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- 20/02/2010 at 3:31 pm #4102AnonymousInactive
Has anybody any thoughts on these? they are selling them at compass at a reasonable price. I did do a search on here but found no mention of them.
David17/06/2010 at 5:46 pm #9422mhardmanMember
I did nearly buy a Catalina Capri 16.5, which is about the same size as the wayfarer, with one installed. The seller said it would do 5 mph. When asked about the battery life, it was 1/2 to 1 hour – depending on the battery. So you have 5 miles range basically, unless you have a spare battery.
It seems to me that the main downside would be that once the battery is flat, it’s flat. No easy way to refuel, until you return to port.
My Tohatsu 3.5 will run for 50 mins on a litre, so a one gallon tank of petrol will give me 3-4 hours cruising at 5.8 knots. The boat will do 5 knots on half throttle giving more like 6-8 hours cruising on a gallon. A 2 gallon container gives some serious range – about 70 miles.
Being a modern 4 stroke it runs vastly more cleanly than a 2 stroke. I think emissions are about 10% of those from a 2 stroke.
I guess it depends what you want if for.18/06/2010 at 8:30 am #9424AnonymousInactive
I have a 2.3 Honda which is fine until you lay it down on the wrong side (which I have managed to do twice last year) and it cost a few bob to have cleaned out, thats why I was thinking of the electric motor. I have now decided to stick with what I have got and I have stuck a bloody great label on the side that should face UP
David18/06/2010 at 4:44 pm #9426SwiebertjeParticipant
I have a 2.3 Honda which is fine until you lay it down on the wrong side (which I have managed to do twice last year)
I know the problem, I have the same Honda engine.
A two stroke does not suffer from this problem. A two stroke is easy to clear after it has been submerged. Just take the spark plug out, start it a few times until empty (more or less). Then put the spark plug back in and start it a few times until it runs again. At first it will sputter a bit but after a minute or so it will run normal as before.
I wish I still had my old Suzuki 2.2 two stroke.18/06/2010 at 5:13 pm #9427mhardmanMember
I deal with that problem by never taking it off the transom!
My estimate of battery life might be somewhat low. The ads state “several hours”19/06/2010 at 9:52 am #9430AnonymousInactive
I wish I could leave it on the transom, unfortunately when it is in its berth at the club it just sticks out to far and makes it difficult pass. we have quite tight berths where we are. 👿20/06/2010 at 9:18 pm #9437Colin ParkstoneParticipant
Which side is UP? and does this happen on all Honda engines of a size that can be lifted by hand from a transom?
CP21/06/2010 at 9:02 am #9440AnonymousInactive
Good morning Colin
The engine has a couple of raised bits on one side of the engine which you are supposed to lay it on. They are the same colour as the casing. perhaps I should paint them RED as a reminder.
I see now its Monday the weather has turned nice (well at least here on the East Coast)….bet it gets bad again by next weekend.
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