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Old 08 January 2012, 12:59   #1
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What about a Selva engine?

Selva Pirhana 9.9 four stroke that is.

9.9 hp and only 30kg. An alternative maybe to the Tohatsu 9.8 that I've been offered. But I cannot find any review of this engine, except for one where the guy "bought it and quickly sent it back"

I contacted a dealer (of Selva engines) based in Brighton, and he of course was full of praise for this engine, claiming they never have any issues with them.

The Pirhana 9.9hp costs 1400 new.

Has anybody got one and are they alright?
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Old 08 January 2012, 14:42   #2
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I did a lot of research as I bought a 4 stroke Selva last year but was not sure which one till I went to see it.

If it's a 2 stroke avoid, it will be made by Selva and they have terrible reliability issues, if it's 4 stoke then it's a re-badged Yamaha and have the bullet proof reliability associated with Yamaha. I think Yamaha bought Selva and Selva now make a lot of the castings for Yamaha.
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It's a four stroke single cylinder engine

I was attracted by the light weight. So you are saying it will be a rebadged Yamaha?
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That was how I understood it, might just be the bigger ones, mine was a 50, as read this....

Selva 'Piranha' 9.9 H.P…Any good? - Yachting and Boating World Forums
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That's the review I found.

He's saying the Selva 9.9hp is a piece of junk. I guess I need to find somebody who bought one of the smaller engines.
Doesn't look like anybody on here has one?
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I'd avoid, all the things I read about Selva made engines were not good.

You could give Bill Mitchell at Home Marine in Emsworth a call, he's a Selva service engineer and will give you an honest and blunt opinion.
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He's saying the Selva 9.9hp is a piece of junk. I guess I need to find somebody who bought one of the smaller engines.
Doesn't look like anybody on here has one?
I've been watching this one with interest. You have a good, but "too slow for you motor". You have a lousy review of a specific Selva motor. No-one on here has one, or indeed, much in the way of a Selva in any format.

I think there's a message in there somewhere.

Personally, I'd buy the wee Tohatsu 9.8 you have been offered and take a spare set of plugs and a spanner with you. Changing the plugs on a 9.8 takes a minute and can be done on the water. I've never had to do it in anger, but it's peace of mind.
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I did a lot of research as I bought a 4 stroke Selva last year but was not sure which one till I went to see it.

If it's a 2 stroke avoid, it will be made by Selva and they have terrible reliability issues, if it's 4 stoke then it's a re-badged Yamaha and have the bullet proof reliability associated with Yamaha. I think Yamaha bought Selva and Selva now make a lot of the castings for Yamaha.
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I'd avoid, all the things I read about Selva made engines were not good.

You could give Bill Mitchell at Home Marine in Emsworth a call, he's a Selva service engineer and will give you an honest and blunt opinion.
I really don't understand those two posts. Maybe I'm missing something.

Did you buy one? They're good or they're bad?
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9.9 hp and only 30kg.
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I was attracted by the light weight.



I have a 2- stroke 25Hp that clocks in somewhere around there.....
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I really don't understand those two posts. Maybe I'm missing something.

Did you buy one? They're good or they're bad?
I was wrong n my original comment, I was told, by a Selva specialist, that all their 4 strokes were yamaha's, my 50hp was identical to an F50, this 9.9 clearly is not a Yamaha.
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Aaah! Thanks, I geddit now.
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I don't think the Selva's are built by Yam, I think they are back-engineered based on a Yam, just like Ocean & Parsun was but with lesser quality. I've had a few pass through to judge

The 2 strokes I'd avoid at all costs, much like you would with the Force engine. The 4 strokes do seem better. I've only had a few 4hp 4 strokes but they always looked clean and did what you wanted. I ran with one as aux on my own boat for about 2 years and it never failed me. Never needed it mind but it always started before we went out.

I'd much rather a Tohatsu 9.8 s stroke to a 9.9hp Selva 4 stroke and that's not just because I have one (2006 black model) soon to be available :wink:

That being said I'd rather a Tohatsu (or Yam/Merc) 2 stroke over any 10hp 4 stroke on a Sib/small Rib simply because of the weight. The fuel saving is not enough at that level to sway me, neither is the noise/smell IMHO

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My Selva was 100% Yamaha, if you look at the current Selva and Yamaha engine specs they are identical.

Parts for mine came out of a yamaha packet....
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