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Old 12-27-2011
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I've had a Tohatsu 9.8 for a season now, purchased from Discount Marine and Boat Supplies - Inflatable Sales - Defender (btw, their end of year sale is going on now) and I'm very pleased with it. Had a Suzuki 6 hp a few years ago, I was never fond of it. I've also had the Honda and didn't care for it either.

The Tohatsu, Mercury, and Nissan in the 9.8/9.9 hp are are pretty much the same, the Tohatsu being the less expensive and the Merc having the most bells and whistles.

When I was researching which outboard to buy, I called several outboard engine repair shops and most said the Honda's are "over engineered", the Mercs are also a bit overdone, the Tohatsu was the most recommended brand. I also hear great things about Yamaha, but seems they are typically the most expensive or similarly priced to a Honda? Not positive about though?


BTW, I believe the difference in the Tohatsu 9.8 and Merc 9.9 is max RPM?

Some quick search on Defender, the first one is about what I paid for mine two years ago:

Tohatsu $1775 (2011 model) Tohatsu 9.8 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Motor

Tohatsu $2100 (2012 model) Tohatsu 9.8 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Motor

Merc $2476 (2011 model) Mercury 9.9 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Motor

Merc $2755 (2012 model) Mercury 9.9 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Motor

Yamaha $2811 Yamaha 9.9 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Motor

Honda $2911 Honda 9.9 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Motor
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