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jkh posted 06-02-2004 01:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for jkh   Send Email to jkh  
Narrowed my search to repower my 1967 13' with one of the two:
Mercury 25hp classic
Tohatsu 25hp

Both are new 2 strokes engines, short shaft, electric start, tiller steering.
I have no experience with either engine. I like the idea of mercury's multifunction tiller handle - being able to operate engine one handed. Other than that - any thoughts about which is the better engine.

Bigshot posted 06-02-2004 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
As many know I am not the biggest Merc fan BUT....their little engines are bulletproof. Why? Because they are made by Tohatsu. Not sure if the 25 is a tohatsu but that tiller is convenient and resale will be slightly higher with a Merc. If more than a hundred or 2 more than the Tohatsu, go for the Tohatsu.
brisboats posted 06-02-2004 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     

I currently run a Tohatsu 18hp tiller on my 13 and could not be happier with its performance. I also have and have used on my 1966 13 a 25hp mercury (1980's) that has the shift in the tiller handle. I have not minded shifting the tohatsu. Neither one is electric start and I like the simplicity of the 13 without a battery. The tohatsu starts on the first pull just about everytime.


Billymac posted 06-03-2004 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Billymac  Send Email to Billymac     

I have a 2000 Merc 25hp LS electric on my duck boat. I love it and I was an OMC guy previously. The best feature is it has a pull start so if you the electric fails or you need to take your battery out, just pull it. I don't put a lot of hours on it but use it in harsh conditions, breaking ice, etc., and it has preformed flawlessly.

The one hand operation to shift is great and I could never go back to anything else. I don't know much about the Tohatsu but I would recomment the Merc with flying colors!

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