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rhemrah posted 07-01-2002 11:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for rhemrah   Send Email to rhemrah  
Has anyone had any experiences with Tohatsu outboard motors and how do they compare to the other outboard manufactures.

THANKS,
Rick

ChrisCT posted 07-02-2002 06:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisCT  Send Email to ChrisCT     
I have one as a kicker and think it very good. Same engine as the Nissan. Mine is 5HP 4 stroke. Bought it because it was light when compared to other kickers. Someone else was using same one locally and it worked great on his boat so I bought same.
PFSQUAN posted 07-02-2002 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for PFSQUAN  Send Email to PFSQUAN     
Back when I was a technical editor at Boating magazine, I ran several motors on my 17 Whaler for summer-long tests. I used the 85 Suzuki, which topped out at 38 mph. a 45 Honda, which hit 30 mph and a 70 Tohatsu, which ran 36 mph. All three were good motors. I sold the boat with the Tohatsu and I am looking hard at the new 90 with its low pressure direct injection. Tohatsu is the oldest outboard manufacturer in Japan. Provided you have a dealer nearby, I would certainly consider it. In the eight years that I used the motor, including numerous trips six to eight miles offshore in the ocean , I never had a problem.
Hobie1981 posted 07-02-2002 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Hi: RHE/PFS, what kind of pricing have you found, I too am looking at the 90. Have been a bit concerned about the lack of dealerships in my area. Their is one about 40 minutes away. Resale also has figured into the mix, although I typically keep things for a very long time...lol. I had read something about corrosion on this forum, a few weeks back. PFS: did you have any problem with "C" ?

Gonna be a corka here today. 100+

Hobie

PFSQUAN posted 07-02-2002 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for PFSQUAN  Send Email to PFSQUAN     
Hobie: Corrosion was a non-issue for me. However, being on saltwater I do use a lot of grease and CRC. Once a week I would spray CRC on virtually every thing under the cowling. I did get a crusty build-up on the horizontal tilt bar but that was due to it being submerged a good part of the time. The oil fill lid hinges would stiffen up over time, but the CRC would take care of that, too. Oddly, the fiberglass cowling did shed much of its paint, while it clung tight to all of the metal surfaces.
PFSQUAN posted 07-02-2002 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for PFSQUAN  Send Email to PFSQUAN     
Hobie: Corrosion was a non-issue for me. However, being on saltwater I do use a lot of grease and CRC. Once a week I would spray CRC on virtually every thing under the cowling. I did get a crusty build-up on the horizontal tilt bar but that was due to it being submerged a good part of the time. The oil fill lid hinges would stiffen up over time, but the CRC would take care of that, too. Oddly, the fiberglass cowling did shed much of its paint, while it clung tight to all of the metal surfaces.
shoctor posted 07-02-2002 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
I have had many experiences with Tohatsu outboards and all have been favorable. One of places I summer with my 65 currituck which is unfortunately omc powered is on cape cod Wellfleet. Wellfleet Marie has used all brands of motors with OMC lasting a season merc, Yamaha and suzuki lasting between 1 and 2 years they have a 50 horse that is on it's 3'rd season and a fleet of rental 8 hp that get the snot pounded out of them day in and out. The parts problem is an issue but they break so infrequently I almost consider it a non issue. they are simple motors that just run! I have been shopping around and they are much cheaper than comparable motors form other manufacturers. I have a small 8 hp tohatsu 92 I believe and has in excess of 1000 hours and starts up just fine and runs runs runs.
whalernut posted 07-02-2002 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Shoctor, you say "unfortunately powered by an OMC". What is wrong with OMC`s, mine is 27 years old and still runs strong, I see very old OMC`s all over PA. and OH. and they still are running strong, I have owned 7 and they all were awsome. You must be refering to the newer ones prior to OMC going bankrupt?? Jack.
Bigshot posted 07-02-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Take me to the BOMB SHELTER please!
shoctor posted 07-02-2002 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
I am not saying all omc are junk I currently have a 1984 commercial 65 on my currituck and am very happy with it. I just feel as though the quality has gone down hill and parts will be next to impossible to get due to bombardier taking over the manufacturing of Johnson/Evinrude. Dollar for Dollar you get a better deal with other brands than you would with an OMC. The big selling factor comes 3-5 years down the road when you go to resell. Example if 2 identical boats were set up next to each other for sale I would bet you the boat set up with a yamaha, tohatsu or even a suzuki would sell faster than the boat with the OMC and probly for more money. Don't get me wrong I have owned several OMC engines and have not had any nightmares but feel the value and quality of other motors on the market exceed those of the OMC brand. I am however interested to see what happens when Bombardier takes control with their new line of motors. I am a sea doo and ski doo owner and have been extremely happy with both. We shall see.
whalernut posted 07-02-2002 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
That is a very fair explanation, as well I agree with you of the questionable quality of the Newer OMC`s(not Bombardier). I would not have bought a New OMC within the last 10 years at least, as I know people personally that have had many problems with their Johnson/Rudes`, it is a shame, hopefully they will get back on track. Jack.
Dick posted 07-02-2002 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
From my point of view in the service department Bombardier is doing a great job on parts. So far this season I have not had a single outboard part back ordered.
When I was at a Sea Doo dealership I had more trouble getting parts for them than I am for Johnson and Evinrude.
rsgwynn1 posted 07-02-2002 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
I've ordered several OMC parts recently and had no trouble whatsoever. Maybe a 48 hr. delay on back-ordered items, but no snags otherwise.
Wild Turkey posted 07-02-2002 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
shocter:
Just ordered and received a OMC rectifier for my Evinrude. No problems here.

In my experience, the statement "parts will be next to impossible to get due to bombardier taking over the manufacturing of Johnson/Evinrude" is simply not true.

BTW, Bombardier has taken over control of the Johnson/Evinrude line for at least the last 12 months!

richardm posted 07-03-2002 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for richardm  Send Email to richardm     
what is crc?
PFSQUAN posted 07-03-2002 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for PFSQUAN  Send Email to PFSQUAN     
CRC is a brand of demoisturizing spray, similar to WD-40. It is light lubricant that displaces moisture and leaves a thin coating, which protects against corrosion and salt build-up.
whalernut posted 07-03-2002 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I just bought a backup Power Pack for my 75` 85h.p. Johnson and the dealer told me that he is already getting New parts for the older OMC`s with Bombardier name on the box. Great news!! Jack.
JBCornwell posted 07-03-2002 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I started reading this thread because it is supposed to be about Tohatsu engines.

Derailed again?

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Swellmonster posted 07-04-2002 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
JB is right!
kysard posted 07-04-2002 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for kysard  Send Email to kysard     
Anyone know of the TLDI Tohatsu's?

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