Yesterday I was searching the Comox/Courtenay classifieds for used dinghy motors without success. So this morning I took the bus to Parker Marine in Courtenay. They only had brand new motors and they didn’t know where I could find a good used one, because the good ones usually get snapped up quick. I asked them to show me what they had in my price range.
They showed me a 2.5Hp Yamaha stowed away on the side shelf.
Thanks to a combination of your donations (shout out to Orit for the $150!) and a little loan from my parents and some of my own money, I was able to get it brand new. Well almost, it had been used once and returned, and for that reason it was discounted by $200 CAD. But it has a 3 year warranty, it works perfectly and I don’t have to fix anything. How refreshing for once!
I didn’t know this video cut off after 2 seconds, but here I am zipping around Comox Harbour.
It took a minute or two to zip effortlessly out the breakwater in the chop and get out to my boat at anchor.
Then later I had to move my dinghy from the fuel dock clear to the other side of the harbor at the guest dock, so I zipped out the breakwater and over there. It was fun to put it in high gear and get splashed cuz it was hot out.
I now realize that 2.5Hp is more than enough power to zip me around. The only reason people get more for my size dinghy is if they’re transporting, like, 4 people and a bunch of stuff. Not an issue for me singlehanding!