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Old 03 September 2012, 06:14   #1
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Which 50/60hp would you buy?

Having just bought a new toy, I need an engine for it. It will take a 50 or 60hp and I'm inclined toward buying new rather than used. Given the array of manufacturers to select from, which would you choose and why?
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This depends on a few factors i.e. how much you will use the boat and what features you deem to be the most important i.e.

Acceleration
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Devaluation
Availability of parts ( if there is a problem)
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Most important factors for me would be...

Reliability
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Most important factors for me would be...

Reliability
Fuel consumption
Quiet operation
Warranty/Back-up
Residual value
If buying new:

Reliability - Yamaha? Suzuki? Honda? Any others peeps?
Fuel consumption - Most 4 strokes will be pretty similar. Would imagine an etec is there or thereabouts at normal running speed but might not be so goofd on idle.
Quiet operation - all 4 strokes pretty quiet - anyone care to comment on etec?
Warranty/Back-up - This may depend on who your local dealer is.
Residual value - Yamaha?
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from what you have said I would look at Yamaha and Honda.

both of these have uk offices and both are used a lot by the commercial guys. Yam has been known for years as the most reliable, Honda's reputation has been growing over the last 15-20 years as they have only made 4 strokes but do offer an extra year warranty. Both or great on fuel and v quiet. The yam will hold its value a bit better than the Honda but parts if it does go wrong can be a pain (we have just ordered from the states due to a 8 week plus lead time from Yam for a 150hp 2008 engine) where as Honda are few days and we never had to wait longer than a week.

I would then check where your local dealers are for both of these and go with the one you hear better things about and how far away they are.
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yamaha 70 - 4 stroke weighs same as 50/60 more

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Actually, the Yam 70 is a little heavier. Okay, only 5kgs but the boat is only rated to max 60hp anyway.
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If buying new:

Reliability - Yamaha? Suzuki? Honda? Any others peeps?
Those three would probably top my list at present, though I'm open to persuasion on others.

Interestingly, the Honda 50 is a lighter engine at approx 97kg compared to the BF60 at 113kg, the Yam 50/60 both come in at 114kg, and the Suzuki DF50/60 at 104kg each.

... but I guess such differences are negligible on an outfit that will be circa 500kgs plus the weight of those aboard.
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from what you have said I would look at Yamaha and Honda.

both of these have uk offices and both are used a lot by the commercial guys. Yam has been known for years as the most reliable, Honda's reputation has been growing over the last 15-20 years as they have only made 4 strokes but do offer an extra year warranty. Both or great on fuel and v quiet. The yam will hold its value a bit better than the Honda but parts if it does go wrong can be a pain (we have just ordered from the states due to a 8 week plus lead time from Yam for a 150hp 2008 engine) where as Honda are few days and we never had to wait longer than a week.

I would then check where your local dealers are for both of these and go with the one you hear better things about and how far away they are.
Yamaha/Suzuki dealer on my doorstep, though being located near to the Hamble River there are dealers for all the major manufacturers within a 15-mile radius.
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