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Old 01-08-2016, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Plan on getting a small used outfit 9hp to 25hp and have had no experience with a 4 stroke.
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Old 01-08-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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What do you plan to do with the boat? That defines the characteristics that would be important to you.
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Old 01-08-2016, 10:04 AM
 
Location: chebanse illinois
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fill gas tank and go
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Old 01-08-2016, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda
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My opinion 4 stroke all the way.
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Old 01-08-2016, 10:31 AM
 
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yup
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Old 01-08-2016, 11:49 AM
 
Location: P.C.F
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Absolutely what wpc691 said


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What do you plan to do with the boat? That defines the characteristics that would be important to you.
That's a huge spread your talking about as well .. 9.9 for me anyway , is the limit of regular manhandling / on and off by hand..


I presently own 2-2 strokes.. 8hp & 200 hp both are Older Units, ( the 8 hp could leave my garage tomorrow as I no longer have use for it. : ) but both are the work horses of the Outboard Industry
8hp is hand mix 50-1 200 is auto-inject... both are noisy, smoky gas hogs ...and shake rattle and roll for the first few minutes anyway.. Good Quality 2 stroke oil is not cheap.. $20 a gallon on sale and that's added to 50 gallons of gas They were called 2 smokes for a reason.. but most are bullet proof cheap to buy to repair and to maintain etc etc

**Newer 2 strokes with a few exceptions are Quieter , Cleaner Running, Much Better Fuel Economy and Run Much Smoother and of coarse Lighter weight as well.** For some boats and applications , weight matters!!

I also own 1 - 4 stroke a 2005 50HP Mercury EFI Big Foot.. No mixing of oil much better fuel consumption quieter smoother running no smoke but for 50 hp its heavier than a much larger HP 2 strokes.


Newer is OFTEN Better but there are some early 4 strokes and the first couple years of the Fitch 2 strokes I wouldn't trade my Johnson Ocean Runner for and for some very good reasons. Research The Hull Truth if you get my point? iboats sells 1 year old resort used, OB's for a pretty good prices and with warrantees.


For 15 years I had very close ties with the Dive Industry on Cozumel... Several hundred boats running almost everyday of the week year in year out and most often for 2 to 4 hours a day or longer @ 3/4 to WOT!!! Pushing Very Heavy Boats!! When I bought New..... I bought Mercury 4 stroke that said there are literally THOUSANDS of 10 to 20 year old Yamaha and Johnson 2 strokes working everyday in Mexico.. As We Speak..
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Old 01-08-2016, 11:57 AM
 
Location: North Port,FL
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I have had both. If you can get a great deal on a two stroke, cool. Personally, the four stroke suites all my needs just fine and is VERY economical to operate.
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Old 01-08-2016, 11:59 AM
 
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If you are talking about a mercury 9.9 or a 15 2-stroke would be fine those motors are pretty much bulletproof anything larger I would go with a 4-stroke

Gary
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Old 01-08-2016, 12:12 PM
 
Location: P.C.F
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JSYK all small Merc's since 2006 m.y. have been made in CHINA on the same line as IIRC Suzuki ? But Made In China for sure...
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Old 01-08-2016, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I believe 4 strokes cant lay on they side or one side.
A small motor like 9hp id rather have a stroke lighter and a. Chance it will be removed as on a dinghy ect.
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