Weedwacker to Outboard motor conversion

Posted By on July 10, 2007

Weedwacker to OutboardI don’t need another ‘gadget’ project since my plate is already full and progress on all my existing projects is moving slowly … but here’s something pretty cool. I subscribe to a dinghy email list that has been discussing an interesting weedwacker to outboard motor conversion that uses a standard run-of-the-mill 2 or 4-cycle string trimmer. The original idea so as far as I can tell comes from a creative Russian guy sharing auxiliary power for his catamaran. I’ll include the Flapdoodle Dinghy guy’s translation page link for a quick review as well as the author Bill Weller’s recent modified version here. Bill has been quite creative with his use of ‘wood’ although I’m sure someone good with fiberglass or composites could do something similar as well. I’m anxious to see how well this little auxiliary works on a dink. (I thought about Nor’Sea liveaboard Ben Eriksen and his ‘Amazing Technicolor Dinghy‘ when I first saw this idea)

Having owned several small lightweight outboards and recently buying a 4-cycle (quieter and cleaner) Troy-bilt Stringtrimmer, I thought that it would be perfect for a conversion. If someone wanted to actually convert a trimmer, they might want to look at the Troy-bilt 4-cycle model with the removable tools?
TroyBilt

Comments

  • http://thesailinglife.blogspot.com Cap’t Bob

    Hey Rich, Thanks for the comment, the good wishes, and the link (via your name) to your blog. It looks like you’ve been doing this much longer!

    More than that, I see your blog as hours of entertainment for me!

    Good luck with all your projects!

    Bob

  • http://thesailinglife.blogspot.com Cap’t Bob

    Hey Rich, Thanks for the comment, the good wishes, and the link (via your name) to your blog. It looks like you’ve been doing this much longer!

    More than that, I see your blog as hours of entertainment for me!

    Good luck with all your projects!

    Bob

  • http://www.myarchive.us RichC

    You are welcome. As for hours of entertainment, be prepare for some off-topic turns if you go back in http://www.myarchive.us as I rarely stay on one topic for more than a couple of posts. It’s hard to tell what each day inspires? (you’ve been warned)
    :-)

  • http://www.myarchive.us RichC

    You are welcome. As for hours of entertainment, be prepare for some off-topic turns if you go back in http://www.myarchive.us as I rarely stay on one topic for more than a couple of posts. It’s hard to tell what each day inspires? (you’ve been warned)
    :-)

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