Rather than working today (and yesterday and likely tomorrow) two of us are sitting around the office discussing the cost of outboard engines. We are also taking two strokes vs four strokes and the perceived advantages of each. I have not been a boat owner for about ten years, and he is a relatively new boat owner, buying his first two years.
The question that keeps coming up is what makes outboards so **** expensive?
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I am just here for my amusement.
I do have an idea, and i may be way off base here, but I remember back in 2009-2010 wasn't there a Tsunami in Japan, i know it hit the toyota factory and they didn't ship as many Tacomas for a couple years, now the price for a used Tacoma is ridiculously high. I don't know if plants for Yamaha and Suzuki were also effected, and the market is just tight for those outboards, which pushed the price up for everybody. It's just a theory. But the end all be all is prices aren't coming down any time soon.
Perhaps packaging is one reason and the NRE required to achieve desired packaging/weight... vs. an engine mounted in a compartment.
Try comparing a new marine engine to the equivalent horse power aircraft engine and then it wont seem expensive at all.