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    Default Seagulls

    Talking to my favourite seagull man at Evotek (Classic Seagull. he gave me a fuel tap and declined payment, 'I've got hundreds...'). He has come across people who believe they are valuable antiques, or will be soon, and one who is paying rent on a building stacked to the roof with them. He himself has 400 in a barn, and culls them for skiploads of scrap from time to time. He does, however, send off four or five a week to third world countries where their primitive nature is valued.
    So this chap
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/boats-kaya...nes/1351745416
    might be described as optimistic.

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    Hell's bells!

    I'd better buy an outboard motor lock. I never realised the one hanging off my taffrail is so vsluable.
    "Brexit: like watching a library being burned down by people who can't read"

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    Stuart is a top guy and a fellow Midlands lad to boot!!
    Incidentally if anyone is looking for a Seagull. I picked up the cleanest 40 plus long shaft I gave ever seen. Completely unmolested....brass tank almost perfect apart from a couple of dings....original tank decals perfect....chrome perfect. Probably been used for less than 10 hours. He went want a kings ransome for it

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    Friend got given a Heron dinghy recently with a 40 Plus. Wanted to to learn about servicing (he has a Merc 3.5 on his little gaffer)
    Engine had sat for many years in a barn, but looked in good nic. So he cleans out the carb, buys a new throttle cable and HT lead. No spark, so I pulled the flywheel cover and passed some fine emery between the points. Nice spark. He mixes some fuel and fills the tank. Winds the starting rope and gives a pull. Started right away...
    Look on his face was a delight.
    Odd thing about the Heron, it was built without a c/board case or any sailing gear. Just used for pop,popping on the river.

    Just looked at the link!! I have a Century Plus LS in the shed and gave away a couple of functioning 40 Pluses recently. All with proper brass tanks, not those pressed tin rust disasters in the add.
    Last edited by DownWest; 09-09-19 at 17:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownWest View Post
    ..... Winds the starting rope and gives a pull. Started right away...
    .
    Oh yeah, just dip it in salt water and see what happens!

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    Default Re: Seagulls

    I think I only really learned to swear creatively when a seagull entered my life. It usually only starts when you’ve rowed within 5 ft of the destination you set out for.

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    My Seagull (40+) works OK when I get it out for its occasional use (change fuel, clean it up etc) & I have had it for about 55 years now. Nothing wrong with it.
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer J View Post
    I think I only really learned to swear creatively when a seagull entered my life. It usually only starts when you’ve rowed within 5 ft of the destination you set out for.
    Ah well you might like this, a song I wrote for all us older hands and much appreciated at the local folk night

    The Seagull song, To the tune of 'Good Ship Calabar' (or any other eight beat tune)

    Come gather round you sailor men and listen to my song
    It’s only several verses and I won’t detain you long,
    Tis all about a fishing trip, and our unhappy fate,
    Out of Cadgwth in a boat i borrowed from me mate


    Our Bonny ship was GRP and fully twelve feet long,
    As we set out upon the sea our hearts were full of song,
    But it would be our downfall I was very soon to learn,
    The bloody seagull outboard that was clamped upon the stern.

    Now when I saw that devil’s work, my heart was damn near broke,
    But I opened up the fuel tap and then applied the choke,
    I gave the cord a mighty pull but was too rash I fear,
    The knot in the end of the starter cord caught the Mrs round the ear.

    She called me a couple of things as she moved to the front,
    One of them was ‘idiot’, the other one was not,
    And then she loosed her tongue at me in words exceeding cruel,
    She said you are a bloody twat, you didn’t check the fuel.

    I took the top from off the tank, and then I looked inside,
    And damn it all she was quite right, the tank it was bone dry,
    A seagull needs a mix of fuel and oil as we all know,
    And one pint to the gall eye on, it was the ray shy oh.

    I searched amongst the fishing gear strewed all about my feet,
    And found a can of petrol, underneath the seat,
    I looked round for a funnel, but sadly drew a blank,
    I splashed the petrol all about, and some went in the tank.

    Twas then that I decided to, check the ignit-eye-on,
    I took the sparking plug out, scraped the points until they shone,
    I laid the plug upon the tank, and I attached the wire,
    I gave a pull, I saw a spark, the whole damn thing caught fire.

    I took my oilskin jacket off, and I beat out the flames,
    Then I attacked the bloody thing, with all my might and main,
    I cursed it and I kicked it, pulled the cord as ne’er before,
    Then all at once to my surprise it started with a roar.

    The tiller slipped from out my hand, the throttle open wide,
    We spun round in a circle and I fell over the side,
    The Mrs stopped the engine and she caught me with the gaff,
    I didn’t expect sympathy, but she didn’t need to laugh.

    For thirty minutes or an hour we drifted tempest tossed,
    Battered by the mighty seas until all hope was lost,
    And then through all the mist and spray we spied Cape Man o War,
    We got the oars and rowlocks out and paddled to the shore,

    We hauled the boat up on the beach, and we jumped in the car,
    Roared off to Robin Curnow’s shop, to buy a Yamaha,
    So listen all you sailors who would sail the seven seas,
    Don’t take a seagull outboard, get one that’s Japanese.
    Last edited by fisherman; 10-09-19 at 09:39.

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    Hee-hee-hee!

    I'm almost proud of the scars on my knuckles caused by Silver Centurys, in ages past. They go with gaffers, Stockholm tar, long splices in 2" laid hemp, draft of 5'1" aft and 4'6" for-ard, and not a berth on board that remains dry of drips.

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    Default Re: Seagulls

    On many marketplace sites where you can't enter anything but figures in the price box, its customary to put 12,345.00 as the selling price to invite offers. As in this case.
    Quote Originally Posted by fisherman View Post
    Talking to my favourite seagull man at Evotek (Classic Seagull. he gave me a fuel tap and declined payment, 'I've got hundreds...'). He has come across people who believe they are valuable antiques, or will be soon, and one who is paying rent on a building stacked to the roof with them. He himself has 400 in a barn, and culls them for skiploads of scrap from time to time. He does, however, send off four or five a week to third world countries where their primitive nature is valued.
    So this chap
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/boats-kaya...nes/1351745416
    might be described as optimistic.

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