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MrMuffin
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:11 AM 02/05/06 (CST)
While being from Indiana, you know - the land of Dan Quayle, I have been fishing in Minnesota every summer for a week or two since 1979....

Mostly cabins with a boat, but for about 10 years, we fished in a Lund 1984 Pro Angler....

Now that my three sons are all about through college, I am thinking that I would get another Pro Angler a 2006 17'er.

Outboard motors have changed alot since my 1984, so I thought I would ask here about what motors you folks would suggest. Two-stroke or four-stroke? Mercury or another brand?

This Lund is good up to 75HP....

Thanks, in advance, for any opinions you care to share.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:40 AM 02/05/06 (CST)
I would highly reccomend Honda or Suzuki 4 strokes....I have both and they are great motors


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:02 PM 02/05/06 (CST)
Hey MrMuffin,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

I love the Honda 4 stroke stuff. I got a BF115 and just love it. Their smaller stuff is good too. Very quiet and they always start.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:08 PM 02/05/06 (CST)
What ever band you pick will be good.. I haven't heard anything bad about any of the top brands. Just make sure you get a motor big enough. If your boat is rated for 75 hp, go at least a 50 or more. Are you are getting a new one from a dealer? Let us know what you find out there.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 06:19 PM 02/05/06 (CST)
4-Stroke all the way. Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki excel in this arena but dont discount Merc, I have a 2001 40HP Merc on one of my boats and couldn't be happier with it, never had a problem. Almost silent at trolling speeds and little or no emmissions (better for the enviroment). I agree with BFG about getting the higher HP motor rated for the boat your buying, ecspecially if go with a 4-Stroke.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:42 PM 02/05/06 (CST)
More importantly then what brand you buy will be where you purchase your Motor.

After sale service and warranty is real important you will want to research this before purchasing.

Don't just go with lowest price, go with a prov en Marina not necessarily a big one but one that can diagnose and repair things correctly and timely.

Our boating season is short enough as it is there is nothing worse then having your Rig in the shop for 6 weeks during July because of a faulty diagnose or repair.

Oh, I would suggest a Evinrude E-Tec it's not 4-stroke it's a direct injection engine that is real low maintenance, great on fuel and cleaner than the 4 strokes.

If I had to pick a 4-stroke Yamaha would be my choice.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:29 PM 02/05/06 (CST)
Very helpful, one and all.... we're certain we'll do as big a motor as the boat is rated... this case 75+/-.... I'll look into these other manufacturers....

The way I'm thinking I'll buy this boat and motor combination is to send out a request for price to afew of the large MN and WI dealers and what we can get.....

Thanks again.....
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:03 PM 02/06/06 (CST)
Don't forget to talk with dealers at the boat and sportmans show.
Find one that can do the job and you feel you are being taking care of, not taken. I live in Eagan, but I take my Ranger to Frankies. Ok, I'm on their "Pro Team", but I have used them for years anyway.
When it comes to my boat what's a few miles. I love driving up 35 pulling my Ranger and looking KOOL. Heck thats half the fun.



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:58 AM 02/11/06 (CST)
They all have come along way in technology in last yrs, so it's kinda like asking do you like blondes or brunettes. As someone mentioned earlier do some research on the warrenty and service, it's very important. Now I'm not trying to bad mouth Yamaha here but I'll never buy one.

My step dad bought a brand new yamaha 70hp an 4 days later first trip out we made it half way across the lake an it exploded. Blew the heads right off and into the water below. Brought it back to the dealer an were told the oil injecters didn't work. A week later he found out that yamaha wouldn't warranty it as it (at less than a week old) wasn't a complete engine. Well lucked out and the dealer himself said he'd warranty it and fixed it. But had nothing but problems with it for the next 5 yrs he owned it. Vibrations come and go, wouldn't idle an what not, the list could go on.

Now I think the explosion was hard enough on the motor that it caused other problems that couldn't be seen. If they would have just replaced the entire thing he prolly wouldn't have had any thing to complain about. As it turned out when we went out he always said I hope the motor holds out.

The dealer told us himself "the motor should have been replaced rather than fixed as he had 4 times into fixing it as would have cost to replace it which is hind site on my part". Also told us that was the only time any warranty work needed to be done on a yamaha in his shop.

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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:56 AM 02/11/06 (CST)
As long as the motor say's YAMAHA on the side, you'll be fine.



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