I started my cruising life with a great Honda
on my Gemini
, I had very few issues with the motor
popping out of the water, for some reason I may have just had great balance or just a good two years of weather
. Recently I was preparing for a crossing from Isla Mujeres back to Key west
, hours prior to my departure my motor
gave away with very little warning.
I was lucky enough to find a 40 Honda
brand new. I placed the outboard on my boat, put my original prop on and went out for a few hours to break the motor in.
What I had not expected was that the motor had to be just slightly shorter than the previous motor or the extra weight screwed up my boats performance as well as the the ability to keep the stick in the water.
I used double the fuel on my crossing, I could not get the boat near to speeds at the same throttle the previous motor functioned at, as well did I mention half way across the gulf I calculated I was using exactly double the fuel I had ever used... Thank you for my sails
and not needing to get anywhere quick a three day crossing took me six.
The boat's max speed is now only six kn and I use 2 gals per hour no matter what speed I travel... One day I will screw with it more to figure out where I went wrong.
Boat is my 1985 Gem 30ft
6 crossings and counting!