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Looking for 8 hp standard outboard engine for new dingy/tender. Need direction on outboard engines that are reliable, easy to start. Lots of claims out there but what is the experience on the waterfront? Where is the value?

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British Seagull is in my opinion the best outboard ever made. Simple, easy to repair or service and almost indestructible. Large slow turning propeller so it has more usable power then the rating suggests. I have moved 100 ton boats with a Seagull. The only real problem is finding someone willing to sell one. I wonít part with any of mine.

If you canít find a Seagull use a Suzuki. I have one and it's fine.
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Ive got a 1991 Johnson 3hp that has been one damn fine motor. Its 2cyl, so it runs smooth and has the power of a 5hp. Ive gathered 3 more of them to keep mine going, still have 3 compleat parts motors setting at my granddads.
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