Initial thoughts: I've not previously used an engine like this - except when I hadda hop into a stray SIB that blew onto a beach one day - but hey, that's a different story! It's a Tohatsu like the 9.8 and there the similarity ends...
- It weighs 13kg - so a one finger lift
- Integral tank - no tank or hose or primer to stow on the RIB or clutter the SIB
- It has Neutral and Forward
- Flip to Reverse creates a whole new Thing for me to Explore
Not so Good Points
- Kinda flimsy. I know it's sound, but it feels flimsy.
- No Reverse gear - but I don't think that will be an issue once I get the head around it. In some ways, reverse on a SIB is like an ashtray on a motorbike. Maybe it's a Good Point!
- Integral Tank - looking kinda low after a few minutes feckin' about at WOT and scaring swimming dogs
- No throttle control on the tiller.
- No shallow water setting - I think?
- Flimsy tiller doesn't fit my tiller extension. Mods to follow.
My overall impression is that the 3.5hp is exactly what I need for my future adventures - but it's an egg-whisk. The 9.8hp is a "real" engine - writ small. Anyway - the 3.5hp is going to do what I need on the SIB - my adventure SIBing days may be over - the big decision awaits. Thing is, I always wanted to take her up the Foyle from Moville to Strabane - and I need the 9.8hp for that