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Old 29 September 2010, 14:21   #1
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Seagull outboard motor

My friend has a "Seagull" outboard motor in her garage which she says I can have.
It looks like a 2 stroke engine? With a small fuel tank above the engine and a strange looking 4 blade prop.
How will this perform if I put it on my Zodiac 2.8m SIB? Are they very noisy?
I was thinking it might be good for the canal, where you can only do 4mph anyway, save me humping the Mariner 6hp on and off the boat.
Are these engines worth anything? It looks to be in clean condition although has not run for years.
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Old 29 September 2010, 14:28   #2
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They're not really worth much, and early ones with points ignition can run as low as 16-1 two stroke mix....not good for the canal at all, there will be a trail of oil and dead fish behind you.
pretty much 1930s technology. and designed for heavy work boats, so low gearing. high thrust but low speed.
it would be OK for free, i wouldn't pay more than a few quid for one, unless its a really desirable one.
there is plenty about them if you google it, SOS website is good (saving old seagulls)
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Old 29 September 2010, 14:40   #3
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They're not really worth much,
I thought if they were running and in good nick they went for a silly amount of money because they had a "following". i.e. you could sell it and buy a more modern (but probably not new) small aux (which may or may not be better for the given application).
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I thought if they were running and in good nick they went for a silly amount of money because they had a "following". i.e. you could sell it and buy a more modern (but probably not new) small aux (which may or may not be better for the given application).
Polwart is right

I wouldn't use a Seagul on a RIB but I do like them as an engine, we had an old one that ran on 10:1 oil, was noisey and smoked more than Windsor Castle after the Queen dropped a fag end.
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Are they very noisy?.
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Adjective: (of a noise) So loud as to make it impossible to hear anything else.

They've got a following all right... a blue cloud

We had one in the late 70's, the magneto would give you a hit whenever you got close while it was running.

On the plus side. It will be much lighter than the 6hp, you can't go wrong at that price. We bought ours in the same condition (it had sat for years) old gasoline had gelled in the carb. It took a bit of work but ran like a top after a good cleaning.
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Plus side - lightweight, would push the QE2 along, run forever on a tiny tank, and hardly any moving parts to break.

Down side - Oily, smoky, noisy.

For free- yeah, I'd have one, but I do run a premix smoke generator on the rib........
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Agree with everything already said. The oil they spill also tends to drip into your boat when the engine's tilted up.

When moving mine after ten or more years in a shed I wound the string round and gave it a pull to see if it had seized.... It started.
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I thought if they were running and in good nick they went for a silly amount of money because they had a "following". i.e. you could sell it and buy a more modern (but probably not new) small aux (which may or may not be better for the given application).

non runners on ebay for about £30
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Seagull

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!

However I'll get it off her and restore it for fun (I like doing that kind of thing) and sell it on ebay
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