4 strokes have a bit better ease of start and reliability for the kids to
operate, although on 4 strokes you have to pull the cowl to check the oil.
Buying used is always a crapshoot, and I can't tell you yes or no on that
since I don't know your mechanical background or the services available in
your area. If it was me, by the time my kids were 13&15, they'd know how to
fix an engine and I'd buy the used 2 stroke since it's that much simpler=
If your kids aren't mechanics, well, I'd advise new if it's not a burden. If
the boat's for them to play with, you might consider 20hp, they could ski
behind that at that age.
"Donald MacQueen" wrote in message
> this motor would be used by my 13 and 15 year old daughters
> on a 14 foot aluminum boat on a lake. i would have to take it
> off the boat for winter storage.
> 2 stroke is still legal.
> any difference in ease of starting between 2 and 4 stroke?
> would you buy a used motor? how old? what to check besides
> the compression?
> thanks for all the replies.
> > First question, is a 2 stroke legal for use in all your intended
> > areas? No, then 4 stroke. If Yes, then next question is, Do I have to
> > this motor regularly? If the answer is no, then 4 stroke. If yes, then 2
> > stroke.
> > > I am in the market for a new motor. One guy
> > > tells me the 4 stroke mercury is far superior
> > > to the 2 stoke. Another tells me that the 4 stroke
> > > is a new motor which probably doesn't have all
> > > the manufacturing glitches worked out which is why
> > > it comes with a 3 year warranty instead of the
> > > 1 year warranty for the 2 stroke.
> > >
> > > someone please un-confuse me.
> > >
> > > thanks. >> Stay informed about: 2004 9.9 Mercury - 2 stroke or 4 stroke?