How did I get my first real fishing boat ? Part 2 (Motor Drama)
I did notput my little boat in the water yet and I was already dreaming big: I wanted aoutboard motor. Of course, my starting point was the Internet. I thought thatbuying a 8 horsepower would more than enough, and that?s what I was lookingfor.When Finally I?ve got to see some prices, I thought that my computer wasmalfunctioning. Tried again and I couldn?t believe the prices.I had ashort budget of $200.00 for my motor and soon I discovered that I was dreaminghigh (or too low)?Got torealize that I would be able to buy maybe a 2 to 4 horsepower used motor at least20 years old and besides that, I would need to fight for the price.So, at thattime, Kijiji and UsedOttawa were my best friends.Triedeverything and for my budget I was only able to get parts, put not a wholemotor. Until one day I found a little Johnson 2 HP 1986 for sale for $250.00. Icontacted the person on the Internet add and I set up a time to come see themotor. When I got there, I was excited but not hoping for much. Then I saw hemotor and the angler that was selling it to me said that he would send to therepair shop to check the compression. I took the opportunity to call for$150.00 and we settled up for $200.00. I?ve reached my goal in the budget. Iwas proud of myself!!!It was the end of February 2011 and that proved to be aproblem. Since ice was covering all the water bodies, I just got to have mymotor in the beginning of May, after innumerous phone calls and several tripsto the repair shop, and then finally I?ve got it in my hands.I?ve boughta gas can, check all the safety equipments and went to the river with mycousin. I don?t need to tell that it was my first time dealing with an outboardmotor. We paddled a bit inside the Ottawa River then I decided to start themotor.Forty minutes has passed and did not get the motor started. The previousowner said me if I would use an electric drill, I could start the motor aswell. Since I did not have any manual for the motor, I thought that just openingthe top, I would have access to a sort of screw or bolt that I could use tostart the motor with my electric drill.My hopes where shattered when I saw thecoil and the crank cord flying everywhere together with all the screws and washers. In that moment I knew that I wouldnot start the motor that day. Disappointed and humbled by the failure, frustratedwith my inexperience with motors, I paddled back to shore hearing thelamentations of my cousin.I thoughtto sell the motor right away. But I left the matter out of my mind for fewdays, and then I decided to put the motor together again and start it. But thisstory I will write in my next blog?