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Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

It appears Lehr is still the only major player in this market.

Any experiences good or bad??
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Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

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It appears Lehr is still the only major player in this market.

Any experiences good or bad??
I motored a dinghy with a Lehr outboard around the marina at last years' Long Beach Boat Show. If it were less expensive, or even comparable to a gas powered outboard, I would buy one in a heartbeat for one simple reason, the need to only carry one type of fuel for the stove and the engine. No more sloshing gas tanks stinking up the trunk of my car. And, the propane canisters fit both the engine and the stove.
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Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

Pricing is actually competitive with gas counterparts though still a little more expensive, about 20%

I imagine the more volume they sell the more competitive it will become.

I'm as concerned with build quality, longevity and service as well as price.
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Pricing is actually competitive with gas counterparts though still a little more expensive, about 20%

I imagine the more volume they sell the more competitive it will become.

I'm as concerned with build quality, longevity and service as well as price.
The biggest problem I see is that they are a made in China engine with a company that may not be around for long. If they were converting say the Tohatsu/Mercury motor then I could see paying premium for it. But to pay a premium to get an unknown quality motor from a start-up company does not seem to make long term sense. I would really like to see kits sold to convert older outboards to propane I know they make them for generators. I have had good luck with propane powered vehicles, with the main down side being less horse power. I do love the idea of using the one pound bombs though, and not have to deal with the alcohol in the gas, would be awesome. Very good for occasional dingy powering.
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Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

There are a couple of threads elsewhere on SailNet about the Lehr outboards. My take-aways from those threads; PRO: don't have to worry about fuel quality (ethanol), CON: over priced, require maintenance like a 4 stroke, poor support. You can see that he cons outweigh the pros. I'm not crazy about buying anything mechanical that is manufactured in China either.
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I would really like to see kits sold to convert older outboards to propane I know they make them for generators.
So would I...

Even if it had to be installed by a pro for product liability purposes.
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Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

While Lehr is new to outboards they have been around for a while. They have even partnered with The craftsman brand to make propane garden tools. I wouldn't be too worried about them closing up shop tomorrow. They have a lot of major corporate partners already.
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While Lehr is new to outboards they have been around for a while. They have even partnered with The craftsman brand to make propane garden tools. I wouldn't be too worried about them closing up shop tomorrow. They have a lot of major corporate partners already.
Those propane powered weed whackers looked like quite the treat. Shame they never seemed to work well. Given the reviews on them, I would not use it as a recommendation. No longer available either. Sounds like there was no QC on the line trimmers, hope there is more on the outboards.

And I really want these to work as well.
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Re: Propane Powered Outboard Engine Experience??

They screwed up the sears deal which was HUGE due to surprise surprise hard starting among many complaints

And low and behold there are still no propane yard tools

Just like NONE of the portable generators can be bought from the factory with propane power

What is getting big is the newest 40 volt battery pack units tools
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They screwed up the sears deal which was HUGE due to surprise surprise hard starting among many complaints

And low and behold there are still no propane yard tools

Just like NONE of the portable generators can be bought from the factory with propane power

What is getting big is the newest 40 volt battery pack units tools
Now, think how cool a Honda suitcase generator that was powered by propane would be.
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