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Thouoghts on a new outboard

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?


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Re: Thouoghts on a new outboard

You kind of really only have a few brands Yamaha, Tohatsu , Suzuki and Honda

As Tohatsu makes Nissan , Mercury and Evinrude

Nothing wrong with the Yamaha other than it is big and its not likely you would ever need to go much over 1/3 throttle so it should be very light on fuel use

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Re: Thouoghts on a new outboard

I would compare what you're looking at to a Tohatsu 9.8, they are sweet simple little engines and priced well

This one should fit your needs:

Tohatsu 9.8 HP 4-Stroke Outboard Motor

I have the 9.8 SS I use on our dingy, love it. Very quiet, great fuel economy, east to maintain. As with any of these small engines, you have to run out the fuel and use stabilizers, otherwise the carbs will get build up and she wont run smooth.

Yamaha is a great engine too, just a little more $$ than I was willing to spend. The Tohatsu re brands their engine as Mercury and Nissan FWIW


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