Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Propane Outboards

We went to the Miami Boat Show / Strictly Sail last weekend in search of new ways to spend even more money on the boat.  We went to research a variety of boat projects and wound up becoming the first customer of Lehr's new 2.5 HP propane powered outboard motor.

They are selling green technology, but there was quite a bit more of interest to us than "saving the planet."

This motor will run on either a standard propane tank via a hose connection, or use the little 1 pound propane bottles sold in Wal-Mart etc. to run lanterns and stoves.

  1. Our old Nissan 3 HP motor was 2-stroke and it's a pain to mix gas plus states are starting to ban 2-strokes on inland lakes due to motor oil pollution.
  2. The new motor is a 4 stroke, much more environmentally friendly and is allowed on any lake that allows motors.
  3. Ethanol in gasoline can easily gum up engines. Propane does not.
  4. I hate having gasoline aboard my sailboat. Storing gasoline is dangerous in those red plastic containers with their leaky tops. Propane is still dangerous, but is stored in much more durable containers.
  5. I'm terrible at top filling a gasoline outboard. I always seem to spill. Propane tanks screw on the motor. No mess or fuss.


Blogger LesleyS said...

I'm very curious how the propane outboard motor has worked out for you? How heavy is it compared to other 2-stroke motors? How is the range? What has your experience been after using this outboard motor for a year?
I'm looking for a dinghy motor and seriously considering propane for all the reasons you listed.
Thanks! Lesley

9:42 PM  
Blogger LesleyS said...

How have you liked the propane outboard? I am seriously considering one of these for my dinghy.
How heavy? What is the range? Any pros or cons, after using this motor for a year?
Thanks in advance!
s/v Sheer Joy

9:43 PM  

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