Originally Posted by Curmudgeon
I'll also put in a plug
for the Nissan/Tohatsu 6hp. I liked my little Honda
2hp, but it didn't have much power. No reverse either. My old Avon
rollup died, and I wanted something that I could lift
easily but which would also put my new Walker Bay air floor up on a plane. The Tohatsu, which weighs a tad more than 50lbs, does that, and after sitting in my basement all Winter it started on the second pull. Plus it was the least expensive 6hp out there.
My only minor complaint is that it idles a little high. No big deal.
I could have bought a used 2-stroke, but mixing gas and oil
is a pita.
I have a 2011/12 Mercury
5 hp, 4 stroke
, extra long 25" Shaft Outboard
that I use to push my 6600lb Full Keel
Bristol 27 around the Chesapeake Bay
with. It's the same engine as the Nissan/Tohatsu.
So far so good for 2 years now. I thought I'd only use it to get the boat out of the slip thinking I would do all my sailing without engine assistance afterward. And that's true for the most part but after long nights with lack of sleep near Kiptopeke and Fisherman's Island I have motored back across the entire lower bay to Little Creek probably 4X now. The wind
is many times on the nose so sailing would take 6 plus hours or more whereas I can motor
with my " Big 5HP " in 3 hours on autopilot
. It's probably around 15-17 miles.
Now I'm usually doing this between the day winds and the afternoon/evening winds when it had laid down a little, but if the wind
is up I'll motor
sail it with the main like 25-30 degrees off the wind until it lays down a little then drop sail and go direct route
My boat on it's own could never sail that close to the wind. I can usually do the crossing on maybe 3/4 of a gallon of gas.