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I am also looking for a new engine this year. I've done some research.
Tohatsu, Mercury and Nissan are all the same engine if they are below 40hp. Why pay more for the name? (3 yr warantee either way)
the 4hp & 6hp 4stroke engines are made on the same chassis (if that is the term) so they weigh the same. No reason not to go for the 6hp. (only $200 more)
The 8 & 9.9 are the same chassis as well; so going from a 6hp (59lbs) to an 8hp (86lbs) is a big deal (27lbs + more money).
I've read posts from skippers on a Catalina 22 and a Catalina 25 that said the 6hp 4str moves their boat at hull speed (5-6kts) so it should easily move my C-18 (1500lbs disp).
The 'Belle of the Ball' to date is the Tohatsu "Sail Pro" 6hp 4stroke:
25" (not 20") long shaft
12VDC power out
High thrust (low speed) prop
3.1gal tank & gas line included
Nissan makes the exact same package for $1,595;
Mercury has a 20" shaft, no 12VDC, standard prop, & no tank included (has 'integrated' 0.3gal tank onboard) $1,750
I've had good luck with my Merc engines before, but the Tohatsu will be my next unless I find a better deal.
I'm still researching Yamaha & Suzuki; do Johnson and Evinrude still make small outboards?
Four months until my bottom gets wet! (I might launch my boat too!)
Update Jan 10: The Merc engine does come with a fuel tank and gasline; still shorter, needs a better prop, no 12VDC output and more expensive.
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Last edited by CarbonSink62; 01-10-2012 at 04:45 PM.
Reason: spelling; mental retardation; update