Spitfire Restoration – Outboard

This section is being totally rebuilt – very much more to come, keep popping in please and I will place items in as I do them or find them interesting.

My restored Mitcham Marine Spitfire testing the towing and launching.

This dual axle was an experiment to reduce damage to the boat over poor roads, don’t do it. It looks nice, but actually did more damage, so I am back to one axle again.

Returned to single axle, less aggressive bounce. I was hoping that double axle would be safer if tyre blew also. Does look more attractive with twin axle though.

The original boat on the trailer that was used in the factory to move the boats around. Not a pretty sight.

The boat was fitted with a tiller controlled Honda outboard, this was far too sensitive for the speeds it can reach. After the hull restore and re-coat, I tuned up the motor to 20hp from 15hp, that made even more sense to put steering wheel controls and single lever forward/reverse with accelerator. I found a very old control box which was not working, so stripped it down and re powder coated it. I then made a alloy box and inset that into the seat side to stop it digging into the driver. Then I found that the lever was to long, so I cut it down and welded the top back onto the shortened lever. At the same time, I added a passenger handle (from horsebox supplier).

At this point it was time to change the control arm to remote control, that was so fiddly so I made my own mods to fit the thick control steering cable. The tilt mechanism is the only issue left to address, but nearly there.

I will follow up with more pictures as and when I can load them, but it will be soon.

The Mitcham Spitfire developed into the Almarine Seafire, but with a 20HP outboard the little Mitcham Spitfire is as fast as the bigger Almarine with a 35HP.