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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

Ahoy there, we have a great community here! Wish you best of luck
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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

Some words of advice for you....whatever motor you get...to keep it reliable and save your back from hard starting motors..always use a reliable supply of gasoline, no bargain brands...use stabilizer in your tank or gas can...and to keep your jets from fouling up, run your carburetor dry after each sail unless you plan to sail again within 2-3 days... Do this and your motor will start on first or second pull every time...assuming you start with a tuned motor....
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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

My Rhodes is a relatively heavy cruiser, 22 ft. I have used 4hp Tohatsu/Nissan 2 stroke...and currently a 6hp Mercury, 4 stroke. Both fine, but no water skiers behind me. I think a 2 hp is pushing it a bit...my experience is they are fine for boats up to 16-18 feet. Another thing to consider...if you can afford the extra expense...a two cylinder motor is much smoother running, with less vibration transferred to the hull and give you extra oomph when you want to get "home" in a hurry. Tohatsu 9.5 or so is very good here..
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Welcome, a lot of folks who frequent SN are in the Baltimore area, see you out there.
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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

Thanks to all for the replies. I'm really looking forward to my first launch in April. Regarding outboards, I'm leaning towards purchasing a new Tohatsu 6hp 4 stroke. They offer a Sailpro model that has an alternator for charging the battery and a high-thrust prop at a lesser cost than competitors 6hp models. From what I read Tohatsu is a Nissan with different branding. Both seem to be good name brands to me. Any thoughts on this choice? Thanks,
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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

We had a Tohatsu 9.9HP electric start. It was a great engine. Have you found onlineoutboards.com?
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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

Tom...from my experience, Tohatsu is one of the best outboards available. With regular maintenance and following my advice on gasoline treatment, you will get many years of worry free, reliable service. I had a Tohatsu 9.8 two stroke....loved it. Unfortunately I did some damage servicing it myself...snapped a headbolt changing out the thermostat, which was under the cylinder head...it gets ugly, but I'll spare you the details...don't believe the same design applies to their 4stroke engines. But professional service from a reliable mechanic is worth it's weight..... Good luck and enjoy.
Ps... I'm using a 6hp, 4 stroke Mercury to push my Rhodes 22. I believe it was also made by Tohatsu in part....
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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

Ahoy Jim and Chris,

Thanks for the additiontal information. I appreciate your confirmation about the quality of Tohatsu outboards. I was hoping to but something used for $600-800 but have resigned myself just to purchase a new 6hp 4stroke at about $1500. My wife's urging helped with this decision. Thanks for mentioning onlineoutboards.com. Yes, I have found them and a similar outlet (Defender) in addition to some regional/local providers. All seem to have similar prices.

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Re: New to sailing in Maryland.

I actually was lucky enough to find a 2005 or so, Mercury 6, four stroke with very little time on it for $800....my o/b mechanic confirmed the low hours claimed. Got it on Craigslist....S.A.Y.M.F.....seek and you may find...I realize probably few and far between, but you never know! Again, he also told me the power head for this motor was made by Tohatsu...very comforting.
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