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You should have bought a power boat.
And you should have kept your fingers off the keyboard, so I guess you'r even.

As others have said the price does not sound outrageous. It does suck to pay a big chunk of change to have something installed after laying the money out for an expensive piece of hardware. If you want to cut costs you could go with a used motor. My preference would be to find a used 2 cycle as the new gas outboards just seem to sensitive to fuel freshness for my taste. It does not seem to make a difference as to manufacturer either. Even if it was the same price for a well rebuilt 2 cycle vs new 4 cycle I would go 2 cycle. Yes they smoke a bit, and are noisy, but they will start every time!
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Re: Outboard advice needed - dealer charged install price

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And you should have kept your fingers off the keyboard, so I guess you'r even.

As others have said the price does not sound outrageous. It does suck to pay a big chunk of change to have something installed after laying the money out for an expensive piece of hardware. If you want to cut costs you could go with a used motor. My preference would be to find a used 2 cycle as the new gas outboards just seem to sensitive to fuel freshness for my taste. It does not seem to make a difference as to manufacturer either. Even if it was the same price for a well rebuilt 2 cycle vs new 4 cycle I would go 2 cycle. Yes they smoke a bit, and are noisy, but they will start every time!
Totally agree. I have had many 2 strokes over the years. Properly maintained,
that being new plugs once a season, mine were bullet proof, simple, and substantially lighter than comparable 4 strokes. We bought a 4 stroke 6 HP Tohatsu for our fishing boat a year or so ago. It is a bit fussy about how you start it, but it runs perfectly. It weighs about 60 lbs, about the same as a 15HP 2 stroke we had.

Bought the 4 stroke because of the existing ban on carburetor equipped 2 strokes on nearby Lake Tahoe. Otherwise, I would have looked for a good used 2 stroke.

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Re: Outboard advice needed - dealer charged install price

I think if you check some outboard online sites, you'll see that the remote throttle / shifter / ignition plus associated wiring and cables are a separate equipment purchase... before any installation.

Consider the installer will be drilling the wall of your cockpit footwell to a) install & seal the controls, b) route and secure the cables & wiring, c) testing everything, and finally, standing behind the installation. In my experience, your quote is fair.

Last year I needed to have the boatyard repair my remote-control outboard setup... I needed a few parts where the cables connect to the engine, and parts and labor for that was $200.
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