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post #7 of Old 01-05-2006
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dinghy outboard- brands?

I bought a Honda BF8 4-Stroke for my Zodiak 310FR. I had it in for service last year and the mechanic told me that the BF8 and the BF9.9 were the exact same engine. He said that when the BF8 came out, they found that it was actually putting out more like 10HP, so they worked up some stickers, slapped them on the case, and charge more money for the same outboard. Don''t know if he was telling me the truth, but I can attest that with two adult passengers and all required safety gear, plus a long weekend of supplies, I hop up on a plane, and reach truly astounding speeds. Also it is a strong puller when fully loaded with 4 adults and "Beach Stuff" comming back to the mother ship in a heavy chop and high winds.

The BF8 is an excellent motor, yet a little heavy at about 90lbs. It is silent when doing a "Harbor Cruise" in the evening, and uses very little fuel. Starts on the first pull every time. It even has an alternator output if you want to carry a motorcycle battery for running lights.
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