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#3301437 - 07/25/13 06:07 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: stik]
16 Point

Registered: 01/13/03
Posts: 10574
Loc: Warren Co

I have run a lot of motors over the years and I wouldn't go back to a 2 stroke if I had the choice.

1. Have you priced 2 cycle oil lately? Its messy, smoky, and one more thing that can go wrong.

2. With our modern gas mixes, it seems like the 2 cycle mixed gas breaks down quickly. I think its the ethanol and 'environmentally safer' gas mixes.

3. My 4 stroke doesn't foul plugs like a 2 stroke.

4. 4 stroke starts much easier.

5. The 4 stroke is much quieter. Its a fishing boat, not a dragster so stealth is a benefit.
If you can't trust people with freedom, how can you trust them with power ?

#3301595 - 07/25/13 08:44 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: fishboy1]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27878
Loc: TN

On a small outboard 4 stroke for sure! Be careful on size however as I just sold a 14 ft Jon and a 15 hp 4 stroke separately, as it was too much motor for this particular boat!
#3301631 - 07/25/13 09:28 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: catman529]
8 Point

Registered: 02/04/09
Posts: 1586
Loc: E. Tenn

 Originally Posted By: catman529
Well before asking, I already was leaning toward a Merc or Yamaha. Seems like a lot here like the Yamaha motors. Seems kind of split between 2 and 4 stroke. Almost might lean toward a 4 stroke now but not completely decided yet. Thanks everyone for the input. Plenty of time ahead as I save some cash for a good motor. Most likely won't get one till some time next year. Right now I have a 5 hp Briggs 4 stroke and a 7 hp Sears 2 stroke and I haven't got the Sears to run yet (it sat for a while). Was given to me by a guy I met fishing who had no desire for the motor. It's an old one too. Both motors are air cooled but the Sears has an impeller to cool the lower part of the motor... hope I can get her running good, to hold me over for a bigger motor. I would anticipate roughly 7 mph out of the Briggs 5 horse but haven't tried yet - need to check for faulty fuel pump on the briggs.

Its kinda one of those things where if you buy a 2 stroke, more than likely you will be happy for the time you have it and it will suit your needs just fine...BUT when/if you switch to a 4 stroke, you'll wish you had bought it first...I know I was completely satisfied with my 115 2 stroke, but I use boats for my job and ever since we switched to mainly 4 strokes, I wish now I had spent a little more and got a 4 stroke yamaha 115 when I bought my boat new....
I've had mercs and yamaha's on my personal boats. The merc was ok, but I'd give yamaha the edge everytime. I have friends that swear by Honda 4strokes on their duck boats, but I have no personal experience with using them.
Just because you do not agree with my opinion, it does'nt make me wrong!

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#3301641 - 07/25/13 09:39 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: rukiddin?]
8 Point

Registered: 10/14/07
Posts: 2194
Loc: Lawrence County

dont know much bout boat motors but dirtbikes if it dont smoke its a joke
#3301785 - 07/25/13 11:48 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: wlf89]
TnDeer Old Timer
10 Point

Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3619
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

People forget about why 2 strokes are practically illegal. I put a 2 stroke into a clean barrel and ran it for only five minutes and the barrel was coated with a black film that just wouldn't come off. No way I want to do that to the Caney.

My last two outboards are Merc four strokes and they start effortlessly, sip gas, you can talk in normal tones to your shipmates, and there is no oil film on the water nor is there smoke.

Get the most horsepower for the weight. Basically the 20 weighs same as the 15, the 30 weighs the same as the 25. A 20 HP four stroke weighs within ten pounds of the old 25 2 strokes and is only 3 to 5 mph slower
It's not rocket surgery, for crying outside!

#3301989 - 07/25/13 03:18 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: jakeway]
10 Point

Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 3088
Loc: Middle

I'm running a 60hp four stroke merc and so far so good can't say a bad thing about it.
"Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half to believe"

#3302043 - 07/25/13 04:04 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: TNTomtaker01]
6 Point

Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 823
Loc: Cookeville

I put a 20HP 4 stroke remote on my 14ft and it makes it move great- Not a hint of a problem out of it in 4yrs- love it
#3302240 - 07/25/13 08:02 PM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: bigluresonly]
14 Point

Registered: 11/30/00
Posts: 7579
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

Not sure there'd be an upside to running a jet on a v-hull.
#3302749 - 07/26/13 10:12 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: Hangnail]
8 Point

Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 1717
Loc: TN

On a budget, I think you can get a lot newer, more HP, and less weight 2 stroke for the money it would cost to get a well used, lower hp, heavier 4 stroke. If money wasn't an issue, I would only own 4 stroke.... however, I have only owned 1.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

You're never to old to learn something stupid.

#3303588 - 07/27/13 07:21 AM Re: 2 stroke or 4 stroke [Re: Urban_Hunter]
10 Point

Registered: 10/24/11
Posts: 3764
Loc: Old hickory Tn

On your boat Catdaddy, I would go with a two stroke.

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