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I bought a 9.9 HP Honda last fall and have been happy with it so far. However, there was a surprise in the owner's manual. It says you must flush with fresh water after every use in saltwater. Quite an inconvenience here at the dock. Can't imagine complying with that while cruising...
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we have an old 8hp honda 4 stroke and it runs like a charm no problems with sitting and starts up every it is so quiet that when you are at the bow of my 14 foot boat the only reason you know it is running is a slight vibration
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Yup... when you need service for it and can't find a Tohatsu dealer, you can often get the parts you need at the local mercury or Nissan dealer, as my friend down in the Caribbean learned...after I told her they were all the same engine.
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My 5HP Tohatsu is lighter and faster than my Honda 5HP. The Tohatsu cost much less and is no more or less reliable. Both suffer from ethanol problems equally. If you don't know how to clean a carb, I suggest that you watch a couple of YouTube videos on small engine carb cleaning so that you know what to do when it happens to you.
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I've had a couple of Nissan/Tohatsu 9.8 hp two strokes that have been absolutely bullet proof. Love them. Just bought a new Yamaha 4hp four stroke and it's loud and has quite a bit of vibration at low RPM, which is understandable being single cylinder. I'd go with Tohatsu if I were you, less money, great engines.
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You might try mixing two stroke oil in you four stroke gas at about 100 to 1. I found this seems keep the gas from going bad and does not hurt the performance of my lawnmower or make it smoke. I foun this out by using up my two stroke gas from the boat.

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My 2 cents, I would buy a yamaha. period.
I have a 2 stroke 3hp yami on my tender that I've had for 6 years and the motor was given to me. I think it's over 10 years old.

I have done nothing to this motor. nada , zilch. execpt run fresh water throught it for the winter. In six years it's three or four pulls when I pull it out of the basement to start the year and one pull after that all season. I don't change the gas, havn't changed the plug, nothing.

This motor is the most dependable part of my boat toys. When (and if) it ever dies it will be replaced with a yamaha.

A friend has a 5 hp 4 stroke honda and it's a PITA to run and it's heavy.

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In 1993 I bought a 5hp 2 stroke Nissan outboard and it still starts easily and runs good with very minimal maintenance. In fact I have not even changed spark plugs on it in all those years. I forget the weight, but still light enough to lift into the dingy without use of halyards etc. It will plane the wood floor Archilles with me(205 lbs) and my girlfriend(130 lbs) which is important if you want to go any distance to explore. The one negative is that some of the metal is not first rate....I've sheared off a bolt head on the flushing port and the zinc bolt. I do like the 4 stoke engines since fuel economy is better, but until their weight gets reduced I'm sticking with the old Nissan.
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We bought a new 2HP honda, used it once and traded it in on a 2.5HP Yamaha.
The honda was light, that is about all the good I can say of it. The Yamaha has been fantastic though heavy (honda was about 24lbs, Yamy is more like 34lbs)
it is water cooled, gets great gas mileage. It has been in storage for 3 years now, pulled it out last week, filled the tank and it started up on a 1/2 pull.
Has lots of power will run for an hour an a litre of gas. So with a full tank and a 1gal jerry can (the no spill variety work great) I can motor for 5 hrs.
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I've owned OB's from Tohatsu, Nissan, Mercury and Yamaha.

Our current dingy OB is a Yamaha two stoke 8 hp. (Yamaha still offers two strokes, if you can find them.) Easy starting, light for its horsepower and lots of power. Wonderful OB -- no issues at all.

We also have a four stroke Yamaha on the sailboat. Great power, but finicky about fuel. Had to have it worked on about every other year for hard starting. Am currently disconnecting the fuel hose at shutdown and let her run out of gas per dealer's suggestion. Also, am running the cleaning dose of Sea Foam all the time (2 oz per gallon). Will see how this regimen goes over time. (FWIW, besides stabilizing fuel, Sea Foam is supposed to perform the same combustion chamber cleaning as Yamaha's Ring Free.)

Prior to that, I had a Mercury four stroke on the sailboat, and wasn't happy with it at all. Initial unit was a bonafide lemon with massive starting issues the dealer couldn't fix. Mercury was no help at all, and the dealer finally replaced it after some arm twisting. Mercury #2 started OK, but was light on power. It was marginal even with a high thrust prop.

Many moons ago, I had a Tohatsu OB, but it was hard to get serviced in SE Michigan. The Nissan dealers wouldn't touch it, even though it was mechanically identical to a Nissan.

At this same time I had a little 3.5 hp Nissan for my dingy, and it was a wonderful little OB. Easy starting and no real issues.

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