Castrol contains as much castor oil as Coca-Cola contains cocaine. Essentially none. Maybe a hundred years ago it did. Castrol is mineral petroleum like any other oil.If you have a smoker run Castrol, oil it's plant based [the caster bean] you can tell the enviros that your are reducing mosquitos while saving petrol. I used it with my SAAB and my Seagull.
I was wondering about that. I had to buy castor oil from the drug store when I was experimenting with a methanol fueled motorcycle, it has been a long time since that stuff was sold for lube oil!Castrol contains as much castor oil as Coca-Cola contains cocaine. Essentially none. Maybe a hundred years ago it did. Castrol is mineral petroleum like any other oil.
In other news, a 1965 Mustang NOT RUNNING, just sitting there, pollutes more than a modern Mustang driving down the highway.‘If you run a new 5 HP four-stroke outboard for one hour, you produce the same amount of nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon pollution as if you were driving 38 new cars at 95kmh for the same length of time.”
I was going to click "like", but that wouldn't cover it. You so well voiced something that I deeply believe; that rushing around doesn't create happiness.It's a pretty interesting conversation talking to long term cruisers about outboards. Have a few friends who did 10-15 circumnavigations. Part with and part without a outboard. It ends up changing everything, these are not engineless poop in a bucket weirdos. I always coveted being able to disconnect enough to get to the point where a rowing sailing dingy was enough, almost pulled the trigger in Bocas, but we were never able to get down to that speed. Everyone we met, who were doing it seemed to be in a pretty good place. It's like the outboard is the last thread connecting you to the rat race.
I was going to click "like", but that wouldn't cover it. You so well voiced something that I deeply believe; that rushing around doesn't create happiness.
I did a Pacific crossing with a good nesting rowing dinghy and everywhere I went, cruisers were interested and envious. That's what started me down the PT 11 path. I also got to see what a struggle inflatables can be. A really good rowing and sailing dinghy has its own struggles, but for some, they just about double the pleasure of cruising.
Little electric outboards can push a displacement hull dinghy at pretty respectable speeds and they sure are easy to handle.
This is valuable information. It would be great to be able to identify which Yamaha/Tohatsu models are cloned by Hangkai? If I knew which model to buy to get a "near Tohatsu", and know I could get parts, I would likely do so (if I had the need). I lust over the little 3.5 Tohatsu 2-stroke longshafts. Sooo light compared to my Yamaha 4 hp 4 stroke. If you pull the motor off the transom when sailing, this is the motor to own. I can't say I really have a need though.you can still buy new two stokes for pennies, Hangkai makes them, they are all copies of older Tohatsu/Yamaha models and the parts are interchangeable, i own a 4hp ($400) based on the 3.5 Tohatsu upper and a Yamaha 2.5 lower, net weight 13kg or just under 30 pounds, and a 12hp ($1000) and that's a 9.9 Tohatsu copy, 27kg or just under 60 pounds (both sourced on Amazon). They are well made and with regular maintenance they are so far hassle free (about 50 hours on the 4hp and approx 90 hours on the 12hp)
My main motivation was weight, they are used on the small foldable dinghy that lives in my 30 footer (no davits), and i need to be able to hold the engine with one hand while stepping on an unstable small boat, specially the little 4hp is excellent in that regards.
It packs a lot more punch for the weight than you'll ever get out of a 4 stroke (or electric) we can wakeboard behind the 12hp,
You would understand if you hung around popular “cruiser” anchorages. Rowing or 2hp does not cut it when there is a 6am shore run for walking the dog. Followed by hourly runs for Starbucks, jogging, laundry, etc. until the teens wake up to begin their shore diversions. Repeats all day and evening. It is a lifestyle thing.I don't get the 'gotta have 15+HP and plane' mindset for cruising types. We putt along and are quite happy with the speed.
We recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and got our boat here, and definitely get the appeal of an electric/rowing in this environment - anchorages tend to be very sheltered and close to shore. We borrowed a torqueedo from our boss this summer and it worked great. Having the ability to recharge batteries on shore at home made it pretty easy as well, as we don't have the charging capability on board to do so.Yep, that's what I see in my future as a replacement for the little Honda 2HP unit.
I don't get the 'gotta have 15+HP and plane' mindset for cruising types. We putt along and are quite happy with the speed.
Ditto hard dinks. During my working life we regularly trashed deflatables, I don't have one and I'd be reluctant to get one. Sure, there are advantages to them but still - I don't like them really when it comes down to it.
You would understand if you hung around popular “cruiser” anchorages. Rowing or 2hp does not cut it when there is a 6am shore run for walking the dog. Followed by hourly runs for Starbucks, jogging, laundry, etc. until the teens wake up to begin their shore diversions. Repeats all day and evening. It is a lifestyle thing.