The first thing I noticed was how light it is compared to my 4 horse mariner. I can easily manage this engine around the pier ladders and hooking it on the back of the tender is a doddle.
The second improvement is that because it is light it doesn't sink the back of the tender, helping it track better through the water.
The seagull seems to take several pulls to get it going from cold but once warm it starts before the cord has had time to leave the flywheel. As there is no neutral it took me by surprise and pulled on the painter, spinning the boat on the out-haul. I reduced the revs and pull along the out-haul to point her nose out into clear water.
The last thing I noticed was the noise and vibration :) What a rasper! This was the only downside, it performed beautifully and really the noise is ok.. it's only to get me out to Ciao Bella or get the Mirror home if I run out of wind or tide.