An outboard engine (9.9hp) at $3,000 comes
with a five year guarantee can be essentially disposable and still a
viable option. $600 a year is
$50 a month for a motor. When I do the math on Seaweed's Beast (the
gasoline monster) followed by BOB with it's blown bearing... well,
other choices were considered.
Still, there's something about a
diesel. I want one. It's the reason I went with making BOB the
engine aboard Seaweed. That and of course Bob Winter [see
article] would continue to live in my Seaweed. And I truly loved
my Volvo named BOB. Cruising along at five knots with my MD2 Volvo was
such a treat. Seaweed just moved through the water without a single
No wake whatsoever was a new
experience. The Carrabelle River has a long area with No Wake
allowed. It didn't effect me at all. For fun I cruised on by the
local marinas at five knots -- without making the boats rock. That
was a blast!
Yes, I get simple pleasures
owning my home. At five knots I do have a lot of fun.
Still, even though an outboard has
a certain level of appeal [see the
article for why that is true] at present we are working with a much
newer Kubota from Yanmar Tractors Parts [http://yanmartractorparts.net]
and all is progressing well.
Just this past Thursday we (that's
the "royal" we, in that I mean my mechanic) located the flywheel
needed for just $50 on eBay. At present we are gathering all parts
required to turn this 18hp into a marine motor.
I am blessed.
But being able to unbolt an
outboard and have it fixed on dirt has definite appeal. Or
being able to get myself out of harms way -- an auxiliary motor can
do that too. The outboard isn't a today, or even next year event.
But some day... well, yes.
In the meantime, I'm semi-actively
searching for the motor mount so that part will be on hand when
That's life from Carrabelle. But
before I leave you, insert a drum roll please.
I truly have been blessed more than one can imagine.
Yanmar Tractor Parts sent this to me for my Seaweed and I'm beyond
beyond thrilled. Once again, soon, I'll be mobile. But that's when a few
more pieces are gathered. Plus of course the BOB has to come o-u-t.
The good thing about BOB is that there are parts that
are of value though frankly if someone wanted to offer a nice chunk of
change for the MD2 they could have the whole kit and caboodle, plus shipping.
Otherwise, I'll be listing individually all the good stuff on Craigslist.
Either way, it has to go.
Have you ever bought used motor parts from Craigslist?
What are the pitfalls a person should be aware of when using Craigslist?
In the Bilges,