Maintaining our Sailing Lifestyle | Our Outboard Engine | S04E07


We absolutely love getting off the beaten path, exploring remote islands, and living off the sea. It’s our favorite aspect of the sailing lifestyle. But in order to do this, we need to have an extremely reliable outboard engine. If it breaks down in the middle of nowhere, not only does it mean not having fun, but we could also be stranded miles from the boat.

Ever wonder what a cruising outboard looks like after 5 years of heavy use? In this episode Jordan does a full inspection of our Tohatsu 8HP 4 stroke outboard engine.

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Date: November 14, 2019

46 thoughts on “Maintaining our Sailing Lifestyle | Our Outboard Engine | S04E07

  1. If you cross the pacific that means you have to also cross back so its 2 crossings or is there another option once you go across. It looks horrifying to me but then again I can't swim LOL. Looking forward to seeing the videos of the crossing good luck.

  2. Outboards are finicky… Change the plugs,flush the carbs. Thing is your having the same problem both props…props are not the problem I don't think. Have a second look at that thermostat.. It looked deformed and bent to me.

  3. Good job on outboard, I recommend to all small boat cruisers to get an outboard outside of US and get a 2 cycle outboard , half the weight and more torque and no changging the oil, did you think about adjusting the valves? after break in I reocommed adj the valves. John S/V bright Eyes

  4. Hey guys great video!! We recently added a Davis Doel-Fin to our outboard and it has been a HUGE game changer I would highly suggest looking in to one. We are not one to normally push a product but this thing has made such a difference in our dinghy we can plane easier and overall our dinghy just feels and performs better in the water! Good luck!

  5. Thanks for sharing and filming and all… This should be a freaking TV show it’s so well done… I just found you all and I guess this is my new TV series to watch! (Subscribed and I’ll try to patreon when things turn around financially for me). But in the mean time I’ll add you both to my prayers for safety and happiness. All the best. GREAT JOB!

  6. Don't sell yourself short Jordan. You do a great job on your boat repairs and projects. You obviously do your homework and take pains to make sure it's done as well as can be expected with the supplies on hand. It's normal to make mistakes, but learning from them so you don't make the same one's twice is what it's all about. I've learned a lot from watching you, but I'm sure I'll come up with plenty of my own mistakes. Your guys are awesome. Give a big hug to the amazing Desiree for me. You are a beautiful couple. ❤️

  7. After watching this and all your other videos, I was wondering the process you went through to decide what kinds of tools you need to be self sufficient and able to tackle most of your needs and how you were able to stow them in a thirty ft. sailboat. That would be an interesting video.

  8. Such an awesome couple!
    I really enjoy watching your channel, always looking forward to a new one.
    The music choices are very nice and the video footage is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.
    Stay safe and enjoy life!

  9. Great Channel and good to see how you work things out. If I may make a suggestion regarding your propeller swap, based on my experince from the aviation world where exactly the same situations exist for fixed-pitch propeller driven aircraft. The pitch and diameter of a propeller for any craft has been carefully worked out for a given horsepower from the engine. The dingy designer chose that particular setup to get the dingy (at a specified maximum weight) on the plane, ie to achieve a particular speed through the water. Simply changing the pitch or the diameter or the number of blades (without first referencing one the equations freely available on Google) will result in disappointment, as you experienced. Too great a diameter and/or too much pitch won't allow the engine to reach the rpm needed. In other words you are placing far too much strain on the engine that if you continue to demand maximum rpm from it, will ultimately result in engine damage. It appears that not only did you increase the diameter, but it looks like the pitch was increased and you increased the number of blades! If you also overload the dingy as well the engine ultimately might stop going bang, bang, bang and just go an overheated BANG! You will have created the perfect storm. From your description of the original problem, the splines in the propeller seem to have worn and drive shaft is slipping in the propeller. As you indicated, getting the exact same propeller is the only solution and and also ensure the drive line assembly is tight and secure to prevent the splines wearing again. In the meantime keep the rpm down until you have fitted the correct propeller. Hope this helps.

  10. I wonder what the pitch is on each of the two props? I have a 5 HP Honda and only had a choice of two props, both 3 blade, with slightly different pitches. I went with the optional lower pitch to push a heavy load, and it helped some, but could have been a little lower pitch still.

  11. Keep it coming! You guys are awesome! The reality of the sailing lifestyle & all the joys it brings. Informative & beautifully shot. So glad your staying true. Hope to see you guys out there. Love & light from Australia.

  12. Larger diameter prop is robbing your power. If you go larger you have to compensate with finer pitch. Maybe go back to the specs of the original prop. Without looking back over the 207 comments this is my 2 cents worth good luck and love the vids.

  13. Makes me chuckle when I see people who like to be referred to by their title rather than name. In aviation it’s. Considered wanky to call yourself Captain (even though you are entitled to ? Literally)

    Captain mark Jennings ATPL/IR 🙂

  14. Impeller… your supposed to bend the vanes in the direction the old ones were turned when you install it. Razor blade.. ya got to be careful not to dig into the aluminum. For final clean, drag the blade backwards to not dig in. That Grey fuel line… that junk has a vinyl liner in it that breaks down over time and plugs your fuel filter – I hate that stuff! Just use car fuel line. Love your videos!

  15. Did ya use enough Anti-Seize? A container that size should last you a decade or more. I use the pulverized zinc stuff, not the aluminum AS compound. It comes in pulverized bronze, zinc or aluminum. Zinc is the most sacrificial and that is why I use it. Works every bit as well as those new fangled and costly "Marine" anti-seize products. The only drawback is that it stains anything it comes in contact with. Have to wipe it ALL off when it is used on things like turnbuckles and such once they are properly tightened. I use it on EVERYTHING. I never use the brush, it dumps too much onto the fastener. In addition to keeping the corrosion down, it also lubes the soft aluminum threads keeping the wear down on them. That can be particularly important on often pulled things like spark plugs. It also works well on barbs for rubber and plastic tubing keeping them easy to get on and off as well.
    The very most important thing in repair work is to take your time. Never be afraid to walk away and grab a beer and relax for awhile before returning to the issues. Few good answers are ever arrived at when you are under stress.

  16. Engine trim is vital for fuel efficiency, performance and stability of the boat.
    Vertically, the engine ventilation plate should be in line with the boat's keel.
    Also, experiment with tilt. To much tilt in will dig the nose of the boat in and to much tilt out will push the nose high. When you have it right the boat will feel most stable.
    Don't confuse ventilation with cavitation. Ventilation is when the engine roars as the prop has no water to bite into. Cavitation is bubbles collapsing around prop blades. Very different.

  17. The hardest thing about undertaking any project is hitting the "start" button! Nothing ventured, nothing gained. There are so many hidden hand grenade's that can go off inside complicated machinery (and always at the most inopportune time) that just poking around and inspecting what you can will stave off a problem. It's so satisfying to be able to tackle things are your own. Self sufficency is paramount to freedom…..also, I leaned something about vinegar today……Thanks. Bossman

  18. It's never a waste of time to take things apart and put them back together again. Not only did you confirm that certain aspects of the motor are in good shape, but you also learned a lot and kept your skills sharp so that you'll be ready when it really hits the fan.

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