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Chef2sail, I'm chuckling at the irony as I read your response. Prior to the Tohatsu, we had a Lehr 5 HP. Nothing but problems! (Internal propane line broke, pee tube clogged, metal band holding the little green tank sliced my hand more times than I care to count, etc., etc.) It's sitting in my garage - I tried to sell it but no takers. I'd offer you another, but it would cost more to ship than it is worth!
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I guess I'm the only one who missed the koolaide. Had a Tahatsu 5 hp which was nothing but issues. Despite following rigorous guidelines about stabilizer,
Ethanol Free too? The stabilizer really won't do anything about having ethanol in the fuel.
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Chef2sail, I'm chuckling at the irony as I read your response. Prior to the Tohatsu, we had a Lehr 5 HP. Nothing but problems! (Internal propane line broke, pee tube clogged, metal band holding the little green tank sliced my hand more times than I care to count, etc., etc.) It's sitting in my garage - I tried to sell it but no takers. I'd offer you another, but it would cost more to ship than it is worth!
We got the a free fiberglass 6 lb tank so no messing with that band or the bombs.

This is my second full year with the Lehr and it's been flawless except I had to bleed the propane into the carb at the years beginning but it started first pull


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I have had a used 3.3 and two new 18 hp all 2 st.

the second 18 was bought after the first blew up when a year old. NB they do not seem to honor the 5 year warranty at least not in the Eastern Caribbean.

One negative comment is that compared to a Yam 15 they sound like a bag of spanners at medium to high revs.

All mine have started reliably and run well. The first 18 gave plenty of warning that it was failing but I could not get the local dealer to honor the warranty.

It is worth noting that the charter companies in my area use Tohatsus.
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I tried searching, if there are reviews on Tohatsu outboards, please share a link.

What do Tohatsu owners think about their engines? How long have you owned them? Anyone have experience with a 6hp single cylinder extra long shaft? They can be had online for $1500, this is considerably cheaper than a 20" 5hp merc from my local dealer.

So what do you think?
Can't be beat!! Had that one (sail pro), a 9.8 electric/hydraulic, a 5 hp - HIGHLY SATISFIED with ALL (PS they make the Mercs).I wouldn't buy anything else!!
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?....I wouldn't buy anything else!!
Well, if Tohatsu builds nearly every 3 to 5 hp outboard no matter whose name is on it, it's kinda tough to buy anything else!

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I tried searching, if there are reviews on Tohatsu outboards, please share a link.

What do Tohatsu owners think about their engines? How long have you owned them? Anyone have experience with a 6hp single cylinder extra long shaft? They can be had online for $1500, this is considerably cheaper than a 20" 5hp merc from my local dealer.

So what do you think?
I have a 2 year 6HP Tahatsu. It's worked fine and gotten easier to start as it broke in. The only thing that took getting used to was in not taking the choke off too fast as that would flood it out and take a while to restart (haven't done it in a year now)

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I have a 2 year 6HP Tahatsu. It's worked fine and gotten easier to start as it broke in. The only thing that took getting used to was in not taking the choke off too fast as that would flood it out and take a while to restart (haven't done it in a year now)
I've always been careful to make sure that the choke is on long enough to not need it. How many seconds, about, do you leave the choke on, do you think?
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I've always been careful to make sure that the choke is on long enough to not need it. How many seconds, about, do you leave the choke on, do you think?
I only leave it on for 10-20 seconds. It's just that I need to push it in slow and pause a few times while doing it or it will flood and stall out.

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25' Coronado with 6hp Tohatsu "Sail-Pro" Deltaville Va to Marathon FL no problems no complaints...

4 stroke single vibrates a bit but mileage is amazing. Best $1400 I ever spent.
did you take the ICW? seems like a great trip either way
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