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No clue re: outboard motor!? Saltwater question!
I need help!
I am looking to buy a new outboard for my 26'' sailboat....
now, what I want is: 9.9HP, 4-stroke, el.start, tiller handle, also batteries must be able to charge from it. I want the shaft extra long, 28" at least. And, most important, it''ll be used in saltwater.
My budget is only $2000 and I want it new. Brand new. Why? Cause I see all those people with shiny "almost new" motors, that always have some sort of problem. They can fix it on their own - I don''t know how. I am a woman.... I like things with warranties:-)
Anyhow....I researched Mercuries so far.... and yes, they have these brand-new ones that specifically do NOT SAY IT IS FOR SALTWATER, and they run about $2000, but have everything else I am looking for........
now do I really need a motor that EXPLICITLY says it is for SALTWATER? What''s the deal with that? I found those, who have the word "saltwater" added, and they are about $2500, which is out of my budget.
So... what are my options, if I still want to go with brand-new???
I also looked at Tohatsu... less money, but I haven''t found one with the word "saltwater" attached!
Clueless about almost anything that involves a motor:-)