Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northport, NY
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Re: Gas or electric?
I have a trolling motor which is not used... and only good for calm and short runs. Of course it's light. Charging the small AGM batt is a PITA. We typically anchor out and away in the quietest spot and had to walk the dogs so the options were land the dink on a shore, or some dock... rarely... or go in to a proper floating dock.... there the pooches could jump from the tubes to the dock. We need range, reliability and power to go through chop and wind.
Our 8 hp 4 stroke motor is heavy and uses a separate tank which remains inside the RIB's forward locker/seat. Underway we hoist the motor with using a demountable lifting crane and the motor lives on a bracket on the pushpit. This is an easy one person operation... even easier with two.
We don't smoke or allow it on board and the only open flames are from the cooker. Fire risk with the gas is very very low. I keep a spare gallon jug of gas in the anchor locker or in the RIB bow locker. No mixing 2 stroke oil so gas tank is only opened when refueling at dockside.
This works best for us. I considered propane but the engine wouldn't start at West Marine so I nixed the sale. OB is regularly serviced and I look for non ethanol gas which is hard to find, but apparently much better.
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