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bkoelbel posted 03-21-2002 07:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for bkoelbel   Send Email to bkoelbel  
Can anyone recommend one source / article to fully understand the 4 stroke vs. 2 stroke debate? I'd like to understand what impact the 2006 regulations will have.

I have a 1986 '20 Outrage with a 1987 Johnson 175. The motor started showing its age last season, and I'm considering new power.

Thanks from a snowy New England (sure doesn't look like the first day of spring)

Whaletosh posted 03-21-2002 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
BK..,

I don't think you can find one comprehensive article on the subject.

You should also be aware that this isn't a 4-stoke vs. 2-stroke debate. It is a debate between EPA 2006 (2008 as well) compliant motors vs. non-compliant motors. 4-stroke and DFI 2-stokes are the options outboard makers offer to comply with these regulations.

The heart of the debate centers around what is the most prudent course of action that someone such as yourself should take when buying a new boat or repowering an old one. Some on this forum believe that you should opt for the best buy, regardless of engine technology. Others, like myself, believe that you should consider that you may be banned from boating in certain waters if you choose to go with a non-compliant motor. The point I have always tried to make in these discussions is to at least make this factor part of your decision. The question that I would be asking myself if I were in your shoes is "do I really want to trust my boating future on the whim of politicians and goverment agencies". the answer for me is no, I don't trust these grops any further than I can throw them. If you buy a DFI 2-stroke or a 4-stroke outboard you end up with a motor that burns less gas, is better for the environement, and will not be as much of a target for bans. If you choose to go with a non-compliant 2-stroke and it later is banned in your area is won't be much of a bargain.

The choice is ultimately yours. Make the decsion, choosing the motor that best suits you.

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