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Old 02-01-2011, 13:17   #1
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Me and My Dinghy Outboard

Saw this little Honda 2.3hp outboard on ebay UK located where I kept my boat. As I wasn't close by, a friend checked it out for me and had it running fine in a large oil drum. With lady luck shining my way I then managed to buy myself an outboard unseen (and without a manual).

Fast forward to summer and I'm in the dinghy with the outboard attached and off we go, upwind just in case the little darling plays up - and it did cough and stop! Drifted and paddled back - at least it was summer!


Checked what I could and set off again the next day - same story twice that day! Just stopped after a few minutes.

So I took it in for a service and picked it up after a week and paid the PDS 85 - a label attached read "Ran without a problem for 15 minutes. Performed a service". Just before leaving the workshop I point to a lever on the side of my engine and ask for it's function as the writing had all but disappeared. "Oh, that's the fuel cut-off" - and yes, I'd always had it in the "off" position when the engine died.

So PDS 85 paid for the skipper's education!
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Old 02-01-2011, 13:25   #2
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Clean the carb then clean it again.the fuel probably gelled. This isn't spray some cleaner. It needs to be taken apart. Float removed and orifeces cleaned.
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Old 02-01-2011, 13:28   #3
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Sabray, thanks for your ideas but my story didn't load properly the first time and you where VERY fast!
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