Whoo boy! I am learning
a lot about my new 15hp Lehr. First, it prefers liquid fuel
, which is conveniently provided by the Lehr (and ALL forklift tanks) horizontal 31#, 7 1/2 gallon composite tanks
. Second, the electric
start motor/generator ( a single
unit) is connected to a lithium battery
, as HopCar noted. Third, the 15 has a garden hose flushout fitting mounted on the starboard side. No need to be in a bucket of water!
The fun part of being on the bleeding edge of technology is that you get to be happily surprised when neat things happen. I'm sorry that I haven't included any pics, my camera
was discharged, but I promise a bunch tomorrow. I have opened the box, installed the outboard
on a heavy duty motor
caddy (while I do some other work prepping the dinghy
for sea trials), as well as waiting for the liquid feed composite tanks
arrives with TWO hoses, one for high pressure VAPOR feed, such as your barbecue
tank. The other is a high pressure LIQUID feed hose and connector for the forklift tanks. The vapor tank isn't as efficient at hitting top speed as the liquid supply, but it's cool that you can have a safety
spare in the form of a conventional propane
tank of whatever size. Just don't count on hitting the top end of available performance on vapor alone.
I haven't done the sea trial yet, but when I do I will be taking out a lot of West Marine
folks in San Diego
, as well as a whole lot of others, to see what this thing does on a 10' 6" AB Navigo VS RIB
. The first 10 hours of breakin will require an oil change
AND A NEW FILTER (none of the smaller sizes have an oil
filter), and thereafter, every 100 hours of service
. The dealer (West Marine) contacted Lehr and found out that the shop manual hasn't been produced yet, and would go first to established service
agents. I am hoping to become one. This is great fun.