Sea Nymph V146 repower options

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    Posted: 17 Sep 2023 at 5:02pm
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Hi all, long story short the time has come to repower my V146. I had a 1990 2 stroke Yamaha 70HP (rebuilt 2012 and has now done its dash).
I recall in the 70's to 80's I saw the odd one with the old V4 Johnson outboard, so it seems they can handle the weight and power and there are plenty around with 90HP 2 stroke outboards which they seem happy with.
As brief background, I usually use the boat for fishing inner harbour Manukau/Waitemata (3 - 4 max pob) although have gone offshore to Hen and Chicks from Whangarei in the past - but that would be an outer limit for me. Also, the boat is garaged and space is very limited to go a lot bigger in terms of outboard dimensions - newer tech seems to be smaller which is a bonus on that front!
Just wondering what anyone is running 4 stoke wise on these as they are I expect a bit heavier than a comparable 2 stroke. Power to weight makes me wonder what I should be considering in a 4 stroke HP wise before I start looking at what's available to buy and budget/timeline. Of course with the hull and trailer circa 45 years old, I am wary of a big spend repowering an aging vessel.
Does anyone have any experience with Parsun as the 90HP 2 stroke seems like a close copy of the Yamaha 90HP? An older forum on here mentioned likely quality issues, but not sure if there has been any improvement since. Brand new they are half the price of a cheaper 4 stroke, but the old adage of 'you get what you pay for' is front of mind.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts
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