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Old 07-28-2021, 07:00 AM
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I have a chance to buy a 2006 Honda 115HP four stroke engine.
I presently have a 2002 mercury 125HP 2 stroke 2+2 that idles at 4 mph.
My boat is a 2004 Crestliner fishhawk 1750.
Would this be a worth wile upgrade to a four stroke?
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:10 AM
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A set of oars would be a upgrade over that 2+2.

Yes do the deal.
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Old 07-28-2021, 09:54 AM
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Sandy,
It really depends on how much you use your rig, and how long you plan to keep your current rig.

It also depends on how much you have to pay for the upgrade.

The Mercury 2+2 is generally a very reliable motor that will continue to run well for many many years.

The Honda 115 4- stroke is an even better motor that will run even longer than the typical Mercury 2+2.

The Honda will get much much better fuel mileage and at idle to mid range will be a much quieter motor.

If you like the Honda will idle at 4 mph. With the right prop it will idle down to 1.5 mph, if you pitch down to a 13 pitch prop that you typically will not do. With the typical 17 pitch prop you will likely idle down to 2+ mph or perhaps a bit greater.

The Honda also weighs more than the Mercury 2+2 if that is a consideration for you.

The mercury weighs 375 lbs

The honda weighs 475 lbs.

Your money, your choice.

I am not sure what year, that Honda went to fuel injection. I don't know if the year honda that you mention - has fuel injection or not.
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Old 07-28-2021, 10:38 AM
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My merc runs fine but has uses a lot of gas and has the normal cold blooded mercury starting problems.
The Honda is fuel injected. I have not personally seen it. They want $3400 for the Honda.
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Old 07-28-2021, 11:04 AM
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QUOTE=That Minnesota guy;6583926]A set of oars would be a upgrade over that 2+2.

Yes do the deal.[/QUOTE]

My 2+2 was one of the most reliable motors I ever owned. Minn.. Guy.are you speaking from experience? Not saying it was the absolute best motor ever made, but surely good enough to not be referenced as better than oars. Im also not saying that you should not make the deal, but I dont see the need to badmouth a good motor.
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Old 07-28-2021, 01:06 PM
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Think that's a real good deal on the motor. I made the switch from 2 stroke carbed to fuel injected 4 stroke and couldn't be happier. I'd definitely do the deal.
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Old 07-28-2021, 01:17 PM
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QUOTE=That Minnesota guy;6583926]A set of oars would be a upgrade over that 2+2.

Yes do the deal.
My 2+2 was one of the most reliable motors I ever owned. Minn.. Guy.are you speaking from experience? Not saying it was the absolute best motor ever made, but surely good enough to not be referenced as better than oars. Im also not saying that you should not make the deal, but I dont see the need to badmouth a good motor.[/QUOTE]


Yes I had a 2+2. My Force motor was better. Glad you had good luck with yours.
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Old 07-28-2021, 10:10 PM
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The Onda would be an update in MPG, quiet running, easy to start, no smell of oil. The Mercury would almost certainly be faster. I'd bet on the Honda being more reliable, and increase resale. I'd guess you could sell the Merc to close the delta of price difference.

Personally, if it was me, and I planned on keeping the boat, I'd make the deal.
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Old 07-29-2021, 08:34 AM
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You can probably get $1400 for your current motor so the out of your pocket expense would be $2000 plus any additional cables and or rigging costs.
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Old 07-29-2021, 11:24 AM
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Just for the aggravation of trying to start that cold blooded mercury, it’s worth it. I had a 125 hp 2+2. Upgraded to a 4 stroke when it traded boats. Worth every penny
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