Well the sun was shining this afternoon so I took the old girl out for its first trip along the Thames at Reading.
I have to say, it didn't feel right for some reason.
I wasn't expecting to go very fast, but every time I opened the throttle more than about half way the motor felt like it was pulling itself under the boat and pulling the boat with it. It probably didn't help that I was sat at the back and I'm about 90kg, plus the weight of the motor, and there was no- one else to help weigh it down at the front. It also felt more difficult/stiff to steer, the more the motor was pulled under the water.
I ended up sitting on the side tube as far along the boat as possible, but not even half way along as i couldnt reach the tiller, and that helped a bit but I felt like I was going diagonally all the time.
I suppose I could extend the tiller handle so I am sat more central, and I guess it would help when the boat is fully loaded with wife and kids, but It definitely didn't feel right.
When I did open it up, the front end lifted, the back end dipped but there wasn't much in the way of speed increase.
Can anyone throw any light on why, or am I to expect this from the set up I have, which is a thirty plus year old Avon Redseal with no solid floor, and a similar aged 4hp Mariner.
Any help would be greatly appreciated