Originally Posted by dejv
what about tohatsu ever heard of them?
Dejv - my understanding is that Selva and Yamaha 4 strokes are the same under the skin. I think they are also have better market penetration in southern europe than the UK. Whether you will get the same support/warranty etc from Selva may be a different question? It is a little like the difference between a Skoda and an Audi. However whilst Skoda now have widespread market acceptance and reputation - Selva are still just entering the UK market - so do you want to be an early adopter for the Brand? Do you want to risk that when you sell it in 3 yrs time they are still largely an unknown quantity?
The following brands are all "mainstream" in the UK 4stroke outboard market:
Do Etec go as small as 25 HP with their "modern" direct injection 2 stroke stuff? They would also be considered credible - but the traditional weight benefits of 2 stroke won't apply.
For each of those brands I would be comparing price and weight. There isn't really much between most of these in terms of reliability with new engines (and most will be offering 5 yr warranties). The key factor for many people will be who their local dealer is - so if a problem does develop they can get it fixed locally rather than travelling hundreds of miles to the approved service centre.