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Old 05 February 2014, 13:23   #21
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My local marine dealer, who I am friendly with shared his opinion on sub 50 hp engines with me last summer.
In his 40 plus years in the trade his experience had led him to the following conclusion.
Yamaha by far make the best small outboards!
He never said who made the best large outboards but was quite adamant that Yamaha were tops in the sub 50 hp sector.
He slated Parsun and the Chinese outboards saying he all but refuses to work on them now.
He said Tohatsu Suzuki Honda etc etc were all good but not a patch on a Yamaha.
I've never owned a Yamaha do couldn't comment but who am I to argue with 40 + years experience!
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Old 06 February 2014, 04:33   #22
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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
Exactly this! ^

I've got a 50D2 on my thunder cat, its a 2006 model, bulletproof is the word - these engines are tough!
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Old 06 February 2014, 10:11   #23
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Exactly this! ^ I've got a 50D2 on my thunder cat, its a 2006 model, bulletproof is the word - these engines are tough!
+1 to that! Mines been put through hell and still starts first time everytime
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Old 06 February 2014, 12:14   #24
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Both my engines 2011 Tohatsu 20 hp and 2010 Suzuki 2.5hp gave performed impeccably.
Had both since new.
Can't fault any of them.
Both start first pull and both easy to maintain.
Don't think you can go far wrong with a new/ well maintained Tohatsu, Mariner, Mercury, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Johnson, Evinrude etc etc.
Just steer clear of the Chinese made contingent!!
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We have had both 10hp Hondas and 20 hp tohatsus at the centre where I work, we had nothing but problems with all four hondas, there seemed to be a problem with the choke system, they would get serviced/repaired and be fine for a while but then the problem would resurface, in the end we had to get rid of them as they were not reliable enough, we now have 9.9 suzukis. We have had the 20 hp tohatsu for 6-8 months and has been great no issues so far.

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Check if possible to find a new Tohatsu 2 strokes 18 HP engine, weights exact same 42 Kg as their 9.9 & 15 younger brothers. Has 50 CC more. At wot will leave far behind any other brand 15 HP engine.

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