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hmcshan posted 09-21-2001 02:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for hmcshan   Send Email to hmcshan  
Anyone had any experience with Nissan outboards? My brothernlaw is looking repower a '17 Montauk and is considering one because of price. Thanks for any help.
Dick posted 09-21-2001 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
All reports I have heard are good. The dealer network is not as strong as some other brands but a good motor.
lhg posted 09-21-2001 05:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
They're actually Tohatsu engines, which I hear are pretty good, but not particularly fast within a giving HP rating. He'd be better off driving a hard bargain on a major brand.
Small Fry posted 09-22-2001 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Small Fry  Send Email to Small Fry     
I'm presently running a 1984 25 hp Tohatsu on a 12.5' inflatable. The engine has been in my group of buddies since new and historically used all year round in Florida. It's been trouble free. I understand they're not the best for trolling (fishing), due to sputtering at low speed.

I just acquired a new Nissan 2001 30 hp tiller that came on a 13' Whaler. It looks alot like the 84 Tohatsu and runs good too. I was told that they may be lighter in weight than most other brands..

My buddy still runs a 1989 Tohatsu 40 HP on his 14' hard bottom inflatable in Ft. Lauderdale, and has had no problems either. He bought it new.

So far, so good..

CHenry posted 09-23-2001 02:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for CHenry  Send Email to CHenry     
Along the lines of what someone has already mentioned...the biggest problem with any outboard other then one of the major brands will be lack of dealer support.

Last year I sold a '88 boat with a '88 Suzuki 200 on it. The motor delivered flawless performance for all 12 years we owned it. But despite that, no one wanted to buy the boat with that big Suzki on the stern.

We used the boat in AZ and the nearest authorized dealer was in Anaheim CA (325 miles away)!Thankfully it never needed any work other than routine maintenanc.

I would have to think that the same situation exists for Nissan, Tohatsu etc..

Ed Stone posted 09-23-2001 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Had a two cyl. 40hp Nissan on a 13 whaler
that ran great.It did run a little rough at
slow speeds.
If the price is right and you have a
dealer to support you the Nissan would work.
Maybe you could take quote to the local
Yamaha dealer and get him to match it.
Good Luck!
Ed Stone
fester posted 09-28-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for fester  Send Email to fester     
A friend of mine owns an inflatable boat store and has been selling yamaha, nissan and tohatsu outboards for over 20 years. He has told me on numerous occassions that nissan and tohatsu are every bit as reliable and resist corrosion as well as the yamahas. He also will tell you that the yamahas run a little bit quieter than the nissan or tohatsus and sometimes have a few more features. With respect to the dealer support issue, my friend has told me that if you are only going to use the motor in the U.S., this should not be that big of an issue. If you will use the motor outside of the U.S., you may have problems obtaining parts for a nissan

Good Luck, Jeff

SuburbanBoy posted 09-30-2001 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
While on vacation in northern Michigan, I realized I left a critical part (tapered spacer) for my Tohatsu at home. I called Tohatsu (from the road), received the names and numbers for several Michigan dealers, and for two of their largest dealers. I called one of the largest dealers and had the part drop shipped to my destination. It arrived the next day. My experience is all positive, but I only have about 35 hours, and it is just about broken in. Good luck!


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