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New owner! Engine info required.

Postby Johanna » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:57 pm

Launched CC24 yesterday in Plymouth.
The current engine is due for replacement and I wondered what the feeling is about the engines available on the market at the moment?
Does anyone use sail-drive prop for example?

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Postby Simon Head » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:49 am

Mariner 6 hp 4 stroke. I would not go for anything heavier than this.

The Tohatsu/Mercury/Mariner 6hp 4 stroke is basically the same engine. I did not know this when I bought my Mariner.

My Mariner 5hp has never missed a beat!

Get one with Sail Drive and alternator. Ive never felt I could with more horses with mine its always done the job. If you get a larger one you may get water in the cockpit up the well, although if you have the rubber bung this stops this with the Mariner (I think this was only available with SA boats). This bung is worth its weight in gold as it stops any spouting up the well which wets the cockpit floor. Never cotemplate getting rid of this!

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Postby oak » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:10 pm

Welcome Johanna,good luck with your new boat
we have sister boats, mine being no 25.
I am using a 5hp 2stroke,much lighter than a four stroke .
by sail drive you mean just the prop,not the big lump of engine called a sail drive.
I have looked at the 4 strokes but I did not see a short shaft sail version in the Mariner family,ie with charging.but I have not studied the market this winter
another point is that the Tohatsu came with an integral tank AND a remote tank fitting.very useful whereas the Mariner only had the remote tank conection
My 5hp has an approx 8insdiam 6ins pitch prop.
whats the trouble with your engine I thought they lasted for ever.my crew wants to change our engine for environmental reasons
having said all that the expert is Simon and his advice is very sound
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Postby Dennis » Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:27 am

Hello Joanna

Congratulations on your new boat, and welcome to the site.

I use a 5HP Honda on Mary Ann.

After one years use, no issues at all. Starts second pull from cold every time and first pull when restarting warm.

Does 4 knots on half throttle and 5.5 knots on full throttle ( on calm water ).

It weighs 27 Kg and believe me that is heavy enough, I will be lifting mine into the boat today ready for launching on Sunday (hopefully).

It is noisier than I would prefer, but there again every outboard I have ever had is noisier than I would prefer.

It might be worth looking at the old Yahoo forum, ther was lots of discussion on this issue.

Best of luck

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Postby oak » Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:58 pm

HI, Denis,who is this Joanna that you are talking to?
Johanna might be a nom de plume or indeed the name of the boat.
in the water already,I am very impressed ,hope the weather warms up for you
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Postby Dennis » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:21 am

Hello Jack

Thanks for pointing that out!

Must be wishfull thinking on my part;)

Mary Ann is now standing in my drive all strapped down ready for the journey to Kielder tomorrow. I hope the sailing this year is as good as last year:)

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Postby oak » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:01 pm

Has anyone got a Suzuki outboard.if so any comments.
they are making a big sales drive at the moment and look quite interesting.
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Postby Dennis » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:55 am

Helo Jack

We use Suzuki 6HP outboards on the Kielder yacht Club tenders. Needless to say, being used by over 100 different members they get some abuse.

However, they start easily and they seem much quieter than than my Honda 5HP. That may not be a fair comparison however, because the tender motors sit high above the transom and not in a well like the Capecutter.

I considered buying one for Mary Ann when I was fitting out. I opted for the Honda because it it had less physical bulk. The Suzuki has 360 degree steering ability and therefore sits higher on its mounting bracket than the Honda.

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Postby oak » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:07 pm

Interesting point that Dennis about the height of the unit.
I rather assumed they were all the same[ish].I wonder if the Suzuki would sit higher than the Mercury that I have at the moment.there is not that much clearance with my fuel cap.
have to check that out
thanks forthe tip
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Postby Dennis » Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:03 pm

Hello Jack

Height (or rather the lack of it) was important to me as I fitted a tiller pilot, and the bracket is fitted underneath the tiller.

I think when I was going through the excercise of choosing an outboard, I came across a photo of a Suzuki fitted to a Capecutter on the old Yahoo Forum. It is worth looking at the photos on that forum. There was also quite a bit of discussion on outboard choice.

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