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Old 30 September 2010, 14:40   #11
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Thanks for the replies.

I don't think I'll bother with it if it's noisy and drops oil into the water and the boat!
ahh you will soon get used to it ,,,there a bit like an old landrovers ,,and there good grounding for the younguns ,,especially if they have had their hand across the fly wheel ,,or you have the model with no clutch and a direct drive gearbox fitted with a high speed prop ,,just make sure your facing the right direction when it starts
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Old 01 October 2010, 13:28   #12
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I don't think I'll bother with it if it's noisy and drops oil into the water and the boat!
However I'll get it off her and restore it for fun (I like doing that kind of thing) and sell it on ebay
We used to have one - never had a problem with it dropping oil in the SIB when tilted though.
It's main advantage over most other small outboards was it was so light, and easy to start. Downside was it was a bit noisy and vibrated a lot so not very comfortable to use.
It did go for over 200 on e-bay though (very clean and shown to be usable by our daughter!) so worth cleaning up and giving a bit of TLC.
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Old 01 October 2010, 14:09   #13
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If its a posh one with recoil start and gears I sold one in unrestored but running condition for 186 on ebay
Which I was well pleased with as it came free with a boat I bought !
Get the serial number and google the seagull parts website and it'll tell you exactly what it is.
Longshaft ones sell the best apparently and the late ones will run on 20 to 1 premix so the oil slick and smoke cloud following the boat is reduced (but not much)
Early ones have an open flywheel which you wrap a bit of washing line around to pull start and are always in gear when running! They run on 10 to 1 premix but will not die whatever you do to them, they also often drip petrol into the water when running.
Not the thing for a river or canal really methinks!
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Old 01 October 2010, 16:07   #14
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The Old Man had a Silver Century as an aux on the old cabin heap he ran. Half a pint of any engine oil to a gal of 4*. We accidently dropped it in the briny on a lanyard once, heaved it out, stuck it on the bracket, bumped it off with the main engine, it fired up now problem.
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Old 02 October 2010, 04:54   #15
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I know they were meant for displacement hulls but would a Seagull make an OK auxiliary on a small (4m) RIB?
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We used to have a Seagull for the old farm motorboat which was much older than I am (I remember it being really old when I was a kid 30 years ago) and used to sit in the garage for years at a time without being used, pull it out, mix up some fuel and fire it up and away we would go. I remember it as being slow (it was pushing an old lifeboat off the RRS Bransfield usually with three or four people in) and noisy/smoky but eternally reliable.

It's probably still in the bowels of the farm workshop somewhere - I must try and find it .... the rest of the boat blew away in a storm and all we found was the transom washed up on a beach a few miles away but I now have a SIB which could be used to give it an outing
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Old 04 October 2010, 08:00   #17
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I know they were meant for displacement hulls but would a Seagull make an OK auxiliary on a small (4m) RIB?
I gave that some semi serious thought for my old SR4 when I saw a runner going for 30, but the thing that put me off was the method of it keeping up out the water - I didn't reckon it would handle the thrashing it would get on the rib.

Ironically I was then given a Johnson 2 (early 70s vintage) which went one better - it uses friction to keep it up. - Now has a block of wood and a bungee for that!
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Old 04 October 2010, 09:27   #18
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but the thing that put me off was the method of it keeping up out the water - I didn't reckon it would handle the thrashing it would get on the rib.
yes you would have thought that a tilt lock would have been better thought of though, i suppose they thought that in the old days it was easier to pull out the pin and remove the whole engine from the clamp ,mind i suppose in those days aux engines were rare anyhow on boats and you wouldent have the engine tilted up bouncing on the back end of a transom ,

on the subject of power ,few years ago a guy with an old seagull on a 6o x 14 foot barge came through on the local canal, only slow mind ,
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I don't think I'll bother with it
Think laterally - one day your garden may need rotovating.
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Seagull engine.

The lady has now decided she wants paying for it. Not unreasonable I guess.

How much should I offer? It's been stored in their garage for ages, paint etc a bit tatty but looks undamaged, ran last time they used it but that was years ago.

30? 100? What's it worth?
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