This is one of those subjects that really doesn’t have a correct answer. But with the latest W issue, which will be fixed this weekend, has had me wondering if how I use my boats should match better with the power used. Logic always will win in favor of modern power. I use my boats in brackish water, which eats manifolds like melted butter. They are after all over 60 years old. And I use the hell out of them. I like a certain speed. Trust me, on a 95 degree day with 100% humidity, a slow ride ain’t in the cards. No way, its a sweat fest and complaints come in waves from the crew. So we travel at min around 1500-2000 rpm. That and we are on bigger water, the Chesapeake Bay, a modern V8 seems logical.
BUT, I am an emotional person, my boats have no logic going for them, and they are an embodiment of my passion, and love. All emotions. Their engines are a major part of their life and soul. The use of the actual power its already had is important. Like a heart of a beast. The true heart is always best. The rumble, the clicks, the sputters, and gurgle of a wet exhaust area ll part of the sensory pleasure. Its visual, its aromatic, and musical all in one wonderful symphony of life. How could one change the gestalt of it all.
But, good god, at some point, ones emotion can have a dark side. Like a valve breaking, or some other crappy thing that can wipe out a week or two of boating, and after all that is what its all about. These are old even rebuilt, old engines with old engine problems.
But isn’t the fun of it, learning about broken valves? Learning all of the passions history. Our fathers and grandfathers had to deal with all this crap. Only then it wasn’t abnormal, and this is when we see the benefit of 60 years of engineering evolution.
So now that I have totally confused all of you, myself included. I am on the fence. There is NO WAY IN HELL, I would do this to Stinky or Buttercup. But I may????? Fix the Trusty W…HA… and use it for a season and set her aside in a shrine. And go modern power, with a twist. Oh, I am thinking.. So of course we would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks to Dave VanNess of VanNess Engineering for the engine photos.