Request: Yamaha 9.9 vs Honda 15
Asking for guidance here please.
The build of our Cat suggests to Yamaha 9.9's. We are looking for electric start and tilt a bonus, both available with the Honda. The motors will be left on their engine pods and used only in a saltwater environment and we require long shaft, 4 stroke.
Given this and corrosion technology to date, could I please get some feedback on one or the other, do's and don'ts, stay-away-from..., corrosion issues, development changes, reliability, in fact anything to try and make this decision a little easier.
Thanking you in advance
Can't tell you about the Honda, but I have 2 Yamaha 9.9, 4-stroke high thrust engines. The important thing about the Yamaha is the 3:1 reduction gear transmission, that develops the high torque for the 11 3/4" prop. I think the Honda has a 2:1 gear, and a much smaller prop. Most sailboats need the slower turning, higher touque at the prop.
Thank you for your help. Some other details I have located include:
The Honda BF20 is not much bigger than the 15HP, and has power tilt and start. Also has a 12 Amp alternator, which isn't too bad for a small outboard. It is what I have on my trimaran...and it works quite well.
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