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Hi everyone,
I'm a new user on this site and have a question. I've just bought a 15 foot waterfowler jon boat without a motor and I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what would be most suitable for my needs. I'm primarily a bass fisherman and would be using this boat on lakes ranging from Lake Livingston to Fayetteville. The dry weight of this boat is 330 and it has a 16 inch transom, which would fit most short shaft outboards. I'm looking for a motor within the 25 horse range but I don't know if buying new or buying used would be better. I just don't want to get stuck with a used motor that doesn't work. Any input would be much appreciated, thanks for the help.

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If you plan on keeping the boat long term, I would get a 4 stroke. Yea their pricey but they are much better for the environment than an old 2 stroke.

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The Yamaha 4 stroke would be my choice for a new 25 hp. It’s reasonably priced and light weight. I have a 20 hp Tohatsu 4 stroke EFI that would push that boat ok and would both lighter and less expensive than the Yamaha. I’ve had good luck with used motors but do most of the maintenance and repairs myself.


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ktoelke54 wrote:
15 May 2020, 20:29
The Yamaha 4 stroke would be my choice for a new 25 hp. It’s reasonably priced and light weight. I have a 20 hp Tohatsu 4 stroke EFI that would push that boat ok and would both lighter and less expensive than the Yamaha. I’ve had good luck with used motors but do most of the maintenance and repairs myself.


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Is there any particular reason to buy Yamaha over Mercury? I don't have a problem with either company, but I was wondering if/why you prefer a Yamaha over a Mercury motor.

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Post by GYPSY400 »

If your buying new - which I'd recommend if you can afford it, they are all pretty good nowadays. There is not really a " bad" brand of motor out there ( except the offshore no name stuff)
One thing to consider is where your most convenient dealer is located and how they treat you when it comes time for parts or service. Yamaha does have a little better reputation than the rest ( check out what most of the offshore boats run, as well as the northern outfitters) but I'd have no problem running a mercury.
Also, let it be known that tohatsu sounds like an offshore brand, but they actually make the smaller motors for Mercury and Evinrude.

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Agree with Gypsy on dealer support and you can't really go wrong with any new motor nowadays. The new Yamaha 25 is the lightest 4 stroke 25 out there. The new four strokes are sweet for sure and if money allows, go that route. That being said, as a budget minded fisherman, I run older johnnyrudes. I've had a host of 20-35 HP motors pass through my hands over the years and currently run a 1983 Johnson 35 on my 16' boat. They are simple and cheap enough to work on if you're handy. If compression is good and it hasn't been overheated, coils, carb kit and impeller will make a good reliable outboard. I take mine on 3 day interior fishing trips here in Ontario and trust it to get me back home.

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Bass Guy wrote:
ktoelke54 wrote:
15 May 2020, 20:29
The Yamaha 4 stroke would be my choice for a new 25 hp. It’s reasonably priced and light weight. I have a 20 hp Tohatsu 4 stroke EFI that would push that boat ok and would both lighter and less expensive than the Yamaha. I’ve had good luck with used motors but do most of the maintenance and repairs myself.


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Is there any particular reason to buy Yamaha over Mercury? I don't have a problem with either company, but I was wondering if/why you prefer a Yamaha over a Mercury motor.
Weight is the short answer. Small boats with a tiller motor end up heavy in the rear.


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Thanks for all the help guys, I hadn't thought about dealer support but contacting dealers around me to get that fourstroke Yamaha is turning out to be more difficult than I thought. No one seems to have a motor that small! :lol: But seriously, thanks for all the help I'll continue to post on here once I get the motor to keep ya'll updated.

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Good luck. I'm really itching to get a brand new 25hp 4 stroke too and know it's between the Yamaha and Tohatsu for me. Seems to be a trade off of weight for smoothness. One thing to keep in mind is that the Tohatsu comes standard with a big multifunction tiller while the Yamaha doesn't. I think the Tohatsu may be available in power trim on the short shaft models but don't quote me on that.
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I have a Yamaha 2019 F25C on the back of a 1648 War Eagle. Depending on the load it pushes it around 27-28 mph with factory 11-1/4 pitch prop. The motor is turning around 5800 - 5900 rpms.

I also have a 2019 Tohatsu 20 EFI on the back of a Alumacraft 1442. It will pushes it around 28-29 with factory 12 pitch prop. This motor is turning around 6000 rpms.

Since your boat is in between my two boats in size maybe the above info will help if you are considering either one of these motors. They are both very solid motors and lightweight for their particular class.
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The tohatsu 20 HP seems to punch above its weight class.

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blackshear wrote:
28 May 2020, 15:58
I have a Yamaha 2019 F25C on the back of a 1648 War Eagle. Depending on the load it pushes it around 27-28 mph with factory 11-1/4 pitch prop. The motor is turning around 5800 - 5900 rpms.

I also have a 2019 Tohatsu 20 EFI on the back of a Alumacraft 1442. It will pushes it around 28-29 with factory 12 pitch prop. This motor is turning around 6000 rpms.

Since your boat is in between my two boats in size maybe the above info will help if you are considering either one of these motors. They are both very solid motors and lightweight for their particular class.
I assume the Yamaha is a long shaft and the Tohatsu is a short but if they are both the same shaft length have you ever swapped them out to see how each performs on the opposite hull?
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"I assume the Yamaha is a long shaft and the Tohatsu is a short but if they are both the same shaft length have you ever swapped them out to see how each performs on the opposite hull?"

You are correct the Yamaha is a long shaft and the Tohatsu is a short shaft. Also the 1442 is a much lighter riveted boat than the welded War Eagle so it would most likely require a prop change to swap engines. If you like speed the 25 on the 1442 would be an interesting setup. Either one of these motors should do fine on a 1448, depending on how fast you need to go. I would probably lean towards the 25 on the 1448 if it were me but I would make my decision based on the type body of water I was fishing.
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blackshear wrote:
01 Jun 2020, 08:48
"I assume the Yamaha is a long shaft and the Tohatsu is a short but if they are both the same shaft length have you ever swapped them out to see how each performs on the opposite hull?"

You are correct the Yamaha is a long shaft and the Tohatsu is a short shaft. Also the 1442 is a much lighter riveted boat than the welded War Eagle so it would most likely require a prop change to swap engines. If you like speed the 25 on the 1442 would be an interesting setup. Either one of these motors should do fine on a 1448, depending on how fast you need to go. I would probably lean towards the 25 on the 1448 if it were me but I would make my decision based on the type body of water I was fishing.
I was just curious. Your performance on that War Eagle seems really good for a factory 25hp. I have been wanting to get a better performance hull like an Edge or something and pair with a 25hp for my hp restricted lakes but I prefer the layouts and somewhat lower cost of the War Eagle.
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Hey Guys,
It's been awhile since my last post on here in regards to my motor and I wanted to let ya'll know what I'm probably going to go with. After looking for the 25hp 4 stroke from Yamaha and getting quoted anywhere from 3775 to 4200 for the same motor before TTL, I started looking at used motors. I've ended up on a used Tohotsu 2018 4 stroke 20hp motor that is being sold by a retired guy who used it as a backup/kicker motor. I'm driving next week to go take a look at it and will more than likely buy this motor. Is there anything ya'll know that I need to be watching for this motor in particular or just buying used in general? This guy that I'm buying it from says that it only has an hour on it and where he lives there is no saltwater so I feel pretty comfortable buying this motor. Anyways thanks for any help in advance, its been very helpful and I appreciate all the advice.

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