How happy were you with the way the boat performed with the 25 2stroke? If you were pleased, a 25 Yamaha would be a good replacement. Good power with less of a weight difference than Merc/Tohatsu or the Suzuki.
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I own (currently) two yamaha 25hp motors. One is a 2018 EFI 4 stroke and the other a 2000 model 25hp 3 cylinder 2 stroke.
I don't even use the 2 stroke anymore. I had it out once this year to blow the cobwebs out, but it came off as soon as I got home and the 4 stroke went back on.
As far as speed there is no difference, they both run right at 32 mph. The 2 stroke is a little heavier and it's manual start only.
If you're looking at tiller steering look closely at the tiller handles. The Yamaha specifically; the tiller is made such that is ergonomically perfect. The grip is large and comfortable. The shifter is near the throttle grip, and the veriable trolling switch is also within easy reach. The tiller handle assembly is kind of angled toward the operator such that it just works, perfectly, for a tiller handle. It's length is fine for either mounting the motor on the transom, OR by mounting it to a kick up plate, jack plate, kick-and-jack, power tilt plate, or tilt-and-jack all of which offer about 6" of setback (give or take)--and the tiller will work just fine with the setback. If I had one complaint about the motor, is the idle shake--it goes away about 1400 rpm but from 750 to 1400-ish, it's there. It also gets a little better with use. I've got roughly 80 hours on mine and it's still there but a lot less than it was new.
Have run a 25 suzuki recently, didn't like the tiller handle position and length. It's just odd.
Tohatsu/merc/nissan all the same motor at the 25hp level, all are on the heavier side. Suzuki is a little heavy too. These are all 3 cylinder engines including the suzuki, and offer slightly smoother idle than Yamaha-at the expense of an odd tiller, a little gear noise with the tohatsu's, among other things.
ETEC is the heaviest 25hp 2 stroke ever made. And possibly the most expensive. Probably why they aren't popular, and could be one reason evinrude is gone. ETEC 25 electric start short manual tilt is about 40 lb heavier than a yamaha 4 stroke 25....and about $1000 more (locally, when they were available).