Not to sound fickle but after further research and advice from highly experienced friends I have decided that I need to go with the Sea Ark 2472 Big Daddy with a 225. You only live once, right? I grew up racing go-karts so I'm a huge fan of 2-strokes but I understand that 4-strokes are all the rage now. So, I need help deciding between the 225 Optimax 2-stroke or the Suzuki or Yamaha 225 4-stroke. All opinions welcome. At my local dealer they claim that the Suzuki is currently outrunning all other 225s on the river and is $525.00 cheaper than the Optimax, as well as being quieter and better on gas. What say you, fellow BOCERS...do you agree or disagree?