Originally Posted by barnakiel
6 h.p. and they said 3 years into service
the engine ticked faultlessly.
BTW For a fraction you can marinise a s/h car engine, but it will be probably way to powerful for a small boat.
Hmm. The 40 HP Smart car diesels, properly adapted with fresh-water cooling
and a heat exchanger
, and mated to a Variprop feathering four-blade prop, and encumbered with two 90 amp alternators on a bolt-on double PTO...sounds pretty good to me!
That steel pocket cruiser
would still be overpowered in some senses, but would be extremely livable and able to motor
into gales and maneuver like a charm thanks to loads of torquey prop action, which would politely feather away under sail.
But yes, the path of least resistance is the circa 15 HP Beta Marine
Kubotas, which have as a benefit all the "consumables" at the front of their blocks.
With a steel cruiser, you might want to look at their smallest canal boat engines as well.