most of my youth spent messing about in boats around Cardigan in Wales, unfortunately none of them had engines! Plenty of sailing up and down the coast in mirrors/toppers/solo and up to 26ft cruisers... now I'm older(and supposedly wiser haha) had a play in a friends SIB last yr and decided wanted one for hols this year...so doing things wrong as usual bought an engine on ebay couple of months ago, Selva 15hp 2 stroke of indeterminate age and history... see I did say supposedly wiser!! Followed that up with a 2010 Sea Swift 360 with alloy floor... read the SeaSwift website and a few positive comments on here so bid away on the dreaded ebay... wasn't expecting to find a 'made in china' plaque on the transom, still it seems reasonably well put together but has obviously had a hard life too!! Some people(me!) never learn! Still I got the lot for under a grand so thats a positive.... SIB also came with launching wheels
but the previous owner has put the brackets in the wrong place so if put on the 'right' way round then they foul on the transom and dont lock in place
so that will be a remove, relocate and fill all the holes in.. not a good start! Ah well the engine will be better.....
lets do the positives it starts!,seems to run ok and engages forward and reverse
and then it all goes wrong...killswitch incorrectly wired, fuel pipes not secured with hose clips, fuel pipe running through sharp edges without grommets, what I would call 'airbox' on inlet side of carburettor missing...you getting the picture its not looking so good! But it is very light and prev owner insistent had been very reliable for him so you never know... I may get some fun this year, have caravan holiday booked near the coast in an area I know well in August so have a couple of months to sort things out!
A question to finish...Had engine running just for 3 mins or so tonight to make sure all was working(I knew that big wheelie bin would be useful 1 day!) Now although appeared to be running fine, no telltale water output, prev owner said it had thermostat and pumped much more when warm(
) now before I go seeking impellers and thermostats, would it be normal to pump no water until thermostat opens...that seems logical to me but my last boat had sails!! or would you normally get some flow, more when hot? Motor was not anywhere near warmed up when I killed it tonight..
Looks like a great site, looking forward to reading much more and having some fun...even if its only a little cheapie SIB!!