I like my Honda 2HP outboard a lot. It is a perfect match for my Portabote
. I got it to replace my Torqueedo 2 HP, which doesn't have enough range to suit me. If the battery only lasted longer ... sigh.
DE already knows this, but I'll add it for those who do not know this motor. The Honda 2 HP outboard motor
only weighs 27 pounds. It has a centrifugal clutch so idle is neutral. For reverse, you must spin the engine around and flip the control handle over. That's a little awkward but is workable. Used values seem to be $600 or $700.
The guy I bought it from didn't like it -- he said it wouldn't idle right for him and kept dying. It is 4 years old and had only been used 3 times, he said, and I believe him. It looked brand new. I did not see a way to adjust the idle when I took it apart. After cleaning the dust off I changed the oil, changed the gear oil, and put a new plug in it.
The guy was only sorta right. It does not idle well when it is cold. I had to fiddle with the manual choke and leave it running a little fast until it warms up. After warm-up, it idles fine. I ran all around the marina with it. I tried idling after 5 minutes of running and it was smooth as silk.
The motor pushed the 8' Portabote along at around 5 Kts running flat out with 450 lb of people in it, the boats maximum load. When I tried it with just me, it was 1 - 1.5 kts faster. The Portaboat is light -- maybe 80 lb total, with a deep V displacement hull. Inflatable dinghies might be a little faster.