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I have an old Honda 2HP four-stroke that's just about had the biscuit.

 

Looking around, I see that there are various motors available of about the same size. I think I probably want to go with a used motor, but I was intrigued with an ad on TradeMe for the EARROW. https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boats-marine/parts-accessories/outboards/listing-2409011944.htm?rsqid=15538f2dcb3444498ac28fac406a19f9-002

 

Has anyone had any experience with it?

 

 

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I have had a very good run with a Suzuki DF2.5 4 stroke, not much more new than the Chinese Yamaha rip off 

https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boats-marine/parts-accessories/outboards/listing-2407454148.htm?rsqid=b6be4af0e46e4bbbb9e5ae8a0ee75b49-003

the only thing to watch on all of these little motors where water cooled, irrespective of brand, is that the cooling passages are very small and are easily blocked if not flushed regularly

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Difference in price is noticeable. Good point about the cooling system.

I have had a very good run with a Suzuki DF2.5 4 stroke, not much more new than the Chinese Yamaha rip off 

https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boats-marine/parts-accessories/outboards/listing-2407454148.htm?rsqid=b6be4af0e46e4bbbb9e5ae8a0ee75b49-003

the only thing to watch on all of these little motors where water cooled, irrespective of brand, is that the cooling passages are very small and are easily blocked if not flushed regularly

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2 stroke is the lightest in weight if that is an issue.
2 stroke produces more power for weight.

2 stroke produces no more Greenhouse gasses than 4stroke. Remember that Co2 is the green house gas, not the oil in the exhaust. That is a different pollution issue

Electric, unless you have a specific task.... like silent trolling.... waste of time and money as an outboard.

4 stroke is quieter and smoother running. But all the opposite to the 2 stroke savings.

The Chinese outboards are mostly of two types. A copy of an old generation "name brand" outboard, or a cheap re hash of a cheap 2 stoke air cooled engine (weed eater engines are common) with a plastic outboard looking cowling around them.
Some have proven reliable and others have not. Like all Chinese, it seems to be a lottery as to which one you get.

Personally I would not go for a Cheap Chinese. I bought a little Merc 2Hp for $350. It starts first pull an runs sweet. You don't have to pay a heap for a decent second hand. Go see an outboard guy and see what they have for sale.

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" You don't have to pay a heap for a decent second hand. Go see an outboard guy and see what they have for sale."

 

 

Thanks. Good advice. I've been looking online at the various motor brokers, but none list used motor stock. Unless I see a bargain on TM, it'll have to wait until I get to Auckland in a few weeks.  Any of the major brands would probably do and there have been a couple of votes for the Suzuki. 

 

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