New outboard- want opinions

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Pirate Lady, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    I need a new dinghy outboard. In the 2.5 - 3.5 range.
    Mercury made by Tohatsu- mixed reviews 50/50 middle of price range.
    Yamaha - great reviews, heavy, expensive.
    Suzuki - great reviews, lightest of the bunch and cheapest, some cheap plastic parts require care when using. Exposed cables don’t run thru tiller handle, kinda looks cheesy.
    Honda - the name says it all but most expensive. 50% more than a Suzuki.
    What say you?
     
  2. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    I like my Suzuki 2.5. Have no experience with the others.
     
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  3. Magic

    Magic New Member GOLD Sponsor

    29
    Jun 17, 2022
    Auckland, New Zealand
    1997 450 Sundancer
    3116 Cats
    I'm also looking.

    Other factors:
    • Does it have forward and reverse gear (Is that important)?
    • Does it have a handle throttle?
    • Is it 2-stroke (requires mixing fuel) or 4-stroke?
    • Where to store it when not in use?
    • Is electric good enough yet?
     
  4. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    I had a 15hp Mercury pull start (stolen) and now have a Tohatsu 15hp electric start and I am happy with both. I do like the electric start better -lol. Both are super easy, they start immediately.
     
  5. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    A 2.5hp is more than enough power to get most dinghies to hull speed, but not enough to get on plane. An electric motor like a torqeedo will push a dinghy to hull speed. If the price and the range works for you, then they are a great option. Lightweight, clean and quiet.
     
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  6. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    I ordered from the cheapest place online. No one had it locally, nor did they seem to want to order one.
     
  7. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    I dont think any of these motors will be unreliable. Get the one that has the features you want and tickles your wallet.
     
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  8. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    No first hand experience bht one of the guys in our marina has the 4hp Honda and it’s really loud. Not sure if the smaller ones are the same but his doesn’t have through the prop exhaust so it’s noisy
     
  9. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Boatless
    Boatless
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  10. yobub

    yobub Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    938
    Jul 29, 2016
    Northern Illinois
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    I have a 20hp Tohatsu on my dinghy and I love it. It is super quiet and always starts easily. Pull start, always starts on the 2nd pull. So quiet I can pull into the slip with a dock neighbor sitting in a chair with his back to the slip and he wont hear me come in. Highly recommended.
     
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  11. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    2021 Solar 420
    '97 5.7 Bravo 2
    '20 Merc 25 EFI Jet
    We bought a new 2.5 yamaha 4 years ago. Can't say I would recommend one. We sold it after only two seasons. Idled rough and would overheat if held close to wide open for a few minutes. Brought it to the shop a couple times thinking warranty but got bills both times with a lame excuse as they couldn't duplicate the problem in their tank. Wasn't happy with the pee stream going into the boat when reverse was used either.
     
  12. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    What went wrong with the old motor?
     
  13. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    2007 Four Winns V358
    Twin VP 5.7GXi V-Drive / ZF63s
    Zero issues with my Suzuki 15hp.... life's short - just grab it!
     
  14. Mauler34Rod

    Mauler34Rod Well-Known Member

    436
    Aug 26, 2020
    Chicago Lake Michigan
    2001 380 Sundancer, Raymarine radar, chart plotter and gps
    454 MPII Mercruiser w/ V Drives
    I purchased a Suzuki 20HP earlier this spring. Love it , light weight and very quiet.
     
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  15. boatrboy

    boatrboy Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Orange, CT
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Horizons with V-Drives
    Based on some of your posts maybe this is a better option :D:)
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  16. Phil S

    Phil S Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2020
    Taxachusetts
    Former 2004 300DA
    5.0 MPIs and Bravo IIIs
    New boat incoming
    Sundolphin 9-foot Tender
    9.9hp Mercury OB
    Got both obs from outboard direct .com

    Check the fine print as some sites have free shipping but no returns at all
     
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  17. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    Reel Nauti
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
    I've had Johnson, Evinrude, Merc and Yamaha. Currently have a 15 Yamaha on a 320 Mercury dinghy. They ALL have there issues, fuel. The ethanol wreaks havoc with the carburetors and fuel lines. Past that all have been rock solid. I can't imagine that Suzuki is any different.

    Depending on the weight in the dinghy will depend on what the hull speed will be, all dinghy's are planning hulls and don't have a hull speed, but there is a displacement speed which changes based on the weight in the dinghy. Most dinghy's need at least a 5hp to reach that when two people are in the dinghy.
     
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  18. Hoplite808

    Hoplite808 Well-Known Member

    345
    Jan 11, 2022
    Honolulu, HI
    1996 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI EFI (Gen. V)
    @Pirate Lady why not fix the old motor? Wouldn’t that be cheaper? I scored a 4hp Mercury for free a while back off Craigslist because the previous owner thought it was broken beyond repair. Turns out all it needed was a tuneup, impeller, and a new cooling water feed tube. $100 in parts and took me two hours in labor and now it runs great. You gotta make time for maintenance or maintenance will make time for you.
     
  19. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    I love those old 70’s mercs. Run forever, till the gnat came out. That’s okay though gnat idles smooth and I have four extra pull cords and three plastic propellers. I have so many parts for that thing including a new power head. I will be running that POS until my little boat starts leaking.
     
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  20. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx 502 mag
    2005 Baja 242 islander 496
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    496 mag B1
    Heavy dose of Seafoam in the tank
     

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