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Old 06-24-2015, 07:38 PM   #41
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Marin, all of the Lehr engines can be run on larger tanks and in fact come with the hose to connect it. I use an 11 pound tank that is about the size of a 2,5 gallon gas can. The engine will run over ten hours at wide open throttle. Pull it back some and it'll run better than twenty hours.
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Old 06-25-2015, 12:17 AM   #42
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My Honda 2 HP has a centrifugal clutch. The prop is stopped at idle, then rotates as you give it gas. IMO, better than a neutral lever.
I did not know this and I agree, I like the concept!
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:30 AM   #43
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I tried my Honda 2 hp out on both of the dinghies I have , a Walker Bay 8 ft and a Trinka 10 ft . Both of these are hard dinghies . Maybe it's just me but I could never find a comfortable position to steer from . On both dinghies the aft seat was to close to the throttle . I had to sit in the floor to steer .I loved the motor but I think it would work better on an inflatable where you can sit further forward on the tubes . I sold the motor last week . The Trinka rows nice . On a hard dinghy I think maybe a trolling motor or the Torqedo would work best because of shorter steering/ throttle . Or may be one of those old British Seagulls
.It was a bit of a freak show a couple of weeks ago when I put the Honda on the Walker Bay and tried it out . I won't go into detail but I took the motor off right away and decided to sell them separately .
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:00 AM   #44
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43 posts and we have not mentioned sizing the dinghy motor for the needed use. If you are always anchoring near the marina, dinghy dock or beach then a 2-3.5 hp outboard is sufficient, cheaper and easier to handle than a larger outboard.

If, however, you want/need to anchor further out than the smaller outboards become a problem.

In the Eastern Caribbean for security reasons some/many boaters want to put as much distance as possible between their anchored boats and the local villages. Usually the boats that are broken into are anchored nearer the beach/village.

Distance is fine but when you have a 1 mile, 1-1/2 mile dinghy ride with a 2.5 hp motor it is a long trip. I have a couple of sailboat friends who have small outboards and they are not beyond hitching a ride with me whenever they can.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:16 AM   #45
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43 posts and we have not mentioned sizing the dinghy motor for the needed use.

Given OP's first post included candidates from 2.5 to 35-hp... post 25 was the best I could do.

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Old 06-25-2015, 12:36 PM   #46
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2-3hp: Short distance service, calm conditions, will never plane. But super easy to handle and store.

8hp up: Will plane out, but motor too heavy to easily handle. Now must use davits, hoists, etc.

3-8hp: Sort of a dead zone. Can sorta plane, but not with a load and not fast enough to be dry. Motor still too heavy to easily handle.

I went with 2hp after my 4hp died. Happier with the 2hp. But it is limited in use. But handling is super easy.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:02 PM   #47
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2-3hp: Short distance service, calm conditions, will never plane. But super easy to handle and store.

I went with 2hp after my 4hp died. Happier with the 2hp. But it is limited in use. But handling is super easy.
Same here...
My old 2 hp Honda is 20 years old now...One of the original watercooled units. Starts on one pull...gets me wherever I want to go!

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What kind of motor are most of you seeing on 8' or 10' hard ( rowing ) dinghies ?
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:28 PM   #49
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Marty,
If it's a propper row boat it will be a FD boat and one can only use one or two hp so a 3 to 4hp engine is about it.

Some (many) think any boat under 13' is a "row boat". Straight bottom and flat stern "row boats" of this type can use more power .. say 3 to 8hp.

Re the amount of power most small outboards are quite to very noisy above 1/2 throttle. I often run 8hp on my 18' power canoe (small square stern) but most of the time at half throttle where the two stroke Yamaha is very quiet. A nice pleasant ride. But if I want to scoot it will go at least 12 and probably 14 knots. Definitely wind in the face canoeing. Two stroke outboards are very smooth and quiet below 1/2 throttle and well above idle where they 4 stroke (fire every other stroke).
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Maybe I should have added a tiller extension and sit in the center seat . Too late now I sold the motor .
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What kind of motor are most of you seeing on 8' or 10' hard ( rowing ) dinghies ?
We used that same 2hp above on our Bauer 10 back in our sailboat days. Worked great...

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Old 06-25-2015, 01:41 PM   #52
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Maybe I should have added a tiller extension and sit in the center seat . Too late now I sold the motor .
LOL...Back when I was a kid (a long tiime ago), I had a 10 foot flat bottomed skiff with a 3hp Elgin. I made up a tiller extension so I could sit up in the bow and could actually get that sucker to plane!
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