HERE'S THE LATEST
12/17/16 December run on the BLACKWATER
While you all "up North" shiver in below zero cold, we were presented with a 77 degree forecast for today.
So I fired up the Mark 50 MOD on the Duratech to for a little ride. Arriving at the ramp found the lot FULL Evidently someone local must have had a tournament of some sort. Fortunately there was ONE skinny spot the rig would fit into.
No one else was available to accompany me but I wasn't gonna miss out on this, cuz it might be months before we get this sort of a temp again; on the Gulf Coast the cold snap apex is right here in Pensacola / Milton; go to New Orleans or Tallahassee and it's warmer.
Besides, I have been "on the beach" with health issues for 2 months and finally out of this funk (I hope for good, but...) so doubly anxious.
Had a fun ride, this little "tinny" will do around 40 with this motor and just sips gas.
"How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy. It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout. The courteous gesture increases one's respect for others. To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful. I believe we are called to the duty of delight."
12/15/2016 THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM - OR, HOW TO WORK HARDER AND EARN LESS.
Back in the day (we entered this curious marine business in 1968) supply side was pretty easy to follow - "manufacturer to distributor" and "distributor to dealer" markups around 25%; "dealer to retail" markup was a 40% profit margin; the prices of goods were even "fair traded": that is, you were not permitted to advertise items at a discount or you were violating terms of your franchise agreement!
Now, fast forward to the 3rd millenium. Not so easy to figure profits today. Not only is anybody with a distributor catalog and a PC able to sell stuff, but the back end has stretched so far that importer-distributors are making 200 - 300%. Is "dealer to consumer" still at 40%??
Nooope - they haven't passed on any of this largesse to retailers and small shops. And why should they? Some dude in a double wide out in Arkansas has zipola overhead, no need to know anything except his eBay handle. You're lucky to make 10%, and it may get worse.
The upshot of all this is your striving tech guys here may have to get into the import business, as entreaties to those "300% profit guys" have been rebuffed.
Please sir, I want some more?
Added a page of cool scans of old outboard literature, including an WW2 military outboard user's manual, a 1919 Evinrude sales brochure, and the Mastertech's 3rd place race finish in 1979!
More will be added from time to time.
Having a little fun with old Mercs, I have been working on a "Frankenmerc" 40 cubic inch Mark 50. This will be running on my P-14 runabout I am also re-doing. Fun with old junk - and, remember "sandcast is fast"!
SEE THE MOTOR HERE
AND THE BOAT THREAD HERE
Aloha all - been a long time since any news was posted here, a little updating may be in order. Been thru a lot of bad times, one bright spot in my life is this website and all you folks that make it possible. The current economic mess has caused me a lot of problems but the upshot is it will be better in the end. Business is good and looks like we will have a record year.
"Persistence. Nothing in the world
can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more
common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full
of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
JULY 18-19 2008
Finally broke away long enough to get to an AOMCI Antique Outboard meet.
Rolled in to the Yellow Jacket campground on the old Suwannee river on Friday the 18th. The last meet I had attended was in 1993. There were about 50 outboard collectors and their families at this gathering. All I had ready to show was a 1962 Evinrude 5.5 HP, so I set it up and displayed a few odd parts that I gathered up at the last minute.
A good time was had by all, I thank George Emmanuel and Bob Walwork for welcoming a stranger from a strange land!!
-- Calvin Coolidge (President
of the United States)