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'82 Merc 4 hp "Gnat". Our first motor

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  • '82 Merc 4 hp "Gnat". Our first motor

    Model 40 twin cyl 'cheapo' motor as described by some. Clutch is a square wire Chinese finger trap self tightening coiled spring connecting the FWD gear hub to the prop shaft. Neutral lever drove a shaft down to catch a tab on the spring to open it up. Reverse was swinging the motor aft.

    Coupled to our 17' Grumman canoe, $1000 all in for motor, canoe, side mount, gear. Wife and I were set. Cooler full of brewskies, 45 cent pack of Swisher Sweet no tips, samiches or KFC, transistor radio. Weekends were good for a starting-out couple. Shallow rivers, sand bars. Life was great.

    Kids eventually came, and outgrew the canoe. Then came our current Larson.

    I think of our first $1000 enjoyment every time I see a smaller boat full of family cruising past our river place. Water access is free. You don't need to spend a bundle to enjoy it.
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    '96 Larson 174 SEI BR. 4.3LX 4 bbl Weber s/n 0F786604. Alpha One Gen II s/n 0F709315

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