Ok, so I got my first gheenoe a few days agao. It came with a mint running merc 6hp, I think its a 90. The gheenoe is a 75 "15.9" according to the title. Only one small patch in the whole thing. The transom was rotten but thats no biggie. I believe its a highsider model? The trailer is a small magic tilt in great shape. It will need new leaf springs by the end of this season, other then that its great! All for $950. Thought the price was more then fair.
That same day I met a guy from Tallahassee to buy his late model yamaha 15hp 2 stroke. He brought it by my house and we checked it over, seemed great. Paid $1000 for it.
Before I go further into the story lets skip ahead to the motor problem. On the test run of the yamaha 15hp 2 stroke, I ran into a funny sound. It seems to only make the noise while doing anything above idle (not while idling) and anything under 3/4 wot and above. It doesn't seem to do it once the motor hits a certain speed which is pretty fast but managable. The sound isn't really loud but you can hear it. Its like
......dunk...........dunk.dunk.................... ......dunk.................dunk...........dunk...dunk....... You can see the motor twitch just a hair when it makes the sound? ANY ideas? Could this be normal?
OK, so back to the story
The next morning I took my family for a little ride in the new gheenoe with the 6hp on it. WOW GUYS! I can not believe that everyone doesn't own at least one of these things! WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I was skeptical about the stability but man was I wrong. I had no problem standing up wot by myself with the 6 horse. I need a tiller extension asap!
Yesterday morning I woke up early to overhaul the transom and get it ready for the yamaha. Ripped out all the mush and sanded the fiberglass smooth. Took pics of the entire process so I could share and teach anyone that might be nervous about cutting into there boat. Replaced the transom with a 3/4" starboard sandwich, one piece on the outside and one on the inside. Its awesome guys, I cant flex the transom AT ALL if I try.
So I get done about 5pm, new motors on and ready to go. I decide I need to run down to the local creek and test out the yami. Get the boat in the water, it starts first pull. Im on cloud nine boys! Dam thing is so quite you'd almost think its a 4 stroke. So I putter along a few minutes, stop, and GUN IT! Hold on, let me find the smiley that best describes my face. [smiley=1-whoops1.gif] [smiley=1-whoops1.gif] [smiley=1-whoops1.gif] A smiley pooping his pants would be better! HOLY CRAP! I had no idea you guys were insane! THIS BOAT IS SCARY FAST! OK, so I decide, maybe i'll take a little video of the acceleration speed of the boat. Now understand, Im only telling this story to save someone else from making the same mistake. We are all very fragile and a wrong move can be deadly. I decided to try to make a small video to share, while hoping up on plane and entering the fourth dimension, bad idea. First off, holding the camera took a hand of the boat. Second, I had only a couple runs experience with the new motor. Anyway, I was hauling arse and as soon as I came off plane I got the wobbles. My foot slipped, tiller went completely sideways, so did boat, camera went overboard with all the pics, I **** my pants, boat almost slammed into the shore..... Very scary! It taught me a very strong lesson. Don't take these machines lightly, they can kill you. I will say that I think most other boats would have flipped. I dont know how the gheenoe didn't flip, but it didn't!?! WOW!!!! I really can't believe it didnt flip! I had to be going at least 30 when it turned sideways. The buff bashing bonehead, almost died!
Please let me know if you can help with the motor issue.