Parsun Outboard Case Study 2

Parsun Outboard Case Study 2

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Case #2 – from North Queensland For some time now the magazine has been getting emails and letters asking, “Are those Parsun outboards any good”? The editor asked me to check out how they were going in our area as we have the only Parsun distributor in north Queensland here in my own area, Sarina. I had a talk with Mark, the owner of Sarina Marine and after some time discussing the subject I suggested that he write down some of his thoughts on these engines whilst I checked on some of the local owners I could contact. The following is the result of what we could put together with the owners that we tracked down.


Of the many engines that were sold in this district I could only contact two local owners and the results whilst not being very comprehensive indicate that there appears that they are well worth investigation , when considering that the prices are roughly 30 to 40 % cheaper than the equivalent well known brands. Most of the engines sold have just disappeared into the ether and are obviously working satisfactorily or they would have been back for warranty repairs.


The majority were two strokes of 3.6 h.p., 15 h.p., 30 h.p. and 40 h.p. as well as some of the smaller four strokes. It is pretty obvious that most of the two strokes are copies of the Yamaha cv series two strokes whilst a few are copies of the smaller Tohatsu?s and the four strokes are remarkably similar to the Yamaha carburettor four strokes , so much so that many outboard repairers use Parsun spare parts to repair the equivalent Yamaha?s.


I guess that this makes sense as some of the more commonly used spares can be purchased for such low prices that they can be resold for five times the cost and still be half the price of genuine Yamaha spares however I am not sure that the quality is the same.


As far as manufacturing expertise goes the Parsun?s are manufactured by a very large engineering company which is one of the largest makers of electrical generating machinery in the world and the outboard section is a stand alone factory which exclusively produces the whole range of outboards, and while the range is limited to engines up to forty horsepower there is a whole range of larger engines being designed for future manufacture.


I went along to talk to Jim Zervus who lives in Sarina and had a good look at his forty h.p. two stroke which he has fitted to his Quintrex 4.2 dory. The motor was bought to replace a forty h.p. Mariner which was getting a bit tired and Jim says that he was amazed at the speed and power, especially down low, of the new engine. He claims that it can beat most of the local similar setups easily for speed and weight carrying capability and does it for significantly less fuel than before. His engine was purchased with the optional electric start however he also required power trim and tilt which is not available currently but is projected to be available soon. The motor was installed with an aftermarket electric trim setup and with all the extras still cost a bit over $4000 fitted. So far it has not had it?s 100 hour service but has not had any faults and shows no sign of corrosion. One interesting incident demonstrates that the engine mounting bracket is pretty strong was when coming home after a day?s fishing the trailer blew a tyre and the trailer jack knifed, resulting in the trailer hitch tearing off the back of the tow vehicle. The whole rig then ran off the road, down an embankment and turned upside down, skidding along for quite a 24 Fisherman & Boatowner

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