I bought this Sears Gamefisher 1.2 hp outboard motor in the early mid-80's.
( I know you 1 hp outboard owners are green with envy at my extra .2 horses)
A bracket that allows it to be mounted to the curved gunnels of a canoe was purchased at the same time.
In those free wheeling times of park service travel, no kids, and no serious expenses, the motor got lots of use. We even crossed from Tybee Island, Georgia to Little Tybee Island in heavy seas with a big labrador, coolers, Mrs. FC and me.
It was flat calm when we headed out to the island, but the wind came up pretty fierce on the way back that afternoon. We made it though.
Mostly the motor is sweet for coastal marsh excursions where the place I want to paddle quietly is up the creek a bit or across open water. That's when the little Gamefisher shines as an accessory.
A few years ago, I took it to the local boat shop (now defunct) and asked the guy there to breathe some life in to it.
It had been sitting for a decade (kids) and I couldn't get it to start.
A strange look came over his face ... a face younger than the Gamefisher.
"I'll see what I can do."
He kept the Gamefisher a long time.
That was okay, I had told him to just "gettrdone". I had not used it in years so waiting a while now was no big deal.
In my heart, I was afraid it was a goner.
Every once in a while, the mechanic would call me up and say something like, "Hey, I'm still looking for parts. You know they don't make these anymore?"
Yes, I did. They were made in Japan (remember when things were made there?) for Sears.
I feared the worst, but it became sort of a challenge ... a quest if you will, for the mechanic guy.
"I'm not giving up on this." was his next to last phone update to me.
Then, one day, he called to tell me it was ready.
He was beaming when he handed it over.
"It was touch and go there for a while, but she's running like a top now."
I paid the bill and tipped him a twenty dollar bill.
Or... at least I think I did.
It was a couple of years ago ...