Which outboard motor

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Which outboard motor

Postby Arjen on Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:04 am

Hi all, tried to find some info about outboard motors for the pocketship.
Please your findings and advice...

Power (hp), electric, gasoline, propane, long tail, short tail, motor mount etc...
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Re: Which outboard motor

Postby Mflyer65 on Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:43 pm

I am deciding about motors myself. There is a good example of choices on this forum. I am thinking the Honda 2.5 long shaft for gas and price or the E propulsion Plus for electric and quiet runnbut haven’t pulled the trigger on one yet. I really li
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Re: Which outboard motor

Postby Mflyer65 on Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:45 pm

Sorry hit the send before finishing the post. I am leaning toward the electrics for the peace and quiet with little issue of fuel needs.
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Re: Which outboard motor

Postby Bflat on Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:22 pm

I was close to getting the Honda, and reports are that it's a good one (I like the light weight). But being air cooled, it's loud (some one compared it to a lawn mower). So, I went with a Suzuki. It's about 29 or 30 pounds, but water cooled and so quiet that a normal conversation can be had. I think any of the water cooled 4 strokes (such as a Yamaha) would be equally good.
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Re: Which outboard motor

Postby Wayne G on Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:06 pm

I initially used a 6hp Tohatsu SailPro (25” shaft) but based on input from John Harris where he thought this was oversized and too heavy for PocketShip (60 lbs) I eventually changed it for a 30 lbs Honda 2.3hp with a 20” shaft.

Although the air cooled Honda works well and I don’t find it to be very noisy, I actually preferred the Tohatsu for the following reasons:
Tohatsu has a reverse gear. The Honda needs to be spun 180 degrees to go astern. Not a big deal unless you need to stop or change direction quickly.

At 6hp there is never an issue of making headway even in a strong headwind. The Honda can get the boat to hull speed at about 1/2 throttle in low wind but it struggles in strong headwinds.

Tohatsu has a neutral gear. The Honda has a fixed gear and a centrifugal clutch where the prop engages above a certain rpm. This can be a problem when tied up at a dock and the engine is started with the choke on where the engine revs high and engages the prop. Because it is air cooled the engine can be started with the outboard tilted up out of the water ( you need to ignore any strange looks from on-lookers as the engine screams and the prop spins). Luckily the choke can be taken off almost as soon as the engine starts.

Finally, as a bonus, the Tohatsu has an auxiliary 5A alternator output for charging batteries etc.

I have the motor mount shown in the attached photo (I don’t know why but 4 stroke motors require higher rated mounts, the one shown below is rated for a 2 stroke motor)
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Re: Which outboard motor

Postby karlstatt on Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:07 am

At first I also wanted to take the Honda. But a friend has it and finds it very loud. I bought a Mercury 3.5 with the idea that it is a good compromise between more power and weight and that you can drive it with less gas. The idea has proven itself, even a third brings the boat up to hull speed and you can still have a conversation on board without shouting at each other.
In the meantime, however, we have changed to an Epropulsion 1.0 Plus electric motor and I never want to have to change again. The motor is powerful and has sufficient endurance, and the power can be called up immediately in an emergency - we are on narrow rivers with currents.
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