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Old 04 February 2014, 17:05   #11
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I would say tohatsu. they are just bulletproof, simple and reliable. Only brand I would choose over them is yamaha
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Old 04 February 2014, 17:06   #12
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haha, thanks for all the reply i think ill go for the tohatsu as it will only be for light use in the summer and i will be buying wheels for the inflatable so i can mount the engine before going to the water.

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Old 04 February 2014, 18:12   #13
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Have you got a helper for the engine lift and fitting? That's a lot of weight...
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Old 04 February 2014, 18:42   #14
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As I recall, Tohatsu started out making salt water approved motors for fisherman while Evinrude, Johnson, and Mercury were making basically fresh water motors with little to no stainless parts.

Tohatsu has always made their motors simple to facilitate field repairs. They produce probably more units than any other manufacturer. It would be hard to go wrong with one of their motors.

For an inflatable boat user, don't forget the 9.8 and 18 HP motors which basically owned the inflatable boat market.

In the EFI field for small motors, they have engineered 25 and 30 HP motors which run without a battery.
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Old 04 February 2014, 18:47   #15
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thanks all for the replies, one more question how fuel efficient are the tohatsu 20hp outboards?

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Old 05 February 2014, 02:40   #16
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My 15 is very efficient I used it on Sunday over a full day cruising around at full power and going against the wind I only used 5 litres.
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I've had my Tohatsu 9.8 two stroke for two seasons now, and have been very happy with it.

The engine starts easily and runs well, even at extended canal use at pretty much tickover speed.

The 9.8hp only weighs 26kg, which is great, as it can be lifted easily with one hand. My 2.8m SIB goes like a rocket with this engine fitted, although it might not be enough for you if you are looking for the 20hp version.
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Old 05 February 2014, 05:30   #18
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I do not undesrtand why are you comparing a 10hp 4 stroke Honda to a 20hp 4stroke Tohatsu.
BF20 4stroke Honda, short shaft, tiller handle, manual start is 47kg.
MFS20C 4stroke Tohatsu, short shaft, tiller handle, manual start is 52.5kg.

Honda lower weight is due to the engine being a 15hp block with a modified carburetor.

Honda was the firt 4stroke outboard manufacturer, many years before any other.
I have read many times Tohatsu is very reliable - on 2 stroke.
Honda is also pointed as the more expensive manufacturer. I do not know if this is true.

Just because of weight, I would choose between a 2 stroke second hand 18hp Tohatsu or a BF20 4 stroke Honda.
2 stroke engines are lighter and easier to handle because weight is mostly in the leg rather than in the head. Also, they can be laid on both sides: you cannot do this with a 4 stroke, as the oil gets out of the engine.

Even though...watch out for the weight. Even a BF20 4stroke Honda or a 18HP 2stroke Tohatsu can be too heavy to handle on your own.
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I do not undesrtand why are you comparing a 10hp 4 stroke Honda to a 20hp 4stroke Tohatsu.
BF20 4stroke Honda, short shaft, tiller handle, manual start is 47kg.
MFS20C 4stroke Tohatsu, short shaft, tiller handle, manual start is 52.5kg.

Honda lower weight is due to the engine being a 15hp block with a modified carburetor.

Honda was the firt 4stroke outboard manufacturer, many years before any other.
I have read many times Tohatsu is very reliable - on 2 stroke.
Honda is also pointed as the more expensive manufacturer. I do not know if this is true.

Just because of weight, I would choose between a 2 stroke second hand 18hp Tohatsu or a BF20 4 stroke Honda.
2 stroke engines are lighter and easier to handle because weight is mostly in the leg rather than in the head. Also, they can be laid on both sides: you cannot do this with a 4 stroke, as the oil gets out of the engine.

Even though...watch out for the weight. Even a BF20 4stroke Honda or a 18HP 2stroke Tohatsu can be too heavy to handle on your own.
thanks for the reply i am wanting to compare the different hp engines because they are in the same price range and am wondering if i would better buying a larger cheaper engine or a smaller engine

thanks jack.
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Tohatsu every time

I had a 70c two stroke Tohatsu, bullet proof, used for 8 years, never missed a beat.

Parts very reasonable, dealers very supportive

I guess ask any zapcat racer, Tohatsu are the only manufacturer who warrant their engines for racing plus all the baby mercury engines are made under license by tohatsu
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