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post #7 of Old 05-25-2008
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I would say go with the one that has the best service network available in your area. I swapped an 8hp 2 stroke Yamaha for a 8hp 4 stroke Honda a few years ago. Since then, the local Honda dealer has closed and I find myself having to do my own repairs. I'm OK with that, but my skill level isn't very high. The 4 stroke is definetly more economical on gas. That is slightly offset by the need to do oil changes, but I'll trade that for never having to buy or mess with that stinky 2 stroke oil. My 8hp 4 stroke Honda is quite a bit heavier than the old 2 stroke and makes the boat a little aft heavy, so I had to ballast out the bow. I would imagine that a 9.9 would be heavier yet, but they may have impoved that in the years since I got mine.
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