Boatbuilding Blog

September 6, 2009

60-HP High-Thrust Outboard Motor Comparison

Filed under: Hardware — tomlarkin @ 9:53 pm
  • The first three are 4-strokes. The Evinrude is a 2-stroke.
  • All meet the California Air Resources Board air pollution standards.
  • The Honda is new this year
  • I’m guessing the steering angle of the non-Honda motors are 30 degrees
  • The Evinrude is the only one in this list that isn’t a ‘high-thrust’-style motor. High-thrust motors are designed to power displacement boats.
  • All of these models come with power tilt/trim


  Honda BFP60A Mercury 60 hp EFI Bigfoot Yamaha T60 High Thrust Evinrude E-Tec 60 HP (E60DPL)
Engine Type 4-stroke, inline 3-cylinder In-line 4 cylinder 4 cylinder Inline 2 cylinder
Weight 259 260 248 240
Fuel/Induction System Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection, in-line 3-cylinder SOHC 2-valve SOHC SOHC Fuel Injection Direct fuel injection
Alternator Output 27 Amp (Battery charging power 22 Amp) 18 Amp (225 watts) 17 Amp 25 Amps not dedicated
Displacement 998 cc 995 cc 996 cc 864 cc
RPM Range 5000-6000 5500 – 6000 5000-6000 5500 – 6000
Trim range -4 to 16 degrees      
Tilt range 60 degrees      
Steering angle 50 degrees      
Gear ratio 2.33:1 2.33:1 12:28 2.67:1
Special features New in 2009   Dual Thrust propellers No oil changes
  Easy Dock Steering – 20 degrees additional (needs additional parts)     195 fewer parts than a 4-stroke
  Rudder angle indicator     low emissions
Links Brochure (pdf) Specs Specs Crap Flash Site
  Specs     Specs


  1. I have just cooked my Mariner 60 Bigfoot 2 stroke – Autolube system developed blockage (motor stood for 10 months without starting). Anyway, I now need anew motor and was wondering – how does the Yamaha high thrust motor differ from the standard Yamaha 60 4 stroke?

    Thank you


    Comment by Murray Moore — September 17, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    • I think they have the same body, but the high-thrust motor has an oversized gear box (“High Ratio Gear Case”) and a higher gear ratio, so it’s optimized for pushing heavy displacement boats. It’s designed for a larger propeller which should have more thrust in forward and reverse, especially at lower speeds. It’s about 11 pounds heavier than the standard. Here’s a good discussion of the topic:

      Comment by tomlarkin — September 17, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

    • Yamaha has 90 lower unit and mercury has a 115 lower

      Comment by Rich — May 6, 2014 @ 10:37 am

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