Built to survive the hard life of a marine engine
Reviewed Nov 2016
Kim’s Tohatsu M18E2 outboard motor still starts easily with a firm two-hand pull when cold and one hand when hot. The effective thermostat warms the engine quickly from cold and oil smoke appears only after 15 minutes or more at trolling revs.
The Tohatsu M18E2 produces considerably more torque than its direct competition and easily handles heavier loads than a two-stroke 15hp outboard. Swinging the standard 8.8in pitch alloy prop and pushing a total of 350kg with Kim, myself and fishing tackle, it planes us at about one third throttle opening...