My first boat was a 1968 Renken semi
tri-hull. Bought it back in 1990. It had an
old run-out Chrysler 90 HP 2 stroke pull
start (elec starter was gone). First run
on a lake and it consumed the needle
bearings from a conn rod, spewed parts
and bent sparkplug electrode in one
cylinder, as well as needle bearings in
between the piston skirt and cylinder
: But it got us back to the dock!
So, I bought a used Evinrude 70 HP 3
cyl 2 stroke with CDI ignition, elect
start and ran that engine for 4 years with
Max speed: 29 MPH. Sipped gas, never
stranded me and I didn't have to worry
about getting dings in it from poor
I installed an AM/FM cass stereo, depth/
fish finder, fixed the lights and other
electrical problems on both the boat
Best part: paid cash for it. $750 bucks
boat, trailer and (Chrysler) engine.
The replacement Evinrude set me back
$1,200 but it turned out to be a great
Used to severely abuse the boat
almost every weekend pulling wake
boards, tubing, skiing, camping etc.
Here's a pic (that's not me in the boat,
but my bud Matt ).
>-Click Here for the pic