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Old 06-08-2009, 17:16   #1
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Outboard: Electric vs Petrol/Gas

Hi my dingy flipped recently and my Suzuki outboard died due to seawater ingress, my last outboard suffered the same about 3 years ago, I'm thinking of a 54lb thrust electric or a 4 stroke replacement (2 stroke not legal in UK) what do you guys think? Will an electric outboard's twisty throttle thing tolerate immersion I know a maint' free battery will.
I have a small roundtail dink with bracket and a 10' rigid dink. In the past the 2hp outboard gives plenty of power but a couple of occasions without the outboard I have really (Yeah really) struggled to get across the river in Dartmouth UK with spring tides, If the tide is really strong I would be happy to row a bit to 'help' the electric outboard.
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Old 06-08-2009, 19:52   #2
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The short answer is yes to electric and they work very well. Not to be immersed but will recover if taken apart and rinsed in freshwater, dried and cleaned.

You might use this search engine and look for electric outboard. We've had qute a few discussions on the subject.

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The other side of the story is that gasoline has a LOT more power per amount of weight. I would not want to have to drag a dink full of batteries up a beach.

Just curious, you could not flush the salt water out of your engine?

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