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01-20-2006 09:21 AM
dinghy outboard- brands?

You''re correct . . . both the Yamaha 2-cycle 9.9hp and 15hp, have the same weight of 79 lbs. Interestingly, the weight difference between Yamaha 4-stroke 9.9 (91 lbs) & 15hp (99 lbs) is 8 lbs - almost insignificant.

I suppose the 20 lb difference between 2-cycle & 4-stroke is considerable, if removing the engine from the dinghy is done often. Regardless, I''m going with the 99 lb 15hp model. It''s very difficult to pass up the deal I found on this boat/motor package. My mizzen boom also makes a great motor crane.
01-20-2006 08:23 AM
dinghy outboard- brands?

as far as 2 strokes, the 9.9 & 15 hp are the same engines with different carbs on most brands, so same weight. met a fellow in keys who offered to trade his newer 4 stroke even for my 2. almost did till considered weight of the 4. too much for practical moving up & down from rail. yamaha has more power than merc in 2 stroke, but a little heavier.
01-09-2006 07:18 PM
dinghy outboard- brands?

I throw my lot in with the Yamaha as well, one pull, always starts, beginning of season, end of season.
01-09-2006 01:23 PM
dinghy outboard- brands?

I''m buying an Avon Rover 310 RIB (10''-2" x 5''-8") with Yamaha F15 15hp/4-stroke package. This decision came after a very intensive research campaign. But that''s me . . . fit''s my program perfectly.
01-09-2006 10:12 AM
dinghy outboard- brands?

I have had nothing but good experience with my Briggs and Stratton 5 horse Cheap to repair Parts are avaialable at NAPA Pushes my 24 Venture around at 5-6 mph 75% throttle. About $600 new I believe
01-07-2006 10:05 AM
dinghy outboard- brands?

Buy the Yamaha 2 stroke 9 hp if you need more umph change the carb.$100 bucks and you then have a 15hp. Love the yammi!
01-05-2006 08:31 AM
dinghy outboard- brands?

I bought a Honda BF8 4-Stroke for my Zodiak 310FR. I had it in for service last year and the mechanic told me that the BF8 and the BF9.9 were the exact same engine. He said that when the BF8 came out, they found that it was actually putting out more like 10HP, so they worked up some stickers, slapped them on the case, and charge more money for the same outboard. Don''t know if he was telling me the truth, but I can attest that with two adult passengers and all required safety gear, plus a long weekend of supplies, I hop up on a plane, and reach truly astounding speeds. Also it is a strong puller when fully loaded with 4 adults and "Beach Stuff" comming back to the mother ship in a heavy chop and high winds.

The BF8 is an excellent motor, yet a little heavy at about 90lbs. It is silent when doing a "Harbor Cruise" in the evening, and uses very little fuel. Starts on the first pull every time. It even has an alternator output if you want to carry a motorcycle battery for running lights.
01-04-2006 12:40 PM
dinghy outboard- brands?

You''ll find Yamaha is better than the number as they measure it differently than most vendors. You''ll end up a few HP higher than most other similar sized motors.

The 4 stroke engines are pretty nice, but they have gone up in price a lot over the past two years.
01-03-2006 03:47 PM
dinghy outboard- brands?

always had problems with my 2 strokes in the past, never got the perfect mix, burning oil and gumming up- rough running. Hoping a 4 stroke and utilizing STABILE to protect the gas & carb will prevent the other problems.
01-03-2006 02:55 PM
dinghy outboard- brands?

Why 4-stroke if you are concerned about weight? Most new 2-strokes are 100:1 oil mix and are very environmentally friendly.
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