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post #4 of Old 10-31-2010
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There are 2 strokes still available in the US but they are the last of them. In some states like Michigan, you can't buy or operate one. With that said, a 2 stroke is the best bet for your size of dinghy. If you are outside the US they are widely available. If you are not, check dealerships for close outs.*

We had 2 major considerations when choosing our outboard. One was weight! *We plan to mount the outboard on the stern stanchion, and top the inflatable on the fore deck while under weigh. Second, was availability of parts. If you are sailing abroad, your best choice is a Yamaha. You simply can't find parts for Hondas like you can for Yamahas. They are extremely dependable which is what matters for me.*

Consider your load... How many adults? *Will you be hauling, laundry, groceries, water? *Don't underpower yourself because you may be trying to get to shore in rough water. I'd say for the size of boat, and depending on your load, Id look at a 10-8-or-5 Hp Yamaha. We bought ours with a warranty at Tubbes, in Ft Lauderdale.*

Hope this helps!


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