- Yamaha F300
- Evinrude G2 E200 HO
- Suzuki DF140A
- Evinrude ETEC HO 115
- Tohatsu TLDI 90
- Mariner F40 EFI
- Evinrude ETEC 30
- Tohatsu MFS20
- Honda BF6
- Torqeedo Travel 1003 C
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Torqeedo Travel 1003 C
The new, more powerful Travel 1003 C from Torqeedo is less than half the weight of the equivalent 3hp internal combustion unit and comes with a lightweight 915Wh battery that offers 73 per cent more capacity than the base model. That enables it to run for 18 nautical miles at a speed of three knots, which is ideal both for inland boating and for service as an auxiliary outboard. Moreover, it packs down to the size of a small bag, it costs virtually nothing to run and it makes very little noise, which will appeal greatly to keen anglers. The purchase price is of course significantly higher than that of a gas-guzzler, but the Torqeedo’s merits are beyond doubt.
Available as a 4, 5 or 6hp unit, this new single-cylinder, four-stroke portable outboard from Honda backs up its streamlined styling with a 127cc block and a fairly competitive weight of around 27kg. It also provides a comfortable, easy-carry handle, a range of propeller options to match your application and a robust 6A alternator to support your electronic gear. However, the real bonus for those of us bored of being vibrated to distraction every time we use a portable outboard is the refinement. While everyone seems to make low-vibration claims, the new Honda is undoubtedly the most convincing of the modern market’s internal combustion options.
Price: from £1,199
This twin-cylinder 351cc four-stroke from the famously tough Tohatsu stable is an efficient, lightweight, endlessly durable little unit with a very compelling price. Available in various shaft lengths and with tiller or remote operation, you can apparently achieve a fuel flow of just 6.2 litres per hour at wide-open-throttle, plus sufficient refinement at low to middle revs to justify a model with ‘Camouflage’ graphics for inland fishermen. Features like start-in-gear protection and a rev limiter are also very welcome.
Price: from £2,258
Evinrude ETEC 30
It is true that savings in purchase price and weight don’t really kick in with Direct Injection two-strokes until the higher power bands – and yet the ETEC 30 still has lots to recommend it, with maintenance-free operation for three years (or 300 hours) and plenty of crisp throttle response for small, sporting powerboats. The manufacturer also quotes 80 per cent lower CO emissions at idle than the equivalent four-stroke, which is particularly ideal on a small leisure boat. And if your budget won’t stretch to the ETEC 30, the 25 (the smallest unit in the Evinrude line-up) uses the same block and saves you around £800.
Price: from £3,824
Mariner F40 EFI
Rather impressively, this Mariner F40 three-cylinder four-stroke costs just £700 more than the smaller F30. True, the bigger 747cc block makes it 28kg heavier than its little sister, but there are plenty of reasons why the beefier Mariner remains a good choice. Not only does it enjoy almost twice the fuel capacity of the F30, but it bears a striking resemblance to the pricier Yamaha F40 and it costs a full £125 less than the equivalent Mercury model. That’s good enough for us.
Price: from £5,160
Tohatsu TLDI 90
We make no apologies for including a second Tohatsu in our list, because at 143kg and less than £8,000, this Direct Injection two-stroke is a very good example of what the company does best. The TLDI90 is relatively simple, impressively lightweight and comes with the same five-year warranty you might expect of the industry’s most exalted manufacturers. Its reputation for durability is first rate and while you could save a little money on the smaller Tohatsu 70 (which uses the same 1,267cc four-cylinder block), these tough little motors remain a very sound choice.
Price: from £7,884
Evinrude ETEC HO 115
The ETEC HO 115 is the smallest of Evinrude’s five ‘High Output’ models and it brings with it all the helming aggression you would expect of a traditional two-stroke. In addition to lots of quick-witted acceleration, it offers a weight of just 177kg (a full 50kg less than some comparable four-strokes), plus sensible modern emissions and the promise of three years before the first service. You might argue that a DI two-stroke should offer a much greater price advantage over its eminently more complex four-stroke competitors, but the HO 115 remains a very compelling exponent of the classic two-stroke strengths.
Price: from £11,399
The DF140A sits at the pinnacle of Suzuki’s trio of midrange outboards. Designed with class-leading power-to-weight ratio in mind, it is built around a 2,044cc four-cylinder block with a 16-valve DOHC powerhead. It features an O2 Sensor Feedback System and a Knock Sensor, plus Suzuki Lean Burn Control and newly designed cowling. You also get a system to detect water in your fuel and an optional Troll Mode for low-speed control. At more than £1,000 and 60kg less than the new DF150, it remains a very convincing midrange option.
Price: from £12,799
Evinrude G2 E200 HO
If Evinrude’s Generation 2 C200 outboard looks like a good package at £18,499 (and it is) then the E200 HO looks even better. With its larger block (3,440 instead of 2743cc), its larger display (4.3 rather than 3.5-inch), its touchscreen interface and its ‘Premium’ steering package, it comes in at just £700 extra. More to the point, it does so with virtually no weight penalty at all. Of course, like most new G2s, it’s about 20 per cent more expensive than the base ETEC models and 10 per cent more expensive than comparable Japanese four-strokes. But this isn’t just a direct injection two-stroke with bags of torque and sexy aesthetics. This is an intelligent, customisable and fully integrated propulsive solution.
Price: from £18,409
Yamaha’s F300 might appear less glamorous than the engineering tour-de-force that is the 5.3-litre V8 F350, but it remains a more complete power option for most outboard buyers. Not only is this 4.2-litre V6 more than 100kg lighter in weight, but it also costs a massive £7,000 less to buy – and if you need a multiple rig, that will make an even bigger difference to your transom weight and bank balance. Expect big grunt, modern refinement and lots of jealous friends.
Price: from £22,999
Seven Marine shocked the world with its 557, and now ups the ante with a 627 HP model.
We don’t usually think of outboard engines are being for yachts, yet when we looked at the crème of the crop to pick our Top 10 Fantasy Yachts, no less than three of them turned out to have outboard power. This is due, in no small part, to the advent of bigger and better outboards; in the past decade we’ve seen the power cap go from 250 HP to 350. Then, with the introduction of the Seven Marine 557, even that top end was surpassed.
Seven Marine accomplished the feat by taking a 6.2L V-8 with a supercharged aluminum powerhead, built by GM for the Cadillac CTS-V, adding a computer-controlled disc-clutch ZF Marine transmission and double-walled stainless-steel exhaust, and turning the engine horizontal. Latham Marine helped design an internal power steering system, and the engine swings custom Herring propellers.
These monster outboards immediately became popular, especially on high-powered center console fishing yachts, and you can already find listings for boats ranging from 36’ to 42’ that are powered by the 557.
But getting beyond the mid-40 foot range, while possible with this much power, was still a challenge. And with new and even bigger center console yachts hitting the market, more power would clearly be more better. (Read about one example, the Hydra-Sports 53 Suenos, on boats.com.)
Enter the Seven Marine 627. Here’s a video of boats.com Outboard Expert Charles Plueddeman explaining how the company boosted this block’s output by another 70 horses (and another 50 foot-pounds of torque).
We’ll begin seeing the 627 on boats this year, on monster fishing boats as well as speed boats and even some performance cruisers. Pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but considering that the 557 starts at over $70K, it’s a fair bet that those who feel price is a serious consideration probably don’t want to ask.