First, according to many around me, I am nuts, so let’s just get that out of the way. While out on the river this weekend, the Trusty W started to miss and then limped into the boathouse, literally stopping at the dock. The “Trusty W” has earned her name for sure. The issue is either bad fuel, coil, or points. All soon will be fixed, it’s simple for sure.
But the part of this story is when it was happening, I was laughing and upbeat. Concerned that we would be stalled out there, but enjoying it all. As the boatress said. You stress out over everything, why is this not bothering you? Great question. But after some thought, the truth is, breaking down is one more excuse to learn something new. And an adventure. Lets be real here. Breaking down is part of woody boating. Its why many of us never boat alone. Its just part of it, as I am sure it was back then. So for me, its fun, if its not dangerous.
Now, I get to learn about taking points out, draining carbs and dealing with stuff on my own. All this made possible by a fantastic community. Dave VanNess of VanNess Engineering, on the phone or Jimmy helping is all part of it all. Seth from Katz’s Marina going off on crappy made Coils. I will say, that having a spare Coil, points and condenser is a must. The Chinese stuff that is being made is not as durable as in the past. BTW, No new electronic ignition. Those don’t work under 6 volts, so if the battery is weak and only cranking under the 6 volts, they don’t work, where as the points will.
We will know what the issue is this Saturday as I deal with each issue one at a time to learn. Was it the points? Coil? Carb? We shall see. Regardless of it all, I am looking more forward to solving the problem than just hopping in and going boating. Cause boating after fixing is soooo much more fun! After all life’s to short to boring boat!