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#824193 - 07/16/08 01:50 PM 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke
Slaughter-06
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I kicking around the idea of upgrading to a 40 or 50 H.P. for my 17' Alum. boat
Tiller handle model.

I know the 4 stroke will get a little better gas mileage but its hard for me to get away from the 2 stroke, sense that is all I have every been around.

Is the 4 stroke that much better on gas to put up with its larger size?

Give me some input on your experience with either one.

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#824212 - 07/16/08 02:08 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: Slaughter-06]
Headhunter
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I will not reveal names, but I know some of the better outboard mechanics in the southeast (maybe even the country) and they say they would not buy a 4 stroke.
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#824295 - 07/16/08 03:16 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: Headhunter]
mike243
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can ya hang onto 1 with that much horse power with a stick ? man thats some power,mike243
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#824325 - 07/16/08 03:35 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: mike243]
shorefisherman
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I got a 1977 20 hp mercury on mine and still runnin strong,only replaced the top end and couple impellers. ive heard good things about them 4 stokes, but who knows howlong they'll last since its still new to market, at least you dont have to premix!
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#824402 - 07/16/08 04:10 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: ]
bowriter
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All depends on how long you have been married.
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#824410 - 07/16/08 04:13 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: bowriter]
mike243
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Or how long its been.
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#824421 - 07/16/08 04:19 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: bowriter]
Hillbilly Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
All depends on how long you have been married.


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#824652 - 07/16/08 07:42 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: Slaughter-06]
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First post...been lurking around here since RSimms clued me in.
I can only speak for myself but I've got an '05, 60 hp Merc, and it came with a couple of bugs but once they were fixed it has run great(knock,knock). Was told by two different gearheads that Mercury was contracting four strokes to Yamaha for a while and I got one.

The Motorguide on my Tracker also came with a quality control problem.....the hole the pull rope comes up through had rough edges top and bottom so I put a grommet in....after I broke the first dang rope.
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#824733 - 07/16/08 08:42 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: madgapper]
trealtree
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I have a 9.8 4 stroke tohatsu, and it runs great and its so quiet.
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#825798 - 07/17/08 01:20 PM Re: 2 Stroke verse 4 Stroke [Re: Slaughter-06]
rsimms
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Once you've gone 4 stroke, you'll never go back. I run a 60 HP Yamaha 4 stroke. I tell folks that sometimes I think I get back to the ramp with more gas than I started with. It is quiet as church mouse, starts & idles like a dream. And I LOVE not having to mix fuel! Of course they're better on the environment and you don't have to breath in the 2 stroke stench.

Downside... they can be slower coming out of the hole, and larger size might cut speed some (depending upon boat, size of motor and other variables). They are more expensive... there are some great deals on 2 strokes out there these days.

But for me, the good things far outweigh the bad. I will never run another 2 stroke.
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