We love this motor. It’s been a champ, and the best part is, we haven’t fouled a spark plug or have had to rebuild it once! Down in the Bahamas we quickly realized how valuable a having a motor that can get Rahm up on plane would be… HOWEVER we both agree it’s not worth the constant maintenance, dirty fuel & lubricants, or the swearing fits that arise from an engine that won’t start.
We used to dread constantly pulling the starter cord, hoping to get some action. Now we just smile watching others plead with their outboards as we silently glide past! And it’s so quite. We are in total ninja-mode all the time. It’s so nice to cruise around and not have to yell over the engine. Nor is there any smell either!
We charge the batteries primarily via solar, we’ve charged directly from a 100w panel which is quite slow, but works, and through our battery bank (still very slow, but not excruciatingly so).
We’re also quite pleased with the range of the batteries. We haven’t used them long enough to form a full opinion on how long they will continue to hold their range, but haven’t noticed any decline yet, and are quite happy.