Vintage Outboard Camp On Beautiful Lake Gonnablowyouup

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Laughter ensued.

Yesterday started out as a bit of a bummer. Lots of work calls. But later in the day, Peale called and wanted to try and get the Sea King started. Well.. That created a small party at HQ, and man oh man, I haven’t laughed that hard in a long while. Did I almost have to go to the burn unit? Yes. Am I am an idiot. Come on! YES. So you can leave all the safety comments in your head.  Wayne was there and if Wayne Bomb… Unfortunate name in this case.. If Wayne is there, I feel safe. But to be clear, no one laughed harder at my stupidity.

Oh we tried no start

She wouldnt start, so we went into check the coil and points. We cleaned the points

Oh boy

NOW! WARNING- If you are not used to the F Bomb being used as a noun, verb and well. In an expressive way! Well don’t watch.  To set this up. This had happened before on one of the cylinders, so Jeff was ready with the camera. And because I am fine being made fun of, here ya go.


The good news is we had spark now on both cylinders. I didnt have any hair on my arm.

YIKES. I hate that

But everyone else sure had a laugh

After some tweaking. VROOM.

So we had a very high tide and Peale looked at the water and BAM that sucker was in the water

I messed up and didnt get video of KAKI going in the water. But we sure got some cool shots.

She floats! And not one drop of water. This was also the first time in the water


The dirty gas can from Peales work boat


Out to Sea.. to See if she works

She ran great

And then didnt

Get out The Paddle!

There is a T Shirt in this


That look

But at the end of the day, the outboard works, runs and looks the part. And we had more fun than you should when things blow up!

A HUGE THANKS to Jeff Gordon BTW, “Knot That Jeff Gordon” who took the photos and helped get this sucker started. Wayne Bomb for the laughs and Peale for making a bummer day fun! I imagine today we will dig deeper and replace the points, plugs etc. It does seem to be Points and possible coils.

22 replies
  1. Wayne Bomb
    Wayne Bomb says:

    I’m still painfully laughing. Sometimes you just can’t protect people from themselves. Yesterday afternoon was epic!

  2. Dan Overbeek in MI
    Dan Overbeek in MI says:

    I loved the story. It made my wife laugh as well! The Vintage Outboard Camp logo would make a great tee shirt! Just a thought! Have a great day…try not to get burned!

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    F***ing, F***, F***!

    I think that might fit on a T-Shirt also.

    Did you know that “Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo” is a grammatically correct sentence?

  4. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    Definitely replace the coils, the old ones are always gone. Then it will run for another 35+ years without issue!

    I LOVE days like this.

  5. River Rat
    River Rat says:

    Sweet ride, looks great. I like the way you bare hand it. While surrounded by a boat yard presumably full of tools. Takes one to know one. Oi the stuff I have gotten away with!

  6. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I have been coming back all morning just to hear you scream like a little girl!

    Sandi thinks it is pretty funny also!

  7. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    I thought you were NOT a vintage outboard fan: Old boat, new four-stroke motor (with a vintage looking cowl.) That said, that Sea King is so right for that boat. And it taught you a lesson.

  8. Alex
    Alex says:

    Ok. Seeing as no one was hurt, that made my day!!! I know exactly how you felt Matt, and why your response was as such. I was walking the dog right after an electrical storm. Lightening hit a telephone pole right as I was passing by. Less that 30’ away. I think I was equally articulate as you were.

    When I was a kid, we’d routinely start the cottage’s 25 Sportsman M, and 20-ish Sea Skiff 283 using ether. Never lifted and sniffed. Just lifted, ethered, closed, and started. Funny how good that stuff works. I wonder why? Plus, we never hesitated to be generous with the ether. In part because it smelled so good too. Like freshly mimeographed tests used to, still damp from the machine. Not once did anything explode. It’s kinda miraculous when you think about it.

    This calls for a gleeful song!

  9. Matt
    Matt says:

    We were in there today and I swear I could still smell my burnt hair. We will def need a new coil, and points. Now the search begins

    • Bill & Linda
      Bill & Linda says:

      If you want to touch up the paint on that motor….you can obtain the correct colors, and new decals, at

      Notice that is “.ca”….it is NOT “.com” (that means it’s Canada)

  10. Philip Andrew
    Philip Andrew says:

    Great story today! Enjoyed ready that especially watching the flashback. Always a good day messing about with boats.

  11. Walt
    Walt says:

    I know the Sea King was made by Gale but I wonder if any Johnson/Evinrude ignition parts would work. The Seirra Marine Parts catalog as pictures of points, condenser and coils ( with Johnson and Evinrude parts on pages 252 & 253. Take a look at the parts for the 1950 – 1963 10 HP to see if those look like what’s in the Sea King 12.

  12. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Late to the party today. I did enjoy the video! Do you kiss your wife with that mouth Matt? Funny as hell. Anyone who has been “bitten” by spark can relate. It sounded good when you got her running. Nothing like the sound of an old 2cylinder OMC outboard. It’s just soothing. I agree,
    new points, plugs, and coils will have her as dependable as any new 4 stroke.

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