15 HP outboard motor (2 stroke)

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 09:57


I am looking at buying a 15hp outboard motor for a small tinnie.
On the research i have done there seems to be a large price range between the different brands ie Yamaha $2465, mercury $2190 to $2660 depending on model, Suzuki $2290.
There is a model called Parsun which i have never heard of priced at $1795.
Has anyone had any experience with the Parsun brand & model.
Thanks any help would be appreciated
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AnswerID: 390051   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 10:25

Travelin OZ replied:

There is an old saying you get what you pay for.

Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Mercury/Mariner are all proven brands no question, as for Parson, well I have owned boats since I was 14 and I have never heard of them.
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FollowupID: 657818   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 10:27

Travelin OZ posted:

PS when it comes to boating don't muck about, you want you engine to work first time every time.
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AnswerID: 390052   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 10:37

Maîneÿ . . . replied:

I went to the Bunbury boat show a few weeks ago now, was stated to be the 3rd largest boat show in Aust.

Guess what - Suzuky were not represented and doing research they were my choice for a 4.6 mt alloy boat.

Honda, looks good when you get down and talk to the various marine mechanics.
I was told there is no Suzuki mechanic OR spare parts outlet anywhere near where I live and further up the coast they are no existant.

That made my mind up about engines that need service under warranty.
Just to save a few $$ I figure it's not worth any possible future problems with service & spares and in my case if they break down your out in the ocean and it's a bludy long way to swim home :-)

Maîneÿ . . .
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AnswerID: 390053   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 11:00

gbc replied:

Parsun have been going here for a few years now, and from all reports they look like a good thing.
They have full factory backup etc etc.
Would I buy one? Hmmmmm maybe? I've never even looked under the cowl of one.
Try the seamedia(F&B mag) website - they did a test of one a while ago and were pleasantly surprised.
I'd also throw tohatsu into the mix - chances are one of the mercs you've priced is a rebadged toey anyway.

Is this for a cartopper? I'd suggest having a look at the 9.8h.p. tohatsu as well - light (26 odd k.g.?) and strong enough for a cartopper.
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AnswerID: 390054   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 11:04

Member - Michael J (SA) replied:


Hi, whereabouts are you situated? I have a Yamaha 15hp 2 stroke
that has seen very liitle work.

I am in the process of selling off unwanted gear. Might be able to
work something out.

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FollowupID: 657826   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 11:10

hickson posted:

Toowoomba QLD
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FollowupID: 657838   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 13:01

Member - Michael J (SA) posted:

Just a tad too far;))
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FollowupID: 657923   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 23:55

PhilD posted:

Michael, I am in SA and looking for a short shaft Yamaha 15hp. See my wanted ad in the Trader.
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AnswerID: 390060   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 11:57

Member - Uncle (NSW) replied:

We had a new 15hp Mercury on our tinnie, decided on the American made model, slightly dearer, but had no dramas with it.
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AnswerID: 390061   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 12:08

Voxson replied:

We have a merc 25 on our 14foot tinny and it is pain to start when it is freezing cold because there is no fast idle..
Whatever you buy make sure it has a fast idle..
The choke just kills the revs after about 10seconds and the only way to fast idle it would be to crunch it into gear..
What a pain some days..Image Could Not Be Found
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FollowupID: 657832   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 12:10

Voxson posted:

plus buy a name brand...
Long way home with a strong currant and oars hahahaha....
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FollowupID: 657911   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 22:36

ctaplin posted:

Voxson, I don't know how that non turbo 100 series diesel can even tow that big Quintrex without seriously holding the traffic up but you obviously do. Lucky many more overtaking lanes have been installed on the road up to Port Wakefield!!!
That Snapper is Fu(k!n@ HUGE!

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FollowupID: 657914   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 23:02

Voxson posted:

Dear Mr CTaplin,

I rekon your GT gives it a nudge,, thats what Brenton was telling me tonight at poker...
Awesome fight it gave me...
Poor thing must have been around for 25years....
Lots of food though will come from it..
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FollowupID: 657915   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 23:08

ctaplin posted:

I got another GT today but much smaller than my first one, but he put up a good fight near the Granites!
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FollowupID: 657916   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 23:13

Voxson posted:

You could take your tender out to the granites today but i wouldnt like your chances of bringing in a big GT..

Water is pretty glassy??? yes??

Were you trolling a lure today or bait?
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AnswerID: 390062   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 12:17

hazo replied:

I had a Yamaha 15 on my last tinny, first pull starts and excellent economy on a Quinny 385 explorer.

Superb little motor with good back up.

All Mercs 15s are now re- badged Tohatsu's. 18hp.

I may be wrong but I got the impression that Parsun were Chinese?
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FollowupID: 657899   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 20:59

jedboy70 posted:

not true the super 15merc is a tohatsu 18, the us merc 15 is a mercury completly different motors, one has a loop charged powerhead the other crossflow.
the super 15 is 7 kgs heavier. a mate has the tokahtsu i have the us merc he kicks himself everytime we go fishing together. its heavier idles like a chaff cutter the leg is about 6 inches longer has a bigger prop put no better performance, it has a little more torque if you have the boat loaded with 4 people but thats about it. the us merc has gears on the tiller, the tohatsu is the old shift beside the cowl.
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FollowupID: 657910   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 22:26

hazo posted:

I stand corrected, I was told that the small mercs were now the Tohatsu derivative by a dealer!
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AnswerID: 390066   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 12:27

AdrianLR (VIC) replied:

I recently bought and sold a Merc 15HP Super for $1800. It was a couple of months old and traded on a larger unit by the previous owner. We didn't end up keeping the 3.3m inflatable it was on as it didn't suit our needs as well as we thought it would. The 15HP Super is the Japanese made Tohatsu rebadged as a Merc. The plain 15HP is the US made model with the gear shift on the tiller. If I hadn't got such a good deal on the Super I would have gone with the US made version because of the large difference in weight. The Super is 34kg (from memory) and is too heavy to take on and off a boat alone. Great simple motor otherwise.

Looked at the Parsuns but for the same reasons as other posters stayed away.

We had a 115 Suzi on the runabout which was great but then the company stopped selling outboards in Aus. They have returned and I haven't heard any negative feedback.

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AnswerID: 390074   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 13:22

Member - John M (NSW) replied:


We've got a few boats and run 100hp & 150hp Yamahas 4strokes and all of these engines average approximately 1000 hours per year and are strictly serviced every 100 hours. At 2500 hours we fit new motors and go again with Yamaha. The engines are in salt water 24/7 and are never flushed out.
Sinful I know to the recreational boater but in the commercial world its not possible.

So for my car topper I have a 15hp 2 stroke Yamaha, starts every time when I get the opportunity to use it, yes it weighs about 36kgs and is a bit heavy but with the performance we get out of our work engines why would I have anything else.

Someone above stated a 9.5hp engine. I recall that the Yamaha 9.5hp is the same weight as they use the same block and leg assembly.

I have never heard of the Parsun, sounds like a name that comes from a country with "a great wall"

Good luck in your choice and remember that tinnies are not the easiest thing to row at any time.


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AnswerID: 390077   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 13:34

stevesub replied:

Have a 15hp yahama - great motor. 1st time starts, even after no use for 6 months - and i would buy another.

Also had experience with 15hp Marineer, also a good motor and that would be my 2nd choice.

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FollowupID: 657862   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 16:45

Honky posted:

wheren't the Mariners rebadged Yamaha's?

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FollowupID: 657901   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 21:03

jedboy70 posted:

mariner same as merc
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AnswerID: 390147   Submitted: Thursday, Nov 05, 2009 at 21:43

Member - Tony (ACT) replied:

I have a 15hp Yamaha Short Shaft on a 3.5 tinne. Very good motor, now 4 years old and never missed a beat. With two in the boat, top speed 34k.

Low speed trolling without a fuss, buy one again.
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AnswerID: 390344   Submitted: Saturday, Nov 07, 2009 at 10:19

Volvo driver replied:

bit late
as someone else said, F&B mag did a review of a 15hp parsun a little while ago,
there's a short video report on their web page at the moment, looks alright atm but they were unsure about durability,
in the same 'boat' meself... looking for a 15 to replace a too small 7.5
didn't read the longer mag article ( spend too much on other mags now LOL )
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