Engine & Fuel :
Evinrude two stroke outboard petrol
We only bought Tuahiwi a couple of months ago. I say
"we" because this is a joint venture with my son. Where we end up with the
boat I do not know. I suppose we would like to keep her in as original state
as possible whilst making her as comfortable and reliable to use as
possible. This is going to take a bit of research before we make any firm
plans. What we do like is the spacious cockpit and internal layout. A new
canopy might be something to consider in the next year. Although keeping her
dry, it is quite stiff with some of the zips beginning to pull free. The zips
were very difficult to use initially but silicone spray has completely eased
Tuahiwi is a settlement about 15 miles outside of
Christchurch, New Zealand. The previous owners bought her about 3 years ago.
Strangely, they had lived in New Zealand for some time but they were not the
ones who named her. Previous to them an RAF "pilot" owned her for a number of
years. In truth we do not know the origin of the name.
She still has her original gel coat and may be in quite
an original state as the cabin floor, bunk edges and the sink all seem
original as does the fiddle rail at the edge of the cooker shelf. Much of the
joinery may be original as well but this has either been painted white (quite
poorly) or has an awful woodstain/shelac finish. The engine, a 1984 25hp
Evinrude, was made with the capability for charging a battery and maybe
electric start. The electrics seem to have been removed to help with complying
with the Boat Safety Scheme. We hope to reinstate this but have no background
with outboards like this so it will be a steep learning curve. Like all 2
strokes it is relatively noisy and smelly and we have thought that a 15 or
20hp 4-stroke might be more environmentally sound in an area like the Broads
as well as saving some money on fuel costs. However, the advice is that the
Evinrude is a very sound and reliable engine and if we look after it, it will
save the outlay on a newer 4-stroke.
Tuahiwi has a mooring in Horning, on the River Bure. We
foresee that the normal cruising range will be the Northern Broads with the
occasional trip to the Southern end of the system.
I have added a few pictures and any feedback, questions
from you or other members, will be welcomed but may not be answered
immediately due to business commitments. We will also find the forum most
useful, no doubt.