Gasoline is still king, but electric and LPG engines find a niche.
Propulsion has long been lingering high on the list of priorities for our trailerable test boat, the Catalina 22 Lil Spitfire. Our first instinct was to go used. We scoured the Internet for a rugged two-stroke like the old Johnson 9.9-horsepower Sailmaster (with electric start) that we loved (and hated) back in the 1980s, but each one was broken or missing a rare part. Although there are still plenty of aficionados who enjoy resurrecting these old enginesLee Roy Wisner has a website dedicated to the motors, www.leeroysramblings.coma disheartening glance at our calendar showed no time for messing about with and old blue-smoker. We poked around for a newer motor.