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50 Something Vagabond 10 Aug 2018 01:07 #87462

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Had a super nice visit to Gower Island last weekend. I brought my family on our first Feathercarft cruise. They were skeptical, now they are converts. It was great seeing Steve and Dawn and Steve's mom, who I taught 15 years ago!

The Lark Ran a bit rough in the middle of the throttle range, but when she was flat out she was a runner! We cruised around the Bay and had a mini Feathercraft parade as the Gowers helped show us around.

Super Fun!

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50 Something Vagabond 04 Aug 2018 02:03 #87285

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Had her out again.

I'm using a new tank, but got an 'old' manual vent cap.

She runs smooth to 15 mph then gets rough and poppy, but when I get closer to full throttle she smooths out and runs great again. Tops out at about 26 mph with two adults.

It will run at full throttle for as long as you keep it there so it's getting plenty of gas.

I'm going to try and visit gower island tomorrow, maybe i can kidnap Steve for a ride......
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50 Something Vagabond 02 Aug 2018 13:34 #87242

I run the old pressure tank and have been know to leave the vent/lid open. Duh.
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50 Something Vagabond 02 Aug 2018 11:24 #87239

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I've left the vent closed before as well.

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50 Something Vagabond 01 Aug 2018 17:44 #87232

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I had something like this happen once. Turned out I forgot to open the vent on my gas can. Duh moment if there ever was one. Kind of like leaving the transom saver on...
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50 Something Vagabond 01 Aug 2018 01:46 #87222

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Maybe... but half the time I try to throttle up it throttles up and will go at full speed without starving.

I have a feeling its Throttle linkage and sync.

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50 Something Vagabond 27 Jul 2018 23:42 #87159

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"As I throttled up at about 15 mph the motor sounded like it wanted to rev up but hesitated then surged"

just a guess, sounds like its was starving, running lean...........same as a motor sounds just before running out of gas...........just my thoughts

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50 Something Vagabond 26 Jul 2018 17:08 #87127

Good, waiting on some parts to come in from Joe at Ferguson marine.

I started a thread, keep an eye out for it " A greenhorn restoration" just getting into it now. I have a week off coming up, her and I are really going to bond then!
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50 Something Vagabond 26 Jul 2018 16:54 #87126

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How is yours coming?

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50 Something Vagabond 26 Jul 2018 10:56 #87118

that's great news that you were able to take her out! Nice job.

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