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Moment of weakness

Post by Charles uk » Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:52 pm

Even though I said "I wasn't going to buy any more motors until I'd made some space by selling some", I broke my new years resolution or was it the year before lasts.

I bought one of these.

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Not this Evinrude Zephyr but a less shiny one from 1940/41, I just couldn't help myself, a 5.4 hp, 4 cylinder, 160cc outboard, that I can carry.
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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by cookie1 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:30 pm

Very nice , you don't often get the chance of one of those . You can sell off ' surplus stock ' anytime 😉

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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by Charles uk » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:51 pm

It's a bit embarrassing when you compare the level of engineering technology in an American outboard costing $127 with the UK equivalent in 1939.

A Marston OP cost $150.!
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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by Collector Inspector » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:56 am

It was something not to let go by Charles. They are so cool.

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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by AusAnzani » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:32 am

The door is now wide open lol.

Good on you Charles :)

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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by Charles uk » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:53 am

I had a firm rule nothing American then you see a Sea Fury looking at you from the corner of a shelf, then there's another behind it.

Then you notice a couple of Clarkes have snuck in, that only need a little bit of work, but hardly take up any room, & your still lusting for a 20H, then you realise a Zephyr has crept past the oath you made & your doomed!

Remember what your Mother told you "If you haven't been in a boat this year, you don't need another outboard"!
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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by Collector Inspector » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:25 pm

No Charles

Give in and get a bigger shed.

Very common around these parts except for S who has no room to expand cos He lives in Melbourne.

He just does what he can with what he has and he does some really expansive projects without going indoors.

Challenge Charles.

Things turning a prop aye.

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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by cookie1 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:29 pm

Remember what your Mother told you "If you haven't been in a boat this year, you don't need another outboard"!


Best advice I've heard for ages , I was at sea 4 days last week alone 😁

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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by Oyster 49 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:36 pm

Wow, the worm has turned for Charles for sure :shock:

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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by seagull101 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:55 pm

Not a bad looking motor, mightve been tempted if i saw it! come from ebay or another source?

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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by Horsley-Anarak » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:22 pm

Charles uk wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:51 pm
It's a bit embarrassing when you compare the level of engineering technology in an American outboard costing $27 with the UK equivalent in 1939.

A Marston OP cost $150.!
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$127.50, still cheap compared to a Marston.

Perhaps we now need to have an Evinrude Thames meet, could make it Johnson Evinrude, last one to the pub buys the beer, that will hurt you Charles.

I look forward to seeing this motor. My Grandfather ran a bigger 4 cylinder Yank motor during the war in the Belgian Congo, his chauffeur would ride in the boat if they decided not to go by car.
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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by Charles uk » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:32 am

Thanks H-A I read that a couple of times & never noticed.

$4.35 equals £1 in 1939
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Re: Moment of weakness

Post by wbeaton » Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:45 pm

The Evinrude Zephyr doesn’t get much respect in Canada or the United States. It has an undeserved reputation of being complicated and difficult to get running. Being the smallest (North American) production four cylinder outboard earns my respect. Plus it will push a boat nicely. You made the right choice. The Zephyr is deserving of a place in any outboard collection.

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