I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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We're looking to upgrade from the Johnson 3.5HP 2 stroke we have. The 3.5HP is pretty sluggish at pushing my family of 4 (and I'm not small) around in our Avon R280HP inflatable floor dinghy.
I'm thinking about a 5HP or 6HP. Obviously it's going to be a four stroke since you can't get a two stroke any longer, and yes, I know the motor will weigh more than our 3.5HP. The 280HP manual suggests 5HP with a maximum of 6HP.
I was originally thinking of Tohatsu. I had one before (for my trailerable sailboat) and liked it but it turns out there are no service facilities locally, so I'm discarding them as an option. That leaves Honda, Mercury, Nissan and Yamaha. The weight of the Yamaha is HUGE (83lbs) so I'm discarding them. I believe that Tohatsu makes the Mercury 6 and the Nissan 6 so it's primarily a price issue between them. Honda only makes a 5HP.
So what do people think of the Mercury 6HP vs. the Nissan 6HP vs. the Honda 5HP? Are there any gotchas on them I should know about? Is there a huge difference between 5HP and 6HP (I'm assuming yes since we're talking about 17% increase)? Are there other outboards I should look at (I want to make sure I can get the outboard service locally)?
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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