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Coleman vs. Mercury Outboard

Hey Everyone,

This is my first time posting if I screw this up don't be too hard on me. I just bought a MacGregor Venture 17. It is my first boat and while it is a project boat I couldnt be more excited. The reason I am posting is I am looking into outboards. Cabelas has a Coleman 2.6 for $699 and West Marine has a Mercury 2.5 for $899. My questions are:

1. Has anyone used a Coleman outboard?

2. Will a 2.5 be big enough to push a 17ft sailboat? (I am sure bigger would be better but I am on a budget and need to cut corners where I can.)

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Re: Coleman vs. Mercury Outboard

I would bet they are both the same motors with different cowlings. Or at least from the same factory in China
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Re: Coleman vs. Mercury Outboard

Oh, I have the Mercury version. Won it in a raffle. Runs great.
I also have an old 2 stroke Evinrude from the 70's. That thing screams.
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Re: Coleman vs. Mercury Outboard

Oh, I have the Mercury version. Won it in a raffle. Runs great.
I also have an old 2 stroke Evinrude from the 70's. That thing screams.
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Re: Coleman vs. Mercury Outboard

The Coleman is a Chinese made Parsun motor. Might be just fine, but parts and service could be a real problem.
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the Merc is actually a Tohatsu which should fair better in the long run. Basically its Japanese vs Chinese manufacture. That being said Honda is clearly the pinnancle of Asian small outboards so consider Honda as the price difference isnt alot
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Thanks everyone! Great information. Any thoughts on HP? Will the 2.X get it out of the harbor?
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Re: Coleman vs. Mercury Outboard

I had a Chrysler 6 hp to push my Macgregor Venture Newport 23. The plugs kept fouling. I finally went with an Evinrude (sp) longshaft 9.9 hp sailor model. When you are in a current or steady headwind, you need all the power possible. The high thrust Evinrude did the job.

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2 HP will be just fine. I had a 2HP 4 stroke Honda for years. Ran its little heart out, absolutely bullet proof. Maybe you could find one on Craigslist?

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Re: Coleman vs. Mercury Outboard

2.x will push it about fast as you can walk at a good clip. If the current's faster than that, you'll be going slower. That said... you'll want to get the sails up anyway. Only problem with the Coleman is parts won't be as readily available.
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