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Jholmes105 posted 09-04-2000 10:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jholmes105   Send Email to Jholmes105  
I just purchased a 1988 Super Sport Limited. The boat is in like new condition and has always been stored in a heated garage. It came with a 1988 Evinrude 40 VRO with power tilt and trim and a 1996 Shore Landr' Alluminum trailer with winch and crank wheel. It also has a new Black mooring cover which is custom made and really fits like a glove and even has a pocket, which covers the engine as well. The boat rally is like new!! I am the third owner of the boat, the first owner had it for about five years and used it for a tender on a 65 or so foot motor yacht. The second owner bought it and never used it. I love the boat and my fiance and I have had some great fun in the small but fast boat in the two short weekends we have owned it. I will be posting some photos of the boat to the picture pages soon. What do people know about this boat? I also would like to know what would cause it to foul a plug? It has fouled the "bottom" plug (twin cylinder) twice on me. This has happened after a spell of "idling" up and down some coves at our lake, then it become "loaded-up" any suggestions? Old Gas? Carberator settings? Too much oil being injected from the oil injector? Any suggestions? Does anyone know if Mills & Co. makes one of those really cool front storm shelters for this model? Are there any Boston Whaler Outings in or around Ohio, what about Michigan? Hope to be a "REGULAR" on the Forum!!!
sport15er posted 09-04-2000 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Hi Jh, Your boat sounds quite similar to mine, I have an 87 SuperSport w/ 60hp Evinrude T&T/VRO. I'm its 3rd owner also, and all I really need to do (actually just want to do), is re-finish all the teak after boating season ends. I can't help ya on the plug thing, but you'll most likely get a response from some of the others in here.
jimh posted 09-05-2000 01:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You might want to mention the hull length of your Super Sport Limited. I am guessing it is a 13-footer.

The Evenrude VRO--the "VRO" stood for Variable Rate Oiling--seems to have a little history behind it. Some owners have disconnected the VRO oiling system and reverted to using pre-mixed gas+oil.


Jholmes105 posted 09-05-2000 06:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jholmes105  Send Email to Jholmes105     
Sorry Jim, the hull length is the 13 footer. So Jim, can you adjust the rate the oil flows to the engine?

Hey, Sport-- I like the fact that yours has some wood on it, mine is the Limited, which has the fiberglass seats in it and was the "precursor to the non-wood Boston Whalers of today", I guess? I love all the seating positions and the seats infront of the driver and passenger are real comfortable, too.

bigz posted 09-05-2000 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
The VRO system was introduced in 1984 and there have been numerous changes and upgrades available through OMC dealers.

Unless you know what your doing I would suggest you take it over to an OMC service center and let them determine why your fouling just one cylinder --- something's you can service but others you need special tools ---

Congratulations on your SSL --- nice maintenance free little Whale and welcome to the forum and site --


Clark Roberts posted 09-05-2000 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
JHolmes, since the engine has evidently not been used much, bottom piston may have stuck rings and blow by is causing plug fouling.. just a guess... a compression test (and leak-down test can reveal condition of cyls and is a good first step in diagnostic... The VRO introduces oil at the fuel pump so the carbs get oiled gas and don't know how it got there... the ratio varies very little from 50:1 (as I understand it) and the new VRO are not variable at all and just put it in at 50:1... some late model VRO engines acutally drip unburned oil out the exhaust (prop).. I would disconnet and mix! As a minimum, you should "decarbon" with Merc "Power Tune", Yamaha "Combustion Deposit Cleaner... or OMC's equivalent... Last 40/50hp OMC that I owned had an insertion valve built into engine (like an air stem valve on a tire) to receive the OMC decarboning stuff... also put in new plugs and make sure they are the precise factory recommended heat range... aside from the above... I'm out of breath... whew,,,, I have owned a 17 SSLtd and a 15 SSLtd and loved them both!!! Happy Whalin'.... Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy

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