We had the 2HP Honda (in the days before the cent. clutch) bought it for the lightweight aspect. I could live with it's short comings until the 1st cold start on choke. Instant take-off. (newer clutch models may be more forgiving?).
Got back from our trip and traded it up to a 2.5HP Yamaha (37lbs). Neutral was worth every penny and every pound.
Also, it is quiet and will run for a good hour on 1L of gas at full throttle.
It is not a fast combination (4-5 knots w/2 adults) on a 9.5 Zodiac Cadet (90lbs), but it is sufficient.