Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The World's First Propane Outboard Powered Kayak

The LEHR Propane Outboards are one of a kind.  In fact, they are the only propane powered outboard motors.  So when we test the LEHR 2.5hp Propane Outboard on the Frontier 12 recently, it very likely was the first time a kayak was powered by a propane outboard! 

Bottom line, this is a winning combination!  The stability and performance of the Frontier is a perfect fit for the LEHR propane outboard.  The Frontier flies through the water, planes easily, and handles great.

The Benefits:
  • Lightweight - The 2.5hp outboard weighs only 37lbs
  • Quiet - Much less noise than a gas outboard.
  • Clean - 98% less emissions...great for the environment and your health
  • Awesome Power - The LEHR outboard pushed the Frontier thorugh the water with ease, with both 1 and 2 passengers.
  • Ready to Go -The LEHR outboard drops right on the Frontier's transom, so special adapter brackets are required.
  • Fuel Canisters - Best of all, the LEHR outboard runs off standard camp stove propane canisters, which provide 4-6 hours of use.  At less than 1lb and $5 each, that is a winner!
Things to Improve:  While the motor worked great, we'll be working with LEHR on a couple items to enable easier control and operation of the motor.
  • Clutch switch - To put the motor in gear, the user is required to flip a switch on the side of the motor.  Getting to this switch can be a challenge when using the Frontier solo.  We'll be adding a control rod to allow the switch to be operated without moving from your seat position.
  • Raising/Lowering the Motor - Similarly, it is a challenge to raise and lower the motor as it requires being positioned in the stern of the boat next to the motor.  We'll be working with LEHR to develop a cable that will allow the motor to be raised or lowered from the seat position.
We'll get back on the water for another test when these solutions are in place!

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