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    Looking to get a small outboard for my canoe a 15'6" old town predator. The options I have narrowed it down to are the Suzuki 2.5 and the Honda 2.3. To the best of my knowledge neither accepts an external tank but that doesn't bother me too much. Both weigh in @29lbs.
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    Suzuki - 2.5 HP, water cooled, f-n gears, 1.5 liter fuel tank, 68cc displacement
    Honda - 2.3 HP, air cooled, slip clutch, 1 liter fuel tank, 57.2cc displacement

    I plan on using this on the small valley lakes and wasilla creek/rabbit slough and possibly little su. Any opinions on air cooled vs water cooled? I was thinking air cooled would be better since it wouldn't be sucking up weeds and silt as long as I make sure the cooling fins stay clean to avoid overheating. Not sure about the slip clutch on the Honda though I hear that it can get sticky and that it on the whole is something that you kinda have to get used to. I kinda like the separate N that the Suzuki has.

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    From what I've read here I thinking folks will say Suzuki.Suzuki at times can be had at very good prices over other brands and they work.
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    One detail I forgot to mention in the PM - I think the Honda uses a plastic prop (not positive) but the Suzuki has an aluminum prop. One more tick in favor of the Suzuki. Someone correct me if I'm wrong about the Honda though.

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    My Merc 3.3 is water cooled, has neutral and forward, has a plastic prop and shear pin and it weighs 33 lbs. I do have a spare prop and shear pins but I have never needed them in the 7 years I've used it in mud, sand and gravel. Just sayin.....
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    I'd sure prefer an air cooled engine. Less to go wrong and with a lift (or if side mounted) a lean, you can feather the prop up and down for shallow water use.

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