> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
MarineBusiness-World

 

Sail-World.com : One hull, ten outboards - such is our disposable world

One hull, ten outboards - such is our disposable world

My father has owned the same 18ft fibreglass trailer sailer for 42 years. It has had two mainsails, one new spinnaker and one new genoa … but is about to get its tenth auxiliary outboard.

The first Seagull outboard was followed by another, which had a user-friendly clutch. Then came an air-cooled Mariner 5, which should’ve come with earplugs. The Chrysler 15 was a dog that didn’t deserve to be fed – it lasted about six months.

The 42-year hull has had a lick of paint while nine outboards have come and gone. -  Andrew Short Marine


The Evinrude 6s, by comparison, were great motors that gave quite a few years good service.

We bought the Yamaha 8 to share with another boat, only to have to share it with thieves.

The Johnson 4 was chosen for its light weight when Dad began to advance in years – a grandchild destroyed the gearbox by revving the motor before engaging the gear. It was replaced by another 4 that ran perfectly for six years, only to start proving unreliable last summer.

I’m just about to order a Honda 5 to replace it – we’re going 4-stroke for the first time.

I’m reminded of two things. One is the marvel of fibreglass, the hull remaining as solid as the day it was born. Second, is the fact we live in a truly disposable world.

With small motors – like whitegoods – the cost of parts and servicing soon outweighs the point of keeping it. Unless you’re a tinkerer, often you’re better off just buying a new motor with warranty.

It’s a shame, but what price do you put on reliability?




by Mark Rothfield

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=89427

11:32 AM Fri 14 Oct 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Powerboat-World.com Editorial

Related News Stories:

22 Jun 2013  Is Australian boat manufacturing car-eening for fall
21 Feb 2013  Toughing it out in a marine-o-sexual world
18 Dec 2012  Where there's good will there's a way to help another boatie
27 Nov 2012  Seeing is not believing - you need all your senses when buying a boat
22 Nov 2012  Nothing beats Aussie ingenuity in the race for speed
26 Oct 2012  Lake home owners disturb ski racing fun
25 Jun 2012  It's the old story - we need something that's truly new
16 Jun 2012  When you do the research we're incredibly lucky
17 May 2012  Avoiding boat show blindness and being shafted by salesmen
01 Mar 2012  Houseboats winning the hearts of women
MORE STORIES ...

Power Boat News



























Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),


Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast by Transport Roads and Maritme Services,


Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,












AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success! by Asia Pacific Superyachts,














Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,


APSNZ appoints Duthie Lidgard as new MD by Asia Pacific Superyachts,


Whale freed from rope at Byron Bay by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,






World premieres and national debuts for Sydney International Boat Show
Marine Auctions experiencing rising tide of interest *Feature
Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers
Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt
Zodiac at Sydney International Boat Show 2014 – Australian
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Exhibitor space filling fast
Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds reduce engine bay temps on superboat
Reminder of safe distance requirements for whales
Changes to Australian bass closed season
Fusion achieves industry-wide acceptance of FUSION-Link
BSE Brisbane Slipways open for business as normal
Honda’s everywhere at Sydney International Boat Show!
Fifth round of XCAT World Powerboat Series moves to China
Sly 43 - Making her Australian premier
Maritimo full of confidence following recent wins
Australia event cements its position as hosting 'the' marina party
Up close and personal with whales on the Gold Coast
SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas
Southport Yacht Club raffle: Dusit Thani, BRIG Falcon, Marriott stay
Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea   
Extension granted for salvage of a paddle steamer on the Murray River   
Sydney International Boat Show set to embrace new location   
Thermal imaging helping bulk carriers avoid collisions in port and in   
Third CYCA Solas Trusts grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard   
CruiseCraft adds Explorer 595 Hard Top   
Severe weather warnings prompt reminder to boat owners   
Be won over by the new Azimut 50   
Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts   
Tammy Wolf and Mercury's Formula 2 Powerboat on to Divisional Champion   
Monaco Yacht Show 2014 - the biggest superyacht show ever   
Biggest Display ever and 18 launches at SIBS   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo helps Sailability grant FREEDOM   
Exhibitors heat up for Cannes Yachting Festival   
Benetti 108 tri-deck Tradition Supreme will launch in Cannes   
St Kitts open for superyacht business   
Marine World Sales: The latest in buying and selling marine online   
UIM XCAT - Massive fight from Fazza secures fourth consecutive title   
Peters & May launch Mediterranean and USA to East Coast Australia   
Lifejackets are imperative: don't rely on sheer luck   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT