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Old 01-11-2012, 17:02   #1
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Klaxon Diesel Outboards

Klaxon Diesel Outboards. Any comments? I am looking for a diesel outboard for my tender because I have big tankage with regard to diesel and would prefer not schlepping gas too not to mention reliability.
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Old 01-11-2012, 17:27   #2
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

Never heard of them, when I first looked the 25 is massive, 200# but boy that 9HP looks like the shiznit!
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Old 01-11-2012, 17:42   #3
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

I watched the videos.......underway it's loud..like I would expect. The manual starting one made me laugh as the guy pumped diesel into the water to purge the line of air.

the 4 horse caught my eye until I looked at the weight.......I'd kill myself!!
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Old 01-11-2012, 20:24   #4
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

I am under the impression that they are not legal in the U.S.

True?
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Old 01-11-2012, 21:08   #5
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

Yeah, and check out the video of the manual start. I would pull my arm off trying to get that thing started.

No thanks, I thought about propane, but definitely won't go with THIS diesel.

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Worst promo video ever. All then money in R&D for a new outboard system and that's the video they post for showing off their product, yikes! Looks really loud and heavy
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Old 02-11-2012, 18:32   #7
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

I agree. I would be happy with a Yanmar D18 rebuilt but they're hard to find and pricey.
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

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I agree. I would be happy with a Yanmar D18 rebuilt but they're hard to find and pricey.
I looked up the Yanmar. I didn't know there was another diesel made.

Looked like a nice engine, but basically impossible to find.

Oh well.......gas or possibly propane.

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Old 23-02-2013, 10:58   #9
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

I havn't used one of these, but I know the engine which is based on a Yanmar L-Series air cooled diesel. These come in a variant that is EPA compliant in the US, so they may well be US legal.
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These engines are reliable, easy to start and should last a long time. Downside is they are very noisy, being totally air cooled.
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klaxon, claxon [ˈklæksən]
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a type of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
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I saw a Nissan diesel outboard leaning against a tree in a yard on a road here in Kansas that I travel. In size it was bigger than the merc 50 HP 2 stroke on my center console. I saw it several times & thought about stopping but after a couple of months it was gone.
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

The third world runs on the 2 stroke Yamaha 15 hp, they will steal a Honda or maybe even a Mercury if they are desperate, but they buy only Yamaha. That motor is worth about as much as they make in a year so they are very careful shoppers. You can get parts anywhere.
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Old 23-02-2013, 15:47   #13
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That's great, however last i checked the 15hp yammies use gas not diesel. My tanks are all diesel. Carrying gas in cans is a hasssle best avoided. I like my 15hp gas outboard and will keep it as a back-up. But as a primary OB a diesel works great for me except the weight but the smaller units aren't too heavy or so it seems.
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

I don't know, but the little LH4 looks ideal for a small tender. About 50#
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Re: Klaxon Diesel Outboards

The Yanmar outboards were/are popular behind catamarans but I never saw one behind a dinghy.

Note that the Yamaha's that are so popular in paradise are the 2-stroke Enduro line which is only available in developing countries. Cruisers love them too as they just keep working. I have a 25hp version.
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