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11-04-2005, 09:51 PM
I have a 14ft Gregor with a 8hp Johnson 2 stroke . I am looking at replacing it with a new 15hp 4 stroke. Any manufacuturer recommendations???. I am looking at Johnson, Mercury, and Yamaha.

11-04-2005, 09:56 PM
I'd also look at Honda as well. If you are tiller steering the boat, the Yamaha has a great tiller arm. It's a little longer and has the shifter mounted out on the arm. Makes it easier to control everything.. Larry

11-05-2005, 01:09 AM
I like Merc. ;)

11-05-2005, 06:26 PM
i have an 03 honda 9.9 4 stroke on my 14 foot gregor and i love it.my opinion would be to save the money and go with a 8 or 9.9 4 stroke.more than enough power to get me around.just my 2 cents. :)

11-05-2005, 07:52 PM
I'm partial to Honda or Yamaha. ;)

11-05-2005, 08:28 PM
Check out the Yamaha I understand that it has a throttle switch that increase the RPM in 50 rpm increments. That should help get to a specific speed when trolling.

11-06-2005, 12:09 PM
I liked my 8hp honda the best of all my motors :) :),..

However, my 1996 15hp Johnson 4 stroke does idle down slower and the throttle switch that increase the RPM for trolling is built into the end of the tiller for micro adjustments at your fingertips . So I give the American made Johnson my vote for best (older) trolling/kicker motor.

11-06-2005, 12:30 PM

11-06-2005, 08:08 PM
So I give the American made Johnson my vote for best (older) trolling/kicker motor.

4-stroke Johnsons are made by Suzuki. ;D

11-07-2005, 05:15 AM
I did a fair amount of asking around...Yamaha seemed to get the most stars for the recent years. I also had a 96 Yamaha 15hp on my 14' Westcoaster. Totally reliable. I NEVER wanted less motor. The 15 trolled plenty slow enough and was barely enough power at the higher altitude lakes, especially with two people in it. It was plenty for one, but worked pretty hard with two. For what it's worth, if I still had the boat, I would probably be considering a 25 with a plate.
Keep in mind though, the 4 strokes are quite a bit heavier than the 2 strokes.
Another option might be the e-tec 15. I'm hearing great things about those.

11-12-2005, 08:04 PM
I traded my Honda 5hp for a clean 1999 Evinrude 9.9 4 stroke with electric start and so far so good ;D

11-13-2005, 06:08 AM
8) Enjoy!