Originally Posted by cardude01
No experience with a propane outboard, but I’ve been experimenting with this Epropulsion Spirt 1.0 plus outboard, and have been impressed so far. Starts on the first pull! ��.
An electric motor that starts on the first pull?
I bought that same outboard and am happy with it. Turn the handle and it goes forward. Turn it back and it stops. Turn it the other way and it goes in reverse. No transmission, no centrifugal clutch, no turning the entire motor to go backwards.
No oil changes, no lower unit oil changes, no impeller, no spilling gasoline.
Best of all (and the reason I replaced my Honda 2 HP 4 stroke with it), no carburetor gumming up from letting fuel sit in it for more than a couple days. It can sit unused as long as I want and it will start and run.
Yes, the battery has to be charged and it doesn't have the unlimited range of a gasoline outboard. But it does well for my use, from the mothership to shore and back. As for "range", the range is greatly affected by the speed so if you want to go further, just go slower. I don't have the information handy, but it will go several miles provided you don't go WOT.
Edit: As for recharging, I have an inverter powering my boat's AC outlets so it's just a matter of plugging the charger into an outlet. I believe they sell a charger that works from 12 volts DC and that would work for someone who doesn't have an inverter. There's certainly no need to run a genset for fifteen hours. Solar is another option, either directly charging the ePropulsion battery or replenishing the boat's 12 volt batteries.