New 25 HP Outboard- E-Tec, Yamaha or Mercury?

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by Allan, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. Allan

    Allan Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    3,775
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2000
    I know this has been asked before because I have searched the topic, but sometimes things change and improvements are made...so:

    If you were to buy a NEW 25 HP outboard motor, what would it be? Will probably be put on a 16x48 jon boat of some kind.

    Also, if you bought used, what would it be? I hesitate to buy used since I have never sold a motor I was happy with, but thought I would ask since it might imply longevity.

    Thanks
     
  2. Rockfish

    Rockfish Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    2,355
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2002
    Location:
    Elkton, MD
    If I were to buy new. I'd be looking at Tohatsu also. They offer the 25 in EFI. They also build the small Mercury for them. Once you have EFI you won't want to go back. I got a 15 Suzuki in EFI and love the fact that in the winter it starts right up and stays running . No choke to fool with. Yamaha looks like it doesn't get the EFI until you get into the 30hp.

    Mark
     
  3. Redonthehead

    Redonthehead Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,666
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Location:
    The middle zone of MO
    Just had a new 25 Suzuki dropped off in the driveway this AM. Sucker is HUGE compared to my old Merc 25. Hope it doesn't rip the transom off my old jon.
     
  4. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    6,190
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2005
    Location:
    Central Kansas
    Two-stroke Merc.

    Heck, for that matter, I'd get a two-stroke if I were buying new, too.
     
  5. Ringbill

    Ringbill Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

    Messages:
    4,220
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2000
    Location:
    Squaw Lake,MN USA
    I've had Evinrudes for over 60 years and I really have had good luck.

    Ringbill
     
  6. MTtracker89

    MTtracker89 Refuge Member

    Messages:
    82
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2015
    Location:
    Pekin, Illinois
    I have a new Yamaha 25 on my 16' and it's an all around great motor. Fuel efficient, quiet, good throttle and shift controls, and pushes a heavy boat and me (300 lbs) around 26. That being said, if I had to do it over again, I'd look really hard at an E-tec. 4 strokes just don't have the bottom end torque for quick plane/heavy loads. I have been at the controls of several 4 stroke mercs and didn't care for the power or feel of them.
     
  7. Lslu60

    Lslu60 Refuge Member

    Messages:
    49
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2013
    Location:
    Illinois
    I've owned 4 strokes and 2 strokes....if your duck huntin....no questions asked go with a 2 stroke ...I have a new 25 etec and it'll haul the mail....my 4 stroke was a terd
     
  8. 1995 US1

    1995 US1 Moderator Moderator

    Messages:
    11,041
    Joined:
    May 25, 2003
    Location:
    Grindin & Stuffin
    Until you drive the 2015 tohatsu 25hp outboard, don't lump all 4 strokes in the same slug category. I'll put the tohatsu next to any 2 stroke 25 and leave you sitting there, you will never catch me either. I tested the 2015 Tohatsu 25hp 4 stroke. It is a beast. And while Tohatsu builds ALL Nissans outboards and ALL Mercury outboards 30hp; and under, Tohatsu is keeping the gear ratio to themselves for their 25, meaning neither Mercury nor Nissan will run anywhere near the tohatsu.. I also tested the 25hp EFI Suzuki, I would buy the tohatsu, hands down. Tohatsu went from around a 1.85 ratio to a 2.17 ratio in their 2015's. Made an unbelievable difference. Just go test drive one before you spend your hard earned money. I was impressed.
    Feel free to PM me for the test results on both units, the Suzuki and the tohatsu.
     
    Dave Adamson likes this.
  9. smashdn

    smashdn Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    11,883
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2004
    Location:
    Palmyra, KY
    What is the weight on the new(er) four strokes, Tohatsu included? The weights are what steers me away from them until you get up around 60 hp or bigger.

    I want a light motor on a smaller duck boat in case I need to push it or pole it through skinny water.
     
  10. 1995 US1

    1995 US1 Moderator Moderator

    Messages:
    11,041
    Joined:
    May 25, 2003
    Location:
    Grindin & Stuffin
    The weight on the tohatsu starts at 158. That is a short shaft, no trim.
     

Share This Page