I am currently looking at an outboard to put my Coleman Scanoe back on the water. I have finally put enough stuff on my 1648 Jon boat that it has become a trailer boat for lakes and big rivers only. With a 25 HP Honda four stroke, batteries, electronics, seats, bait tank ect ect I will not be sliding it down any river banks EVER. Thank goodness I never got rid of my trusty Coleman Scanoe that has served me so well for 25+ years. I plan on retiring the old 1.2 HP Sears (AquaBug) engine I have been using on it and will be purchasing a 5 HP outboard in the next few days. I have been looking at vintage Evinrudes and Johnsons, Briggs and Stratton, Tohatsu's, Nissans, Mercurys (all the same basic engine), Suzuki's, Hondas, and Yamaha's. Most of the service for this new motor will be the small rivers of the Piedmont North Carolina region and lakes without boat ramps. Some of these rivers are somewhat rocky, stumpy and filled with sandbars so durability, serviceability, and weight are considerations. I have used small two stroke engines all my life and I know that the power to weight ratio is excellent on these engines. The small two cylinder Evinrudes are considered by some to be the best outboards ever built. Go to any place were people make a living using small boats and you find these engines. However, it seems very few folks sell one of these engines that is still worth having. If they do the prices very quickly approach the price of a new motor. This brings me to my second choice. The Tohatsu, Nissan, Mercury line of two and four stroke engines have excellent reputations and are some of the most popular outboards in the world. Unfortunately these engines are all single cylinder in the 5/6 HP range and the two stroke models are largely sold out for ever except for the occasional Mercury still on a dealers shelves. So except for a chance find of a good used engine I guess I am looking for a new two stroke Mercury or a four stroke Tohatsu in 5 HP. (The 5 and 6 HP Tohatsu four strokes are exactly the same engine except for tune and exhaust so the extra 1 HP might be nice for the same weight.) What do you think? Hold out for a cherry 5 HP antique Envinrude, an excellent used modern engine or go for a new warranty carrying Mercury or Tohatsu?