Haven't been back except to Put-in for many years. It is growing, too. I
guess we never went up against each other, but it is interesting that we
have somewhat common background on the lake. I used to do the Sandusky
Cedar Point sail and park weekend every year. Those were some good, good
The reason to put in a Yanmar was for one, an incident at Cedar Point
marina. Leaving, the wind was blowing right towards the rip rap as you
turned to enter the bay. As soon as I turned, the damn outboard died.
Knowing how this often happened, and at the worst times, I also knew there
was not time to get a restart. I had a bunch of rookies onboard, except my
girlfriend who was a still learning, but somewhat competent sailor. I
ordered the main sail up, and they managed to get it shook out and raised,
just in time (20 feet) from hitting the rocks. Next year, dad toured the
ODay plant and talked with them on how to best retrofit the Yanmar, and
bought a few of the parts. It was a pretty good jig and engineering
problem, drilling an approximate 1 1/4" hole at about a 15 degree angle
through more than 2 feet of hull. It involved a big plywood jig to hold a
hole saw pilot bit that had been extended to be about 3 feet long.
I think the one lung Yanmar we got was a 7HP. It was big enough to drive
the boat to hull speed. I did like the increased reliability. :-)
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