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Old 10 February 2019, 19:54   #11
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As far as I know they can only be laid on one side...well at least ours can.
Otherwise good little motor.
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Old 10 February 2019, 20:20   #12
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I'm scarred from childhood fighting a tidal estuary and not being able to make it back to safety because of only a 3.5hp Evinrude.

Forward 40 years, was fine launching into a flooding river Trent which must have been moving at 5 or 6 knots. 3.8m + 20hp was reassuring having four people onboard, a 3m SIB +Torqeedo could not have managed at all even with one person. Not saying you need the max rating, just get something bigger than 3.5hp! Too limiting at best. "Getting away with it" is too risky even unsafe? Hope you have a good anchor and radio lol.
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Old 11 February 2019, 03:07   #13
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Try and experience one of the tiny little two stroke air cooled motors before buying, noisy, buzzy little buggers.

You don't mention budget but personally for relaxation and all round ability I'd look at a modern Suzuki 4 stroke 6 or similar. 24kg. The 8's go up in weight quite a bit.

If budget lower then still plenty of older used ones around and with many 4/5/6 being the same weight I'd still want the best bang for weight. A 2.5 is OK for pootling from the mother ship to the jetty but will be tiring if out for longer periods.

Here's an eBay search to gauge what's about:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Boat-Engi...c&LH_PrefLoc=1


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUZUKI-DF...YGQN:rk:6:pf:0
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Old 11 February 2019, 04:34   #14
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Terry
the link i gave you if you look on the site at used and new outboards you will get a feel for prices and specs secondhand lightweight outboards are holding their price might be better looking at new for a few hundred more i think the 3.5 mariner on the site is about 599. secondhand 425
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Old 14 February 2019, 16:52   #15
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outboard for 3.0 metre sib

Thanks guys for all the advice. I keep trying to reply and the replies don't appear in the thread, dunno what's wrong with it or me.
I'm taking the old Honda 5 to a place locally and they'll have a look and see if they want to make a PX offer.
They sell all makes of o/bs.
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In my opinion all the 2.5hp 4strokes are hateful engines. The Suzuki had a weak gearbox dog, hondas have or had mild steel carb bowls, Yamaha had too lean a slow speed jet in from the factory.

My choice would be a Yamaha Malta 2 stroke or 4/5 2 stroke
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