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Re: I bought a boat...
« on: Aug 30, 2019, 05:24:29 AM »
I've been on the water my whole life. I've learned quite a bit about outboards and boating in general. First off throw that force in the trash. It's a cheap knock off of either a Chrysler, mercury or Yamaha depending on its year. I have hundreds of friends that I hunt or fish with in the aluminum mafia as we call it. It's about 45% Yamaha 4 stroke, 35% mercury 4 stroke, 10% Suzuki 4 stroke, and the remaining is older 2 stroke. This is for a reason.

Hands down the small Yamaha 4 strokes are the quietest and most fuel efficient. That is not up for debate, it is a proven fact all over the world. They are not cheap but they are great engines.

I personally run many different brands. My 1648 g3 I put a 2013 mercury 60 4 stroke on has over 3700 hours on it now and I swear to you I have done nothing but change the oil and fuel filters. Never even done an impeller in the lower unit. I absolutely love this engine. The only thing i do not care for is the noise compared to a Yamaha 60 idling next to it. There is certainly an audible difference. Every 4 stroke mercury 115 hp and down is actually a tohatsu engine. You can buy a new tohatsu for about $1500 less than a mercury and have the same engine with a different shape cowling.

Suzuki has come a long way in the past 10-15 years. Their new 4 strokes are becoming the way of life down here on the gulf coast for our larger offshore boats and the Yamaha's are being replaced by them. The big Suzukis make more power and are more efficient and faster per comparison on the same hull with the same hp rating. The smaller 4 strokes are doing well also. Just havent gotten to the point of their big brothers.

Honda outboards are not known for their durability as compared to Honda cars. Alabama power bought a fleet of cab boats, push boats, jon boats, and general working barges in the early 2000s. All of them powered by Honda. Within 2 years they had swapped almost all of them out for Yamaha and mercury. I wouldnt personally never own a Honda outboard. Parts are expensive and no one close keeps them in stock. I will say though that they re quite fuel efficient when they are running.

All of that being said, if I were in your shoes and had about 3k to spend I would be looking for a used mercury f60 or a Yamaha f60-f70.

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