|Fresh from a doctor's visit, installed on the taff-rail bracket. Ready for service.|
So the verdict was that it had problem been the result of Ethanol. Carburetor had become sticky and clogged, the result of sitting with this bad smelling gas in its itty bitty tank over the course of 4 to 6 weeks, not running and not getting any fresh gas to help it. Really so? And I had been warned that this doctor's visit would not be cheap either. I can confirm that as true. But the bad gas thing had me worried. My lawn mower is using the same stuff. Well, the doctor said I'd better get an additive and stick it in as a stabilizer. He said the current cocktail of American fuel is not meant to sit around all year waiting on my seasonal pull at the dock. I ground my teeth a bit and scratched my goatee and replied with a winsome "yup," another Southern expression that makes you sound as if you knew all this before now but you do certainly concur with the doctor's analysis, a protection reaction you know. And that your appearance here to pay for the visit is due to some unseen or hidden "instability" rather than your own ignorance, or, in this case, my ignorance. Yup then, it'd been my lack of maintenance and upkeep, but I preferred to suggest that it might also have been someone or something else. How could I have been so ignorant? It happens.
So, it's back to Baggy Wrinkles with the 4 stroke Yamaha and her stable fuel. Apparently this 2 ounces of fuel stabilizer will treat one gallon. I guess I'll have to start a maintenance record on the bugger because there's no way I'm going to keep track of when I last filled up. Cooler temps are ahead, the tank is less than a liter, and that's not even an Imperial measurement an American understands. So I'd better do as Otto once said, "when in danger or in doubt, write it out, write it out."
I tucked the Yamaha into the Burb for its ride back to Baggy Wrinkles and consequent duty. Why, it's not run for more than a "couple of three hours" ( another southern expression which does not mean what it suggests ). It's not run but perhaps three full hours maximum yet.
I'm expecting great things out of this motor now. It'd better behave.
Here is the funny, if not comical, video of me in a sped-up 2 minute video of "heaving-to" while getting my lunch down and heading back across the lake for home: