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I'm thinking that there will soon be some 1 and 2 hp aircooled diesel outboards available. It seems to me there are tiny diesels used on model airplanes and these have been getting bigger and bigger, though some evolve into gasoline or white gas or something, and the need for a small, lightwieght, tourquey dinghy diesel is there. Some company that is not at this time a player in the marine market will connect the dots and put something together akin to the old Seagull that will be around 20 pounds, 1 - 2 hp, and run just fine. I think the secret might lie in a barbecue sparker for starting, rather than a glowplug or conventional preheaters, and a compression release tied to the pull cord that drops out when cord is released.
I can see it now. We could get together and do it! We could call it the Hawkeye! No, the Falcon! No, Bob! Who wouldn't love a little dink pusher named Bob?
I may opt for one of the 2 hp Nissan things myself, being too old to wait around for the next big thing in tiny outboards.