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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

In most cases if you're absolutely after minimum weight you're probably going to have to give up neutral/gear shift.

Our 3.5 Nissan has at least a neutral position for idle (spin the motor for reverse) I think that feature is worth the extra couple of pounds.. absolutely the most reliable piece of equipment on our boat, esp considering the relatively limited use.
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

If tempted by the Honda 2 or 2.3hp 4st make sure you try it on the water first.

They are NOISY little suckers.

As others have said the best lightweight is the old Yam 2hp 2st.
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If tempted by the Honda 2 or 2.3hp 4st make sure you try it on the water first.

They are NOISY little suckers.

As others have said the best lightweight is the old Yam 2hp 2st.
The sound on of the Honda seems to vary. I have an 80s model (before the clutch, it is always in gear) that is reasonable in sound level and not much different than the Suzuki 2.5. I bought it used for $350 and for the price have been very happy with it. Spark plugs are unique to this old one and are hard to find, but still available.

A friend has a modern Honda with the clutch (I don't remember if it is a 2.3 or 2) and it has a different and lounder tone.

If you buy one used just ask to run it first. You can pull off the blade (one cotter pin) and run it in a bucket of water. Even though the motor is air cooled the motor does water cool the exhaust.

If I were buying new I'd probably get the Suzuki. By all accounts it is a nice little motor and $700-800 delivered is a great price for it.
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

While you are shopping, look real close at the actual motor under the cowling. Many of the brands(esp 2-cycle) are actually Tohatsus with rebranded lids. When we bought, Nissan was offering double the warranty(2 yrs) on the same engine.
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

2 stroke 2 hp suzuki weight 22 pounds. (1992 vintage) Tough, simple and reliable. Mine is named "Hem 'n' Haw". (After the po of the motor.) He gave it to me because it wouldn't start. A little cleaning of the magnets in the flywheel and off it went. I offered to give it back but he had already purchased a new one and was off to play tennis in some remote location for the winter. He never came back! MI got him on the tennis court! Yikes! I use it on three different boats regularly and think of him often. Tennis?

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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

The common thread here is that the lightest outboards are 2-stroke. Another benefit of a 2-stroke is that you do not need to change the engine oil every year, although you will still need to change the lower unit oil.

There is a Suzuki 2HP and a Tohatsu 3.5 available on eBay right now too.
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I think it goes without saying that the design of a 2-stroke variant will almost always be lighter than the 4-stroke equivalent.

I don't have a ton of experience without outboards, but the consensus seems to be that 2-strokes are very reliable and efficient. The smaller 4-strokes seem to be evolving after some early issues with reliability, carburetor issues, etc.

Another consideration is that 2-strokes lose oil and fuel in the exhaust ending up in the water as a sheen on the surface. From what I've read many municipalities are prohibiting new sales of 2-strokes. No idea how the USCG would treat a sheen behind the dinghy but I would be concerned about a fine for the discharge.

I saw several Honda 2 or 2.3 HP 4-strokes for sale used but a universal complaint was the noise. Also got a great deal on the 2.5HP Suzuki.

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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

Though not available new..but maybe found occasionally on eBay are 'Cruz N Carry' outboards. I have a 2.7hp two stroke still works and weighs in at 12 lbs. Can be picked up with one finger..
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I just scored the ultimate yachty cruiser small dinghy outboard an awesome evinrude 3.3 made in hong kong

1993...

its LIGHT! Im so happy

supposedly 12kg

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maybe its more like 30lbs but still light
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

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Though not available new..but maybe found occasionally on eBay are 'Cruz N Carry' outboards. I have a 2.7hp two stroke still works and weighs in at 12 lbs. Can be picked up with one finger..
I had a smaller one, green top...worked like a charm until one day it just overheated and burned up...never to start again...didnt have money at the time to fix it...

we "upgraded" to a sears 4hp that was a nightmare! ajajajaja but got for like $50
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