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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Calvert County, MD
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My experience with inflatables and outboards is mainly in the UK, where 2HP would certainly be considered inadequate for an 8' dinghy, because of unpredictable winds and strong tides (conditions which I know apply in lots of places here in the States). I had a 3.5 HP Tohatsu which is about the smallest motor I would consider. The weight issue can be a problem, I agree. I largely got over this by hanging the motor on a bracket mounted on the transom. On the other hand, a friend of mine had a 15 HP Mariner which we manhandled on and off his boat for years without incident and in all sorts of weather.......
Leith (rhymes with teeth) is the port of the City of Edinburgh in Scotland. A Leither is someone who comes from that area.
I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky - I left my shoes and socks there, I wonder if they're dry?