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Old 03-12-2012, 04:28 AM
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I am new to the hobby and was wanting opinions on Chinese engines. They seem similar to Zenoah. I have seen some boats that seem to be quite good i.e. Arrow Shark, with these engines. The hardware looks good as well. Any thoughts? I purchased a boat a while back on Ebay and it was built by Quan Ti the motor is a DZA. Any thoughts?
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span style="font-size: larger"><font face="Calibri">Hi Mike</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span style="font-size: larger"><font face="Calibri">My first gas boat (a Flybridge) was a ready to run boat fitted with the Zenoah looking engine. The boat hardware looked good.</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span style="font-size: larger"><font face="Calibri">In respect of the engine it proved very reliable, easy to start but with less power than a stock Zenoah. Its key weakness compared to a true Zenoah was the pull start mechanism which internally is very different to the genuine Zenoah mechanism.</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span style="font-size: larger"><font face="Calibri">Although this boat for me was a great introduction to gas boats it had many shortcomings in terms of the durability of the hardware and the way it was assembled. I ended up having to replace most key components in a short time re-designing the layout for reliability.</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span style="font-size: larger"><font face="Calibri">Personally I think it is far better (and cheaper in the long run) to build/assemble from scratch with quality hardware and a genuine Zenoah engine (assuming you like these engines as I do).</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span style="font-size: larger"><font face="Calibri">Cheers</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span style="font-size: larger"><font face="Calibri">Craig</font></span></p>

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