|Address||Essex, ON N8M2B5
Offered for sale in good operating condition is a 1968 Vintage British Seagull 40 Featherweight motor, including a 149 page comprehensive service manual.
Considered to be a collectors item worldwide, this finely crafted and durable outboard marine motor manufactured in the UK for 65 years was described in the following way in the introduction of the service manual that is include in the sale.
There are a few but major reasons why the motor was called “The Best Outboard Motor for the World”. Part of that saying was due to bragging and distribution rights throughout the world. This was backed up by a ten-year original warranty, which is unheard of these days. A brand new motor didn’t need a break-in time, partly due to the 10:1 (fuel:oil) mix and because the bushings and bearings are so big. Seagulls will run for hours, even lifetimes, at three quarters throttle and not be mistreated. In fact, Seagulls like to be worked and not treated with kid gloves. Craftsmanship and the high quality material such as the fine grain cast iron that was used in the cylinder also helped in the longevity.
The manufacturing code number is F 1019E8, identifying this motor as a 2hp Forty Featherweight manufactured in May 1968.
This motor was just fired up after sitting in storage for 4 years, and started on the second pull. A similar Seagull [not the one offered for sale] can be seen working on the video link.
The sale is made in an "as is condition" and can be fired up for your inspection. The price is in CN$ Dollars, and similar units can be found on Amazon in US Dollars from $200 for beaters up to $500 for fully reconditioned units.
The only known mechanical issue is weeping fuel coming from the priming pump plunger. The bushing on the plunger has shrunken down in size. I am looking into a fix but am reluctant to remove the old bushing for fear of damaging the plunger itself. A good mechanical person, which I am not, can surely find a fix for this issue.
The following web site is worth looking at: http://www.saving-old-seagulls.co.uk/
Low ball offers will be ignored, don't bother. If posted it is still for sale.