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Old 24-11-2010, 10:48   #31
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It seems that what everyone loves about the seagulls is the classic appearance of a naked engine, and nobody does stripped down machinery better than the Brits- look at a Vincent Black Shadow or a BSA Gold Star. However, nobody does reliability as well as the modern O/B builders. It seems to me that there might be a market for a kit to "retro" modern o/b engines. Ditch the cowl and the plastic and replace with a polished brass fuel tank, chrome flywheel, braided lines, ...
hmmm...
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Old 24-11-2010, 12:07   #32
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Thats the best place for a British Seagull -> Outboard

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Old 20-12-2010, 16:31   #33
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I used a Seagull for 15 years, after it got immersed in saltwater and I didn't clean it in time it corroded and I bought a modern Japanese model, ugh I wish I could get another Seagull.
If you do go for one make sure there is an E in the serial number, this means it is electronic ignition, I'd had mine for 10 years and decided to strip it to give it a major service as the waterways were a little blocked with salt from 10 years of regular use in saltwater without flushing with fresh (just once a year for its birthday) I contacted the Seagull dealer to order new head and base gasket, new plug and inpeller etc and said whilst I'm at it I might as well have new points, the dealer said there are no points on your motor it's electronic ignition. I then realised I had never had the top off my motor and the only maintanance I had ever done was a clean up and new spark plug. I am a stong believer in the philosiphy of
"If it 'aint broke, don't f*ck with it".
My version had the recoil starter on top and it allways started second pull providing I had 'tickled' the float. A useful feature of the Seagull is when you have finished using the engine you can easily unscrew the float chamber and pour the remaining fuel back into the tank, this way it can't spill if the motor is lain down and also it won't turn into a gooey mess if the motor isn't used for several months.
Since the Seagull I've had 2 small japanese 2 strokes. the last one died because the waterways were blocked (you must flush with fresh water every time).
I'm seriously considering an electric outboard next season, does anyone have a comment?
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