Originally Posted by Cheechako
Is there a reason you dislike your gas engine? reliability
, smell, gas usage...?
Good question. Much of the answer is probably just in my head
as plenty of people...the majority.....like gas outboards.
When I bought the boat, I specifically looked for one with an ob motor
because I don't like the diesel
or gas smell inside of a boat. More so the other half as she is much more sensitive than I am. My intention if I bought a boat with an inboard would be to remove the inboard to put on an outboard
. The extra storage
space can be used bigtime on a 27' boat. I dislike the mess that it can make when work needs to be done among a clean living space with dirty parts
I like propane as it is very clean. No spills in the boat, or dink. Very clean. I am fitting out (this week) my instant hot water
heater along with propane stove. The fuel
will already be on the boat. Going to have stern mounted tanks
to keep it outside. The fuel will already be there.
I just don't like the flammable nature of gas along with the smell it gives. I know propane is flamable too, but easier imo to store outside than gas. The minor issue is dependability. I can't speak from experience, but I think a propane engine would be much more dependable than a gas engine when it comes to an outboard
I know that I could put a 5hp propane engine on the boat for 1600 bucks and a 2.5 hp on for 1k. I know that a 5hp pushes me along pretty darn good right now, but have never tried a 2.5hp engine on the boat. I would be more concerned with how much fuel I burn than speed under engine. If I knew I would get 3.5 knots-4 knots out of a 2.5hp engine, I would go for it. I'm a little apprehensive about buying
a 2.5hp for the boat to find out it will not push me at 3.5knots min. Getting double the burn time out of an engine with a loss of 1-1.5 knots would be worth it for my adventures.
I have never tried to put a 2.5 hp on a 27 foot sailboat and wonder how it would work in regards to speed. The idea of a propane engine for 1k is very appealing.
I could always use the small 2.5hp engine for my dink if I did not like it for the boat. And if I did like it for the boat, I could just buy another one for the dink. If I felt that it was underpowered, I could go to the 5hp for he boat next year and just continue to use my 5hp Nissan
OB for the remainder of this year.