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Old 10-06-2010, 08:49 PM   #21
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

Do not buy too small an outboard. If you are waffling between any two sizes, get the larger size. You will never regret the extra cost. For that matter, if you can't afford teh $1700 new Yammy now, wait till you can. It won't be long. Also, if you can't find what you want now, don't buy what you don't really want. wait and you will find what you want in the not too distant future.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:57 PM   #22
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markpierce wrote:Yes, we are very happy with our Portland Pudgy. It rows very well (although I'd give the rowing nod by a small margin to our 9' Livingston) and is a sailing delight. The stability is also excellent.
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What made it all worthwhile however was the moment in Pendrell Sound this summer when I scraped over an oyster bed and thought nothing of it. Talking with a couple who had encountered the same oyster bed in their inflatable I heard all about the rips and tears that they suffered in a split second.
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Yup, we're very happy with it!!!
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We currently only use oar & sail power for our Portland Pudgy dinghy ...
Now that Portland Pudgy is an attractive but expensive solution ($6000 for the lifeboat version).* Are you happy with your version?

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #23
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Dinghy Motor Recos?

"Eric, I will put it another way....anything with more than one carburetor for such a small engine is crap!!! 3 carbs on a 3 cylinder engine is crap!!!"




John,A 3 cyl 2 stroke w one carb will not run well and I don't think they ever made one. The best OB engine I ever had had 3 carbs and I don't remember any carb problems at all.
I'm sure I adjusted the low speed jets but to qualify this I must confess I've had lots of carburetor experience w UL aircraft, motorcycles, cars and boats so I know how to make them work well. I can't make them work by thinking about them * ...one must also do the work.





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Old 10-07-2010, 10:42 AM   #24
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

I would stay with what you have if its mostly to take the dog pee and some exploration.* Sounds like you have other things on the to due/want list?


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What ever you buy/get make sure the boat and you are capable of carrying/lifting.* I would walk the dock in your area and see what engines*are popular and if there are parts and service for*them in your area. If you can not get parts and service what good is it?
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:53 AM   #25
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

All good advice. I think what we decided was to try the 6hp circa 1980's 6hp Johnson. We haven't committed to buying it yet and it's only $200. It's not going to break the bank and will still give us a larger radius of usage with higher degree of safety/peace of mind.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:14 AM   #26
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

If you have a displacement dink ,and don't need to plane , the other option is an electric trolling motor.

The joy is the bride can use it at any time , and does not feel "trapped" aboard.

My bride is a skull rower , so oars are just fine for her, as we have a rowing dink.

The folks with say a 13 ft B Whaler can not easily row it , and the pull start 20Hp might intiminate the bride (or guests).

No problem with the trolling motor , they work with no operator skills.
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:34 PM   #27
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

Just a quick update:

I found an 2001 8hp Nissan 2-stroke on Craigslist last night in Sanford. I just got back from picking it up a few hours ago. It wanted to conk off at low speed unless you kept the choke on half, but a quick check of the plugs found one loose, fouled, and both had an incorrect gap. Fixed that stuff, ran some good fuel trough it and it runs like a champ now... YAY!!!

We'll give it a spin this weekend and see how it pushes the Avon along. I'll let you know how it goes. I am glad the search is over... for now at least.

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Just a quick update:

I found an 2001 8hp Nissan 2-stroke on Craigslist last night in Sanford. I just got back from picking it up a few hours ago. It wanted to conk off at low speed unless you kept the choke on half, but a quick check of the plugs found one loose, fouled, and both had an incorrect gap. Fixed that stuff, ran some good fuel trough it and it runs like a champ now... YAY!!!

We'll give it a spin this weekend and see how it pushes the Avon along. I'll let you know how it goes. I am glad the search is over... for now at least.

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Old 10-22-2010, 02:49 PM   #29
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

I have a 2 horse Yamaha. I love it
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I like to be able to say pass me that outboard.

No trying to balance in the dingy and mount the darn thing

I don't care how fast it go's. I'm only going to shore.

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Old 10-22-2010, 02:58 PM   #30
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

We'll keep the 3.3hp for now (once I fix it). It wasn't my idea to go faster, but it will be a bit safer and easier to take the dog to pee if we out from shore a bit or it's a long way to a dinghy dock.
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Gonzo,3.3 hp ??? I thought you had a 6 hp.
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3.3 hp ??? I thought you had a 6 hp.
hm I thought he said he bought an 8 hp??* TOM we are confused!

is that a PT?* I'll go look on for you on the Taiwanese trawlers section...
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RE: Dinghy Motor Recos?

I have had a Mariner 3.3 all this time... Still do. It came with the boat. I test drove a 6hp Johnson from the Reagan administration that I returned to the seller. I found, and bought, a Nissan 8hp Thursday, tried it this weekend, and loved it. So currently I have two... The old 3.3 that is being "fixed" and the new 8hp Nissan.

Hope this clears it up

Jennifer... I's a Senator... It was one of the smaller makers of trawlers in the 80's, but it's very solid.
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