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01-15-2012 07:07 PM
pogosmoke I have a Tohatsu 9.8 a couple years old and love it. Its pushing a 25 c&c and took out it out just yesterday in 20-30 knot winds and it never gave the slightest pause. Would recommend.
01-03-2012 08:06 AM
pvanv1 To locate dealers in your area, just go to Tohatsu Outboards: Authorized North American Distributor for Tohatsu Outboards, Parts, & Accessories.
01-02-2012 10:18 PM
rbbaker OK - I surrender. I suggest you go to a Tohatsu dealer and look at what they have. Then go to a Merc dealer and take the same objective look. Hope you find the Tohatsu dealer.
01-01-2012 09:13 AM
pvanv1 IMHWO (as a Tohatsu mechanic), Tohatsu has a motor specifically for that application. The MFS9.8A3 in UL (ultra long) version. Automatically comes with 4-blade High Thrust prop. Available either as Tiller or Remote, Electric or Rope start. The electric also has rope, in case your battery is dead. The electric models have 6-amp charging. Lowest cost OB in the US. Lightest in class. Most reliable anywhere in the world. I have the 9.8A3 on my Hinterhoeller HR-28, and it was a "downgrade" from an old OMC 15 from the '70's... Yet, Amazingly, actually has more thrust (cheating a little with the HT prop, especially in Reverse), and reaches the same hull speed. Just burns half the gas, and is so quiet that we occasionally thought it wasn't running when it was at idle.
01-01-2012 09:02 AM
Originally Posted by KIVALO View Post
I have a 2003 Nissan 9.9 4stroke on my H-260. It has been a good motor for the most part. The shifting cable came disconnected from the shifter(engine side) but was caused by my attempt at forcing the engine to shift. It was easily repaired with a C-Clip. I also lost an impeller, again, easily repaired. My only complaint and the only problem not self-inflicted, is the idle wont stay put at lower RPMs. It either dies or raises. This has proven to be problematic in tight spots when it stalls. But it's been a really good engine other than that.

Have your carb professionally cleaned, and your idle should stabilize.
01-01-2012 08:59 AM
Originally Posted by rbbaker View Post
I have a Merc 9.9 on a Catalina 250. It has been perfect. Almost can't hear it run - not one problem with it for 4 years. The Mercury and Nissan are not the same quality - the Mercury is the high end outboard. lot fewer plastic parts. I have several buddies with the Nissan which cost less to buy new - they have all had some issues.
Incorrect. The Merc is made by Tohatsu, and the power sections are identical. Same parts to a T. However, the Merc combo throttle/shift is less reliable than the Tohatsu front shifter. As a Tohatsu-Certified mechanic, I feel they are the best bang for the buck.
12-31-2011 09:27 PM
delite Billdre the Yamaha Canada web site has this info. They list from 2.5 hp to 20 hp under Portable here is the link for the 9.9 high thrust T9.9:Overview
12-31-2011 06:31 PM
Originally Posted by rbbaker View Post
It's the little things that count. You can "rev" the engine on the Merc without it being in gear. I've never needed to but it's easily done.
I don't know for sure as I don't own a Merc, I was going by what the engine mechanic and salesman at Maritime Solutions/Inflatable Experts in Annapolis told me, perhaps I misunderstood him or he was incorrect?

In the first link/video, at about 2:30 he shifts the engine into forward and reverse, it appears to me you cannot rev the engine without it being in gear, except using the choke? 2011 Mercury 9.9 4-stroke (Review) - YouTube

This video shows the Tohatsu shifting

The Merc is a fine engine, just more $$ for some "little things" I didn't find valuable
12-31-2011 06:01 PM
TheHisway , i had a 9.9 yamaha 1993 build. took a knockdown in the palmico sound 1 mile west of the outer banks. washed 1200 ft onto a shoal. the motor filled with water and the transmission linkage snapped upon impact with a shoal moments later. however once the wind subsided a little over 40 hours later... the motor started and spun the prop just enough to get me to head into the waves with a lost rudder. i now have a honda 8 and i must say the yamaha was much more quiet. i would say buy used
12-31-2011 03:54 PM
reving out of gear

Originally Posted by rbbaker View Post
It's the little things that count. You can "rev" the engine on the Merc without it being in gear. I've never needed to but it's easily done.
OK you've got my attention. How? I would have liked to have known how to do this with my current Mariner. I thought T37chef's point was a good one.
Still I'm a little nervous about Yamaha not showing any small outboards on their website. Makes me wonder about their long term commitment. Although gershel talks about high output Yamaha I suspect this compares to Mercury's Bigfoot which has a larger propeller.
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