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frontier posted 04-13-2002 10:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for frontier   Send Email to frontier  
Need to repower my 13 Dauntless. Thinking about 40-50 Yamaha or Honda 4-Stroke. Is the 50 worth it? Is the 4-stroke worth it? Anyone with experience and/or recommendations?
PMUCCIOLO posted 04-14-2002 05:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

I am unfamiliar with Honda engines, so I reserve comment. However, I am familiar with Yamaha's, particularly the 50HP four stroke. The 50HP four stroke I had offered flawless performance, but, as expected, was lacking in hole shot.

There are several factors to consider for your application. First, what is the weight capacity of the transom (to keep the scuppers above water)? The 50HP Yamaha is a four cylinder and very smooth, whereas the 40HP is a three cylinder. I think that the extra cylinder (a multiple of four) would help. Perhaps someone with engineering or mechanical expertise could elaborate on this.

Second, what is the difference in cost? That is always a prime consideration.

Third, what type of dealers do you have nearby? What have customers related regarding their experiences at those dealers?

There are other four stroke engines in this power range, including Mercury and Suzuki. Again, I cannot comment, as I have no experience with them.

Good luck in your decision making.


Wreckdiver posted 04-14-2002 07:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wreckdiver  Send Email to Wreckdiver     
The Dauntless 13 has very little lift aft. I would try to keep the engine weight under 200 lbs.
lhg posted 04-17-2002 03:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Just to keep the playingfield level, you might also want to consider the Mercury 40 or 50 4-strokes. I say this because they are the only fuel injected offerings in this HP range. I believe EFI is a worthwhile improvement over the carburetor. And I don't think you'll pay a dime more to get it, maybe even less.
PMUCCIOLO posted 04-17-2002 06:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

Consider lhg's post carefully. EFI provides quite an improvement in starting (especially when drastic temperature and humidity fluctuations occur), running, and efficiency. They are generally quieter, also, as the openings for the carburetor throats are no longer needed.


JBCornwell posted 04-17-2002 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I agree with lhg to a point. You should consider EFI if you are going to spend the bux for a 4s.

Don't overlook the Johnson/Suzuki DF40/50. They are EFI and have been around for several years.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

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