Posted by: Jerry Kovach
Date: June 10, 2008 09:45PM
Category: Engine and propeller
Thanks for the feedback re the Honda 4-stroke 2hp outboard.
The horsepower issue is certainly a major consideration regarding engine choice, and as you point out, the 2hp Honda seems to be anemic in that department, at least relative to using it as an auxilary for the FC. On the other hand, Lin Pardey, in response to an inquiry from me, stated that they use a 2hp outboard mounted on their dinghy and then lashed to the aft quarter to propel Taleisin.
While the horsepower is low, the weight is light, only 28 pounds.
My first choice looks to be the 3.5hp Tohatsu. At 40 pounds it is heavier than the Honda but provides nearly double the horsepower. Sufficient I believe to move the FC in most situations but certainly not the equal in horsepower to an inboard diesel. However, I have the benefit of having much additional interior space, something at a premium in a Falmouth Cutter, without the smell always associated with an inboard diesel.
Tradeoffs and compromises, ever present factors in owning a boat, even one as magnificant as a FC or BCC.