Posts Tagged ‘Sailing’
Prior to snapping this summer sunset, I spent a solid two hours resuscitating a classic Universal Atomic Four engine in a 1972 vintage sailboat. After 10 months of dormancy, it needed some attention. Tracing wires, brushing and tightening contacts, cleaning plugs and points, it was ready to go. Almost. What appears to be a decade or so of wintered-over marina gas can turn a fuel filter into an impenetrable brick. And given the sun’s altitude, the marine supply stores were shuttered.
Over the years I’ve removed or replaced everything but the crankshaft on these little dependable boat motor workhorses – once even changed the head gasket underway. Half the axillary sailboats made in the 1970s came with the Atomic 4, and most of the engines are still running. Thirty horsepower into a direct-drive screw could almost always get a sailor off of the mud or sand bars of Chesapeake Bay – especially if you had a mate willing to swing outboard, hanging on the boom.