As far as I am concerned, Suzuki nailed it with their DF9.9BEL portable saltwater-rated gas motor. While often used as a trolling motor or kicker, it has power enough to turn any mid- to large-sized jonboat into an effective fishing platform. I proved just that by using it to power my Starcraft 1440 jonboat.
This four-stroke electric start model features two cylinders, power tilt, plus a tiller handle. It also sports a 20-inch shaft, the shortest my transom accommodates. Weighing 108 lbs., it displaces 20.0 cubic inches and maxes out at 6,000 rpm. Warning lights ensure you’ll know if low oil, over-heat or over-rev thresholds are surpassed – and when it’s time for an oil change. For models without electric start, the battery-less EFI fuel delivery is a blessing and delivers smooth power and great economy.
A great choice for this makeover, the Suzuki 9.9 starts without hesitation and runs exceptionally quiet. Fuel injection means no choke to mess with – a big plus in my book. Although it takes roughly 15 seconds to achieve top speed (it is pushing a heavy load) acceleration is steady and the three-gallon tank supplied gets me anywhere without worry. From trolling speeds to wide open, vibration is less than expected.
Price on date of publication: $3,396
Shaft Lengths: 20″ (L) & 25″ (X)
Weight (lb): L: 108/ X:120
Configuration: 2 cylinder; SOHC 4 valves
Fuel Delivery: Electronic Fuel Injection with Lean Burn
Trim/ Tilt: 5 Tilt Pin Positions and 2 Shallow Water Drive Settings / Optional Power Tilt model
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