Well, I finally got out for the 'first paddle of the season' (I'm old and cranky, and the waters' been kinda cold....). Went with my lawyer, if that tells ya anything. We paddled about fifteen miles or so, up the Missouri and back. It was a really calm morning, sun shining, great to be alive paddle. We even saw some wildlife - lots of fish, a deer, and different birds, ranging from buzzards (ya want to paddle lively when they're around) to various raptors - hawks, falcons etc., a few bald eagles) and nesting ducks. So all told, darned nice way to start the season.
But now my problem; hope you good folks can help! I seem to be having some engine problems..... no compression, there's a knocking sound when I tried to accelerate, and thought I saw some smoke coming outta my exhaust. My U-joints might need a greasing, too. Doubt I can get parts - it's an old model. Bottom line - not enough horsepower. So.... what to do? Maybe bore it out and put in some highcompression pistons? Wonder if a turbo would help. Maybe I should be using some of that synthetic lube? Anyhoo, hope you folks have some good suggestions. In any event, MAIB's is worthwhile, regardless how dilapidated the craft.