messing about in boats

Dirty, mucky, horrible…

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on July 25, 2010

Another exciting instalment of “messing about in boats” aka “dicking about with broken engines”!

  • Johnson 8hp: Buggered. Needs a new exhaust tube and thermostat.
  • Archimedes Penta 3.9hp: Buggered. Needs a new fuel valve and carburettor float valve.
  • Seagull 102: No spark.

In fairness to the Seagull, she was manufactured about 70 years ago and appears to be completely original, right now to the screw-tip 3 piece spark plug. I suspect given a good clean and service she’ll be right as rain. It probably doesn’t help that she’s been sat in a box for nearly 25 years.

Meanwhile, Chris has more or less finished his Matilda and has promised a test sail soon.


She Lives!

Posted in General Boating Stuff by Joseph Moore on May 15, 2010
Archimedes Penta 3.9hp Outboard

Archimedes Penta 3.9hp Outboard

Thoroughly productive afternoon getting my old Archimedes Penta 3.9hp outboard to run. A new spark plug and a fabulous polyester filler bodge on the fuel valve and she fired into life after half a dozen or so pulls of the cord. Blue smoke everywhere!

There’s not much out there about these engines other than they’re ridiculously simple and often compared to the British Seagull. The one huge bonus is that there’s no exposed flywheel to do yourself a mischief on and it seems ever so slightly quieter, though that might just be my wishful thinking…