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Tales from the ArcaMax Chef


I had been training a little with trailering my boat and there was no one at the ramp so I was able to get the boat in the water with only a little effort…after about fifteen tries.

I had a neighbor with me who owned a boat and he agree to help me get the boat launched…or as we boaters say “get the boat wet”. He also happens to be an engineer which I figured might come in handy if things went badly.

We pulled the boat to the end of the dock and I got in the new seat behind the new steering wheel. I choked the motor like the boat guy had showed me and the engine started right up. It purred like a kitten for about three minutes when my neighbor said that we should give it a go. I let off the choke and…the engine died.

I started it up again with the choke and it ran nicely. After about five minutes of running I pushed the choke back in and…the engine died.

You can’t run the boat with the choke on so I was in a quandary. My neighbor went home to get his tools. He has had a boat for years and I always see him working on it in his driveway. He told me that he could adjust the fuel injectors and maybe get it to run without the choke on.


As I waited for my neighbor to return, I sat and watched some of the boaters return with their boats…their boats that ran without the choke on.

God Bless America.





Steve Benson Chris Britt Dan Wasserman Crankshaft Gary Varvel Mike Smith