Honda Marine's 2.3 horsepower, air-cooled outboard motor is the lightest in the world. Weighing less than 30 pounds, it's the ideal for dinghys, car-toppers and other small boats, even to store on its side in the cockpit locker. A front mounted carrying handle provides superior portability and ease of installation.
Because this diminutive outboard is forced air-cooled there is no water pump that could clog with debris. And without an impeller, blades aren't lurking in wait to harden and go bad from age. Moreover, air cooling eliminates the possibility of saltwater precipitate accumulating on the inside walls of the coolign passages and causing overheating. Admittedly, there is a downside to air cooling. Without the cooling passages full of raw water, there is no insulation against the sounds of the reciproating mass and combusion. The engine is a little loud, a price paid for light weight.
There is no shift lever. Simply advance the throttle. The outboard shifts between forward and neutral gear via centrifugal clutch. So naturally it follow, Because there is no reverse gear, to go backwards simply swivel the engine 180 degrees. Finally, the shallow water trim setting allows running in shallow water without running the risk of damaging the engine on submerged objects.
|Honda 2.3 HP||Specifications:|
|Horsepower||2.3 @ 5500 rpm|
|Operating Range (rpm)||5000-6000|
|Cylinder Block Configuration||1-cylinder|
|Fuel capacity||29 US gal
|Gear ratio||2.42 to one|
|Bore x Stroke||1.77" x 1.42"
(45 x 36 mm)
|7.25" x 4.75"|