Dinghy outboard

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I urgently need a SMALL LIGHT CHEAP RELIABLE outboard for my Avon rubber dinghy ( flexible floor) I want a new one , not second hand.
I need it yesterday
I know little about them as I have used my Seagull for the past 50 years. But this one is to be a joint ownership & i need a lighter one & I am not giving up my Seagull to anyone.( no jokes please i do not have the time)
Can the forum recommend one & if possible a supplier please?
Sorry if I have started the equivalent of an anchor thread.
 

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Go for a Mariner 2hp; I've had one since 1987 and it has survived several inversions, like when I was stormbound in Salcombe for a week, had no sleep on the mooring to take precautions and the dinghy flipped - after emptying the combustion chamber it started happily, a brilliant engine, I still use it now, I just wish it had a British makers' plate !
 

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Mariner as, Seajet suggests, or Mercury is the same engine. ( I expect Seajet has a 2 stroke though ........ he finds 4 strokes so heavy that he cannot lift them off the floor)

Both ITYWF are rebadged Tohatsus ( all in fact are 2.5 hp)

I've had good experience with a small Yamaha but that was a 2 stroke.

If thinking about the Honda be sure you and co-owner are both happy with the automatic clutch. Some people can't get the hang of them!

Teeny tiny jets in the carbs on small 4 strokes seem to be a bit of a problem . It''l need more love, and clean fuel, than a Seagull, which thrives on neglect
 
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Go for a Mariner 2hp; I've had one since 1987 and it has survived several inversions, like when I was stormbound in Salcombe for a week, had no sleep on the mooring to take precautions and the dinghy flipped - after emptying the combustion chamber it started happily, a brilliant engine, I still use it now, I just wish it had a British makers' plate !

An engine you've had 32 years will have how much in common with one bought new today?

The older Mariners were re-badged Yamahas. Made in Japan. 1987 might make it a bit modern for that though?

Personally I've always found Yamaha to be the best, but my current ones are over 20 years old and 2 stroke, so probably not great guide to today's offerings.

I bought a Mariner/Mercury 3.3 brand new in the late 90s, it was the worst motorised item I've ever bought.
 

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Unfortunately "light and cheap" don't apply to new 4 strokes. My choice would be Tohatsu, Mercury, Marina or Yamaha, all very similar and good feedback. Buy from local dealer so warranty problems can be sorted rather than internet deals where they may be cheaper but poor after sales service.
 

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An engine you've had 32 years will have how much in common with one bought new today?

The older Mariners were re-badged Yamahas. Made in Japan. 1987 might make it a bit modern for that though?

Personally I've always found Yamaha to be the best, but my current ones are over 20 years old and 2 stroke, so probably not great guide to today's offerings.

I bought a Mariner/Mercury 3.3 brand new in the late 90s, it was the worst motorised item I've ever bought.

Any where between 1974 and 1990 could have been Japanese made
 

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Unfortunately "light and cheap" don't apply to new 4 strokes. My choice would be Tohatsu, Mercury, Marina or Yamaha, all very similar and good feedback. Buy from local dealer so warranty problems can be sorted rather than internet deals where they may be cheaper but poor after sales service.

Good point that i had not considered - thanks
 

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An engine you've had 32 years will have how much in common with one bought new today?

The older Mariners were re-badged Yamahas. Made in Japan. 1987 might make it a bit modern for that though?

Personally I've always found Yamaha to be the best, but my current ones are over 20 years old and 2 stroke, so probably not great guide to today's offerings.

I bought a Mariner/Mercury 3.3 brand new in the late 90s, it was the worst motorised item I've ever bought.

I'd thought it was obvious I was talking of a secondhand 2-stroke, light enough so as to be useable...:rolleyes:
 

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I'd thought it was obvious I was talking of a secondhand 2-stroke, light enough so as to be useable...:rolleyes:

But he did state in the first post he wan'ts a new one. Its going to have to be a Honda 2.3 hp.

We changed a couple of bolts bought from Steve 66 on here and its fine and runs really well and starts so easily.

Pete
 

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Nothing whatsoever, but I do not want to give half of it away. ( I have more than 1 boat)

One of the troubles you will find is that most modern 4 strokes will be heavier than a Seagull Featherweight or 40.
Honda is only slightly heavier.

Seagull Featherweight is the ideal shaft length for a small inflatable .... it is the only outboard I know tat has a truly short shaft.

Why not use your Seagull yourself and let your co-owner choose his/her own?
 

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Not very helpful then when someone specifically says they want to buy new

I'd think it helpful to bear in mind when Daydream Believer tries to pick up a new 4-stroke, my light Mariner 2hp 2-stroke has lasted for decades.

Still thanks for always being predictably argumemnatative. :rolleyes:
 

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The Suzuki is an excellent little engine for those who don't want noise and a centrifugal clutch.


I'd assume the OP's ears are already broken from use of the Seagull.

A short cruise to Alderney or Jersey could furnish a new Tohatsu 2hp'ish, 2 stroke but that would be against the rules.
 
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