Posted By RichC on July 10, 2007
I 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?