Honda BF20 and BF15: An Ideal Combination of Portability and Power

2/17/2005 10:10:21 PM

Honda Marine once again raises the performance bar with the BF20 and BF15 outboard 4-stroke engines, perfect portable power choices for inflatable yacht tenders, small fishing boats, pontoon boats, or as backup power on larger fishing boats or sail boats. Weighing only 101 pounds, the BF20 and BF15 are the first 4-stroke outboards of their kind to weigh less than most of the other 9.9 horsepower (hp) motors on the market today. Also available in Power Thrust designs, the BFP20 and BFP15 models offer enhanced maneuverability and performance in either fresh or salt water.

"The best boating depends on the right start, ease of maintenance, and maximum time on the water," said Robin Senger, Honda Marine Marketing. "With the BF20 and the BF15 engines, the integration of easy starting, power and portability make these models popular choices for today's sport angler."

In addition to being incredibly lightweight, all BF20 and BF15 models deliver both ease of maintenance and transport. With a long-stroke design and class-leading 350 cc (21.4 cu. in.) displacement, both engines are top performers, providing optimum torque throughout the rpm range. Additionally, an integrated carrying handle, easy one-hand starting and programmed ignition are offered as standard features.

The Honda BF20 and BF15

The BF20 and BF15 engines share a number of features and benefits that make the products the most technologically advanced in their class. The 4-Stroke Engine Design combines proven reliability and superior fuel efficiency, with no oil mixing. A PGM Ignition accurately controls ignition timing during start-up, providing optimum overall operation across the entire rpm range, while the Auto Start Enrichment feature automatically adjusts the air-fuel mixture for quick, easy starting and warm-up. In addition, the Engine Alert System is an integrated warning system that protects the engine from severe damage due to low oil, over-revving and overheating.

A Foldaway Carrying Handle positioned at the exact top/bottom balance point of the BF20/BF15 engines enhances portability, and makes it easy to carry the engine in a level position. As with other Honda Marine engines, a Fresh Water Flushport works to flush debris and saltwater out of the engine and the patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System features a double sealed multi-layered paint process.

For increased control and reduced steering effort, the BF20/BF15 engine models are designed with Longer Tiller Handles made of a new lightweight composite for increased durability and weight reduction. Another unique lever design - the EZ Steer Friction Control - allows the operator to precisely adjust steering tension for improved control and comfort.

Finally, a Shallow Water Drive (on manual trim models) allows boaters to run in shallow water while greatly reducing the risk of engine damage, while Positive Lubrication ensures critical engine component long-term durability.

A Closer Look at Power Thrust

The BF20/BF15 engine models are equipped with the Honda exclusive Power Thrust Design for enhanced performance and maneuverability. Both engines also feature Reverse Exhaust Relief, an additional exhaust outlet above the cavitation plate allowing the prop to run in clean, exhaust-free water. The ultimate result is more thrust.

Honda Exclusive Design Elements

Both the BF20 and BF15 engines feature a number of Honda design exclusives, including:

  • Large Displacement, which provides optimum torque throughout the rpm range; both the BF20 and BF15 models, at 21.4 cubic inches, have the largest displacement in their class;
  • Lightweight Design allowing for easy transport and convenient mounting to the hull; the BF15 model, in fact, is the lightest 4-stroke model in its class;
  • High Output Charging (both models have the largest alternators in their class) maintains the boat's battery charge and keeps electronics up and running, even at trolling speeds;
  • Pendulum Mount System, or triangulated rubber mount system, absorbs vibration and provides unbelievably smooth operation;
  • 3 Stage Carburetion for better economy and smoother, stronger operation; while conventional 2-circuit carburetors go directly from a lean mixture at idle to a rich setting at full throttle, the BF20/BF15 models incorporate a third, middle stage for increased operational performance.

Like all Honda engines, the BF20/BF15 models demonstrate ultra-low emission levels, exceed 2006 EPA emissions standards as well as comply with California Air Resource Board (CARB) 3-Star ratings.

The Honda BF20 engine is available in both 20-inch and 15-inch shaft models, while the BF15 comes in 25-inch, 20-inch, and 15-inch shaft sizes. The suggested retail prices of the BF20 engines range from $3,625 to $4,565. Suggested retail prices of the BF15 outboard engines range from $3,325 to $4,330. All new Honda outboard engines for recreational use have a limited, 3-year warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.

Honda Marine introduced the first full line of 4-stroke outboard engines in the United States, setting a new benchmark for ease of starting, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same DNA characterized by unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability that is behind its reputation for legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 225 horsepower, the company offers the most ultra-low emissions outboards in the industry as well as complies with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) 3-Star ratings.