Sunday, February 27, 2022

An alternative engine thought...

Something for the "When they say it out loud you really should believe them" files, as dumb as a bag of hammers, and how you can help Ukraine...

Checking out Surplus Center this morning, a great resource, their engine section impressed me. While their diesel offerings were nil, they had quite a few very interesting four-stroke gasoline engines for not a lot of money.

Like this Subaru 14HP for $299.95.

Compared to a diesel engine of the same quality, that's a lot of bang for the buck.

Of course, I'd be the last person to advise anyone to put a gasoline engine in their boat as gasoline can go boom. That said, I wonder why designers have not used such an engine in a way that was on the boat rather than in the boat.

Off hand, I can think of a few ways that would be fairly non-problematic and safe. While retrofitting something like a CAL 34 would be a chore, but what if an engine like this was an integral part of a new design? It could be a super simple way to go.

Of course, the designer would have to be creative, but from where I sit that's where design gets interesting.

Worth thinking about.

Listening to Silvana Estrada

So it goes...