First post here but I have been reading many posts for sometime. I want thank everyone for the great and helpful community you have built. I want to especially thank Rob (rbh1515) and Charlie (cdflan) for all the help they have given me by email with questions about their Torqeedo setups and the boats in general.
I'm considering buying a new Horizon Day Cat, I decided against the diesel option as the HDC requires a 9" high engine cover in the middle of the cockpit and I would rather keep the cockpit floor free to move about. Here are the engine choices I have considered:
Torqeedo 1003 Outboard (what Rob (rbh1515) has)
I have discounted this somewhat as I'll be on inland lakes six plus miles long and need to be able to make a beeline for the marina if a Midwest storm comes up, but with a spare battery it may be worth considering.
Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 Pod (similar to Charlie's (cdflan) Cruise 4.0 conversion)
Seems like a nice, albeit an expensive option.
Other outboards (improved single handed docking?):
Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 outboard (no ethanol gunk, no gas fumes, silent running)
Suzuki 9.9 HP DF9.9BTL Outboard (EFI to reduce ethanol gunk problems, but heavy)
Tohatsu 6hp Sail Pro outboard (lighter, but ethanol gunk problems?)
Lehr 5hp/9.9hp Propane outboard (no gas issues but positive comments on Lehr are hard to find?)
So my question is if you were starting from scratch which engine choice would you pick and why?
Also, how are the HC / HDC for Single Handed docking, would the extra push you get from being able to turn the outboard be an advantage?