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    If your intent was to purchase a new 50 HP outboard at the Sportsman's Show to drive a 16 ft ocean skiff, which one would you purchase, and why?

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    Smile Honda 50

    If I needed a 50hp outboard I would get a honda 50hp, they are lite, sip fuel, and are very reliable. New they are rather spendy, but you can pick them up used and in good condition for less than $4000.
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    Ditto's on the Honda. When I considered using twins on my boat, the Honda 50 had the best balance of weight, fuel economy and a solid reputation for dependabilitiy. It's the only Honda that's light enough for me to consider btw.

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    I wouldnt purchase it there. Buy it from a dealer in Washington state and have it shipped up and still save $500 bucks.
    First choice would be the Mercury Opti max. If you wanted to stay 4 stroke I would choose Suzuki.
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    Merc doesn't make a 50 optimax. Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, can't really go wrong, even a merc 4-stroke. George over at Anchorage Suzuki marine is a great guy to deal with.

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    I stand corrected. Merc does not sell a Opti 50 but they have a 50hp 2 stroke.
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    I will check their website but I think they quit making two strokes in the smaller outboard ranges. They may have some left over but I think they quit making them a year or two ago. In my dad's retirement he went to work as a merc wrench and was at the factory when they made the last of the two storkes. Things may have changed but I think they were using all their "dirty engine credits" to keep the opti-max engines out there.

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    Yep, I just checked it out, no 2-strokes under 75hp (smallest optimax) all smaller outboards are now 4-strokes.

    http://northamerica.mercurymarine.co...nes/outboards/

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    I am going by the brochure I just picked up at Sea Marita and they show a 150, 90, and a 50 hp 2 stroke. But they are not Opti's. But the point is mute as I would only consider or recommend the Opti from them.
    Who knows, sounds like either the brochure or there web site is out of date.
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    The website is accurate, merc probably still has some 2-stokes in the warehouse. I agree with you, I would only get the optimax from them as far as 2-strokes go. I run yamaha's (3 4-stroke 50's and 1 2-stroke 90) and have done well with them. The Merc 4-stroke 50 efi is also a good motor.

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    Take a look at the T-50 Yamaha. It should have more lower end power than the rest & you can spin a larger prop on it to. Suzuki would be my # 2 choice.

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    Thumbs up Craiglist

    I looked on Craiglist today for the first time. I don't know much about them, but if you're interested in a used motor. http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/300637747.html
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    Yamaha 50hp 2-stroke. Mine's been a real workhorse with zero problems. Reliable and low-tech. That's exactly what I want in a motor.

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