Originally posted by simmons0
Opti's are ok, Mercury Mariner and Yamaha fourstrokes are ok but not as good as the suzuki's.
U'll be fine with whatever engine you chose as long as its not an old tech 2-stroke because they have very little second hand value at the moment.
Simmonds O have you ever owned and operated an Opti or for that matter a Suzuki 4 stroke. It seems a common trait on this thread for all the Suzuki owners to say how unbeatable the engines are before they've even taken delivery of their engines.Yes I know some of you have actually got them !
I don't think either of the engines you have suggested or for that matter an Opti are in Headhunters budget, but if they were then discounting the stunning performance from the Optimax engines is iffy advice.
Also Yamaha engines have an excellent reputation for quality and reliability and whilst I am prepared to believe that the Suzuki engines may well be amazing they at least need to be in use for a couple of years before anyone can testify to their reliability.
Re WJ comments I really do agree with him, Modern two strokes are a good alternative to 4 strokes economy wise but older two strokes are cheap and a lot easier to maintain. and you can buy a lot of petrol with a few grand
Having said my bit , it does seem from Headhunters projected use a four stroke would do him well