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Small DIESEL outboard?? 3 to 6 hp?

Anybody find any SMALL diesel outboards in the 3 to 6 hp range?

Would sure like to find an inexpensive small diesel outboard...as one of the reasons I row is so I don't have to have highly combustible gasoline aboard. Diesel would come in very handy.

The smallest I've encountered is a 10 hp Indian-made 'Star' diesel outboard below ($1100), but would like smaller. My Seagull (broken) is only 2 hp, and it propels the inflatable decently...but 4 hp would be perfect! 4 hp diesel and dependable as a British Seagull??...That would be the 'cat's meow'!!!!

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Diesel outboards are going to be significantly heavier, noisier and smellier than gasoline outboards of the same HP rating.
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I too would like a diesel outboard, but not for safety reasons. I just don't want to have to deal with two types of fuel. I want to be able to fuel up in one place, and shuffle fuel/jerry cans between the boat and dinghy. Also, diesels inboards seem to run forever and with less maintenance, which I hope would translate into an outboard. My research led me only to some chinese-made diesel outboards that were not suitable for use on a dinghy. I somehow didn't discover that Star one... not a bad little device (or price).
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