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Old 06-06-2011, 05:10   #16
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Re: Omg we already trashed the dinghy motor!

Weed whacker plastic line is good for clearing the "pee hole" . . . on the motor, that is. A motor left in storage can get a mud dauber nest plugging the hole.
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Woodsy beat me to it: Tank vent?

My dad was an electrical engineer (he designed power transfer stations), and friends and family would always ask for his help if they had an appliance that was on the blink. His first question was always the simplest: Is it plugged in? Always start with the simplest explanation!
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Woodsy beat me to it: Tank vent?

My dad was an electrical engineer (he designed power transfer stations), and friends and family would always ask for his help if they had an appliance that was on the blink. His first question was always the simplest: Is it plugged in? Always start with the simplest explanation!
--gets my vote. Spent 2 hours yesterday pulling apart multi-gang residential switch assembly, which I had installed previous day, to figure out why GFI would not work
Daughter in law asks" what you doing"--and pushes RESET.--shakes head and walks away.
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Well the engine isn't seized and will start. We will do further inspections this evening after work. Thank you for all the advice and will let you know what we find
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"Weed whacker plastic line ..." Great tip! Just lay a piece in the housing under the engine cover!
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yipes-- hope is able to work out ok,..my engine best not freeeze up--i row........
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yipes-- hope is able to work out ok,..my engine best not freeeze up--i row........
Id love to see you row my zodiac
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Id love to see you row my zodiac

My zodiac (260 fast roller) rowed very well. the deep V and underwater ribs plus the rigidity of the airdeck made it a very good boat in the water. Not great on davits as it was almost impossible to hang it on the davits so that it could drain rainfall.
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ahh yes....trying to row an inflatable in the wind is like....trying to blow a floating leaf against the wind!
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zap--is now WALKER BAY..lol...... gooodluck--evinrude does have a problem with a particular water tube disintigrating-- you may wanna take it apart and look at that particular item..is doable -- my 6 hp had that problem and was fixed by sunset marine of santee/lemon grove-- randy did it..he rocks....
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The best thing to do is go out and buy an aftermarket shop manual for your outboard and read it thoroughly.You will gain a much better understanding of how to repair your motor and preventitive maint. to keep it running smooth.These books are well written for the beginner and whatever you learn you can apply to all types of engines.Pass the book along to someone new when you get done.The gift that keeps on giving.Knowledge
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Re: OMG We Already Trashed the Dinghy Motor !

Living aboard takes some practice, it gets better I promise!!

Our VERY FIRST DAY living aboard my husband fell off our swim platform into Narragansett Bay in October with our dinghy motor in hand. It did not sink but the salt water did not do it any favors. Thankfully being a bomber two stroke, it still works great as our backup motor!!
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We are very happy but have definitely made some major life changes. But all for the better!
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Re: OMG We Already Trashed the Dinghy Motor !

I may be able to help. Seems we have the same 1978 2.5 Hp Evinrude. There was a design flaw in the water pump that Evinrude corrected with a repair kit. Without the kit, the engine would run around 10 minutes , then get too hot and shut down. Sound familiar? See if you water pump looks like this:
https://picasaweb.google.com/capmjw/...eat=directlink
If not, then you need the repair kit. The parts you need (that Evinrude added) are the cup and the plate. This is a blow up of the repair manual for the outboard that I scanned. Now we called around a lot before finding a dealer that seemed to know exactly what we were talking about, further, this dealer was able to procure the needed parts. I am enclosing the link here also.
North Carolina, Carolina Skiff, Johnson, Evinrude, E-Tec, Angler Boat Corporation, boat, outboard motor, trailer, dealer, Powercraft Marine Inc.
By the way, we have never had an issue with this outboard since. Good Luck!
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Wow. A specific answer from mjwarner. That's wonderful!

Is it fixed yet?

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