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Old 04-05-2013, 11:02 AM
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Default Tohatsu 5 horse any good?

Growing up my dad always had Johnsons, Evenrudes, or Mercurys. I know Hondas and Nissons are good motors, but I've never heard of Tohatsu. I'm looking for motor for the NFO Challenger and there is a 5 horse locally for sale for $700. It looks new, but I don't know how many hours are on it yet, but before purchasing it checked out. I'm just wondering if they are a good motor.
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A rental boat place near me uses Tohatsus on all its skiff rentals. This would say to me that they are low maintenence if nothing else. They have at least 25 of them!
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Default Re: Tohatsu 5 horse any good?

Look closely at a 5 hp Merc, Nissan and Tohustu and see if there's any difference other than color.
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Default Re: Tohatsu 5 horse any good?

the guys with gheenoes have positive comments on 'em. Not sure if anyone thee has a 5 but have seen comments on the larger motors with no issues that I can remember.
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Pretty much the same motors. Tohatsu makes Nissan and 30 hp and under Mercs. I also think Mercury has an investment in both companies. The main differences are cosmetic and maybe the shift lever designs- little minor odds and ends.
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Default Re: Tohatsu 5 horse any good?

I have a question for Tom or anyone who can answer, how strong of a Transom / motor mount on these rafts?

I ask because I have a steel frame OutCast 13' FishCat with a pretty beefy mount. I use a 3.3 Mercury at times and it produces enough torque to warn you to be careful with that throttle. The thrust from the prop will flex the rear portion of the frame significantly when you start out. 5 horse power seems a lot for a raft unless it's a really big one.

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I have a question for Tom or anyone who can answer, how strong of a Transom / motor mount on these rafts?

I ask because I have a steel frame OutCast 13' FishCat with a pretty beefy mount. I use a 3.3 Mercury at times and it produces enough torque to warn you to be careful with that throttle. The thrust from the prop will flex the rear portion of the frame significantly when you start out. 5 horse power seems a lot for a raft unless it's a really big one.

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Ard, these boats like the Challenger are a little different than yours. His Challenger is of course frameless, but there is a frame for it that you can get. The motor mounts on a hd transom and not on the frame. The transom is attached to the toon's with cam straps.

Look at the video at about 3:58 to see the motor setup.

Towards the bottom of the page is the hd transom/deck
http://www.northforkoutdoors.com/201...log/page3.html
I have the larger deck and used a 2x4 on the back with 1" aluminum straps to strengthen the transom. No torque issues at all. On stillwater it was more a pia than it was worth having to turn around start it, kill it, start it, kill it etc. etc. I'll stick with an electric motor there.

Here's a photo of my setup.
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