I live by the Mahoning River in Youngtown and would like to explore it. My idea is to go up river and then back down. To ease my arms in these trips my thoughts were Min Kota trolling motor (40lb) for some of the strong currents by the dams or a gas motor. The Min Kota and 2 deep cell batteries that I assume would make it would be the same amount almost as a gas motor. In the gas motor the 4 stroke seems to better suite considering mixing fuels, which isn't too big of a deal how ever. My trips plan on being about 21 miles just going up. The river is calm in majority of the area. The kicker is I don't have a square end canoe, which is a Grumman 15'.My head is tumbling around the idea of the gas motor (2 hp Honda Marine I was thinking) and would weigh too much on the side, which would add the thought of stabilizers but adds other factors. My other idea was to cut the back end off and weld aluminum to make it a square end, which being an old canoe i'd prefer to keep it respected. I don't want to go fast just a decent speed about 9 mph up river.
Any Help would be appreciated.
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Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jul-17-13 1:50 AM (EST)
This application just screams out for a gas motor. First, the total weight of that 2-horsepower Honda that you are considering is less than half as much as just one battery for an electric motor. Your total weight savings might be in the neighborhood of 130 pounds if you go with the gas engine instead of the electric with two batteries. Second, just a few pounds of fuel will keep you running all day, with no downtime for "refueling". And if all that weren't enough, you'll have far more power and speed available, should you want/need it.
it's been awhile|
Posted by: daggermat on Jul-17-13 5:08 AM (EST)
Folks have been using small gas engines |
Posted by: rpg51 on Jul-17-13 6:54 PM (EST)
on big canoes for generations on the Allagash waterway in Maine. They tend to use 20 foot canoes. Square stern might be perfect for you.
you think you can get that Grumman .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-17-13 11:59 PM (EST)
Canoe speed illustrated|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jul-18-13 11:39 PM (EST)