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    Default Outboard suggestions & possible modifications?

    Howdy,
    I have an AIRE Power Traveler that I use for hunting. It has a maximum recommendation HP of 3. I used a loaned 2 HP Honda 4 stroke on it this fall and it did fair. Upriver travel was slow at best, 3.5 mph average with minimal gear. The Honda weighed about 35 lbs +-. I am looking at purchasing a 3.5 HP Merc or similar clone, 41 lbs.

    Is there another outboard with comparable or better power to weight ratio I should look into? (Must keep under 50 lbs for shipping)

    If this 75% increase is not enough are there any reliable mods that can be done?

    Mod shops I could contact?

    Thank you for any help
    -JR

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    Dunno the numbers, but there should be some weight savings if you go to a 2-stroke, if that's more of a criteria than HP. You could probably jump the HP without going over your weight limit. Better minds than mine will have to weigh in on that.

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    The current Yamaha F4 is 60#, but the models before 2011 were 47# which would be under your weight limit. Might be a good option if you can find one out there used. Still has the gas tank under the cowling which would be nice for the raft application.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akfish1 View Post
    The current Yamaha F4 is 60#, but the models before 2011 were 47# which would be under your weight limit. Might be a good option if you can find one out there used. Still has the gas tank under the cowling which would be nice for the raft application.
    I will have to look into that...
    Thank you
    -JR

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    I too would look at 2strokes.I have a 3 1/2 merc that pushes a canoe great but with raft 9' no so good
    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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