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Old 26 December 2017, 06:54   #41
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What's the revs showing when your doing 20 knots.?
I would say go down to a 10 inch pitch set your tilt at the second hole, with that boat you should easily plane with three people you might lose 1-2 knots at WOT depending on if your at max reves now.also people position might bog you down to sitting astern we use to move well forward until it got on the plane then move back.
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Old 26 December 2017, 11:04   #42
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Ok many thanks chaps. Seems like a 10 prop is my starting point. Were currently berthed for winter and in a particularly tight berth, stern to, with the rib on the back so its not easy to try out the rib until we leave at the beginning of March. So, Ill get it serviced and the prop changed and then do some tests once we are out and about again.

Many thanks for all the suggestions.

Fenlander. Many thanks for your nice comments on our home and transport 😀 blue hulls are a very mixed blessing. They are incredibly difficult to keep, but they do look nice! Same with teak decks - given a choice Id have neither but these boats usually come with both so no choice.

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Old 11 March 2018, 07:17   #43
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See here for some info on home diagnostics with the SDS system...

Suzuki SDS Diagnostics on my DF20AS.
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Old 15 May 2018, 16:18   #44
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Just completed the 2018 service... knowing the hours and use I took a pragmatic approach to the items I replaced so it only cost about 15 as oil and filter were the only items changed. Impeller fine. Anodes good. Drew a small sample of gear oil and that was clean so put it back and level as I filled it last year. Plugs still good. Diagnostics showed no faults.

Pleased to find my Pela vacuum extractor will pull out every drop of oil through the dipstick tube.

https://www.gaelforcemarine.co.uk/en...tr/m-2556.aspx

Now all ready for Cornwall in 4wks time.

Pleased I took the self servicing route. The yearly from the dealer would have been anything from 120-200 plus two 2hr return trips to drop off and collect. But more than the cost and travel saving I prefer to know exactly what 's been done.
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Old 16 May 2018, 11:01   #45
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Sounds good fenlander, I'm considering a new 20hp 4 stroke and it's a toss up between the new tohatsu or the suzuki you have . I think like yourself I'd chance the warranty and do the servicing myself
I was offered a new suzuki for 2150 a while ago but the deal is no longer available - Simon shopped about recently and the cheapest he could find it for was 2350
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Old 16 May 2018, 11:14   #46
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Yep that's about the price... I think Ely Chandlers in Cambridgeshire where mine came from are 2299 at the moment.

I am totally satisfied with the Suzuki but if I were deciding today would weigh up Suzuki vs the new Tohatsu Efi very carefully.
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Old 23 May 2018, 09:18   #47
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Hypothetically what do you think you'd go for if you were buying today - assuming self servicing and prices were the same?
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Old 23 May 2018, 10:05   #48
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Duggie I love the Suzuki and it's proved easy to service... nice to be able to get the diagnostics too. However as I've said above if it were stolen needing a replacement I would be 50:50 with the new Tohatsu 20Efi. I'd go and handle the Tohatsu and see if offered any advantages.

It could come down to some really small feature or even styling!
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Old 23 May 2018, 10:08   #49
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Yeah it's a toss of the coin for me. I think I'd go for the suzuki (just) because I have an on line suzuki mechanical consultant (that's you :-) ) and there seem to be more of them about so it's easier to get opinions about stuff if you run into any problems !
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Old 23 May 2018, 10:24   #50
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For me... accepting I was DIY servicing... I'd not buy the Tohatsu if there was no DIY access to diagnostics.

I wish more folks who have bought them would post about them... I'm sure there are one or two on here and also over at Fribs & SIBS.
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