I'm having a very hard time getting the notion that 4s are better than 2s.
Probably just a mental block of some sort.
With smaller to medium OBs I've always had 2 strokes.
Some things I've appreciated;
I've had them go under water for a time and very easily revived them to running condition with next to nothing but a cleaning / drying being required.
Never needed a valve job.
Never worried about all the extra moving and sealing parts.
Never considered a oil change and where to toss the drainings.
No oil filters.
No concern about oil pumps, leakage, presure.
Very simple & straight forward winterizations.
Okay, I understand the 4 strokes are quieter and all, But it really doesn't matter to a deaf guy (like me) as much.
If the 4 stroke goes under (few hours/day),,, how easy would it be to revive it safely?
,,, and what are some of the other pluss about the 4 strokes?
I've been looking, just don't seem to get it.
Reason for asking is, I'm in the market for a boat. Seems all the newer ones sport the 4 strokes. If I go with an older one it's 2 stroke.
Now I'm not opposed to older boats in good (fishing) condition. Even if re-powering is in line (depending on total cost of course). But, very few seem to offer 2 strokes as a new re-power option. Fortunately, one of my favorite makers still offers 2 strokes (I think).
Just trying to plan ahead is all.