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Old 10 January 2019, 12:13   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Nottinghamshire
Make: Mercury Ocean Runner
Length: 4m +
Engine: Mercury F30 EFI
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 225
Originally Posted by Fenlander View Post
Pasted in from your intro thread...

>>>My dad had inflatable boat approx 40 years ago when I was 8-9, and we used it maybe for 2 seasons, however my memory about the boat (actually the motor) was mostly related to cleaning spark plugs from oil at least twice a day..

I too have dad to thank for my early boating experiences and I remember as a kid of similar age the combination of less than reliable Johnson/Evinrude OBs and oiled plugs making it so hard for me to get them going.
Same here!

I was age 9 or 10 blasting(!) around Great Yarmouth estuary and the Broads. Dad purchased a 'Sport Yak II' and an Evinrude 3.5hp which wouldn't get it on the plane or make it back to safety if the tide was flowing fast. Obviously no forum for advice in the 70's, no Internet lol. Taught me a lesson never to penny pinch on engine size.

The hull would gradually fill with water making it really heavy to lift onto the roof rack of our Ford Corsair (2000E no less!)

Here's one my dog found at Brixham:
(and another next to it that saw better days )
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