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Hi all, I just bought my first sailboat, a 1972 22' Westerly Cirrus sans engine. I have an old outboard, an old McCulloch 4hp engine that I inherited and I hope is in working order. No manual, of course. I know nothing about outboards. Not the first thing. Never had one, never even had a gas lawnmower or weedwhacker for that matter. Can someone point me a good site that goes over the basics?

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Gail

(I tried several times to attach a pic of the motor without success)
 

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I would try a google search, I learned a ton about the Johnson outboard that I just inherited with my boat from searching "Johnson 9.9 outboard".
 

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If it is a two-stroke engine, there's a great article in one of the recent sailing magazines on doing maintenance on a two-stroke. IIRC, it was Practical Boat Owner, which is an English (UK) magazine.
 

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I did small motors for many years. You have a real old one, and mostly the parts you may need are long gone.

If I were you Id make up a gallon of mixed fuel. Use the basic starting steps.

If it does not start, sell it, or put it in a museum.

Go buy a modern one, that way you wont get stranded, which is not the way you want to spend your boat time.


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Thanks for the replies. I went down to the boat today meaning to at least get the motor on the boat and start cleaning. I ran into the marina owner who informed me that a previous owner (not the one I bought from but the one before him) still owes @ $1000 to them for slip rent. So I guess an engine is the least of my problems now. He is getting ready to take the old owner to court but until it's settled the boat can't go anywhere. I didn't even bother unloading any of the carload of stuff I brought onto the boat. 3 hr drive each way and an absolute waste of time. Pretty depressing.......this is not off to a good start.
 

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Check your bill of sale... it should have had language in it that said the boat was free of all encumbrances... if it didn't...then you're probably liable for the $1000 if you want the boat.
 
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