Dingy outboard

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BillinPA, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. BillinPA

    BillinPA New Member

    8
    Oct 14, 2020
    340 Sundancer 2005
    8.1
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a cheaper outboard. I see some cheap ones out there, but are they trash?
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I can't say enough good things about Tohatsu after 3 years owning one of their 3.5hp. Allegedly they make all of the small Merc outboards...
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2020
  3. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
  4. BillinPA

    BillinPA New Member

    8
    Oct 14, 2020
    340 Sundancer 2005
    8.1
  5. skolbe

    skolbe Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Zodiac 290 Wave Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    I bought my tohatu at onlineoutboards and it has been great.
     
  6. yobub

    yobub Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    600
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    I bought a Tohatsu 20hp this year. Works perfectly. Starts on 2nd pull every time. Really quiet. 5 yr warranty, great motor so far.
     
  7. HardHead

    HardHead Member

    56
    Jan 9, 2015
    Kent Island Maryland
    1996 Sea Ray 370 Sundancer
    Previous boats:270 Sea Ray, 230 Sea Ray
    Twin 454 Mercruiser Inboards
    You may want to look into a Mercury 2 stroke. I've had a 4hp 1990 and a 3.5 for years. They start on 2nd pull and will run all day. I bought both after I had bought a new 3.5 4 stroke.in 2010. That one only ran the first month I owned it. Good luck....
     
  8. skolbe

    skolbe Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Zodiac 290 Wave Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    Tohatsu makes the smaller Mercury outboards. So they are essentially the same. I agree they tend to start on the 2nd pull.
     
  9. nealtrombley

    nealtrombley Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    187
    Apr 7, 2016
    Sw Fl Ft myers
    1988 Sea Ray Laguna
    2002 Sea Ray 410 Dancer
    2002 Yamaha 250OX66
    twin Cats 350hp
    Suzuki's are great guys.. dont sleep on them new 4hp $1200
     
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  10. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    635
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    2020 Solar 420
    '97 5.7 Bravo 2
    '20 Merc 25 EFI Jet
    We tried a small yamaha for portability and it ran great but it didn't have reverse. When we spun the powerhead around the pee stream would enter the boat. Cheaper isn't always better. We only used it for one season before going up a few ponies.
     
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  11. HavnFunYet?

    HavnFunYet? Member

    174
    Mar 16, 2008
    Michigan
    1998 Sea Ray 370 DA
    310 Mercury Hypalon w 9.9 Merc
    454 Mercruiser 7.4 MPI's
    I’d love to sell my Mercury 9.9 4 stroke (lightly used) along with my Mercury 310 hypalon dinghy all duded out with Weaver Davits and Weaver lever but no idea what to sell it for!
     
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  12. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    That's odd. My Tohatsu also had the high-dollar "spin around" reverse option. Never a drop of water over the transom from the cooling system. Weird...
     
  13. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    635
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    2020 Solar 420
    '97 5.7 Bravo 2
    '20 Merc 25 EFI Jet
    Ya. Went with the Yamaha for the below water exhaust and local availability. Funny thing was we never noticed how the water was getting in the boat until the third trip out with it. We were always looking forward when reverse was used. A damp pant leg helped to point it out.
     
  14. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Looking forward whilst in reverse? Must be a Canadian thing? :):)
     
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  15. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    635
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    2020 Solar 420
    '97 5.7 Bravo 2
    '20 Merc 25 EFI Jet
    Trying to slow down 2.5 horses at full gallop!
     
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  16. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve got one with about an hour running time on it that I would be willing to sell too. It’s a 2017.
    Great little motor, but turns out to be too heavy for what I wan to use it for.
    I’d much rather have a 5 hp 2 stroke couple to a lightweight roll up dinghy for what I’m looking to do.
    Would have sold the 9.9 a few years ago but my son convinced me to hold on to it. Not it’s just taking up space in my shed.
     
  17. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    Our Mercury 9.9 was stolen 4 years ago this weekend. I went to the boat show in Seattle, Jan. 2017, and did a side-by-side comparison on the Tohatsu vs. Mercury. They are made in the same factory and the money I saved by going Tohatsu, I upgraded to 15hp & electric start. 3+ years running and still couldn't be happier...
     
  18. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Tohatsu is a great outboard but may not fall under the OP's cheap caveat. You can pick up a small Chinese unit on the way cheap, but way cheap is exactly what you will get.

    IMO there is no such thing as "cheap" over the long term. It's just a matter of whether you want to spend that same amount of money in dollars, or nickels and dimes.
     
  19. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    432
    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
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  20. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    332
    Aug 29, 2011
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    1997 Sea Ray 330DA
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    My son bought a Coleman for use on a Walker tender. His experience wasn't so good. I don't remember what broke, but there were issues getting parts as I recall.
     

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