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Old 25 September 2013, 16:12   #11
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Thanks for the input guys. Not surprisingly there is no right or wrong answer to my question but reading between the lines I think we can agree on the following.

Running the 20hp outboard just above tickover will not compromise its performance or reliability. (I do think it compares to using a Ferrari to to do the weekly food shop though).

A 3hp outboard should be capable of displacement speeds in favourable conditions.

Just to clarify my present outboard is a Autolube Yamaha 2 stroke which is not particularily light at about 50kg.


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Old 27 September 2013, 16:02   #12
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My understanding is its reliability could be compromised.plugs more likely to oil up.

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Old 28 September 2013, 00:27   #13
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having just come back from the largest free fishing event in the uk ( and going back today and tomorrow) they like the Nissan engines with which ever badge is the cheapest i.e. mariner , mercury, Tohatsu. 3.5-6hp. 4 strokes.

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Old 28 September 2013, 07:36   #14
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Potential for plug oiling is a fair point with 2-strokes when run near tickover for extended periods. I believe they prefer to run hard, with the accompanying noise. I usually ran my old Evinrude 4 2s around half-throttle so can't add anything more.

I bought our Tohatsu 15 4s for quieter long river trips, with the clout to cover occasional coastal use. It's lovely and quiet and I couldn't be happier with my decision, despite the substantial extra weight.


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