Honda BF15 and BF20: The Ideal Combination of Power and Portability
Weighing in at only 101 pounds, Honda Marine's BF15 and BF20 weigh less than some 9.9 horsepower motors on the market, making them the perfect portable power choices for inflatable yacht tenders, small fishing boats, pontoons, or as backup power on larger fishing or sail boats. Available Power Thrust design models offer enhanced maneuverability and performance in either fresh or salt water.
In addition to their light weight, the BF15 and BF20 are easy to maintain and transport. The engines' long-stroke design and 350cc (21.5 cu. in.) displacement make them top performers by providing optimum torque throughout the rpm range. Additionally, an integrated carrying handle, easy one-hand starting and programmed ignition are offered as standard features.
Honda's BF15 and BF20 share a number of features and benefits that make them the most technologically-advanced outboards in their class. A microprocessor-controlled PGM Ignition accurately controls ignition timing during start-up and provides optimum performance across the entire rpm range, while the Auto Start Enrichment feature automatically adjusts the air/fuel mixture for quick, easy starting. The BF15 and BF20 also are the only engines in their class to feature an integrated Engine Alert System that reduces rpm to protect the engine from damage due to low oil, over-revving, and overheating.
A foldaway carrying handle is positioned at the engines' exact top/bottom balance point for enhanced portability and easy carrying, while a freshwater flushport removes debris and saltwater from the engine. Additionally, Honda's patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System offers outstanding protection against corrosion caused by harsh marine environments.
For increased control and reduced steering effort, the engines are designed with longer tiller handles made of a lightweight composite designed for increased durability and weight reduction. Another unique design - EZ Steer Friction Control - allows the operator to precisely adjust steering tension for improved comfort and control.
The Shallow Water Drive available on manual trim models greatly reduces the risk of engine damage when operating in shallow depths, while Positive Lubrication promotes long-term durability of critical engine components.
A Closer Look at Power Thrust
The BF20 and BF15 are offered with Honda's exclusive Power Thrust Design for enhanced performance and maneuverability. A low 2.33:1 gear ratio coupled with a 4-blade Power Thrust propeller produces more thrust in forward and reverse, while an additional exhaust outlet above the anti-ventilation plate allows the propeller to run in undisturbed water - ultimately resulting in greater thrust.
Honda-Exclusive Design Elements
The BF15 and BF20 feature a number of Honda design exclusives, including:
- Best-in-class displacement of 21.5 cubic inches;
- Lightest-in-class weight of 101 pounds;
- High-output charging to maintain battery charge and keep electronics running, even at trolling speeds;
- Pendulum Mount System to absorb vibration and provide smooth operation;
- 3-Stage Carburetion for a smooth transition from idle to mid-range - conventional 2-circuit carburetors go directly from a lean mixture at idle to a rich setting at full throttle, which can sacrifice fuel economy.
The BF20 is available in both 20- and 15-inch shaft models, while the BF15 comes in 25, 20-, and 15-inch shaft lengths. All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 5-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.
Honda Marine pioneered four-stroke engine technology, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 225 horsepower, Honda Marine's full line of current production models meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.