Aquaflyer 32 hp?

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    #161698

    Seen this posted on Facebook AOMCI.
    I can’t read the small print. Is this Aquaflyer
    a home built affair, or what’s it’s story?

    Prepare to be boarded!

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    #161760

    The VA Aquaflyer is a version of the VE-50 that was to be installed in an enclosed, rear compartment of a specially built boat. The transom was recessed in a well that made the boat look like an inboard from the rear, and had a cover, similar to that of an inboard runabout over the motor. The VA has a diaphragm, fuel pumping carburetor that took fuel from a tank in the boat, therefore, the standard fuel tank was not needed and was removed. Steering was by cable and the steering handle of the standard V motor was also done away with; there is a blank plate put over the place where the standard handle assembly is normally attached.

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    #161790

    Thanks for the information! Very interesting. That explains why the strange fuel system. I was
    beginning to think it ran on propane.
    Were these factory converted, by an after-market company, or do it yourself kits?

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    #161863

    It was an factory motor. I had one many years ago, but traded it off.

    In 1930, just as the depression came along where no one could afford them, Johnson also sold boats, including one specially made for the VA motor. Somewhere, I can’t find it now, I have an ad for those boats.. However, I’ll include a page from the 1930 general manual that shows the oiling instructions for the VA, and an instruction page for the “fuel lift” carburetor.

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    #161871

    I thought I had a picture – but it turned out to be a different outboard. . . It must be in one of my 5000 meet pictures – [/B]


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    #161875

    Just went I thought I’ve seen pictures of all the outboards ever made!
    An import perhaps? Van Blerck sounds like something Colonel Klink
    might say!

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    #161915

    That’s neat, I’ve heard of the Van Blerck inboard with outdribe but never heard of the outboard Van Blerck. I wonder if anyone in the club has one?

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    #161945

    I would love to have one for my collection,…….😏

    Rotary valve Johnson’s Rule!

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    #166659

    Johnson was working on the idea of matched boats and motors before 1930. They had a “prototype” in 1927 that was called an Aquaflyer. The motor had a large disk instead of clamps that attached the motor into the well. The attached pics are of the restored boat, belonging to a friend. I think the model number of the motor was something like P?-35. I took the pics on a test cruise on Canandaigua Lake in New York after the owner mounted the motor after purchasing it from Canada.

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    #166679

    The 2 cyl. service motor would be 20hp and the V service motor 4 cyl. was 26hp. The V service motors only produced 32hp when made as a VR race motor. The decals used on V motors said 32 hp, they used the same decals on the VR race motors. the P service 2 cyl. 20 hp motors used decals that said 24 hp. these decals were the same as used on the 24 hp PR racing motors.

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    #166682

    Nice info, I really enjoy this in on our site>

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    #166750

    Would love to take that rig around the lake for a scenic cruise!

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