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Re: Atomic 4 inboard vs outboard

if you think a perfectly running A4 needs a backup, wait until you attempt to use a rarely used "backup" outboard. your backup will need a backup.
Seriously, buy a manual and get on the tools and get intimate with the ass that bears you
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You need to find confidence in your motor. get a maintenance manual for your motor and have a qualified mechanic give it the once over...while you watch and ask questions.

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Re: Atomic 4 inboard vs outboard

2nd the Moyer Marine forum on the Atomic 4.
I have owned an A4 for over 10 years now. When I first got it I knew next to nothing about it but with the advice and help at the Moyer forum I have: replaced raw water pump, replaced fuel pump, replaced shaft, cutless bearing and shaft log hose, replaced the head gaskets.
You will feel much better about your A4 if you know your way around it. The tools you need to learn your way around are determination, a good ratchet wrench set and a can of PB Blaster or Kroil. Get the A4 manual and learn how to remove and clean the carburetor.

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Atomic 4 inboard vs outboard

Thanks jones & chuck, I have the manual and I want to learn as much as I can from it. Becoming competent with the engine sounds like part of owning a boat. I will try the best I can lol I'm a medic, not a mechanic! I have a few friends I was stationed with that an also help.
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Re: Atomic 4 inboard vs outboard

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I want a backup to be on the safe side. I was going to have another mast, and sails but I don't have enough room I was only toying with the notion of pulling the inboard out because its an older motor and it leaves me a little unnerved. I suppose a yearly service would settle that symptom. I do not know much about motors so the fear of having one die on me sticks in the back of my head whilst sailing.
I had an outboard fall off into the Intracoastal WW just about twenty miles North of Point Bolivar near Galveston, TX. Wish I'd had an inboard backup! I wish I'd had any backup! I'd of settled for my little tiny 1985 SeaGull ultralight 40 if I'd had it, I could have mounted it to the rudder and kept going.

Hint: When your outboard starts to sound a little off, but is still running fine, FIND OUT WHY!!!

The towing bill was more than half as much as I paid for the boat.

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Oh man, this Is the very thing that drives me for just a little backup! Glad u made it back in one piece. The marina by my house has a towing contract I can get for 100$ a year. If I use it once (god forbid)... it will have been well worth it!
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Re: Atomic 4 inboard vs outboard

Your atomic 4 won't fall off the transom, guaranteed. Seriously, take the above advice. The manual they're recommending isn't the original engine manual -- it's Moyer marines manual. Get it. I'll guaprantee the A4 will be easier to repair than an outboard.
Also, get the towing contract. <$100/ year and as long as you pay it you probably won't need it.

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I can say with complete assurance a 4HP outboard will move and 8000 pound Cal 29 no problem at 4.5 knots because i did it for 18 miles when i rescued the boat to be refit



I can say with REALLY complete assurance that my 1970 atomic 4 is a vastly superior way to move the boat and after decades of abuse it required a valve job and some gaskets and seals

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Re: Atomic 4 inboard vs outboard

Give yourself some time to learn your A-4. A-4 owners think of themselves as A-4 owners as well as boat owners. When it is healthy it is a reliable friend, a source of personal satisfaction and pride. It is a significant component of your boat! Don't think of it as an accessory. Access can be tough on some boats. Modify the access rather than putting your power plant outside.

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You all ready have a back up system -- it's called a sail! You apparently have a sailboat so learn to sail it. I sailed a 32 foot Alden sloop built in 1927 for three years after the Atomic 4 quit for good on me. I was puzzling over what to do with it and the cost of a new motor when a gnarled old mariner growled thru his pipe, "Just learn to sail the damn thing." So I did. Best sailing school I ever attended. As I gained confidence and skill and learned the idiosyncrasies of the old boat I ventured farther and farther off shore Maine coast, Canadian Maritimes, Grand Banks, Nantucket Sound and Long Island Sound until I fetched up on a lee shore in a howling gale and the sea smashed the boat to pieces -- but that's another story for another time.
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