I went out to the boat a couple weeks ago. The weather seemed perfect….at least while I was on the drive out there. It was sunny and a couple of clouds with about 7 mph wind.
Shortly after I arrived at the marina, though, a calmness took over and no wind graced the area at all!
I decided to just run the new motor for a bit to work on the break-in period. According to the Tohatsu user’s manual, the first 10 minutes of run-time should be at idle speed, then up to 2 hours it should not exceed 1/2 throttle. From 2 to 3 hours it calls for no more than 3/4 throttle, then after 3 hours it can be used as desired.
So I started the motor, and immediately felt the relief of having a reliable motor. I already had a half hour on the motor, so I let it warm up for a few minutes, then put it in forward gear while at the slip and eased the throttle up to about 1/4 throttle. I let it “test the dock lines” for a about 15 minutes, then did the same thing in reverse gear.
While all this was happening, I decided to do some cleaning up in the cabin and was buzzed several times by a mud dauber wasp. Although these wasps look VERY menacing, I know from experience they’re not aggressive at all and usually won’t bother me, I didn’t want it on the boat. At one point, I finally found where it was actively building a nest. I waited until it flew back outside to [presumably] get more dirt for it’s nest, then I took the nest and fed it to the fish. It returned a few minutes later and wasn’t able to locate the nest, so thankfully it flew away.
Karma enjoyed hanging out in the cockpit while I was working inside. Several ducks came up to the stern, hoping for a treat that I didn’t have. But I did snap a pretty good photo of Karma posing with the ducks!
Finally, the wind picked up a little, so I prepared everything for sailing and left the harbor. Once I got out in the open, I raised the sails and got about 3 minutes of wind before it stopped completely. The lake was like glass. Hardly a ripple. I decided since I was out already, I might as well do some more break-in of the motor. I motored around for a while, then headed back to the slip. On the way back in, I passed the 2 hour mark, so I throttled up to 3/4 throttle. Surprisingly I didn’t see much of a difference between 1/2 and 3/4 throttle. I think even at 1/2 throttle I was approaching my boat’s hull speed, so I guess the additional throttle didn’t do much. I’m really pleased at the performance of this Tohatsu motor. It seems like this new 6 hp motor is putting out at least as much [if not more] power than the previous 36 year old 9.9 hp.
Here’s some photos: