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The whole point to me is getting around the problems E-10 fuel causes in limited use motors as the newer 3 star carbs foul if you look at them funny

The outboard itself is clearly not a covereted name brand and is a chinese something as the price is way to low

There is NO service or dealer network YET

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Price to low?
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2.5hp Tohatsu $833
6hp Tohatsu $1300 +/-

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2.5hp $1000
5hp $1600


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It seems like a waste of time to build these things......some of the new 4 strokes are very clean and efficient. a 5 gallon gas tank is cheaper and easier to use that a 5 gallon propane tank...are these engines quieter than gas?....what I think what would be green and cool would be a electric that would use the battery pack like the cordless tools ....battery goes dead swap one out and recharge it...and a solar charger would make it sweet and easy to use....also I am a newbie to sailnet ...this is cool and you folks ROCK.....thanks....
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Tohatsu makes Mercury and Evinrude. It's just a different sticker yo.

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Anything that uses the 1 lbs bottles as fuel is NOT environmentally friendly. The bottles are disposable, which means they go in a land fill if you are lucky. Most landfills, at least in Canada, won't take them, and they need to be disposed of at a hazardous waste depot, and they charge to take them, about the same price as they cost to buy.

If you convert an outboard to propane, make sure it uses the refillable bottles if you are concerned about the environment. Refillable bottles come in sizes as small as 5 lbs.
They come with refillable bottles. They can be run on disposable bottles.

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Re: Propane Outboards?

RE: SailNet Community - View Profile: AllThumbs who said "Anything that uses the 1 lbs bottles as fuel is NOT environmentally friendly. The bottles are disposable, which means they go in a land fill if you are lucky. Most landfills, at least in Canada, won't take them, and they need to be disposed of at a hazardous waste depot, and they charge to take them, about the same price as they cost to buy."

I beg to differ, once emptied the 1 pound bottles weigh 14 ounces the same weight of steel and therefore the same environmental footprint of 6 Campbell Soup Cans

You can reduce this impact by refilling the small bottles

Mr. Heater Propane Tank Refill Adapter, Heaters & Accessories, Camp Essentials, Camping : Cabela's

They are easy to empy with a "needle valve tool" when you remove both the fill valve and the overfill valve they are only scrap metal. Our local scrap yards and propane dealers take the empty bottles without charge

Worst case senario, dispose in landfill with same environmental impact as 6 empty cans of Campbell Soup (weight 14oz steel).
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