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Tohatsu Propane Outboard #13462859 03/06/20 10:52 PM
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Do anyone run a Tohatsu propane outboard?
Are you happy with it?
Is it easy to start?
A couple of years ago I read the reviews for the Luhr propane outboards and they were not too promising.
I don't mind transporting a small gas outboard in the bed of my pickup but my next vehicle will probably be an SUV and I don't want the gas smell inside a new SUV.

Re: Tohatsu Propane Outboard [Re: PowerLizard] #13462925 03/07/20 12:15 AM
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I was wondering about that recently. I picked up a 2020 Tohatsu catalog yesterday. They only have the 5 HP in a kicker and a sail model with 20 or 25 inch shaft. Other than the tiny LP fuel cans(pain), an aluminum 10 lb tank is quite expensive. I don't think the LP outboard technology is THERE yet. Someday, but not yet. The LUHR engines you mentioned must be complete junk. At least, 4-stroke engines have matured. Much easier to tolerate than a 2-stroke stinkpot, smell-wise. IslandJim


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Re: Tohatsu Propane Outboard [Re: PowerLizard] #13465526 03/09/20 05:21 PM
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Not that this means a whole lot, but recently I looked into converting my old gasoline powered generator to tri-fuel. Propane, natural gas and gasoline.

I noted that the company selling the conversion kits expressly stated to not run a brand new generator on propane or natural gas. It said they must be broken in with gasoline before making the switch to propane on NG.

Kinda makes you wonder about the break in of these strictly LP motors. Is it not good for them?


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Re: Tohatsu Propane Outboard [Re: PowerLizard] #13465559 03/09/20 05:39 PM
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We saw a SUV with a bumper mount for transporting a 3 hp outboard in the upright position with a anti theft lock . Looked like a nice way to prevent having fuel dripping on the carpets .

Re: Tohatsu Propane Outboard [Re: PowerLizard] #13626570 07/11/20 01:59 AM
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I have one. I bought it because I am not knowledgable about boats, etc.

I love it. Easy. Simple. Great!


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Re: Tohatsu Propane Outboard [Re: TakeMeLord] #13626658 07/11/20 03:56 AM
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Originally Posted by TakeMeLord
I have one. I bought it because I am not knowledgable about boats, etc.

I love it. Easy. Simple. Great!

In other words, you didn't know any better, so you bought one?

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Not sure why anyone would want to run an outboard on propane. Your horsepower is going to go down by 20-30%. It’s widely known the horsepower declines with propane use. The weight of propane and your mileage per tank would not be too good either. Imagine trying to find propane at a marina.

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