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Old 03-07-2015, 17:37   #61
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third tip here in the tropics when it rains it rains hard and fast. so you soon learn to find ways to keep water out of the little Hondas fuel tank. so here goes. keep that pure 98 fuel in a 5 litter tote can that you fill in a dry clean place. don't fill the Honda in the rain, took me a while to work this one out, never said I was smart. keep breather on fuel cap closed when it is raining the engine will go quite a while before it starts to slow, just crack the breather for a sec and retighten do this all trou the rain period . and you will keep the water out of the tank .the Honda will run happly like this and will let you know when it needs a little air.
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Old 03-07-2015, 18:23   #62
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some posts are about corrosion I have herd of rotted out sumps on early models some say this has been fixed on the later models. I have no real knowledge of other peoples engines only mine. on my second engine took of all the top engine covers the black ones, for a look didn't like what I saw. the alloy looked like corrosion way under way. the engine was about 1 year old by then with lots of hours, so I asked the Honda what to put on it to stop the problem answer spray it with silicon spray. so I washed the engine block and fins with alloy brite/bull bar cleaner. this was not serjested by Honda it my idea. so if you do the same be a little carefull not to go mad with the strength of the alloy brite. I then used a mercury product called corrosion guard its a waxy spay can stuff that's legendry. I sprayed it all over the block ,carby every thing. except the engine fins and head. I sprayed 3 coats let it dry then sprayed the silicone spray onto the head and fins. that was about 1000 hrs ago and if I get another 500 hr before the engine needs replacement I will be happy. it did smell and smoke a little for about a week after this had no probs but, and will be doing the same to my next 2.3 strait out of the box.
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Old 03-07-2015, 18:35   #63
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I will post more tips later if any one wants I am a mechanic with 40 years experience. which means I am old enough to know I don't know it all; and am still leaning. please post your tips on this world beater of a engine I am all ways ready to learn more on my engine of choice. good or bad.
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Old 04-07-2015, 00:06   #64
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re- starts in gear (no gears as such) you have to turn it around for reverse, louder than my 9.8 2 stroke tohatsu!! dont do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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if the idle speed is correct the engine will be in neutral if not see previous post about carb cleaning. as you roll on the throttle the centrifugal clutch will engage so smoothly you wont feel it ,just like the 80 million Honda cubs made so far, and still counting. the reason for turning the outboard 180 deg, is so you have full trust in reverse something the larger outboard's cannot do. unless they have a dual trust propeller and I don't think they match a outboard in forward witch is what turning one of the many little outboards around does. oh I forgot to say ,if engine oil is a little low engine noise is a lot more .I tend to end up with my engine a bit over full, due to the tiny amount of oil involved. i find It hard to get it exact. so by accident I have found a bit overfull makes for less noise seems to be a fair bit less to me. sorry for bad diction I my posts I am a mechanic not a shinny bum. to throughs how find my posts painfully oblivious remember we all got to learn. hoping to see some more posts on my favourite engine so I can learn more. hope this may be of a little use to some one.
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:58   #66
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Re: Honda 2.3 hp outboard

Hello Trouts,

I too am a fan of the little Honda that could. I'm on my second Honda 2 hp. I was teaching my wife to dock when she wiped number 1 off the rail mount into the drink. 😢

She bought a new one the next day when they said it couldn't be fixed. Of course she left the "unusable" motor with them. 😱

Any way I found myself eventually having to clean the carb. I used a small ultrasonic cleaner with a heating element. Ten minutes in a mix of Simple Green and water followed by a good drying with a small air compressor and then put it all back together. Starts everytime on first or second pull.

Those ultrasonic cleaners work great for all small parts. It's the size of a lunch pail.

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Old 08-07-2015, 21:01   #67
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thanks for the tip rich, by the way if your dealer asks you to pay more at a later service so he can check the centrifcal clutch I recommend if its not giving trouble say no. I fell for this on the first engine. cost about 150 more for service, and judging by the extreme hours the second engine has done with the clutch acting the same as when it was new. and the dealers report on his checks on the fist engines clutch, its fine, that will be $150 thanks. I have towed the mother ship 3 or for miles up river on more than one occasion. when the ft 60 yammy needed repairs, eg buggered water pump, u\s computer . I tow slow of cause ,like 1 knot . third to one quarter throttle in reverse dingy backwards pulling from front tow/painter cable .as the engine has full trust with dingy backwards and a even pull, if the tide is against you just slightly. the main boat tows strait,i have not been able to tow any other way ,with any sort of control. but the clutch and gear box,an d gearbox oil are fine after 3 or 4 mile tow, I am Shure that would not be the case if you just wound on the throttle full bore. another case of slow and gentle wins the race. 22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222 22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222 22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222 22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222 22222222222
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I'm new here and this has been interesting reading as I'm contemplating getting one of these for my Danica 16 full keel double ender. It's about 950lbs and my longshaft 40 plus (2-3 hp high thrust) will push it at about 3.5 knts

I will comment on somebody else's comment on the British Seagull being air-cooled

"The first that comes to mind is the British Seagull, which I am happy to admit is slightly before my time."

British seagull motors are water-cooled, no air cooled models.
Also you can rub one off the rail of your boat, into saltwater and with a rinse, dry and fresh gas they will be running again in no time, No problem
They can actually handle being submerged up to a day.
I like mine, not for everyone , but reliable as heck , super easy to fix and about 30 lbs with gas. I'm thinking about the Honda but there's so many mixed reviews and they sound kind of finicky. I haven't had one though, so no actual experience.
Any idea how they would handle pushing a 950 lbs full keel 15' sailboat?
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