4HP outboard

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by dmc569, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. dmc569

    dmc569 New Member

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    I am considering purchasing a Yamaha 4 stroke 4 HP engine for my 14.2

    My concern about getting a 4HP vs a 2HP is that I am in the open ocean in Cape Cod Bay and if needed to return during strong conditions.

    Has anyone ever had an experience with a 4HP outboard? Is the weight (47lbs) too much to bear?

    Thanks! David
     
  2. Solarfry

    Solarfry Member

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    YOu can put a 3 gallon gas tank on most 4 hp outboards. Or you can get a 5 hp with the tank already active. They weight the same. You will never make it back with a motor smaller than 4 hp because the built in tanks are only good for 30 min flat out at most. I had a 3.5 and it almost always ran out of gas at the inlet. Putting gas into that lil tank on motor with a jerry can or any can is an experience as your motor is being carried away by the tide. Plus if you spill any gas tha MP will fine you.

    I got rid of the 3.5 and went to a 5 with the 3 gallon tank. Most of those small outboards for all brands used to be made by Marubeni. Marubeni was bought by Nissan and they supply almost all the brands.

    I got a Tohatsu for my salboat and a Nissan for my lil tender.

    If you get the 4 get the optional 3 gallon tank. you will need it.

    2hp is nice but filling up the tiny tank on the bay is impossible. They do push you but not for long. They are mainly for getting away from the dock. Most owners used them in lakes and lagoons where there is not much current.

     
  3. Allatoona

    Allatoona Member

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    I have a 5 hp Honda 4 stroke on my Catalina 22, it is enough motor to move the 22' boat at 6.3 mph all day long. Last weekend, I think I ran the motor about 7-8 hours. I put 3 gallons into an empty tank before the weekend and probably used only 2 gallons, and that was moving a 2500 pound boat. The club did a weekend long cruise, and the wind wasn't blowing much. I did get a picture of a Bald Eagle and watched an Osprey diving for fish.

    A 4 hp should be more than enough for the Capri. If you are planning on doing a lot of motoring, I think the external tank would be well worth it.

    I bought a 30 pound thrust electric trolling motor for my Capri and a lawn tractor battery, but have not tried them out yet. I'm trying to stay lightweight for racing.

    -Robert
     
  4. gbaratta

    gbaratta New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Same situation here. I have a 3.5 mercury four stroke (that I am converting to long shaft) and I am just wondering if it will be enough to move back the Capri in the South Boston bay from the open ocean in case of strong weather or tide conditions. I am also scared to put to much weight on the Capri transom as well. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance! Guido
     

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