Hello Yamaha lover,
I also swear by Yamaha, any Yamaha! I bought a new 8 HP Nissan/ Tohatsu 4 stroke a few years back. I know your deal is with a 2 stroke, however I just wanted to add that I fell in love with the Tohatsu/Nissan brand very quickly. It was super reliable and easily serviced. I had absolutely no problems until it was stolen in San Diego at one of the dinghy docks. I too bought it because it was a deal I couldn't pass up. I would be surprised if the two stroke is any different in quality or reliability.
I would consider parts availability in the areas which you will be cruising. I have heard that Yamaha's are Everywhere in the world so parts may be easier to find. Tohatsu not so popular or widespread. That would be my only hesitation. If your like me, I buy all the parts that usually go first and carry a "spares" pelican box. Ie- Spark Plugs, zincs, coil, impeller, filters, etc. That way you have some chance of getting going without going to the parts counter.
Good luck, Steve
For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my alloted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.
- RICHARD BODE