Since posting in multiple threads is a forum violation, I shall offer a different-ish topic/question than the one I posted in the Cal forum
I'm looking to replace the outboard on my Cal 25 (1999 Johnson 9.9 2-stroke, 20" shaft) with a new Yamaha T9.9 w/25" shaft. I understand that it's more engine than I should need, but electric start and a 25" shaft are requirements, and I haven't been able to find than in an 8hp (that I like...) or a 9.9 without electric tilt.
For the Cal 25 folks, please visit the Cal forum.
For the general assembly, I am soliciting your thoughts on:
1- Reliability of the engine (I head good things so far (including good things from these forums)
2- Sound/noise - louder/quieter than comparable engines?
3- Idle/low throttle, especially after running - Nothing worse than an engine stall while maneuvering into a slip!
4- Fuel stabilizer - The manufacturer says it's rated for E10, the dealer says still add stabilizer. I'm leaning with the dealer, but if I don't have to add stabilizer to the fuel...then that's one less thing I have to remember to buy!
5- Fuel consumption - For those of you with a T9.9, how is fuel consumption? Full throttle, mid range?
6- If you could recommend an alternative engine for me to look at before I take the plunge, what would it be?