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Old 05 December 2008, 22:58   #11
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Old 06 December 2008, 17:56   #12
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i use an 8hp 4 stroke on my 3.4 sib and it does what i want it to ,but think i would go for a few extra hp .
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Old 07 December 2008, 07:46   #13
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Used to run an 8hp 2st Johnson on an avon 3.1 RIB - fine on flat water one or two up, anything more and it struggled. I coudl only just carry it & it had a built in handle. You could get a 10 that was the same weight , but I didn't want to pay the extra money !

No point killing yourself carry the thing - it'll put you off using it & spoil the enjoyment.
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Old 08 December 2008, 11:37   #14
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8hp enough ?

I agree with one of the previous replies.
Try and get hold of a 9.8 Tohatsu 2 stroke, it is light enough for me to carry in and out of my motor home, and im only 5ft 6in tall and have no problem moving it around.
Good on fuel too.
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I agree with one of the previous replies.
Try and get hold of a 9.8 Tohatsu 2 stroke, it is light enough for me to carry in and out of my motor home, and im only 5ft 6in tall and have no problem moving it around.
Good on fuel too.
As someone stated :"Also as mentioned, the Tohatsu 9.8 2/s is a cracking engine for this size of boat".


I'll second that Mechanic, mates that don't know Tohatsu thinks that a 9.8 is a 9.9,a complete error, 9.8 is the max update to same 8.0 with same CC and performs much better than any 8.0 HP. Other brands doesn't have a 9.8, next one is 9.9 younger brother to 15 HP, much heavier that a 9.8.

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Just an update. I tracked down a 2004 Tohatsu 9.8/2 in excellent condition so I'm very happy and all set to go. Thanks for all the advice chaps. What would we do without the Internet eh?
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Old 25 February 2009, 16:20   #18
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I'd agree with the previous post - get a two stroke 15hp.

I have tried out an 8hp two stroke and a 8hp Yamaha four stroke. There is a huge difference. The two stroke gets up and goes far quicker and it also a lot lighter. The extra 15hp would allow you to get a better fuel efficiency at cruising speed and allow you to take more people and therefore have more fun!

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