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Old 02-19-2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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Finally solved my dilemma with a 10 ' 2 Walker Bay Air floor roll up. The price was great and the touch and feel seemed the best compromise. So now on to a best match of outboard. My plan is to tow the inflatible most of the time, and I'm having a Nova lift installed so that the motor weight is less of an issue.

I anticipate use to be mostly to and from shore, with three people and "stuff". I've thought of the lower speed 4 to 5 hp with internal tanks since the fuel tank is one less thing to move/store. But I wouldn't mind a little more horsepower (an 8 hp was recommended). How do folks deal with fuel tank storage etc. while under way? Any thoughts about the right HP, best value and internal vs external most appreciated!!!

And thanks to those that helped with my "dingy dilemma"!

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Old 02-19-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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Somewhere, there is spec for the 10'2" which limits the outboard to 6HP.

The Suzuki 2009 DF6 = good motor

Yamaha have a 6HP - the 2007 model more expensive than the 2009 Suzuki.

Mercury have a good 4stroke 6 HP.

Not sure if Johnson and Evinrude still make small outboards ?

At 6HP it is unlikely that you will find a motor with an integral fuel tank, although Tohatso have an optional 6HP 4 stroke, the MFS6 model that has a tiny 1.3 litre integral tank with connections to an external 12 litre tank.


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Old 02-28-2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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Richard, Many thanks for the information. I have found the spec and will pursue accordingly.

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