Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
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On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Thursday 19 March 2020

Servicing your outboard

Gulp! I am about to try doing some basic servicing on my Tohatsu four stroke 3.5hp outboard for the first time.

I have just placed an order for

  • engine oil 1 Lt 10w-30
  • gear lub oil - SAE 90 275ml and attachment to get it in the right places
  • some new shear and split pins
  • a new spark plug NGK DCPR-6E
  • new gear case oil plug washers 
I'm musing on whether I have the ability to check and if need be replace the impeller. 



Steve-the-Wargamer said...

You're going to need to check it, so you may as well replace it.. :o)

steve said...

Rats - I thought someone might say that! Ah well - nothing ventured nothing gained. Stay safe Steve

Bursledon Blogger said...

The impeller is probably the most important thing as Steve T W says you need to check it so might as well replace and if the old one is still good keep it for an emergency spare. Grease all the screws and nuts on re assembly so it’ll be easy next time, Biggest problem is people don’t check and then when the impeller goes everything is seized solid.

steve said...

thanks Max - i know I have to bite the bullet so just ordered it - ho hum - knowing my ability to botch things up eh? Hope you are all well - stay well my friend - enjoy your local coastline and rivers

Unknown said...

Also check the housing is not distorted. Jon, new owner of pugwash here.

steve said...

hey jon - how you doing? Thanks for the tip - you take care now.