Here I still have outboard problems, it's been over a month now and I'm not a very happy customer. I travelled with the outboard twice to town to try to fix a running problem (it drops power early on, vibrates and won't plane - so I've gone from a maximum speed of 42km/hr to around 17. Obviously not only is this a running problem but I think that I will damage the engine if I run it in this condition at "top" speed. My local mechanics couldn't locate the problem in a bucket of water.
Last week at the direction of the Yamaha Dealership I drove the outboard motor down to Port Klang for a service. I drove five and a half hours through the night to avoid traffic arriving at 4.30am. Shop opened at 9am. They said that the engine was perfect and all it needed was a larger propellor because I'm using only a 12 ft boat. I tried to explain that I think that the problem doesn't happen in a bucket of water, but only when pushing the boat... and I knew, I just knew, forty minutes later, when I was back on the road, that I was going to drive all the way back to Grik, having spent 300RM in fuel and motorway tolls, and another 300RM on a new prop, and that it wasn't going to work.
And guess what? I was right.
I'm taking a friend fishing the next few days (in my other boat) so I have to buy some stuff today for him to eat, such as beans. I suppose I should add just how wonderful the Honda 15HP has been. I hadn't realised at the time, but for a second-hand motor to run relatively trouble free for 2 years day-in day-out (two new impellors, one new prop and a gear cog) that has been absolutely brilliant, for there is nothing in life more annoying, than an outboard that fucks up.
This is the Roll Cast - http://www.sexyloops.com/flycast/the-roll-cast/
Have a great day!
PS Hot Torpedo Compeition Entry coming later today from Tim in HTOC.