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Old 31 May 2014, 09:59   #11
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Thats called a hosepipe, not a pressure washer

You want a short shaft engine.
Ahah, close enough!

So, this engine wouldn't "fit"?

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Ahah, close enough!

So, this engine wouldn't "fit"?

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Nope, thats a long shaft.

You want a short shaft or sometimes called a standard shaft.
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Nope, thats a long shaft.

You want a short shaft or sometimes called a standard shaft.
What would happen with this engine? The propeller would be too deep and do some amazing wheelies like this?

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If you want optimum performance from your engine, you need the right shaft length for the transom.

With high powered boats getting it wrong could be serious, but TBH using the wrong small hp engine on your boatwouldnt be the end of the world.

The issues you would have:
Could be difficult to start due to increased back pressure on the exhaust.
Reduced speed due to increased drag.
If the boat planes, it could be a bit "tippy" (like your video)
You will probably catch the prop on the floor more because its 33% longer than you expect.

A few of my sailing friends do use the long shaft engines off the main boat on a tender, no one has drowned yet ! But it is much better to get the right engine for the job.
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Thanks mate! BTW, wouldn't the propeller also be more exposed? Maybe it could be a problem when I get to the beach.


I am having a hard time finding a proper engine for my sib. I can only seem to find old pieces of junk that need restoring. I can't find a short shaft Tohatsu, even more the 6 hp...

So tell me, are those 2.something hp 4 stroke tender outboards worth a shot? I have been reading some bad reviews about the Honda 2.3, but there are also people saying wonderful things about them.
If I end up going for something like this what brand should I go for? Honda, Suzuki, Mercury or Genovo?
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Yep, you will probably catch the prop more.

I'm not a big fan of single cylinder 4 stroke outboards, too complicated and need far too much attention IMHO.Some are better than others (I used a 2.5hp Suzuki the other day and it was suprisingly good.) Honda not well liked. Light weight sibs just suit 2 stroke outboards better, they are simple, light, robust and you can ignore them for months and they still start and run.

Finding an engine is a challenge even in the UK, keep looking, something will come up. Keep an eye on Ebay UK, things occasionally appear in Portugal. I bought a nearly new Zodiac 285FR and a 2006 4hp Mariner for 400, it was listed on Ebay UK, but pick up only from Spain (just down the road from my Dads :-) ).
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And in terms of fuel consumption, is there much difference?

Another fact that may be relevant is that I'll probably be carrying the engine in the trunk of my car. Will this affect a 4 stroke engine or it's just a problem for long periods of time?
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At this size of outboard you wont notice a difference in fuel consumption between 2 and 4 stroke, you can put a 4 stroke in the boot, you just need to lie it the correct way.
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At this size of outboard you wont notice a difference in fuel consumption between 2 and 4 stroke, you can put a 4 stroke in the boot, you just need to lie it the correct way.
What's the correct way to lie it?

So if I get it right, the only disadvantage of a 2 stroke vs a 4 stroke (of this power) is the smoke and having to mix the oil with the gas.
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What's the correct way to lie it?

So if I get it right, the only disadvantage of a 2 stroke vs a 4 stroke (of this power) is the smoke and having to mix the oil with the gas.

It depends on the engine, most of them have a sticker telling you.

I dont see it as a disadvantage, I love the smell of 2 stroke oil in the morning

2 stroke V 4 stroke has been done to death, have a search on the forum.
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