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  1. Columbia 28 Outboard Motor Installation

    Columbia & Coronado
    Hi All! Long time looker first time poster. Decided to add a new 9.9 Suzuki long shaft with a Garelick bracket as a kicker motor while removing my Palmer for a rebuild. Hired a couple of fellows of good reputation who provided measurements. Decided to place motor port side of midships...
  2. Any Mirage 26 with outboard??

    Hello! I purchased a Mirage 26 as a starter boat late in the season last year... the few times ive been out on it I had a blast. However my season has been in a downward spiral since issues last year. This year I have water in a cylinder and after replacing all gaskets it's still there and i...
  3. Palmer P60 - sink or swim?

    Hi all, This may be more a request for life advice than technical advice, so bear with me... I have a 1974 Islander 30 Mark II with an inboard Palmer P60 gas engine and wheel steering. When the engine runs well, I believe it is a great fit for this boat. I have learned to dock and undock using...
  4. Removable outboard motor bracket

    Gear & Maintenance
    I would like to purchase a removable outboard motor bracket with the smallest footprint possible. I have found a bracket designed to be used with the Seagull outboard but have been unable to purchase it in the United States. The only distributor I could find is in the UK and the shipping rates...
  5. Is there a better way to change gear oil?

    Just had the "pleasure" of changing the gear oil in my outboard. By the time I was able to unscrew the pump hose and fumbled to get the threaded plug back in I had released a large portion of what I had just put in. Of course it went all over the place. Is there a better pump unit that uses a...
  6. Through Hull for Outboard and Fuel Supply

    SailNet Website Technical Support
    I just purchased a new Honda 9.9 outboard with an electric start for my San Juan 7.7. Can someone recommend a through transom fitting for routing the cables to the battery and for routing the fuel line to my gas tank? Should I have any concerns about routing the electrical cables and the fuel...
  7. Best outboard motor for a small inflatable?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello everyone, My first post to Sailnet. I recently bought a used inflatable dinghy (an Avon Redcrest) for our sailboat, without a motor. We rowed it to get to shore in a calm bay, but it took quite a while and would be too much in rougher conditions, heavy currents, or farther from shore...
  8. Bringing Outboard Back To Life

    I have a 1993 Johnson Sailmaster 8.0hp that has been in "storage" for about 8 years. Okay.... it's been sitting in the yard for 8 years. Any tips on bringing it back to life? It had not been winterized, but I'm going to get around to it any day now..... :o Bonus Question: I thought at one...
  9. honda outboard control box search

    I have Honda Honda BF9 9A. Frame No.: BABL-1208839 The housing for the control box has cracked and compromised function of throttle shifter. I'm told the replacement for the control box kit is Part No.: 06240-ZV4-621. Honda says this is no loner available. On the net I found Part No...
  10. Thugs - [email protected]@dy thugs !

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Thought I'll share this with all of you here on the forum, it helps me to vent my anger and frustration ! Last Friday I was checking a famous auction site for bargain boat bits in preparation for the new sailing season. Saw (what is most likely) my own outboard advertised there on a 24 hour...
  11. Outboard advice needed - dealer charged install price

    To power a Cape Dory 25, I'm buying a new Tohatsu 9.8 with electric start, remote control/shifter, and 25" shaft. My question/concerns are as follows: The company from whom I'm buying the engine wants $365 to install it (above the price of the engine, a bracket to disable turning). The...
  12. Mount above-deck gas tank below-deck?

    Gear & Maintenance
    On a new-to-me Cal 27, the p.o. installed an outboard engine to keep sailing despite a dead inboard (which I intend to remove). He just kept the gas tank sitting on the cockpit floor full time. Needless to say, I find this arrangement dissatisfying. Long term, I'll probably install a new...
  13. Installing Outboard

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello All! After months and months and months of research, searching, looking, poking and prodding...I have finally found the boat I'm going to purchase. It's a 1978 Newport MKII. There's good points and bad points to the boat, but all in all, it's in good shape. (Volvo MD7A low compression...
  14. 4-stroke 6 hp Tohatsu Outboard Issues

    Gear & Maintenance
    I recently bought a slightly used (told there were about 10 hours on it) tohatsu 4-stroke 6hp outboard motor to use with a mercury inflatable dinghy. I took it out for the first time this weekend and it ran great on its first trip. When I took it out again the next day, it seemed to be working...
  15. Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?

    Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m? Hi. I just won an awesome Pearson 10m on auction at Ebay in great condition at an unbelievable price! It has sails, but no engine, and the mast has base/step corrosion. I may not be able to fix this right away to sail her and yet I can't afford an inboard at this...
  16. outboard on my 12 foot sailing dinghy- bracket or not??

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have got this beautiful 12 footish fibre glass hull with teak thwarts gunwhale and foredeck. built my my dad many a year ago, but garaged all her life so in good nick. Tan coloured sails, gunter rig- very old school! I am going to buy a 5 HP 2 stroke Tohatsu for fishing purposes. I am trying...
  17. Outboard Issue

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a 1978 Johnson "Seahorse" 8hp outboard, and she starts, but won't idle for long. I think it is just a dirty carb, but I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find a copy of the service manual. Thanks, Mike
  18. Steinbeck on Outboards

    Off Topic
    If you haven't read it or need a refresher, here's a fun little tidbit from "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" to maybe provoke some hearty discussion or drawn-out tales of similar outboard motors: "Our Hansen Sea-Cow was not only a living thing but a mean, irritable, contemptible, vengeful...
  19. Mercurey 9.9 Bigfoot HELP!

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello, haven't posted in a while... been sailing. nuff said. The other day I go to take my son for a sail and as I'm motoring away from the slip the motor dies. I cant get it started again before I drift to a bulkhead and tie off temporarily. After a little messing about I get started at full...
  20. Outboard start with Electric motor?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I don't know if it is feasible: Could we start an outboard motor with an electric drill instead of pulling the starting rope? Is there a problem with the "flywheel" once the engine starts ? ( I just got a bad bad shoulder this year ... )