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Old 5 Days Ago   #1
 
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Motor for raft

I want to get a propane powered motor for my raft. Don't really want gas, because I don’t wanna lug around smelly gas. Looked at electric, but not too keen on the extra weight of the battery.

Any recommendations?

I live in Colorado

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A few of them floating around the Buzz, I'm sure they'll chime in eventually. Some older threads that discuss propane:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/...ing-95807.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/...aft-91642.html

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/...tor-74130.html
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We co-oped on a Lehr 5hp propane outboard last year. Works great so far. Not as easy as I thought it would be to stow for rapids, as you are supposed to drain the oil and can only lay it on the tiller side.
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Thanks for the input so far. If anyone has any pro’s or cons to propane let me know. I could be talked into electric, just leaning more towards the propane
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We co-oped on a Lehr 5hp propane outboard last year. Works great so far. Not as easy as I thought it would be to stow for rapids, as you are supposed to drain the oil and can only lay it on the tiller side.
Interesting. I did not know that about the Lehr. That’s kind of a big game changer for me, as lifting it up approaching smaller rapids is important.
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I have a 5HP Tohatsu that works great, Used it this year on a GC motor out to Pearce. Used a Lehr last year, compared to the Tohatsu it's a Chinese POS, cheap everything. Funny thing is the prices are comparable. Just like a 4 stroke, it holds oil in the crankcase, so you do have to store it on it's side, but wasn't a real problem for me.



https://www.tohatsu.com/outboards/5_4st_lpg.html


is what I bought, I'd buy it again. Is quieter than most too, an added bonus
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I have a 5HP Tohatsu that works great, Used it this year on a GC motor out to Pearce. Used a Lehr last year, compared to the Tohatsu it's a Chinese POS, cheap everything. Funny thing is the prices are comparable. Just like a 4 stroke, it holds oil in the crankcase, so you do have to store it on it's side, but wasn't a real problem for me.





https://www.tohatsu.com/outboards/5_4st_lpg.html


is what I bought, I'd buy it again. Is quieter than most too, an added bonus
How long does a 20lb tank get you? Do you have any pics of it on your boat?
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I have a 5HP Tohatsu that works great, Used it this year on a GC motor out to Pearce. Used a Lehr last year, compared to the Tohatsu it's a Chinese POS, cheap everything. Funny thing is the prices are comparable. Just like a 4 stroke, it holds oil in the crankcase, so you do have to store it on it's side, but wasn't a real problem for me.



https://www.tohatsu.com/outboards/5_4st_lpg.html


is what I bought, I'd buy it again. Is quieter than most too, an added bonus
Also, do you think going up to the 9 hp Tohatsu would be worth while? Or would it just burn more gas at the same speed?
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Sorry, ours is a Tohatsu, not a Lehr. I heard similar stuff about the Lehr. I think the 5hp is plenty of power and the 9hp would be wasted gas and weight.
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