I ditched my Evinrude
twin for a Tohatsu 3.5hp with neutral-fwd shift years ago. The Tohatsu has been a good motor
, except for the fuel
tap. Make sure the screw on it is well sealed from moisture or the steel
(yes, plain steel) washer on it willl rust and break it.
You might want to look at the Island Hopper range of outboards. They have both 2-stroke and 4-strokes. Basically air-cooled line-trimmer motors adapted for marine
use. I have no practical experience of them, but came across them while researching motors for a small trimaran
. They are lightweight and inexpensive.