Small, cheap outboard motors include the Zeny 3.5-horsepower motor and the Hangkai 3.5-horsepower motor. They retail for around $370 and $365, respectively. Yamaha's pricier 2.5 Portable F2.5 motor also offers decent horsepower in a small package.
The Zeny 3.5-horsepower outboard motor includes a water cooling system that increases the engine's performance. It features an aluminum cast starter that is both durable and reliable, as well as a twist grip throttle to make the boat easier to maneuver. Its ignition system is designed to start easily, and the Start-In-Gear feature makes it easier for the boat to rotate while the engine idles. It is also designed to be eco-friendly, as it emits less noise and pollution than other outboard motors.
Like the Zeny, the Hangkai 3.5-horsepower Superior Engine Water Cooling System outboard motor features an aluminum cast starter, twist grip throttle, Start-In-Gear ignition and an easily started engine. It is made of aluminum to yield maximum corrosion protection and has a lift and tilt setting to make shallow water navigation easier.
Yamaha's Portable F2.5 outboard motor is meant for boats weighing less than 100 pounds. It is light, at just 37 pounds, and has a one-cylinder, four-stroke engine fueled by gasoline. While it runs 4.2 percent slower than comparable engines, it still provides an impressive speed of 5,750 RPM.