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What's your favorite outboard and why ?? #4163741
07/28/16 08:30 PM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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I have a few of the little basties. And a new to me 70HP Jonsarunde that I'm getting sorted for my Resto-Mod 1961 Glasspar runabout laugh

What's yours and why?


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163762
07/28/16 08:51 PM
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my favorite that I've never owned is Mercury: good reputation and built nearby. Favorite that I've owned: Force. I had a 40 and have had an 85 for 28 years. They are the former Chrysler outboard. I will likely be alone in admiring them - but my boat mechanic likes them because of their simplicity. anyway, in 26 years I have never had to repair it and it's easy to maintain. (drain the carbs, change plugs, fog it)


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Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163766
07/28/16 08:59 PM
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As a kid - The Johnson seahorse 75 made our glastron the king of the lake for approximately one summer.
Pulled skiers great ,skied half a day on a fiver, ran forever, always started.


TIE - - the Merc 250-300 2 strokes from the horn motors to the optimax's these are great potent power plants if a bit short lived from an hour perspective.
Take light tunnel - add one you get 100MPH.

The new Merc 400 outboard is astoundingly sweet.

They put 4 people in a 21ft boat and tow a 5th of them 26 miles out in th ocean to Catalina Island - and tow another skier back 26 miles. In a full blown race they use one skier for all 52 miles.

This boat won the Parker 300 Enduro in 2016 with this combo.

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Last edited by UncleDave; 07/28/16 09:01 PM.

Uncle Dave
Cat 3126/2 MB3500/Titan/RX400H/17 Ridgeline
700HP V10/ 725HP BBC/ Raptor 700/ KFX450/ YZ250/Onan 8K/ Cat3011C
Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163767
07/28/16 08:59 PM
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Peterborough
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I grew up with a 20hp Johnson which I liked, and a 115 Yamaha that I skied behind for a number of years.

Lots of great memories....the lack of smoke on startup went to the old Johnson, power and smoothness went to the Yamaha.


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Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163786
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My boat engine, with 70 hours on it, is completely shot due to internal engine corrosion. So scratch off the 90HP Yamaha 2 stroke as my favorite brand of engine. Probably due to previous owner neglect more than anything though.


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Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163806
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BTW - fun thread Broc - thanks!

UD


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700HP V10/ 725HP BBC/ Raptor 700/ KFX450/ YZ250/Onan 8K/ Cat3011C
Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163813
07/28/16 10:39 PM
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My 89HP V4 Evenrude on my 185 AquaSport with CC and Bimini top.


CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)
Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: Eddie] #4163815
07/28/16 10:41 PM
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Taiwan
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British Seagull.

Rabid nationalism. Currently rather fashionable.

Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: Ducked] #4163828
07/28/16 11:42 PM
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Canada
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Originally Posted By: Ducked
British Seagull.

Rabid nationalism. Currently rather fashionable.


I had one, I could start it by grabing the flywheel and giving it a quick twist.

Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163829
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Mercury 'Tower of Power' straight 6

Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163843
07/29/16 12:49 AM
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Tower of power 115 Mercury on a Glastron CV16.
My parents bought the boat the summer after I moved away from home from Sampson's Marine in Winnipeg.
I still have the receipt somewhere. They paid less than $3,000 for it including the trailer in 1975.

Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163873
07/29/16 06:06 AM
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I guess I'll have to pick the 25hp 1975 Johnson that's on my jon boat since its the only one I've ever had.. haha The foot has a leak I cannot get fixed so I have to change the oil every other trip to the lake, but it runs great.


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Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163928
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Go to any Marina where there are near-shore and offshore guide boats and you will have your answer. In Venice, Louisiana for example its probably 90% Yamaha. Those guys depend on their motors to make a living, so there is a reason they choose Yamaha and it isn't because they are cheap.


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Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: BrocLuno] #4163951
07/29/16 08:07 AM
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I really enjoyed a 4-stroke 115 Johnson built by Suzuki. Instant start, no smoke, plenty of power.

Re: What's your favorite outboard and why ?? [Re: InhalingBullets] #4163994
07/29/16 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted By: InhalingBullets
Go to any Marina where there are near-shore and offshore guide boats and you will have your answer. In Venice, Louisiana for example its probably 90% Yamaha. Those guys depend on their motors to make a living, so there is a reason they choose Yamaha and it isn't because they are cheap.


Or becuase the dealer network is better in that area for a certain brand?? Go to certain areas of the country, you only see Yamaha. Other areas, you only see Suzuki. Or Evinrude. Or Honda. Etc. Honestly, I'd take a Yamaha, Suzuki, Evinrude, or a Honda. All are good engines.


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10 Acura TSX 2.4 Maxlife Syn 5W30
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