Ultimate 2.5hp Outboard test

MBM test the seven 2.5hp outboards that are on the market today

If you’re looking for a small outboard for your tender that is light enough to carry, store and take on and off your dinghy transom, you need to be looking at the 2.5hp mark.

At around 17kg these outboards are as portable as four-strokes come. The next step up – 4hp – adds another 10kg, which is too heavy to be considered truly portable.

So which brand should you go for? On the surface there is very little between them. They all have similar features, weigh about the same and some even look suspiciously similar too.

There is, however, a decent array of prices so this is probably how you will make your choice. But, while the cheapest will always be attractive, will it be a false economy?

We put four 2.5hp outboards from the leading established manufacturers up against two relative newcomers and one that doesn’t use petrol at all.

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