OK, real world snapshots:
My merc - Bought for your resale value, approx £1k of bits added due to previous ownere @rsing with the spark advance. I now have an as new engine for approx £1300. Granted it's an old tec premix. Servicing costs: Fuel pump diaphragm, impeller, a gearbox full of oil and 30 mins of my time once a year.
The Honda with it's 6 year warranty will require that + an engine oil change. I also assume it would need dealer serviced to keep the warranty valid? How much is a dealer service?
Let's be realistic - £2k for a 2- stroke isn't what you or anyone would pay for an oily smelly premix machine from 1972. It's a late model autolube with low hours & lots of TLC. That engine will not have lost £1800 in 4 years (abuse notwithstanding)
The £200 engine is the sort of tat I have fun rebuilding. So far I have bought two sub £100 engines, thrown between £20 - £200 of bits at them, used for a year or so and sold on for a bit more than the cost of the bits + the engine. Another two I have sold for what I bought them for.
Moral of the story: Be wary when making assumptions on the resale value of museum pieces!
Another reason I like 2-stroke - If you can find me a nice quiet clean 4- stroke (or new tech 2- stroke!) 60Hp at or around the 85Kg mark I'd be very interested in swapping. Put this in perspective: the trusty Yam 60 Autolube is right on the limit for my transom. (and I still want to hang an aux.)
Originally Posted by clydeoutboards
We need to disagree for the first time on this one.
As we have both now thrown enough at the thread that it's beginning to go round in circles, I think we should probably agree to disagree.
As we are also likely to find ourselves in the same pub by a pier sometime and I'd rather be talking ribnet banter over a glass of something than glaring at each other through the smoke from my engine* acoss the room!
Bottom line is the old tech 2-stroke works for me. 4 stroke works for you. They both push our boats along in a way that suits us.
Let's all get back to answering Chris' questions so he can decide what's best for him.
* It's not that bad, honest!