordinary - not a sound was coming from it!
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Old 05 June 2003, 07:51   #12
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Hello Nigel,

Unfortunately everything is original Suzuki install from brand new, so I'd guess that rules most stuff out, unless there is perhaps an electronic problem in the control box itself - this is probably something only the local dealer might be able to check on.

Charles, yeah, it really is that quiet, and frighteningly so. I left the thing idling in the marina the other day, and a guy came up and asked me to start it so he could hear it.... he was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was already running. That is one of my problems (don't get me wrong, I like it quiet).... when it stalls, you don't know about it until you find that putting gearshift into reverse doesn't get you anything..... by the time you've restarted, it's too late and the pontoon has been shunted

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Old 05 June 2003, 08:15   #13
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Stalling Suzuki's

Alex,

I know nothing about engines and electrics etc., but is it possible to fit some sort of alarm for when it stalls?

Please excuse my ignorance if this is a stupid question.
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Old 05 June 2003, 19:53   #14
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I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it does bleep at you when it stalls...... but in my case the whole thing just goes dead - I need to verify this with the manual though, and it's late now, so will check it tomorrow.

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Old 05 June 2003, 20:17   #15
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ON my four stroke ( I don't like em by the way) I use the Rev counter to tell me if the engine is running, and yes it really is that quiet.
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You don't like 4-strokes? Why not?

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You don't like 4-strokes? Why not?
Four strokes are brilliant engines. Quiet, economical, good to look at, easy to start, fume free, reliable and..........strictly for pensioners.

Mind you, as Humper celebrated his 51st this week, he should qualify.

As I have a bit of spare time at the moment, I'm lobbying my MP and Parliament for the removal of duty on marine petrol for leisure use. I've suggested that, to recoup some of the money that Mr. Brown would lose by doing this, he puts the duty on diesel instead.

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Old 06 June 2003, 09:25   #18
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re 4 stroke I wouldn't buy one out of choice again.

Aesthetically (that's gotta be spelt wrong) i got into RIBS because despite my smooth and cultured exterior, inside me beats the heart of a Hairy Arsed Celt and 4 strokes are just too smooth for me.

I like the grunt, noise, smell (almost as good as creosote) and powersnap of a twostroke and that's it. I also use to like the fact that the technology was easier to fix, but those days are gone

I don't think two strokes are much less economical at full chat than 4 strokes and they all carry the same envoirenmental approvals. I have to be honest and say that I am a big time favourite of Optimax's I think they are a great engine.

I am as always prepared to change my opinion when faced with hard evidence so I am very interested in Whiteshoes consumption on his lovely new lump, but his initial report was a bit Stella (reassuringly expensive).

If I was going to buy a stroke it would be a Yammie and if I could afford it I'd be interested in a Yammie HPDI 2 stroke. But Opti's do offer good value

If either of you are down in Southampton call in and I'll try and prove mypoint on the water.

re my age.....Tell me about it, for a long time now I've been concious that I was the oldest person at gigs now I am the close to being the oldest personon the forum
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Old 06 June 2003, 13:53   #19
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Despite the problems with my suzuki 4-stroke, I still feel I made the right decision when moving from 2-stroke.

My last rib had a tohatsu 70hp 2-stroke attached to the back.... not the latest low emissions one - it was great, started first time every time, instant power when you wanted it, and didn't smoke much. But - it was noisy both in idling, and running. When idling you'd look back and see the whole engine shaking around, and could always hear the damn thing. Also, fuel consumption was good, or so I thought.

I spent ages toying with getting a 150 optimax, and eventually gave out and went to the 140 Suzuki instead. The Optimax is a heavy engine, so adding an aux engine onto the transom too would have made the entire setup pretty stern heavy (also, the cost was a fair bit greater). This Suzuki 4-Stroke weighs nothing in comparision, and best of all, uses less fuel than my previous 70hp 2-stroke on a fuel used per mile basis, and even better on idling. The 70hp I had was bolted onto the back of a 5m rib, which was quite light, and flew up onto the plane without a problem. Although the Suzuki is not performing to its max, the acceleration is still amazing, with pretty instant throttle response. Crusing along at 3000rpm, an increase to full throttle will bring the revs almost instantaneously upto 5800rpm. I will admit after watching a 150 Yamaha HPDI burn me off the other day, that the performance on that was much greater, but for me, the cost to get that engine wouldn't have paid off for the amount I use the boat.

Stuart, are you still likely to be down in this neck of the woods anytime soon? - let me know if you are..... the pontoons by the local pubs are starting to appear up and down the river now

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Yes Alex we are hopinng to start coming down next weekend then in a couple weeks time.

I think we will be based around Llangary boatyard.

To be honest a lot of people are beginning to reckon the Suzuki 4 strokes. The important thing is that you are happy with the engine that you bought, cos it's a bit like a wife really........expensive to replace if you are not happy.

To be honest my Honda has been extremely reliable and it recovered very well when I asked it to run on sea water in theRound Ireland Challenge. It just doesn't press my butons

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