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Jonzo
Sep-26-2006 @ 2:38 PM                           Permalink
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Before too long I'm going to be in the market for a small outboard of some description.

I've got (or will have) a little 8ft pram Dinghy and it needs something to propel it. I had thought about a Seagull (very noisy), or a small modern outboard but the whole hassle of storing and maintaining the thing as well as having fresh fuel (and actually having petrol onboard) etc made me think electric might be the way to go.

Does anyone have a Minnkota or similar with a small boat? I've seen them for sale but don't really know what size I want. The Endura 28 is what I want according to the manufacturer, but I would like something that will give me 5mph without too much trouble.

I'm wanting to get a leisure battery for it of around 85Ah, am I mad or is this okay?

Research seems to suggest that I can do this for £200-250. Is there anything I've missed?

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Sep-26-2006 @ 2:44 PM                           Permalink
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For an 8 ft. pram, I would have thought that a pair of oars would be cheaper, cleaner (no battery acid to spill) and a hell of a lot cheaper! Also perfectly adequate as a form of propulsion.

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Sep-26-2006 @ 2:48 PM                           Permalink
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Talk to Robert Paul at Ludham Bridge Services 01692 630486. He will tell you what will work best - and then sell it to you!!

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Hi there

We bought a new dinghy and a 4 stroke honda outboard from Brian Ward at Brundall in the summer.  We had the dinghy a week before the engine came into stock, so we had plenty of time to master the oars.
When I picked up the engine and got it back to the boat, I found storing the engine to be a nightmare, were ever I put it someone mamaged to knock it. The next day I was talking to another dinghy owner and telling him about the outboard and storing it and the fuel, when he popped on board his bought and brought out the Minnkota engine, he fixed it on our dinghy and off we went for a trial run.
We were very impressed and immediatley gave Brian Ward a call and explained the issue of storage etc, and they said without any hesitation we could return it and exchange it for the Minnkota 50.
Looking at people in dinghy's with noisey petrol outboards now, has made me very pleased we have got the electric one, The best thing about it is you can store it anywere, I have mine on 2 brackets on the in the spare bedroom, my neighbour has his under the bed, there is nothing to leak from them so you store them really anywere.

GO ELECTRIC

PS ... YOU GET A DISCOUT ON THE RIVER LICENSE ALSO

PPS... BRIAN WARD GIVE GREAT SERVICE, GIVE THEM A TRY

link to there website below, (They trade as Cetus for the boats and engines)

http://www.cetusmarine.co.uk/index.php?page=CATEGORY&cat_id=25


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Sep-27-2006 @ 2:33 PM                           Permalink
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Thanks for your help guys!

I'm going to look into your suggestions. I must admit that the prices at Brian Ward look quite competitive - Looking at the map on the site they must be right by Broom's yard?

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Hi
I think you will struggle to get 5 mph from any electric outboard on an 8 foot pram dinghy. Otherwise they are great. Nearly silent and easy to use. The only thing is if you are on a weeks holiday how will you charge the battery. I think there  are arguments for electric and small petrol outboards. I have both and each have good and bad points. My old Mariner should last at least 2 hours on an 85 ah battery at full throttle. It takes about 30 amps. A small 3.5 hp 2 stroke will only burn about 1 litre an hour at full throttle. You shouldn't need to run any where near full throttle.

If you take the weight of a battery and electric motor it's probably no different to a small 2 stroke outboard. The battery needs securing in a small boat as you don't want it to suddenly slide about.

Then there's the good old Seagull. Wonderful old things will last for ever but deafen you in the process. Possibly not ideal on a small tippy dinghy with an exposed fly wheel. I wouldn't part with mine and they are so simple to look after.

Brian Ward are on the right at the bottom of the hill before you go over the railway crossing to The Yare pub.

fendoff

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I have a fairly heavy 12ft fibreglass dinghy, currently pushed along by an ageing 4hp Yamaha.

Not only is the outboard heavy and fairly noisy, it really does get in the way.

I often wondered about the elctrics, but thought they were perhaps just a gimmick, so it's interesting to see this thread!

Might just consider chucking (well ebaying!) the petrol outboard and investing in an electric.....

I have a spare 100ah leisure battery in my campervan, so I presume that sort of battery would do the trick?

Best wishes,

James.

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Just following on from my last post.....

Looking on eBay there are quite a few inexpensive 'Shakespeare' branded electric motors.

How does one specify/workout which size is needed?

There is currently a 54lb/ft thrust Shakespeare motor for £135 'buy now' price. Is there an equivalent in hp on a petrol outbard?

Tempting.....

Cheers,

James.


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