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Lightest dinghy motor available

I guess the title expresses my question. Hoping to find a fairly low priced outboard motor for less than 30lbs. Most likely around 2hp.
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I have a folding #3 hp OMC evenrude 1968? that I love ! Light, built in tank, folds in half,and has reverse by turning motor backwards. Two cycle...Check on Ebay I see them from time to time...Dale

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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I have a Tohatsu, 2.5 HP two stroke (in a Mercury cover) that according to the factory specifications weighs 27.5 pounds. That feels about right to me when I pick it up.

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I guess the title expresses my question. Hoping to find a fairly low priced outboard motor for less than 30lbs. Most likely around 2hp.
Looking for recommendations.

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If you want light then you will want to look for a used Yamaha 2HP two stroke, about 22 pounds. An older Nissan/Tohatsu/Mercury 2.5HP two stroke, about 27.5 pounds would also be a good option......

I think the old Yamaha 2HP 2 stoke was one of the lightest ever built...
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

My Mercury 3.3 2 stroke (a.k.a Nissan / Tohatsu 3.2) weighs in at 28lbs. No longer available new in the USA, but very popular on eBay, or from the Caribbean


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Suzuki 2.5hp, 30lbs, fourstroke, proper gearbox unlike the centrifugal clutch on the Honda 2hp.
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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

What about the propane engines from Lehr? It's a bit heavier I guess but it's less hassle than gas.. I'm not pushing it, just throwing it in the mix too.

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+1 for the 4-stroke Suzuki 2.5 HP. Just bought one a few weeks ago. Still in the box but very light.

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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

I have just bought an 18 hp 2 stroke and its about 80 pounds. May be a tad heavy but is goes like a kid with a Pit Bull after him.


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Re: Lightest dinghy motor available

Here is a 2.5HP Mercury that looks OK;
2 5 HP Mercury Short Shaft Outboard | eBay

28lbs


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