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In Reply to: Re: pirogue motor posted by Young Jim Hawkins on June 04, 2003 at 08:50:21:
the high rpm deal isnt that big of a deal, nothng a little gearing wont cure. It certainly wont be fast, But its do able. I was concidering doing the exact same thing awile ago. I still might do it, but I htink I have something else in mind for that weed eater now.
That Idea struck me several years ago. The bent shaft type already has a bend and the shaft could be cut down and a small prop added. The high speed may not be a problem if one used a small enough prop. I buid small boats and some day I will aquire an old one with a slip clutch ( very important)and try to build a small motor. IT is SHOCKING that NO ONE is building a small engine like that for about 100 dollars. They may just get rich. What we boaters need is a very simple cheap little motor like the String trimmers that are selling for around 100 dollars. Someone please tell the Japanese!!! The greedy americans build them for 4 r 5 hundred dollars and the poor can't afford those. I wonder why they quit building the old sears air cooled engines? Greed I would guess. Try to find one like those old cheap but good engines and you will find it made over seas and costing 4 or 5 hundred bucks with NO reverse. Come on someone give us a cheap weed eater type motor that does not need a big heavy battery that runs down before we get back home.
search hard around the internet. Someone makes one of these for duckhunting out of a coffinbox.
I think that they use a gas drill though, which is a chainsaw motor wth a gear reduction box on it.
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