Small outboard motor recomendations

marlyn

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Dec 18, 2005
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Im going to be looking to repower my 12' gregor with a 15hp,does anyone have any insight into which brands in that HP range?I know some are the same motor just branded differently?I think tohatsu builds like five brands in their factory that are all basically the same in the under 30hp category.My mariner runs perfect and starts first pull but its a 2 smoke and i dont want to be restricted by lakes requiring a 4 stroke.
 
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pacificscout

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  • Jul 28, 2012
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    My brother has a Honda and he is happy.
    I like the Yamahas’.
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    Wish i had his trailer,mine is a shorelander with those little 12'' wheels,have to do something about that.
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    ShadBurke

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  • Oct 28, 2005
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    Fuel injected whatever brand you feel most confident with. I prefer Yamaha but depending on shaft length, some manufacturers in that lower hp class do not have power trim tilt…
     
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    Definitely EFI for varying elevations,its just an aluminum so no need for power anything.
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    tuner

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  • May 24, 2006
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    I run the Tohatsu 20hp EFI on my 12' Klamath. It runs like a champ and sips fuel. The short shaft is under 100lbs and does not require a battery. I have the electric start with charging, it adds about 10lbs
     
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    I considered a 20 but was worried it wouldnt troll slow enough for trout?Its actually rated for 25 which i though was high for a 12' aluminum.
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    tuner
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    I troll at Crowley with it. You could reduce the pitch if needed.
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    plj46

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    Jan 7, 2008
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    I have a Tohatsu 90 two stroke (i know not a smaller motor) and love it.Not a problem going on five years.Everything on that motor says "made in Japan"
     
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    I heard tohatsu makes every motor under 30hp besides yamaha through some kind of partnership with the other companies,not sure if this is true.
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    plj46
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    I know they made stuff for Mercury and Nissan,not sure about others.I've read they're the largest outboard manufacturer in the world.
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    cortezpirasea

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    Feb 23, 2012
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    I ran a 20hp honda and it was great!

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    MATTANZA

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    Boston Whaler 25' Outrage "MATTANZA II", 34' Radovcich "AMY ANNE" {when it needs to be fixed}
    when i worked at kettenburg marine , i sold a ton of tohatsus. absolutely great motors. no problems that i can remember.
     
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    hbouldin1216

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    May 10, 2012
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    have a Yamaha 25 efi on my 14 footer and my only complaint is that the tiller comes straight out of the engine, not offset at an angle. Depending on your seating set up, it can be awkward to drive. The Mercurys have an adjustable tiller offset that I wish I would have spent the extra money on. Even my old Evinrude that I replaced had the offset tiller and it was much more comfortable to run. The Yamaha does have an RPM adjuster where you can raise or lower the RPMs at idle with a push of a button to control your troll speed
     
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    Ive been in your old thread alot lately henry.
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    hbouldin1216
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    feel free to PM with any questions. Tinacious has a duck blind on it right now, really is the Swiss army knife boat
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    marlyn

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    Dec 18, 2005
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    21' skiff and 12' portabote recycled from milk jugs
    Since their is very little price and no weight difference between 15 and 20s im kind of leaning towards a 20hp now.
     
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