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Old 20 September 2016, 11:30   #11
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My old man has a 1970s Yamaha 2 stroke 15hp.
It is light as a feather compared to my de - restricted Tohatsu 15hp 2010 4 stroke.
I regretted getting a 15hp almost right away as my Sib struggled to plane with any weight onboard.
From the outset I knew that the option to change the carb was always there if the 15hp was not enough. There's not a massive gulf in power output bwtween 15hp and 20hp but if your going to put your back out - you might as well do it lifting a 20hp.

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Old 20 September 2016, 13:30   #12
Country: UK - England
Town: Retford
Boat name: Spy-sea-one
Make: Mercury
Length: 3m +
Engine: Suzuki Outboard/25/4
MMSI: 235074042
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All above sound advice I run the same boat with a 25 Suzuki I could have managed easily with a 20 but I went for top hp which means I have the ability to cruse at low revs at a descent for transporting for me no point in lifting when you can make up a sack barrow to transport then the weight difference is insignificant 15@36 kg up to 25@61 kg 25 kg between them and if you drop it whilst carrying more problems?
To be honest the Mercury is a boat to trail too heavy to and awkward to keep setting up. IMO

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