Sorry to resurrect such an old thread but looking for some update. We have a Melges 20 and the little Suzuki 2.5 4-stroke engine has shat itself (seized by all indications and not worth the expensive diagnosis/rebuild - versus new). The engine was likely original (2011) - and has served us pretty well, though we rarely use it. We do not race OD class ever where we are based so sticking to one design mandated unit (Suzi 2.5) is irrelevant.
I am considering the options right now and came here looking for a comparison of the 'baby' engine options - 2hp up to about 4hp - 2-stroke or 4-stroke. Which is why I came across this thread (yes, I did use the search box!)
I have been aware of the Torqueedo option for a while now - and it's now 2-years since this thread saw the light of day. I am interested to know if the various users who posted here, (or others) have any updates or advice? I anticipate the Torqueedo option will come at a premium (price) against a small 2.5-4.0 petrol - but they seem like a lightweight solution to getting a boat out from the launch area (hard stand into a pond), to our usual start line locations which are perhaps only 2-3 miles from the club. Maybe 5 miles would be max. Mostly we sail the boat out, but with less experienced crew, that is not always possible. We have two paddles, for backup!
Some of the QC issues mentioned up thread must surely have been worked through in the two years since this thread was active.
I could just replace the dead engine with the Suzuki 2.5 - which would be within class rules - which is a bit of a non issue. But open to other options. Thoughts?
FYI - the Melges 20 dry weight is 520kgs - with crew sails and gear closer to 780/800kg all told - whatever that is in pounds...