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Talking a dead man into something seems a bit futile.      I have a merc 2 stroke 15. It’s heavy enough to lug around the boat, and I’m not really a fan of putting it on the pushpit bracke

Hard to go past a yammy 15 2 stroke. The small 4 strokes are just too heavy for what they do. But yes the Tohatsu 18 is a great little outboard also, same weight as a 15 but 20% more power!  

2 minutes ago, Veladare said:

Wifes put on few pounds

Talking a dead man into something seems a bit futile. 
 

 

I have a merc 2 stroke 15. It’s heavy enough to lug around the boat, and I’m not really a fan of putting it on the pushpit bracket because of the weight of it. 
 

yammy short shaft 15hp 2 stroke, 36kg

yammy short shaft 15hp 4 stroke 50(!!!!!)kg

 

To me the question is how will you store it, how often will you take it off the dinghy, how often will you need to lift it. If you can work with the weight of 4-st, then yeah sure, go for it. 

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13 minutes ago, mattm said:

To me the question is how will you store it, how often will you take it off the dinghy, how often will you need to lift it. If you can work with the weight of 4-st, then yeah sure, go for it. 

Veladare is a fairly comfy fountain pajot which I'd guess has space to lift the dinghy between the transoms/behind the cockpit. This hopefully means Tom doesn't need to remove the outboard from the dinghy? 

I've had some experience with a 3.5m Southern Pacific and a 9.9 and it would quite happily plane 3 up. Possibly the answer here depends on the size/weight of the dinghy too? 

 

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Hmm  yea 50kg is probably a bridge to far. No wont be removing it. But Ive got really poxy wheels which love wet sand more than I, so weight is def a factor.

Prob bit unfair to blame the wife... the kids are slowly packing on the pounds as well......

Tender is a monster Zodiac... the previous one and the 9.9 worked well, but it died of old age after a very long innings, new tender much heavier

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1 hour ago, mattm said:

Talking a dead man into something seems a bit futile. 

My thoughts exactly  😄😄😄

I have a new 9.9hp 4S short shaft standard, which is the same as the 15 I'm told. It's not light but then I'd not call it that heavy either, awkward is a word I would use. It replaced a 9.9hp 4S long shaft Hi-Thrust, that is a heavy bitch and long makes it even more so. The new one has a Hi thrust prop fitted so it's 1/2 way between a std and the Hi thrust but without all the xtra weight. Note I'm looking for push rather than speed.

4 strokes are a bit heavier but a LOT cleaner, quieter, economical and only needs one fuel can not a can plus bottle plus mixing gear so handier when up a river before discovering you need fuel to get back down. Farmers have 4S, not many would have marine grade 2S.

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What ever you do,dont buy Johnson/evinrude both gone like Holden.Gone going end of year by all accounts.

2 minutes ago, Knot Me... maybe said:

Not only Murcurys ;)

Possibly  yammy as our local merc guy is also a yammy guy

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