electric outboard? anybody use them?
I have seen electric trolling motors used, but with very limited range.
The required batteries would weigh more than a small outboard, but
it would be quiet and cleaner.
A 3.5HP motor on a side mount would work fine on a Soling.
A transom mount would not work.
I agree that a pair of paddles is the best option.
There are not many situations that a Soling can't
be sailed into or out of as needed.