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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:11 am 
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Thanks for the advice. I pulled the trigger on a new Suzuki. Lighter, cheaper, reliable... What's not to like about it? Hopefully I won't regret choosing it over the tried and true Yamaha. I guess we'll see.

Cheata mount is on the way. I'll admit, I'm a little worried about drilling holes in a crossbar to mount it with rivets. Any tips?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:28 am 
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too high and the cross bar hits the motor, too low and the motor is in the water.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:18 am 
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Update on Honda 2 hp fouling.

After a 150 dollar carb clean a the local marina and a "lesson" about the ills of ethanol in fuel for marine engines I think I found the answer. I'd been using fresh fuel from the gas station with added stabilizer, but the mechanic said these small higher performance engines won't tolerate any ethanol even if stabilized. He showed me all the plaque and caking that was inside the carbuerator.

Have been using high octane (91 or 92) non-ethanol fuel and has been running like a dream for the last three tanks. Even doused the motor multiple times in the strong winds/waves after Hurricane Andrew blew threw last weekend and no ill effects.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:15 am 
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That's great info, thanks. Were do you get non-ethanol gasoline?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:02 pm 
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List of stations can be found at http://pure-gas.org

I've found it easiest to buy containers of TruFuel at Lowes or Home Depot. Is expensive (7 dollars a Liter) but comes in container that I can store in the hull coolers and I know it has stayed "fresh" longer. Same mechanic told me that if storing gas, you want as little air in the container (or full of fuel) as possible to prevent degradation.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:10 am 
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dorienc: Bob, I am thinking Torqeedo 503, what are your thoughts?
I am in a canal with a lift in Florida, so I only need a tenth of a mile exit and entrance to get to the bay and a draw bridge once in a while.

anyone else with experience using Torqeedo (especially 503)?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:49 pm 
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jtmalone wrote:
dorienc: Bob, I am thinking Torqeedo 503, what are your thoughts?
I am in a canal with a lift in Florida, so I only need a tenth of a mile exit and entrance to get to the bay and a draw bridge once in a while.

anyone else with experience using Torqeedo (especially 503)?


I have the 1003. I think the 503 would be enough power for it, but since it weighs about the same (28.4 vs 29.5# because of the heavier battery in the 1003) and isn't much cheaper than the 1003, I got the 1003. The 1003 will easily exceed 6 knots, I'm pretty sure I've seen it register 10 knots at full throttle. And the 1003 has a lot longer range. Ordinarily I don't even come close to draining it, but you never know when you might be miles from home and have the wind die. Nice to have the legs then.

I like the instant on feature, as compared to tugging on a rope and hoping a gas engine starts. It doesn't tip up and stay level, I had to add a strap to hold it flat, because of the heavy battery. So when I tip it out of the water to sail, it does take a few seconds and some coordination to hold the tiller flat, grab the straps and fasten them around the tiller. But I imagine there would be a similar problem with a gas engine.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:47 pm 
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Bob, thanks for your insight
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