I'm looking to repower my 17'3" Wooldridge Sport 2000 (max prop 140, max jet 150). I plan to run both a prop and jet, as I can run for 2 hours and not need the jet, but when I need a jet, I really NEED it. Furthermore, gas is $5.50/gal out here in Bethel and my "after work" runs are about an hour upriver with no need for a jet.
I was pretty dead set on a Mercury Optimax or an Evinrude E-Tec, and I'd still say that those are my 1st choice for an outboard, but after multiple conversations with owners, dealers and boat manufacturers, the Suzuki 140 keeps coming up in conversation. So, I'm wondering if I may be making a mistake with the 2-strokes?
My biggest concern with the Suzuki is the hole shot compared to that of the DFI 2-strokes. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm primarily interested in the difference when using a JET. Any suggestions?