Now that I have woven myself into the world of outboards (I work for Evinrude), I can certainly be of assistance.
Ironman- PM me your phone number if you like and I'll give you a call.
Two Stroke Vs 4 Stroke------
The 4 stroke myth was accomplished via good marketing by Yamaha....
To those that think they want a 4 stroke- Ask yourself "Why do I want a 4 stroke?" You probably won't have a good solid answer.
4 strokes are:
-more $$ to purchase
-WAY more maintenance, time and cost
- Less HP and Torque (for some reason people think 4 stroke has torque- WRONG)
-Shorter service life.
Some 4 strokes get decent economy and are quiet.
FYI- The new "Virado"... gets the same fuel economy as the OMC 300 V8 in 1987!!!!!!!
Ya'll remember that I am always here to help.