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Old 16-05-2018, 13:25   #1
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I need a new outboard for my 8 ft fiberglass dink. I use this only to get from my dock to my mooring, about 1/2 mile ( 1 KM ). I had an old gamefisher I bought for $100US, that was fine but I am getting tired of fixing it. I only need 3 or 3 1/2 Hp. I was considering buying a Mercury or Suzuki but they all seem to be $900 to $1000. So I came across these cheap Chinese outboards that come under various names. Example below. Anyone had any experience with these? Considering my limited use I am assuming these would be sufficient. Let me know your thoughts.

Before anyone mentions it, yes I can row instead. If I am alone I always row. However with a couple guests and gear and if the wind and current is against me rowing a flat bottom dink is not so much fun anymore.

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Old 16-05-2018, 13:36   #2
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No experience with that brand . My concern would be is it legally available in the USA it is a 2 stroke motor. ( something to consider)
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Good day all,

I need a new outboard for my 8 ft fiberglass dink. I use this only to get from my dock to my mooring, about 1/2 mile ( 1 KM ). I had an old gamefisher I bought for $100US, that was fine but I am getting tired of fixing it. I only need 3 or 3 1/2 Hp. I was considering buying a Mercury or Suzuki but they all seem to be $900 to $1000. So I came across these cheap Chinese outboards that come under various names. Example below. Anyone had any experience with these? Considering my limited use I am assuming these would be sufficient. Let me know your thoughts.

I have chatted with people who have them. The received wisdom is that they work OK but that parts and service are largely unavailable so when they break down, you're done.


3 HP Johnson/Evenrude motors were extremely popular here in the 1950s and 1960s. Most were lightly used and many are available on the used market. People who fix them and sell them charge around $400. Perhaps you can find a deal like that.
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You can spend a bit more and get a good warranty and nationwide parts network.
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I went to an electric for my 10' Livingston. Compared to a 2 cycle outboard, I love it. It's a lot easier to deal with charging a battery than getting fuel. With the 2hp merc I replaced, it took a trip to an engine shop about every 5 months. Always a fuel issue.


You realize the Chinese outboard has to be turned 180° for reverse?
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I went to an electric for my 10' Livingston. Compared to a 2 cycle outboard, I love it. It's a lot easier to deal with charging a battery than getting fuel. With the 2hp merc I replaced, it took a trip to an engine shop about every 5 months. Always a fuel issue.


You realize the Chinese outboard has to be turned 180° for reverse?
I know, its bit goofy. I do not have any reverse option now unless I row backwards. Not really needed for my limited use. I do have to mount the motor each time I use it, so having to haul a battery is out. Weight is an issue.
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Craigslist,just bought my ‘new’ 2 stroke there,there’s loads available but try to get a freshwater one.
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I know, its bit goofy. I do not have any reverse option now unless I row backwards. Not really needed for my limited use. I do have to mount the motor each time I use it, so having to haul a battery is out. Weight is an issue.
not really an issue
https://www.batteriesplus.com/produc...IaAg4VEALw_wcB
battery weighs 13 pounds and has plenty of power for what you want to do .
Minolta endura max 55lb thrust weight 45 pounds
The issue would be charging unless you have solar onboard the mothership.
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