Tuesday, November 13, 2007

IMAGES OF THE EXPEDITION – Chase boat repair

photo by Nereo Zane

I learned a lot of things about outboard motors on the expedition. Thanks to Bepi, we all know how to do a “points job” on the spark plugs using a Swiss Army knife and some sandpaper. Chris learned that if you hold on to a spark plug while it’s connected to the cable, and someone pulls the cord, you get a big shock. Very exciting stuff. It might not surprise you to know that I was the one pulling the cord (sorry Chris). Early on we also learned that when you pull-start an outboard, you need to pull the first few inches gently before giving it a good hard yank. If you don’t do it that way, you’ll break a plastic “spinning thing”; a spinning thing that costs about $40. It might not surprise you to hear that I was the one who learned this first-hand. Thanks again to Jim Costello at the Coeyman’s Landing fuel dock for furnishing the part and the repair.

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