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Well I broke the new engine. Nothing major, the plastic doofer that holds the engine "up" has taken a big chunk out of itself (nothing to do with my burly frame using it as a support) and it won't stay up anymore. New part has been ordered, a princely sum of $10.50 but not intending to go home until Friday. I've put it on the trailer until I can fix it. Unkeen on waking up to a smashed skeg or prop. 

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10 hours ago, HighLUX said:


Cant use a screwdriver or something to prop it up for now/those plastic bits in evinrude/johnnhys seem like planned obsolescence to make more off initial purchase price

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I couldn't agree more, I'm considering making one out of a block of aluminium. Im thinking as it spent the first 23 yrs of its life on the back of a boat as an auxiliary it was probably up on that stop. Years of being in that position and its just worn away. 

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Oh neat. Just called local Mercury agent to see if my part has arrived. Was told ex Auckland no prob when I emailed my enquiry last Thursday. Advised its "just come off backorder" from Australia? Pretty average service..... 

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Facebook marketplace sometimes has its advantages. Bought these LED navigation and anchor lights (second hand but still in the OG packaging) for $50. Sundry bolts washers wiring terminals $20 ish. All lit up. 

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Trademe purchase of an older (2008 vintage) Garmin Fishfinder 140. $63 including ship. Its a bit scruffy but appears to work. Battery holder made out of leftovers from making the 4.0l high-rise carb adapter and tigged it together myself at work (in own time of course) 

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7a/hr gel deep cycle battery free from GC workmate Jacob. Zip zero nada.  Test run on weekend....maybe

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