I need to buy an outboard for a 2.4 metre (7.9 foot) rubber dinghy. I'm thinking a 4-stroke for quietness and little vibration.
Low weight is a primary requirement and I'm thinking either the Honda BF2 or Suzuki DF2.5. Both weigh ~14kg (30.9lbs) with fuel. I note that some of these outboards have the throttle (as is 'normal' on the larger motors) on the handle and others I think on the motor body (perhaps less conveniently). Another variation appears to be that some manufacturers don't provide a reverse gear and, instead, ask that you rotate the engine 180 degrees to get the same effect. Perhaps the lack of a reverse gear is a desirable simplification or maybe not.
Neil from Sydney, Oz