Last year we took a couple weeks vacation aboard our small 28 footer. Everything went well in that nothing major broke, nor were there any big emergencies. But our dinghy's outboard motor, having been neglected for years, started fighting back. It hit us with an inability to idle, and just plain die at speed after only a few minutes. This behavior forced us to row to our destinations, or hitch a tow from a local neighbor and their dinghy (at great humiliation). Upon return, I was determined to get this resolved by the following season. The time has come.
|27 year old outboard motor|
- running an entire season with nearly no crankcase oil
- wrapping eel grass around the prop and stalling (many times)
- sucking up mud from shallow mud flats, clogging the cooling system, and overheating (many times)
- burning old gasoline
- changing crankcase oil on an interval of "years" (see #1)
- running over rocks and shearing off the prop.
- overfilling the crankcase with oil (upon discovery of #1)
- rinsing/flushing with freshwater after each trip, NOT (never, ever)
|Honda. the ONLY maker of small four stroke outboards in 1985 (every other make was 2-stroke)|
|Reassembled with new carburetor (lower left)|