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Old 06-07-18, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Kawasaki Outboard.

I have never seen one of these before have you?
I missed it on an eBay auction but being local I arranged to view it.
Well I just had to have it at his starting price of 35 when I saw it as it weighs 11 1/2 pounds (almost the weight of a pair of oars) and started from cold at first pull.
This is really a Kawasaki strimmer but I think it has been adapted with a kit to make it into an outboard motor...... Any thoughts? Chris.
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Old 06-07-18, 07:24 PM   #2
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Thats an interesting thing, wonder if it's an aftermarket kit, or is it Kawasaki thing.

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Old 06-07-18, 08:22 PM   #3
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Don't think it is a Kawasaki product, okay the engine is a Kawasaki and looks like a member of the KT12 family.

When I was working, we used to gets lots of people ringing up saying they had a Kawasaki brushcutter, but all they had was a Kawasaki engine fitted to some far eastern machine. Kawasaki didn't start selling brushcutters under their own name until around 1995 ish.
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That is interesting, Hortimec, I am now wondering what that engine would have be manufactured for if made before 1995 ?. It certainly runs well and starts well.
I have cut 7 1/2" off the shaft to make it less like a strimmer and more like a usable outboard motor.
I did think of asking on Yachting World Forum but unfortunately my experience of that confraternity is they tend to be a snooty bunch. ( not like here !)
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Old 19-07-18, 12:08 PM   #5
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Whether it's a homebrew job or not, it's quite an interesting little thing.

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action photos. The 1" O/D shaft tube has now been cut down by 7-1/2" to make it less like a strimmer (the drive shaft is only a 1/4"rod. !
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action photos. The 1" O/D shaft tube has now been cut down by 7-1/2" to make it less like a strimmer (the drive shaft is only a 1/4"rod. !
Brilliant!
Did SWMBO take the pictures whilst trying to get her cupboard back?
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Old 22-07-18, 09:36 PM   #8
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HO, HO, No I daren't get her to do that. I put the camera on shutter delay (last photo).
Looks just like a cupboard though, I call it the grand name of 'Barrowboat'.
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Old 22-07-18, 10:24 PM   #9
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HO, HO, No I daren't get her to do that. I put the camera on shutter delay (last photo).
Looks just like a cupboard though, I call it the grand name of 'Barrowboat'.
That's a heck of a delay, you seem to have grown a beard since the first 3 pics

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That's a heck of a delay, you seem to have grown a beard since the first 3 pics

Stuart.
No, First 3 pics are not me, that's my boating mate.
I get him to test out all my dodgy stuff.
I got that idea from watching Compo's performances.
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