Engine & Fuel :
Honda four stroke petrol Outboard
The main photo shows Poacher moored for lunch at Clifton
Hampden. I'll take some of the inside when I get an opportunity and send them
to you to add to the web site.
We purchased Poacher last October as a complete package
with outboard and trailer. Last Sunday was our first launching. We launched at
Abingdon on the Thames and negotiated two downstream locks for our outward and
return trip. All went fairly well. The engine stopped a few times until I
realised I hadn't opened the vent on the fuel tank. I can also appreciate what
others say about needing a rudder. Steering a straight line is not easy,
particularly when there is either a side current or a cross wind.
Recovery onto the trailer wasn't very easy. Getting the
boat to line up with the first trailer roller and not moving sideways took a
few attempts but we eventually got it moving in the right direction with the
winch. Our intent is not to have a mooring this year but to launch and recover
from the trailer. Maybe next year we'll have a mooring just for the summer
The main work so far has been on the trailer, replacing
the wheel bearings, fitting an improved bow snubber and replacing the existing
worn out 5 inch rollers with new 7 inch rollers. Inside the cabin we have
replaced the original cushions with some better ones which came from an old
caravan. These were given to use by the guy we bought Poacher from as it was
something he had intended to do. We also bought some cheap carpet to cover the
fibreglass sides of the seating which along with an off-cut of better quality
carpet for the floor has made a vast improvement. New curtains and rails have
also added to the improved appearance.
Future jobs to do are:
Replace the window seals. Although I think this will be
a long job since removal of the complete windows may be required. Repaint the
trailer. Fit a remote starter for the engine.