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Old 22 February 2006, 15:58   #1
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What 50hp engine

Need advice on what engine to fit to 4.5 humber rib Honda 50hp 4 stroke or
Tohatsu ELPTO 50hp 2 stroke every one tell me Honda's are to heavy for this size rib what would you fit also the Tohatsu engine good or bad points if you can help.

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Old 22 February 2006, 16:07   #2
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Just watch some Zapcat racing!!! All Tohatsus and go like hell. Made by Nissan if you didn't know.
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Old 22 February 2006, 16:07   #3
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Honda is by far supreme. they are reliable and smooth . yes they are heavy and do make a rib sit low in the water. you will find that the honda starts first time every time GO FOR THE HONDA.
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I guess the Honda 130 really did ruin the Honda image.

The Honda 50 isn't heavy – in fact its quite a bit lighter than the Yamaha and Mercury equivalents - almost 20kg lighter – probably not much heavier than the Tohatsu.

Having said that the Honda 50 only has 3 cylinders and is carburetted, so it’s not going to be that great performance wise.
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Depends on whether you want 2-stroke acceleration, or 4-stroke quietness and economy. When you're in the 50hp territory, running costs aren't enormous anyway.
Are you looking at new or second hand?
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tohatsus are very noisy. thats the only major problem.
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I guess the Honda 130 really did ruin the Honda image.


For a 50hp, my money would definitely be on a yamaha 4-stroke, or a mariner 4-stroke.
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there is only one advantage to buying a Honda and that's the warranty which is a long one. They are pretty reliable
and well made

but

If I was a 4 stroker I'd by Yammie and if I was a Two stroker I'd buy a Yammie. I think they make the best engines but the tohatsu 2 stroke is reliable and powerful and relatively easy to maintain
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tohatsus are very noisy. thats the only major problem.
That's certainly true - this either adds to the drama or becomes an irritant depending on your point of view...

I would also add that some of the fittings are not quite as chunky as a Yamaha for example - the cowl on the tohatsu 50 has quite a flimsy rubber seal held on with staples started to come adrift during transport - (mind you I did have the outboard box lashed across the bow of a 4m searider wind against tide back to Cowes from southampton) - but a good reliable engine overall
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