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Old 24 May 2013, 17:00   #11
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2 stokes are a lot lighter than 4 strokes.
Depends on if you need to lift the outboard on and off.

I have a tohatsu 9.8 2S and at 26kg I can easily carry it. Took me a few months to find one though.
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Old 24 May 2013, 18:18   #12
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Mercury is made by Tohatsu in the smaller sizes and differs primarily by the tiller design. Great engines.
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Old 24 May 2013, 21:15   #13
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Mercury has portable models with standard side shifting too, seems not worldwide available, personally preffer the simple side shift models. Good to know there's issues while being in forward and reversing...

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Old 25 May 2013, 05:11   #14
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The dealer I ordered the boat from just got a Tohatsu 9.8hp 2 stroke in. 995 for a 2004 model. Could be just the ticket if it's in good nick.
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Old 25 May 2013, 09:14   #15
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Be good to hear about the Mariner and how you find the gear shift on the tiller.
Just came back from maiden voyage and couple hours running in, including a couple of brief full throttle runs.

The engine and boat seemed the perfect combination. No issues with the gear shift on throttle, there is a noticeable resistance moving into gear from neutral and I don't think shifting through neutral will be done accidentally unless you are particularly aggressive with the throttle and forget which way to turn it.

The 9.9 4-stroke planed 2 1/2 up (approx 190kg + 10+ litres fuel + kit) on a relatively calm sea with ease. I think it topped out at just over 12 kts and as suggested, remained on the plane possibly right down to 1/2 throttle.

Not sure how longer length boat and extra torque of larger cc 4-stroke would make over a 3.25m 9.8 2-stroke. Personally i feel that the extra weight of the 4-stroke is probably insignificant compared to the 250-300kg overall weight of craft, engine, kit and persons.
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Old 25 May 2013, 10:59   #16
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IanH, glad to hear your run was successful.

We have the 30HP on a 17 ft heavy fiberglass, so what with wind, tidal flow and other factors, we have to get rough on the throttle while putting the craft on a trailer. That is when the tendancy to go in reverse before you want to becomes a pain. If you try to line up and approach the trailer gently, problems occur under some conditions. You should never get in that bind with an inflatable.

We also have a 9.8 Nisson which is built by Tohatsu which is a gem of an engine. It is used on a 285 Cadet FR which is actually too much power, but we had it for the 10 ft Avon. You have to be careful with the FR.

We lucked out and got a 15 HP Yamaha two stroke and the Nisson just before they were no longer for sale in this area. The Yamaha is actually too large for our inflatables, but it is used on a 14 ft fiberglass boat normally. We have many oyster beds in our home area, so we use the inflatables on trips to other waters.
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