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srd posted 03-11-2002 11:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for srd   Send Email to srd  
I have a 1975 15' WHaler w/ an add on center console w/ the fuel tank in the console. It is currently powerer by a '85 50HP Yamaha 2 stroke. I have a chance to buy a '95 4 stroke 4 cylinder Mariner that has been well maintained. I am concerned, however, that the extra weight of the 4 stroke will be a problem. Would appreciate your opinion as to whether I should make to change.
srd posted 03-11-2002 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for srd  Send Email to srd     
Forgot to mention the the 4 stroke Mariner is a 50 horse. I am not sure how much heavier it is than my 50 horse 2 stroke Yamaha, but it is currently on a 17' Alert.
Tom W Clark posted 03-12-2002 12:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
The Mariner 50 hp 4-stroke is only about 230 lbs. That's the same as most 70 hp 2-strokes so I son't see any problem at all.
Flipper posted 03-13-2002 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
My 15's motor is 300lbs, and is set back 51/2",with no troubles.
Bigshot posted 03-13-2002 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
No problem.
srd posted 03-13-2002 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for srd  Send Email to srd     
Thanks for your comments. I realize that I have been given the benefit of the opinions of some of this forum's most respected experts.

One last question, this motor has been used on a sailing club rescue boat, there have been complaints that the carb freezes up and some have had trouble starting it. The club's equipment man(who I trust) says it is just a problem of multiple operators who don't know how to start it, and that the motor is in great shape. (The club is replacing it w/ a fuel injected Merc to solve this perceived problem) Is this supposed carburation problem anything I should be concerned with and does anyone have any comment on the general reliability of the Mariner 4 Stroke 50hp of '95 vintage?

Bigshot posted 03-13-2002 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Again no problem. Run a few tanks with some Techron in it. If it persists, just have them rebuilt.

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