For a very non imaginative reason we named our dinghy patches. I think we have about 15 different sized, and colored, patches on her now and she seems to be able to hold air for just over 24 hours which we consider to be a vast improvement.
Patches resides comfortably on top of the boat so with the help of an electric crane I lowered her into the water and took her for a spin.
The engine died on me 3/4 the way through my little voyage.
I paddled back to the boat, hoisted Patches back to the top of the boat, and began working on the outboard engine. After removing the carburetor and taking it apart, I discovered little chunks of the fuel line everywhere.
I cleaned the carburetor, put it back on the engine, lowered the dinghy in the water and went for a spin. I ended up paddling back to the boat again.
Once again I found little chunks of the fuel line in the carburetor. I got a little smarter this time. I cleaned the carb again and replaced the fuel line. I even filtered all of the gas to make sure it didn’t have any particles or water in it.
Confident that the problem was solved, I went for another ride in the dinghy. I had to paddle back.
Now mind you, I would start the engine and let it idle by the boat for 5 or 10 minutes before I headed out and it would run perfect. Only after I decided to push away from the boat and motor down the bayous would it quit on me.
I had enough of this project so I started emailing outboard engine mechanics for quotes on a new carb or a quote to fix the one I had. Outboard engine mechanics are expensive so I decided to give the carb one more look.
Upon close inspection of the carburetor I noticed a tiny pin had become worn through the years and no longer hinged the fuel shut off valve properly.
I discarded the pin, made a new one out of stainless steel seizing wire, reassembled and went for another ride on Patches. She ran perfectly.
I wish I could say that all of this transpired in one day but unfortunately it was a two week project.
What’s next? All of the fresh water hoses on the boat are going to be replaced. This will be a bear of a project and hopefully it doesn’t take me longer than a day or two because we will be without running water until this job is done.