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Re: 4hp outboard motor questions
I'm going to buck the trend, and say get a nicely cared for used 2 stroke and go smaller in size. 4hp for a 19 foot boat is overkill. I use a 2.2hp for my 25 footer, and it pushes me to 5.2 knots (hull speed on flat water). Granted, a 4hp is probably better for my boat. But the 2.2 runs well.
The tohatsu are the same as the merc, and 3 other motors. they make them all. Great motors and you can't go wrong. What these guys are saying is it's better to go bigger than you need (and I agree), I think 4hp IS bigger than you need.
That being said, they are also right in that the 6hp is the same weight (too much mind you) as the 4hp so if you are OK with the 4hp weight, then then 6hp is OK.
Have you considered HONDA? Their 3.5 is really nice (pricey) but a real steal, and also quite light.
My 2.2hp 2 stroke merc, runs for about 2 straight hours on a full (integrated 1 liter) tank of fuel. I carry extra fuel in a Jerry Can but I DON'T leave it on the boat. My boat doesn't have a dedicated fuel locker, so the tank doesn't stay (unless I forget - which I did last night).
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