I don't know why the honda is so hard to pull start, seems to be the nature of the mini beast, They do start right up, but you have to give it a good hard pull to get past the compression I guess. Karen can pull start it, but took some practice in the back yard for her to get the drill down. The Honda has a little pull handle too, and if your hands are wet, it will slip from your fingers some times.
My little 4hp evinrude with twin cyl. 2 stroke is real easy to pull start. That little engine has a forward and reverse shifter too. Runs smooth as silk too with the 2 cyl. although the pistons are probably the size of thimbles. But doesn't get the millage of the Honda. None of my little motors will out run a pesky white shark, so dont paint cute pix's of a seal on the bottom of your dink
I have pull started the suz. before and its ok. All the engines we talked about here will do the job with a fully loaded dink. When you get into the 4-5 hp, and above you start getting into other problems, like weight and noise. I rarely run the Honda or evinrude at full throttle, even when we go sight seeing in the dink, and that's another reason to get a small gas motor, we sometimes will take the dink fishing (trolling)or sight seeing and the gas motors will practically run all day on their little tank of gas. With an electric you have a couple hours then its recharge time. That's hard to do, if your moored some where without elec.
There are some cheap chinese 2 hp motors out there, and they will do the job too. But the used market for the name brand stuff is pretty good, that's where I would go if looking for a motor. Dink motors are used only a few times a year, and if they were taken care of will last many many years. With an electric motor in that time you already replaced the battery a couple times.
One thing to do with the gas engines is run them out of gas before you put them up for the season, same with generators, just turn the gas off and run them till they die. dump and put fresh gas in them before you use them again. The 4 strokes I change the oil too, before getting them ready for the season.