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Old 03-21-2018, 11:19 PM   #1
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Honda 2.3 4 stroke outboard

Does anyone own(or has owned)one of these, for use on a dinghy?
Weight 12kg. Air cooled, no water pumping issues. Centrifugal clutch. Rotate motor 180 for reverse.Integral fuel tank, 55 mins fuel at WOT.
I`m not expecting to ski behind the dinghy. Light weight is an attraction.
Any experiences?
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:39 AM   #2
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We have a 2hp 2-cycle Mariner (Yamaha, really). Super light - 22 lb - because no gear shift. No centrifugal clutch either - always in gear. Can't get lighter or simpler, but it is a 2-cycle. 30 years old, works great. Have replaced the water pump impeller once.

Honda air-cooled = Noisy!

I'd be looking at Suzuki 2.5hp, only 30lb.
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:33 AM   #3
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I have the older 2.0 Honda. Runs smooth and being air cooled makes for low maintance. Draining the carb at season end is a good idea. We use it on an 8 foot inflatable.
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I have 2hp Honda, all good with it, other than being noisy.
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:58 AM   #5
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We see them all the time in anchorages. A little louder than other small OBs. They seem to push the typical 9 ft dinghy ok. Beats rowing.
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Have one on my inflatable. Starts first pull every time. Once the idle spot is nailed it won't start in gear but if idle is too fast it will. I find all outboards noisy, Honda is average if you run it at half throttle.Biggest advantage is weight. I can mount/unmount it without a struggle.

I'm thinking of putting it on my rigid hull instead of my Tohatsu 9. I'm willing to sacrifice speed for ease of mounting. I don't go long distances, typically use it for short trips to shore. If we do use it for touring a harbor we're at idle so speed isn't a major concern.
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Old 03-22-2018, 12:12 PM   #7
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We've had our Honda 2.3 for two years now, pushin' an 8' dinghy. Works fine but I wish I still had my two stroke Mariner. Yeah, there's no mixin' with the gas, but the Honda weighs much more than the Mariner did. Gettin' the Honda down from the sun deck to the swim step is a PIA, due to the weight and the bulkiness.
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I've owned a 2HP Honda for 8-10 years now and it's been great. As mentioned, low maintenance and easy to start and handle. I agree that it's noisy at full throttle but bearable at half throttle. The kids and ladies love it b/c of the easy pull start and centrifugal clutch.

I always run the carb empty before storing it aboard. It always amazes me how long it runs with the fuel turned off! Very efficient motor with a qt/liter of fuel lasting about an hour of normal run time.
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I've got the 2.3. Don't have too many hours on it, but great so far. Reports say its noisier than others, but frankly, I don't notice it.
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:05 PM   #10
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Thank you all.
Looking online,saw a review which commented on the visible bolts underneath the engine, the heads were rusted, so much there was a problem getting a socket onto one,to dismantle in order to replace the snapped off head of the plastic "Stop" button. Early model of the series, I think.
On the whole,I think it would be a good motor, not as quick as my near bulletproof 6hp 2 stroke Tohatsu, but 1/3 lighter to handle, and Honda reliable.
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Bruce, I also have a Merc 15hp 2-stroke. TBH, the Merc is quieter at idle than the Honda and a whole lot more fun, but I'll never get rid of the Honda b/c it's so simple and reliable. Plus, often it's all I need to go from boat to boat or boat to shore. It does 4-5 kts in my 9.6 Achilles just fine.
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Does anyone own(or has owned)one of these, for use on a dinghy?
Weight 12kg. Air cooled, no water pumping issues. Centrifugal clutch. Rotate motor 180 for reverse.Integral fuel tank, 55 mins fuel at WOT.
I`m not expecting to ski behind the dinghy. Light weight is an attraction.
Any experiences?
I have one Bruce. Love it. Sure, it won't plane your dinghy, but it gets you there in comfort and with ease, and the real benefit of the 4 stroke thing is no oil fuel mix, so much more reliable starting, even with quite old fuel in the tank. Also being air-cooled, no flushing needed, and even better, because of that, you can do a test start while its on the cockpit mount to make sure it'll go first pull once on the dink. I always try mine out while mounted on this thing, which rotates out of the way under the rail when not in use.
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We have one also - very happy with it - came with the boat. Another plus is that I have a 4 stroke mower so I can bring the fuel can home and use it in the mower to keep the fuel fresh. The disadvantage of this though is forgetting to take the can along next boat outing- cost me a six pack of VB to top up the outboard tank when I did
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We have one also - very happy with it - came with the boat. Another plus is that I have a 4 stroke mower so I can bring the fuel can home and use it in the mower to keep the fuel fresh. The disadvantage of this though is forgetting to take the can along next boat outing- cost me a six pack of VB to top up the outboard tank when I did
Ha ha. Yes, I nearly forgot I'd done that one time. However, the other plus is it uses the same fuel a Honda Genny would use, and as many also have those, and with the benefit of hind sight, I'd have gone that way, instead of the wind generator, because so often when out, especially in sheltered anchorages, there is insufficient wind. However, no-oil, high octane (lasts longer), fuel kills two birds with one stone in that situation. The next owner might as well add in a Honda genny as well, so once on the pick and off shore power charger source, he/she'd have 4 charging options. Engine, solar, wind and 4 stroke genny.
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Old 03-24-2018, 12:52 AM   #15
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I`m impressed,they are popular! Getting the 18/20kg Tohatsu 6 on/off the dinghy transom is not fun.
2Litres of VB for 1L of unleaded? Fair enough,everyone happy.
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Well my new Torqeedo 12 month old died last week some strange control system failed so now considering doing a insurance job on it .
I'm back to my 2hp Suzuki 4 stroke from memory it was the lightest 2hp on the market at idle its very quite.
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Old 03-24-2018, 07:39 AM   #17
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The dirt cheap trolling motors used by lots of fishing folks (so available used) should push a small row boat at the same speed as a 2hp OB.

The good news is the electric units always start , so your bride need have no fear on a trip to town,alone.
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:08 AM   #18
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25 years on my old Honda 2 Hp. One impellor replacement...Still starts first pull and runs great. The old water cooled models were quieter too. 27 lbs. What's not to like?...:-)
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I had one for years but switched to the Suzuki 2.5 HP.
The Honda was noisy and my son hated the centrifugal clutch.
My new Suzuki is about the same weight, quiet and has a gearbox, neutral forward.
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We see them all the time in anchorages. A little louder than other small OBs. They seem to push the typical 9 ft dinghy ok. Beats rowing.
When one has a real boat rowing is a pleasure.
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