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Old 01-25-2001, 06:04 PM
muller muller is offline
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thoughts on 2-stroke .vs. 4-stroke

I'm in the process of buying a Boston Whaler (Montauk) and am trying to get some idea of the relative merits of 2-stroke engines .vs. 4-stroke engines. I rented a boat with a 2-stroke engine last summer and got stranded out near Gloucester. Somebody who helped me out said to stay away from the 2-strokes.

Well I know nothing about this. What I want is a medium power engine (70hp?) that is very reliable.

Your thoughts on brands etc are most welcome.


Bob Muller
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Old 01-25-2001, 10:38 PM
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RE: thoughts on 2-stroke .vs. 4-stroke

Since it was a rented boat and not your personal craft you have no idea if the engine was properly maintained. I have a 2 stroke Johnson on my Maritime and have no trouble with it. One very important thing about outboards no mater 2 or 4 REPLACE the water pump and t-stats every 2 years no matter what. I have the dealer do it and it's only around $90, well worth it considering the cost of a new motor. All the engines now a days are very good I would go with a 4 stroke if I were to do it again or if I repower. I'm getting tired of buying oil.My sugesstion on a 4 is Honda or Yahmaha. See what the nearest dealer has and maybe go with that it's always nice to have someone close by .Get back to me I have to go now but would love talk e-mail
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Old 01-26-2001, 01:16 AM
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RE: thoughts on 2-stroke .vs. 4-stroke

I have a 90hp Honda on a 2090 Maritime Skiff purchased last year. I would recommend the engine without hesitation. Quiet, fuel efficient and the best attribute no 2-stroke smell. The engine ran 100 flawless hours last year. I purchased mine at the recommendation of a friend who has had his Honda 90/Maritime 2090 combo for 4 years. His engine now has over 600 hours on it without a single incident.
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Old 03-29-2001, 07:26 PM
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RE: thoughts on 2-stroke .vs. 4-stroke

Hey JeffH, I'm looking to buy a 2090 with a honda 90 myself, what is the top end of your boat and your friend's?, and what is your MPG or GPH at most effecient cruise? And how is your boat loaded?

I would most appreciate it
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