We (David Jennings & I) first looked at the Dory in the trailer park. We noticed
that the hull had been damaged and repaired. The repair looked OK. Next we noticed
that the motor lower bearing bracket was broken.
By dint of the model and serial number an Internet search elicited 1984 as the year
of manufacture. A further search revealed a source of handbooks for a wide range
of Johnson/Evinrude outboards. A copy was ordered for the Club.
The Dory was moved next to the clubhouse. Bryan repaired a small leak in the hull
and we bought and fitted a new bracket.
It was felt by many that 35HP was hazardously overkill for a second patrol boat but
a lengthy search for a replacement of around 10HP at a reasonable price was fruitless.
Came the moment of truth when we tried it out on the water. The motor started and
ticked-over nicely. However, the throttle control was stiff and hair-triggered. Advancing
it quite gingerly resulted in a massive surge of power such that had it been pointing
that way we could have ended up on the bank! (or do I exaggerate slightly).
The other problem was that the steering was very stiff, making directional control
difficult. The stiffness turned out to be in the Morse cable, which was removed in
an attempt to free it up. All we succeeded in doing was to make it worse - it was
impossible to remove the inner as it is crimped at both ends. Another trip to Lindon
Lewis for a new one.
Then came the job of fitting it. This appeared to need at least three hands where
there is room for only one and no way to see what one is doing. However, we succeeded
in the end (or thought we had) and we tried it out - bingo - big improvement - only
to discover later that the cable outer came adrift from the steering box when turning
hard to the right.
Back to the drawing board, we found that one of the fixing bolts had to be routed
through a notch on the end of the cable outer. Two hours of "keyhole surgery" later
it was done. In the process, I gained an eighth of an inch of tar on my shoes from
the bitumastic paint (I wonder who did that!) which had melted in the hot sun.
Peter must take the credit for the most significant modification to the throttle
response. He made, developed and fitted bracketry at the motor end in such a way
that a given movement of the control arm now results in a much reduced motion at
the motor. This has achieved a remarkable improvement in controllability.
At higher speeds the Dory adopts a bow-up attitude. This has been countered, to a
large extent, by tilting the motor.
Further traumas include the magic disappearance of the ignition key (the spare Mike
had cut came to the rescue) and intermittent operation of the starter solenoid, which
occasionally needs a well directed tap to make it behave.