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January 11, 2009

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I sold Seagull's back in the seventies. I think the part we sold the most of was the fuel shutoff valve that screwed into the bottom of the tank. There was a piece of cork in it that would break and cause it to leak. I've got to say I never understood the cult status these engines seem to have. Even thirty years ago they were very old technology. Despite your good experience, we had to fix an awful lot of them. They were heavy, dirty and broke often. The one good thing I can say about them is that if you could find the part you needed, they were pretty easy to fix. I guess that was the appeal to long range cruisers. They could fix them themselves and they could use regular motor oil in the gas if they couldn't find 2 cycle oil.

Hmm. How much do they go for nowadays?

Could have sworn I'd seen one in the window of a pawn shop in the Seattle region, but I could have been wrong.

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