Originally Posted by columbiachop
are they as reliable in general as the seller states?
Ah, the good old British Seagull! Universally acclaimed and hailed by their followers (invariably owners of Series 1 Land Rovers on their third re-build) as the most reliable and low maintenance outboards ever built. And, like Series 1 Land Rovers, it is possible to find one or two which are good runners. The reality, however, is that the majority of them, like Series 1 Land Rovers, are absolute dogs. They run on a 25:1 2-stroke mix (
), belch out more foul smelling smoke and noise than a Russian tractor, and gum their carburettors up with monotonous regularity. Having said that, they can be rebuilt with ease and the parts, astonishingly, are readily available from a number of dedicated specialists in the UK, who have misguidedly devoted much of their lives to ensuring that these relics of British maritime tradition remain in circulation.
I've seen several Seagulls in action, or rather inaction, on the transoms of small dinghys piloted by the older members of our wildfowling club, and frankly the situations they get themselves into on tidal estuaries due to the engines breaking down have convinced me that I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.