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09-19-2013 02:59 AM
hopcar
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

Brisak, I'm a Lehr dealer and the first few I sold all came back. They were all from the first container to enter the US. Lehr replaced them all and we've had no problems since.

I think some of the problems that people report are due to the dealer not running and adjusting the engine before turning it over to the customer.

When I sell one I always bleed the air out of the fuel lines, start the engine, adjust the idle (they all seem to idle fast right out of the box) and test the gears. I run it about twenty minutes at various speeds.

I always show my customer how to bleed the air out of the system. It makes starting an engine that has not been run in a few weeks much easier. This is especially true if you are using a long hose to a remote tank.

I own a 2.5 that I use on an inflatable. If it doesn't start by the third pull, I bleed it. Usually it starts on one or two pulls after that.
08-13-2013 07:17 PM
Brisak
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
Great! Hopefully it is actually a good product. I was pretty excited about it for a while, and would like to be again.

When you guys say you're on your "third bottle of propane" do you mean BBQ size, green bottle (1LB) or other size?

MedSailor
MedSailor, read my review below. I am using the 1lb bottles. My engine is performing very well, however, it is not my first one. If you decide to buy one, make sure the serial number ends on 13, the previous one had some issues, but Lehr has an excellent customer service and exchange it for me.
08-13-2013 07:13 PM
Brisak
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

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Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
For those who are actually using these things, have you calculated how much propane you burn per hour of operation? I know the manufacturer publishes a number, but I take that with a HUGE grain of salt. I'd be a whole lot more interested in real people's real experiences.

Sparrowe, you say you just started on your third bottle after "maybe" a half-dozen 20-30 minute trips. So is that three pounds of propane for 3 hours of operating a 5 HP engine?
I have been using my 2.5 Lehr and logging time. My last bottle ran for 2hr50min (low throttle) and it still has a little juice on it. I have used my engine for approximately 10 times now, and it seems that performance is increasing over time.vMy dinghy is 8'6" long and it is carrying approx. 400lbs between humans and the engine.
07-22-2013 08:09 PM
akavishon
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
Great! Hopefully it is actually a good product. I was pretty excited about it for a while, and would like to be again.

When you guys say you're on your "third bottle of propane" do you mean BBQ size, green bottle (1LB) or other size?

MedSailor
Since the 1st week of June, until now, I've spent only 2x 1lb of propane, and have just started the 3d.

I have a 6.8' dinghy ... my usage is probably "very light duty", i.e. my mooring is only a few hundred yards off the dinghy dock, and I never felt the need to turn the throttle more than half way. To be fair, I think of my dinghy outboard as a "rowing assistant" to/from the anchorage/mooring, and not really as serious boat power.

For my usage, the cost of propane (vs gas) is a rounding error, considering the overall boating budget ... I probably burn more propane on my boat BBQ than on the outboard

Before this Lehr 2.5HP I had a Honda 2HP ... imho, the Lehr looks/feels more robust and is slightly quieter, and slightly heavier.

So far, I'm a very happy customer, but only time will tell ...
07-22-2013 05:39 PM
MedSailor
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

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Originally Posted by akavishon View Post
I bought one (2.5HP) at the start of this season and so far love it. Relatively frequent (4-5 times a week) shuttle duty between the dinghy dock and my mooring in the past couple of months, I'm only on my 3rd propane bottle. Engine never needed a 3rd pull to start.

No affiliation with the manufacturer, just a happy customer (so far).
Great! Hopefully it is actually a good product. I was pretty excited about it for a while, and would like to be again.

When you guys say you're on your "third bottle of propane" do you mean BBQ size, green bottle (1LB) or other size?

MedSailor
07-22-2013 02:54 PM
denverd0n
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

For those who are actually using these things, have you calculated how much propane you burn per hour of operation? I know the manufacturer publishes a number, but I take that with a HUGE grain of salt. I'd be a whole lot more interested in real people's real experiences.

Sparrowe, you say you just started on your third bottle after "maybe" a half-dozen 20-30 minute trips. So is that three pounds of propane for 3 hours of operating a 5 HP engine?
07-22-2013 10:24 AM
sparrowe
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

The 5 HP we put on our Beneteau 210 in early June keeps chugging away just fine - maybe a half-dozen trips in and out of the marina so far (15-20 minutes each way). We just started on the third propane bottle. So far, so good - but we'll see what develops as the season progresses.

My only complaint is that there is a clip that secures the engine cover; it is quite fussy.
07-22-2013 09:21 AM
akavishon
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
Yeah, everybody I talked to who owns one doesn't like it.
MedSailor
I bought one (2.5HP) at the start of this season and so far love it. Relatively frequent (4-5 times a week) shuttle duty between the dinghy dock and my mooring in the past couple of months, I'm only on my 3rd propane bottle. Engine never needed a 3rd pull to start.

No affiliation with the manufacturer, just a happy customer (so far).
07-22-2013 08:18 AM
capecodda
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

Yea, I'm rebuilding one of my carbs as we speak on a 2 year old 2.5 suzuki. I'm sick of it, but you guys aren't encouraging me to switch yet either!
07-22-2013 04:25 AM
Sea7King
Re: Got my hands on the new propane outboard today...

One more carburetor rebuild and I'm selling it and getting a propane outboard..
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