Originally Posted by andy d
Do you think that this will affect the availability or supply of outboards any time soon or will it be a while before we see the effects.
Are all four strokes exempt from the new laws, if they are do you think that they will start to get cheaper as more will be being produced.
I know that the last few months leading up to the 31st Dec 06, the Tohatsu importers down South in Lymington were trying to get as many carbed 2 strokes of all sizes imported into the UK.
Demand was out stripping availability of these motors so much that the cost started to rise leading up to xmas. I talked to my supplier the other day who told me that demand is very large for these type of engines and they will soon become very hard to get.
Imports of these engines are still allowed for commercial operators and racing (Zapcats use Tohatsu 50) etc.
I can only presume this must be the case for all makes of NEW imported motors that don't meet the new EU regs.
The High tec TLDI type 2 strokes and regular 4 strokes are not included in the ban, but they cost aprox 50% more than carbed 2 strokes.
I got my motor from Jon at National A1 Marine on the Wirral before the ban came into force. I was very pleased with their service.