I don't have any experience with other outboards but it starts right up and hasn't given me any problems. It's light and I still find it easy to move around and I'm 64. I haven't had any problems attaching and removing the engine
with the dinghy
in the water
without any help but I do keep a line attached to it just in case Murphy shows up.
I use it on an 8 foot fiberglass
. I don't think I'll ever forget the first time I got in the stern of the boat with the engine
attached. The bow stuck up in the air and I started to panic that water might start coming in over the stern. To keep the boat on a level trim I have to sit amidship and stretch to reach the throttle. I should probably get a throttle extension but keep putting it off.
I've also used it to tow my 12.5 ton full keel
sailboat about a mile when I had transmission
problems. I have to admit I waited for a slack tide and there wasn't much wind
but it worked like a champ.