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by BillW
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: New Squirt Build Belgium
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: New Squirt Build Belgium

I can't be completely accurate measuring hull depth on a finished boat. But my Squirt is a little more than 22 inches.
That's not including a skeg.

The trailer interferes with an outside measurement, and the seat and floorboards interfere with an inside measurement,
but that is fairly close, I think.
by BillW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mercury Mark 58AE
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Mercury Mark 58AE

You should go to and ask this question. There are lots of very knowledgeable folks there who will be glad to offer advise. There is at least one who will do a professional re-build. I think that sitting outside for 25 years makes it a likely candidate for re-build....
by BillW
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 211
Views: 44870

Re: Michael's ZIP

I added a chine block to a Squirt. It's much like the breast hook. It was not on the original plans. In the same way that the breast hook defines, or establishes, the curvature of the sheer between the stem and first frame, well the chine block enables the chine to assume the proper curve near the s...
by BillW
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Pee Wee in Maine
Replies: 115
Views: 16315

Re: Pee Wee in Maine

That's a great picture, with the boat in the pick-up bed.

We can see how you load it with the crane.
But, how do you launch it upon arrival at the boat ramp?

Don't tell us you just back down the ramp, until the boat floats off.....
We don't think you load it back onto the truck that way, either.....
by BillW
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Photos of your Glen-L boat for magazine ads
Replies: 16
Views: 1476

Re: Photos of your Glen-L boat for magazine ads

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Hi Gayle,

Would you want something like this ? Sort of like that Christmas card picture.
You may not need too many Squirt pictures, though.
by BillW
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: modified malahini
Replies: 299
Views: 56064

Re: modified malahini

Regarding your concern about the motor shaft length: If I read it correctly, you are concerned about the minimal freeboard at the transom cutout, and the motor sitting close to the water at rest? I believe that is not an issue. If you were to have a 25" shaft motor, then it would require a lot of wo...
by BillW
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tucker's Squirt
Replies: 58
Views: 9821

Re: Tucker's Squirt

You may have read about my Squirt. It has a 12 gallon Moeller built-in tank behind the seat. I opted for that, knowing I would never fill it more than half full. It seemed to be the smallest built-in type of tank that was readily available. It has a gauge on the dash; easily installed. My Squirt is ...
by BillW
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Steering for Zip
Replies: 9
Views: 968

Re: Steering for Zip

The Teleflex systems (now called Sea Star) will be the most readily available, and the easiest to install. But will not be as "period correct" for the vintage boat look. A Mercury Ride-Guide system will have the vintage look, for an old Merc motor, but will be harder to locate, especially the right ...
by BillW
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Mini Adventure
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: Mini Adventure

Beautiful shots.

So, did you have to duck your head going thru that culvert ? It must be small; only a Squirt fits under there...?

Bayou, did you sell your Squirt? My Squirt still does those things.

by BillW
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Squirt Build - New Builder - Deck planking
Replies: 7
Views: 902

Re: Squirt Build - New Builder - Deck planking

Regarding planks laminated over a sub-deck; some folks don't do that at all. When I built this Squirt, I was not on the internet much, and I was not aware that planking was ever applied over a plywood boat. So, this deck is just 1/4 inch marine ply, stained, glassed with 4 oz. cloth, and varnished. ...
by BillW
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Mercury starter problems
Replies: 5
Views: 954

Re: Mercury starter problems

I would suggest that you go to , tech help section. Very knowledgeable folks on there. When you say "it will not start again" be sure to specify if that means the starter will not crank the engine. Or, does it mean that it will crank over, but that the engine will ...
by BillW
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Thinking about building a Flying Saucer
Replies: 4
Views: 1862

Re: Thinking about building a Flying Saucer

The TNT is very nice.

Don't make the mistake that I made... that is starting a new boat while you still have the previous boat.
So, now we have three boats. And I don't want to part with any of my babies.
by BillW
Sat May 26, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Replies: 434
Views: 92413


Perhaps you know about this already, but the site has a forum section specifically for Bearcat outboards.

They can probably provide a lot of help. Be sure to change the water pump impeller before trying to start an outboard that has not
run for several years.

by BillW
Tue May 08, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michigan Squirt Build
Replies: 515
Views: 104802

Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Very Nice!

Did you convert that motor to have a fuel pump, so you can eliminate using a pressure tank?
Maybe it already was?
by BillW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Garfield' Folly - Palomino Project
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Re: Garfield' Folly - Palomino Project

DSCN6288 (3).JPG OK, I have heard of your type of setup, but never saw one. So, I guess you just bore out the clamp brackets, and then use a tilt tube from a later motor? I have a Teleflex setup that is not nearly as sophisticated as yours will be. Here is a photo. It works fine, but it limits the ...