Motor SJ24

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MOTOR

The 8 Hp Honda motor takes regular gas.  Prior to departure please ensure you have

enough gas on board to use the motor for your entire trip.

Check both the gas container feeding the motor and the top-up

 container (located in the cockpit portside storage bin)

 and replenish as necessary. Gas can be obtained by walking up

to a station along Burrard St.

 

Starting the Motor:

Normally when cold; PUT IT IN NEUTRAL AND SET THE THROTTLE TO IDLE. Lower it into the water and keep it there. Just pull out the choke and draw the starter cord to a comfortable position then give it a fast pull the rest of the way. It may take 2-3 pulls, then let the cord go to wind in. Push the choke in after 30-60 seconds. If run in the last 2 hours, just pull to start.  If you changed gas tanks; prime the motor with gas by pumping the “bulb” handle (located in the cockpit aft storage bin) by constantly

squeezing the bulb until hard. Ensure that

 the engine is in the vertical position if its not, this is can

be adjusted by pulling hood cover and releasing

the engine angle bracket into the up position and lowering

 the engine.

 

 

Cold Engine:- Ensure that the gear shift is in the neutral

 position, bulb is hard,  choke is in the out position and the

 throttle is in the start position. Pull on the starter cord

until the engine starts, feather the engine via throttle until

 the engine runs smoothly allow the engine to run for

15-30 seconds on the choke, then push the choke in,

 let the engine idle for 2-3 mins prior to departure.

 

Warm Engine:- Ensure that the gear shift is in the neutral position, choke is in and throttle is in the start position. Pull on the starter cord until the engine starts.

Note: Do not use choke on a warm engine this has the potential to flood the engine making it difficult to start the engine.

 

 

Trouble Shooting the Motor:

After numerous of pulls the engine fails to start check the following:

 

·       excessive Choke:- Engine has flooded, push choke in if the choke was engaged,  allow the engine to stand for 3-5 mins before attempting to re-start if problem persists remove spark plug and clean excessive gas and allow to dry.

 

·       Check all connections to the engine, check gas container connection, check for any breakages or cracks in the gas pipe, check gas container and bulb for leaks and gas.

 

·       Water contamination take of engine cover, clean and dry around connections remove spark plug lead and plug clean and dry

 

·       Electrical connections check all connections for breakage or cracked  leads shorting to the engine case

 

·       Green warning light, check oil level and possible leakages and additional oil if required until light is off.

 

Motor Failure at Sea

       

The following procedures should help in the event of the following;

 

No Gas:- Sail to nearest marina with a gas station inform marina / coastguard of the situation via radio (channel 16), give boat description, anchor if possible and ask for assistance from the marina regarding obtaining gas.

Note if there is no wind and you are drifting declare a PANPAN - carryout PANPAN procedure as outlined in the radio section of this manual

 

Complete Motor Failure:(Open Sea) 

Sail to nearest marina  inform the coastguard of the situation via radio (channel 16), give boat description, anchor if possible and ask for assistance from the marina regarding moorage and engine repair.

Note if there is no wind and you are drifting declare a PANPAN and carryout PANPAN procedure as outlined in the radio section of this manual.

 

Complete Motor Failure:(English Bay) 

Sail back to the marina  ( mouth of Barrard inlet  contact the coastguard and advise them  of the situation  via radio (channel 16), give boat description and location anchor if possible and ask for assistance to tow the boat back to our moorage slip.

If you are close to Jericho Sailing club (check tide tables to avoid running aground) sail to Jericho sailing club contact Jericho rescue on channel 16 or 68 and advise them  of the situation  give boat description and location anchor if possible and ask for assistance to tow the boat Jericho dock.

 Note if there is no wind and you are drifting in the bay declare a PANPAN and carryout PANPAN procedure as outlined in the radio section of this manual or if you are close to Spanish Banks contact Jericho rescue on channel 16 or 68 and advise them of the situation give boat description and location anchor if possible and ask for assistance to tow the boat Jericho dock.

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