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San Diego Bluefin Vessel: L2 Fish SUP with Honda 2.3 -- Fuel Questions

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San Diego Bluefin Vessel: L2 Fish SUP with Honda 2.3 -- Fuel Questions

Old 06-03-2019, 09:22 PM
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Default San Diego Bluefin Vessel: L2 Fish SUP with Honda 2.3 -- Fuel Questions

I picked up my L2 Fish SUP last summer and thanks to its awesome track design and load capacity that stands right at 500 lbs., I've been slowly customizing it. Sadly, it has an endless appetite for gadgets and accessories which is both a blessing and burden for sure.

So, I also have a bit of a bad shoulder and chasing Bluefin or fast moving schools of Yellowtail or even the Calicos around the coasts of San Diego and SoCal on my L2 Fish can be a bit of a challenge. Obviously I needed to get a motor for it and fast.

I looked at the Yamaha 2.5 4s since I've always been partial to Yamaha motors, but when I picked one up, wow. The weight felt significant, and for my SUP, every pound really matters It's already so easy to overpack as you know. Those heavy sinkers, jigs and jigheads add up so fast.

I went and looked at the Honda 2.3 4s and when I picked it up, I was totally like, "Oh yeah, this could definitely work." And I bought one on the spot. This motor is right around 24% lighter than the Yamaha.

So speaking of goals. I truly want to and believe I can catch a Bluefin off my SUP with that Honda. I don't see why not. Sooner or later they're going to be less than 1-5 miles off our coast at times throughout the summer and it's just really a matter of knocking on that door enough and one day, opportunity will meet with chance, and a little skill. It's really incredible how thick those 50-80 pound fish are in the area right now this early in the year with the occasional 130-150 pound fish mixed in and the 200-300 pound fish haven't even really started to show up consistently.

So, while I sit on this sweet Honda 2.3 while I wait for the motor mount plate to come in and to register my vessel with the DMV, I thought I'd ask a couple fast questions about the Honda.

I've read a little bit about the motor on this site and others. It seems like generally it's a totally great and reliable motor but I need to keep an eye on the carb being gummed up with fuel and that it's better to run the gas out of the motor all of the time, right?

I am going to lie it on its side most of the time. Is there any reason at all I should buy or build a motor stand for it? It doesn't really seem completely necessary. Since it's air cooled, all I really need to do at the end of the day is spray the motor down with fresh water, right?

About fuel use. I've seen some comments that say I probably could get 45 minutes to an hour of running wide open out of the .29 gal gas tank. That comes out to about 37 ounces of gas. I've picked up an aluminum 30 oz. MSR fuel bottle from REI but may pick up a second one just to be safe if I end up making some long runs out there. At probably 7-10 mph at wide open I am guessing, I would probably feel good about getting close to 7-10 miles out of a full tank. Is that realistic, you think? Maybe 10-15 miles at trolling speed?

This SUP is a catamaran that weighs only 50 pounds. With me and my gear and that motor onboard, I feel that adds up to probably 300-340 pounds.

And I still keep on kicking around the idea of adding a Hobie livewell.... it's nuts. I don't think I'll be able to do it just from the weight it would add on at around 25-30 lbs, but then again, I might really regret not having the ability to keep or fish live bait easily on some of those days. Decisions, decisions.

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Old 06-03-2019, 09:33 PM
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How does the motor attach?
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:49 PM
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How does the motor attach?
I have a motor mount plate on order. This is a L2 Expedition and two feet bigger than the L2 Fish, but you get the idea.

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Old 06-03-2019, 09:56 PM
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That is pretty sweet little rig. You should be able to hit the 9 and grab a fish when they move in. I would probably focus on poppers and jigs instead of bait. Although having bait is always good. Hope to see you out there
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:08 PM
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I have an older Honda 2 hp. Sitting beside me as I type this in fact. My one doesn't like being laid on its side. Get oil leaks and it can be harder to start initially. Not sure about the later ones but mine has no gear shift. That may mean turning it off when playing a fish? Takes a while to empty the tank, but take extra fuel if going out after Bluefin. You might get dragged a lot further out than where you started. Good luck.
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:39 PM
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Antares13, poppers and jigs would definitely be a lot more manageable and I am always totally fine with fishing that style.

Cool input, Aliboy. This motor has a centrifugal clutch which is supposed to keep the motor in neutral when it's not engaged from what I understand.

And true, I'll probably end up picking one more 30 oz. fuel bottle just in case. It's really cheap insurance. These bottles will conveniently fit into my Engel dry box. And it'll help me cautiously stick closer to the 1/3-1/3-1/3 rule if I ever end up running to the 9 bank which is definitely possible.
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