Originally Posted by Csjukes1
We are looking to get our little tender a new outboard. We currently have a Mercury which has been, truth be told, terrible. Such a struggle to start always etc. We had a johnson engine about 10 years ago which was far better. Weight and ease of start are the main factors, decent build quality etc. Suzuki or Yamaha? The suzi is a few kg’s lighter and a bit cheaper.
Thanks in advance
I've got a 2005 2 stroke 8hp Yam on my 3.1m SIB. It starts without issue. In fact, I had a 5 year break from Sibbing and it started 2nd pull after a 5 year gap, so I'd definitely recommend Yamaha.
Never had a Suzuki outboard, but I've had several Suzuki motorcycles and all have been utterly reliable in every respect.
I also had a 4hp Mariner years ago that suffered from snapping starter lanyards, but eventually became reliable after much head scratching by the dealer...
Personally I'd happily recommend Yamahe but would be fine buying either make you mention.