Well I got a z9 Gemini thundercat purchased from the main supplier in the u.k. It was the Demo boat and is in good nick if you want it cheap.
The Tohatsu 50hp,not 60hp is the main racing engine, and its short shaft not long or standared shaft, if you want to race you gotta buy it from the sole agent and not any other tohatsu agent as you can save a grand but will not be allowed to race it.
Looks good on the front covers of magazines, but when I went to see them in action I got very bored.
The Tohasu two stroke carb model, is a good plodder and it is old tecknology re emissions but a very strong engine.
The importers know this! and it proberbly will not be allowed to be used in the next few yrs for racing,as it dont pass the up and comming emissions standardes for outboards.
The importers aint worried cos they will supply you or your friend and grandmother and her friend, that she only sees once a month for coffee, with another new motor if they want it, and can afford it! as it aint there problem, the new emmisions standardes, and they are hungry to sell off old stock.
In my opinion the boats are great fun, but if you want to race then your looking at loosing a lot of money when it comes to selling time?, and It may be worth finding out how much they will give you in hard cash and get it in writing, after a couple of yrs,and not as a part ex against another boat, as you might want a rib by then,you also may be unhappy as the only potential buyers are the people you bought it from.
Just like statick caravan being bought on a site and the only buyer is the happy site owner,The old tecknology Tohasu, does go slightley better into the wind but has a lot less leeway in a bad squall than a static caravan.