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Replying to:Outboard Motors - Honda Size?
The 1980's 8hp 4 stroke Honda has died and I've narrowed the options down to either a Honda 8hp or Honda 5hp. Honda only make 4 strokes. I'm fairly sure the Honda 5 hp will fit into my RL24 Mk 2 modified engine well but I'm unsure whether the Honda 8hp will fit. Whilst the old Honda did fit and could be tilted, the current Honda 8hp has a different shape. I will have to check the measurements. Perhaps someone can confirm that the current Honda 8hp will fit. I am uncertain whether the Honda 8hp or 5hp best suits my needs. The obvious benefit of the 5hp is that it is about $1000 cheaper than the 8hp and is much lighter being a single cylinder. In the final analysis my decision will be based on performance. There seem to be two schools of thought: 'bigger is better and reserve power is reassuring in rough conditions' versus 'the small option handles the same conditions easily and achieves hull speed without being run flat out.' Advice on the merits of a Honda 8hp versus Honda 5hp in a RL24 would be appreciated. I would also like advice from RL24 sailors who use other brands of 5hp outboard in the well. Thanks Terry AWOL RL24 No 64