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I've got a Mariner 3.3 2 stroke. It would be 3 yrs old now and been brilliant.
It's got a neutral, always easy to start, light to carry.

Fitted to my Walker Bay 10 I once towed my 26ft keel boat a half a mile in flat water.

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THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL THE GREAT INFO AND REPLIES!!!

We decided on the Tohatsu 3.5 4 stroke after all... should arrive sometime today. I will report back with my experiences with this engine once we get a chance to put it to use over the summer.

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First Impression

UPS showed up right on time with my Defender order....

Well... let me say first that the Tohatsu 3.5 4 stroke is a solid engine and we're excited about it. I should also say that 41 lbs is heavier than one might expect. I'm fine with lifting it over my head but it is not something to look forward to in a fair chop while aboard the dink. Jayme is already hesitant but "thinks she can do it." We always think in worst case scenarios and "If i were the only one capable" situations. We talked about a simple block system from the boom being relatively easy if she had to. I think it will be fine but the real first test will be this weekend on the way to Cape Lookout.
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