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03-10-2014 09:09 AM
MarioG
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I have one of the cheap $60 electric trolling motor on my walker bay that pushes it along well. I use a 24"x24" roll up solar panel to charge the battery. Even thou its not for salt water it has held up over 2 yrs. want to sneak up on someone this is the way to do it )

I also have a Nissan 3.5 2 stroke that's very light.

Both are only used when the capt. is in the dinghy other wise I row and find no out-board to be the lightest.
02-26-2014 05:41 PM
Brewgyver
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

Quote:
Originally Posted by shipwreck1954 View Post
anyone used a trolling motor on a bathtub? I mean a west marine watertender..???? I have the suzuki 2.5 but have wrenched my shoulder..
There's a family in my marina that run around the harbor in their 9 footer with what looks like an older Minn Kota (boxy white control box on top, short tiller), and it moves them around just fine. Two adults and a two children. I've got a 36 for my yak that I'm going to try on my dinghy some time, just for the halibut, but that thing is a bigger hypalon, weighs a ton (well, over 100 pounds...). The 30 pounders run for quite a long time on a group 24, which are about 40 pounds.

While I'm writing, I'd like to find a true deep cycle battery in the 40-50 amp hour range to save weight on the yak. Anybody know of any?
02-24-2014 10:36 AM
ninaschumann
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

2.5 hp Honda 4 stroke outboard - make sure you use nonethanol fuel - we use ours on a 10.2" inflatable dinghy. it's light enough for me to lift by myself with one hand - weighs around 30 pounds.
02-24-2014 10:32 AM
Group9
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

Quote:
Originally Posted by shipwreck1954 View Post
anyone used a trolling motor on a bathtub? I mean a west marine watertender..???? I have the suzuki 2.5 but have wrenched my shoulder..
I used a cheap $100 trolling motor on my hard shell dingy for a while as an experiment, and an alternative to mounting my heavy ass 25 HP to go on very short trips. I found I could row faster than the motor would push me and the trolling motor lost its place on the boat.
02-24-2014 10:09 AM
chucklesR
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I used a 44 lb thrust on my 9'6" RIB, pushed it to hull speed (3.4kts) per my handheld.

The 105 AH battery was the killer on that deal, it weighed 67 pounds and gave full speed for 1 hour, and a bit more at lower speed. (coincidently, the 44lb thrust also pulled 44 amps at full throttle.
I judged it as adequate propulsion for my dinghy, but hard to refill the tank.
02-23-2014 11:35 PM
shipwreck1954
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

anyone used a trolling motor on a bathtub? I mean a west marine watertender..???? I have the suzuki 2.5 but have wrenched my shoulder..
02-23-2014 07:40 PM
christian.hess
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

while that is absolutely true it also lacks why they are so much lighter they are lighter(2 strokes) cause they have no valves, oil pumps, gears and circuitry...less electrical and ignition stuff...and less complex carbs with less emiissions, evap stuff etc...

Im a fan of 4 strokes...just finished a complete resto on an old honda...enduro

but honestly its apples and oranges...you can use either how you please but they both have benefits and drawbacks depending on what glasses you use!

peace
02-23-2014 07:17 PM
mad_machine
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

2 strokes are lighter because they make power with every other stroke of the piston. This allows the engine to be smaller for the same amount of HP a 4 stroke makes because it is literally doing twice the work in the same amount of time
02-23-2014 06:50 PM
christian.hess
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

my evinrude 3.3 built in hong kong(good) is 21 years old and looks and runs strong

so it has more to do with maintenance and upkeep and good previous owners than were it was assembled for sure
02-23-2014 06:00 PM
TQA
Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I had one of those 2 hp Johnson/Evinrudes in the late 80s. It ran OK for 18 months then became erratic. Tracked it down to the ignition coil replaced that and it was OK for another 18 months before the same thing happened.

By that time the painted pressed steel bits were corroding.

Mine was made in Belgium. Maybe a US made one would still be running ?
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