I inherited a 5hp with my monohull
A larger Tohatsu we have couldn't be pull started by my girlfriend. So, we used the Lehr all summer. It worked well. None of those carb problems everything else has. The little disposable propane
cylinders were what we used for the summer and it was ridiculously expensive. But, it served its purpose.
I thought we had a great little kicker
in the Lehr 5hp, until it came time to put away the dinghy
for the season a few weeks ago.
had been on for 4 months. Tohatsu has been on for years at a time between removing it from the transom. Well, the Lehr fused together due to corrosion
. 4 months on the transom and you couldn't spin the handles that are supposed to rotate the bolts that clamp it to the transom. I used penetrating oils, time, tapping, heat, you name it.
Ok, I decided to get more leverage.
I put a pipe on the handle to spin it. Predictably, the handle broke off the bolt. It's just cheap
plastic on these after all. It wasn't as weak as I thought because it actually twisted the bolt!! The bolt didn't budge, but the metal of the bolt twisted like wringing out a rag! I put some vice grips on to replace the handle. The bolt just twisted like a piece of pasta!!! Never once budging to release the motor
from the transom!
Eventually I gave up. I had to take a pair of bolt cutters and just cut the thing off my dinghy
Couldn't believe how the dissimilar metals welded together or how cheap
the clamping bolts are that they'd twist like pasta.
The motor itself ran great. Never a single
issue other than the small propane tanks
running out mid channel at night every single
time. But always started right up and 90lbs girlfriend could pull start it too. But the hardware
was not up to par.
Still may keep it though.