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Discussion in 'Boats' started by abu7000, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. abu7000

    abu7000 New Member

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    can any one tell me if i should use a long shaft or a short shaft motor on a 10 ft dinghy and what is beter 2stroke or 4 stroke.
     
  2. howler

    howler New Member

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    mate ,ide say a short shaft with a 10ft ,you may have to measure the transom,depends on what type of boat and how old ,i like the 2 strokes myself ,i bought a new merc and when i was looking at motors the dealers reckon 4strokes arent much better in smaller hp,,but i reckon they wanted me to just buy a brand new motor which i did,,,,jas
     
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  3. hoppa

    hoppa New Member

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    As Howler has said, I'd be guessing a short shaft too! Had an 2 stroke 8hp merc for years on my old tinnie and caught heaps of fish. I now have a 4 stroke 10hp HONDA and still catch fish, but it really is a 1000% better motor.
    Don't want to start an argument with anyone but 4 strokes are better if you are in a position to buy one.
     
  4. howler

    howler New Member

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    yeah i thought that when i bought mine hoppa ,but i dont know much about the 4strokes ,and thought the shops would steer me right ,oh well **** happens ,,,,jas:)
     
  5. abu7000

    abu7000 New Member

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    outbord

    thanks guys
     
  6. neville berghofer

    neville berghofer New Member

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    yeah but 4 stroke are a lot heavier than 2 stroke that is another thing you have to take into account
     
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  7. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    especially in such a small boat , I am a 4st convert but in a boat that small I would go a 2st as fuel use will be negligible anyway but it will be lighter on the transom .
     

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