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by Don SSDD
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1062

Re: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging

The correct factory service manual will also list available recommended spark plugs. Normally if they are recommended in the manual, they also come pre-gapped to the correct spec. You still should check the gap when buying new plugs. In my experience, some motors only run well on original spec plugs...
by Don SSDD
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1062

Re: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging

You say you have a manual, but the manual doesn’t agree with your engineon the number of wires for the coil pack,. If your manual is not a Mercury factory service manual for your year, model, and serial number, I’d suggest you find one. The generic manuals like Clymer are usually not completely accu...
by Don SSDD
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Evinrude News
Replies: 6
Views: 832

Re: Evinrude News

Good analysis Jim. I guess they could go after the big boat market, those boats that run 3 or more 300+ horsepower outboards. Do a hybrid- use a gasoline powered motor to run electric motors running outboards. Electric has plenty of torque to run props, the gas engine produces electricity to run the...
by Don SSDD
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: A Sea (Lake) Survival Story
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: A Sea (Lake) Survival Story

Hard to believe the story he tells. I’ve had SAR training and hypothermia is not avoidable, complete immersion in 45 F water means your body cools down at a set pace. The only factor that slows hypothermia down to any degree is high body fat which insulates your core. High body fat usually translate...
by Don SSDD
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2002 Mercury 90 Runs on Two Cylinders
Replies: 11
Views: 902

Re: 2002 Mercury 90hp #1 carb concern

If the plug was wet, you have fuel and the problem must be electrical

Did the wet spark plug smell like gasoline?
by Don SSDD
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1978 13-footer Hull Soft Spot
Replies: 13
Views: 802

Re: 1978 Super Sport 13 Hull Soft Spot

You will know when you drill the injection holes if the foam is wet. If so many will fan dry it or use small wicks. If you follow this advice to repair the crack, if there is wet foam, it could be coming through the crack you are fixing in the foam. If you are concerned the leak is around the bow t...
by Don SSDD
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Sally Consequenses
Replies: 15
Views: 1513

Re: Sally Consequenses

Butch, we never get 2.5 ft of water in a single event. We get the tail end of things like Sandy or Sally. We got Juan in Halifax, but it was very fast moving and had a very narrow path. We get some nor’easter storms in winter sometimes, winds of cat 1 level and 4 ft of snow was the last big one in 2...
by Don SSDD
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Sally Consequenses
Replies: 15
Views: 1513

Re: Sally Consequenses

Glad you all survived in this hurricane season. Wind and storms are just news on tv until one hits you. 150 mph wind is just a number you read about until you experience it. We just missed hurricane Teddy, it was a cat 3 for a bit, then swung further out to sea where colder water slowed it down. It ...
by Don SSDD
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Salvage Value of MONTAUK Damaged in Storm
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Re: Salvage Value of MONTAUK Damaged in Storm

In my experience with automobiles, the salvage is usually a set percentage of the market value of the vehicle, usually 20-percent. So a $10,000 vehicle has a $2,000 salvage value, regardless of it was burned to a crisp or just barely damaged enough to write it off. Insurance companies make contracts...
by Don SSDD
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Boston Whaler Use of 13-inch Trailer Tires
Replies: 16
Views: 1157

Re: Boston Whaler Use of 13-inch Trailer Tires

Ground clearance is another concern with tire size. If you travel on gravel roads you may need more ground clearance and the taller tires will raise the axle higher off the road. Having low ground clearance with a boat which smaller tires will provide may be a benefit when launching and retrieving a...
by Don SSDD
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Identify Boat Builder
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: Identify Boat Builder

What size is this boat? If you have a picture of it, check online for pictures of Boston Whaler models that size and age and you can usually identify a Boston Whaler.
by Don SSDD
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Garage Dimensions
Replies: 10
Views: 901

Re: Garage Dimensions

I’d suggest some form of guard on the face of the door trim, a good chance it will be needed.
by Don SSDD
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2011 Mercury 90 Multiple Run Problems
Replies: 16
Views: 1547

Re: 2011 Mercury 90 Multiple Run Problems

I suggest you change or clean out, as appropriate, any filters or fuel separators on the Mercury.

Do you have a factory service manual?

Check the maintenance section for the service needed on these items.
by Don SSDD
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 20
Views: 13782

Re: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

Bryan - I recommend you raise the engine 1 additional hole and check the anti-cavitation plate (right above prop). Should be 1-1/2 inches above the keel of the boat. Expect you will pick up ~2 mph and 150 rpm's due to less gearcase in the water. Would this move up improve fuel consumption as less d...
by Don SSDD
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1988 Outrage 22 WD Re-power Yamaha F300
Replies: 32
Views: 1844

Re: 1988 Outrage 22 WD Re-power Yamaha F300

We’ll be curious to see your results when you repower.

I have always said everyone makes a lemon once in a while, many boat owners love their etecs, you likely have a lemon by the sounds of things.
by Don SSDD
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: HONDA BF90 Missing Power
Replies: 27
Views: 1676

Re: HONDA BF90 Missing Power

I would suggest your problem is still possibly the propeller and there may be nothing wrong with your engine. You should follow the advice on propeller selection and if that doesn’t help, then go to engine problems, IMHO. Buying a propeller because it’s a good deal may not be a good deal if it’s the...
by Don SSDD
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Winch, Boat Bow Eye
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Trailer Winch, Boat Bow Eye

Your boat and trailer may need to be realigned to make the boat easier to move off the trailer. Your boat should mostly float on almost to the bow stop. Can you lower your bunks without risking the boat hitting the trailer frames or hitting the axle while travelling? Lower it as much as possible and...
by Don SSDD
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Blacking out registration numbers
Replies: 8
Views: 1421

Re: Blacking out registration numbers

With all the hacking of databases that happens, the likelihood your registration number or plate number can be found by some thief is probable. Police departments have had license plate scanners for years, they can scan parked cars and all traffic looking for stolen plates etc. That data can at some...
by Don SSDD
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Red Dot Hull
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Re: Red Dot Hull

I would have thought the commercial hull would add more than 90 lbs, my 18 outrages were 1250 lbs for regular hull and 1750 lbs for commercial hull, that’s 40% more for the commercial. With the 1986 15 weighing 500/550, 40% would be over 200 lbs. 200 lbs would effect the water line on a 15 foot hull.
by Don SSDD
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1986 NEWTAUK E-TEC 90
Replies: 9
Views: 870

NEW TOPIC: Plots of Horsepower and Torque

ASIDE: To find horsepower and torque curves for outboard engine to see the RPM range where the power is available seems hard.
by Don SSDD
Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Yamaha Forum
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Re: Yamaha Forum

Thanks Phil.
by Don SSDD
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Yamaha Forum
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Yamaha Forum

Yamaha owners: recommend a good forum

Thanks,
Don

BACKSTORY I am assisting a friend with a 2005 Yamaha T60TLR engine with a Yamaha 703 shifter control.
by Don SSDD
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Hard Steering
Replies: 15
Views: 1332

Re: Hard Steering

The steering on my Outrage is getting hard and I decided to add a Steersman nut to my cable. I contacted Steersman by email to see if they had a Canadian supplier, they told me the Seachoice Steering Guard nut is supplied by them. Just posting this as an FYI for future reference for anyone reading t...
by Don SSDD
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Hard Steering
Replies: 15
Views: 1332

Re: Original 1998 17ft Montauk with the 90hp 2 stroke, hard steering...

A Steersman Nut added to the port side will allow you to grease the [tilt tube and steering actuator rod] and keep [them] clean from water and debris. Seachoice also make [a akin to the Steersman Nut]. [I am] not sure if [the Seachoice fitting is] as good as the original. [The Seachoice fitting] May...
by Don SSDD
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Honda 225 mounting on 22 Guardian
Replies: 7
Views: 803

Re: Honda 225 mounting on 22 Guardian

What [position relative to lowest possible position and counting the distance using the "hole" unit of 3/4-inch and measuring up] was [the HONDA 225] mounted in originally? My HONDA 130 engine is mounted two-holes-up; mounting three-holes-up was too high. I know--I am telling you about a d...
by Don SSDD
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1997 17' Outrage II Water in Fuel problems
Replies: 10
Views: 880

Re: 1997 17' Outrage II Water in Fuel problems

Dump the fuel in your water separator into a clean clear glass bottle and let it sit to see if there is water in your gas now. If the gas you have bought is contaminated, you’d think there would be a lot of other boaters and automobiles with your problem. When buying gas in future, maybe fill a clea...
by Don SSDD
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: First Used Boat
Replies: 12
Views: 1114

Re: First Used Boat

Most 17’s have 90 hp or close to it which is plenty hp for your use. I’d say 60-90 hp would be fine. You will see 2 stokes and 4 strokes, some 4 strokes are fairly heavy where the 2 strokes are almost always lighter and have more low end torque. Start looking now- you may find what you want plus the...
by Don SSDD
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 17 Montauk with Honda 4 Stroke 90HP
Replies: 9
Views: 1766

Re: 17 Montauk with Honda 4 Stroke 90HP

My neighbour has a 1995 Montauk 17 with about a 2000 Honda 90. Those HONDA engines were big and about 380-lbs. He likes the HONDA 90, but it is heavy compared to say an E-TEC. You are eliminating the oil tank. The Honda is very good on fuel so I wouldn’t be afraid to buy the Montauk with a Honda 90 ...
by Don SSDD
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sump Pump Float Switch
Replies: 17
Views: 10741

Re: Sump Pump Float Switch

I used the sensing electronic rule bilge pump and the first one failed in a couple of months, replaced on warranty and the new one failed the following year. I keep my boat on a salt water mooring and our water is very clean. I went to a rule ball bearing separate switch and separate pump, been work...
by Don SSDD
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Working on modern outboard engines
Replies: 0
Views: 875

Working on modern outboard engines

[In modern outboard engines] the components change rapidly from year to year. Factory software is needed to do diagnostics or even to replace components. Only an authorized dealer can get the software, and the software updates are frequent. It is all very expensive. Keeping mechanics trained on chan...
by Don SSDD
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rebuilt Outboard Engine Reliability
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: Reliability of Outboard Rebuilds

A rebuilt outboard engine only as good as the mechanic doing the rebuild. If a really good mechanic could be found, he could rebuild a really good outboard. A mechanic who knows his trade can assess if your outboard is worth rebuilding and give an estimate of the cost before doing the job. These old...
by Don SSDD
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1986 Outrage 18 clam shell vents
Replies: 5
Views: 751

Re: 1986 Outrage 18 clam shell vents

Thanks Phil.
by Don SSDD
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1986 Outrage 18 clam shell vents
Replies: 5
Views: 751

1986 Outrage 18 clam shell vents

I’m replacing the anchor locker drain tube, I see no evidence there was ever a clam shell vent( if that’s the correct term) over it on the outside of the hull. Should there be? I checked my bilge drain tube on the starboard bottom and it has evidence there was a clam shell vent there, so I’ll instal...
by Don SSDD
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Buying My First Boston Whaler
Replies: 57
Views: 4912

Re: Buying My First Boston Whaler

The tires may be “new” based on looks/wear, but may not be new based on age. I’d stop frequently and check the temperature of the bearings and rubber (buy a cheap infrared temperature gun) and keep the speed down to say 60mph. Do you have the right size trailer ball on your hitch to match the one on...
by Don SSDD
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2001 BF130 Misfire, Surging, Bogging
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: 2001 BF130 Misfire, Surging, Bogging

Manufacturers today recommend you have a dealer change your oil and filter, and in automobiles, change your lightbulbs. Those things I am capable of doing, I choose to do myself, in spite of what manufacturers say. This saves me time and money. I have used SeaFoam fuel additive for about ten years w...
by Don SSDD
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2001 BF130 Misfire, Surging, Bogging
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: 2001 BF130 Misfire, Surging, Bogging

I’d also try running some sea foam through [the fuel system] or whatever [fuel system] cleaner you prefer.

Hook up a portable tank to your fuel line; it will take a lot of cleaner if you put the cleaner in your fuel tank in the boat.

Are you using ethanol free fuel?

And Stabilizer in the tank?
by Don SSDD
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2001 BF130 Misfire, Surging, Bogging
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: 2001 BF130 Misfire, Surging, Bogging

I have this outboard on my Outrage, I’d recommend you get the Honda shop manual, available from Honda dealers or from Honda on eBay and maybe Amazon. Don’t bother with a Clymer. As requested, post pics of the plugs you removed, if new plugs made a difference, the old ones must have been fouled. Figu...
by Don SSDD
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Boston Whaler Boat Inventory and Sales
Replies: 15
Views: 1963

Re: New Boston Whaler sales

Here in Nova Scotia the [new boat sales and inventory] are the same [as reported above for the U.S.A]. I thought boat and RV sales would fall off a cliff, but the dealers at are busier than they have ever been. And the Same for building supplies and concrete sales. I think the scale of government pa...
by Don SSDD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Using Gray Fuel Hose When Replacing Fuel Lines
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: Using Gray Fuel Hose When Replacing Fuel Lines

A prior thread, Modern Gray Fuel Hose: friend or foe? discusses the gray fuel hose problems with delaminating of the inside liner.
by Don SSDD
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Using Gray Fuel Hose When Replacing Fuel Lines
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Using Gray Fuel Hose When Replacing Fuel Lines

[This topic began as a sidebar in another thread on another topic. When the sidebar became longer than the original topic, I separated the sidebar into its own thread--jimh] I suggest [using] the gray marine fuel hose for fuel [supply line to the engine] and vent. [The gray marine fuel hose] is slig...
by Don SSDD
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Johnson 40 VRO Model Year; Stall at Idle
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: Help with Johnson 40 VRO

How old are the fuel lines? If the fuel hoses are old they may be leaking air. Replace the fuel hose from tank to outboard. Does the engine have good power when running the boat, but only stalls at idle problem? If so, I’d change the spark plugs, and add SeaFoam or similar to your fuel and take it f...
by Don SSDD
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Buying My First Boston Whaler
Replies: 57
Views: 4912

Re: Buying My First Boston Whaler

What outboard does it have, age, hp, and brand? 2 stroke or 4 stroke? Trailer licensed and inspected (if you have that where you are)? Sounds like a good starter boat. As far as towing a couple of miles once you have the boat, on flatish ground, your sienna will tow the size boat you are looking at ...
by Don SSDD
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Unsinkable Can Be Valuable
Replies: 4
Views: 950

Re: Unsinkable Can Be Valuable

Thanks for that Jim, very interesting to see how difficult it is to rescue people out of the water, even with a large swim platform, in daylight hours, and in a fairly calm sea. People who choose not to wear a life jacket and think they can put it on in the water need to practice that in the water. ...
by Don SSDD
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel Additives
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Re: What additives are you putting in your fuel... If any?

For 15 years I have used SEAFOAM as a one a year cleaner for carburetors and valves. The alcohol types it contains do not absorb water like ethanol. I use ethanol-free gasoline fuel in my outboard, lawnmower, generator, any gasoline engine that sits around for periods of time. Ethanol gas is fine in...
by Don SSDD
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 58
Views: 6458

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

I think the costs of developing new engines, having them certified by EPA, is extremely expensive. As emission rules change or as manufacturers modify existing designs, a new emission approval is needed. If you look at world engine manufacturers like say Caterpillar or the auto manufacturers, they h...
by Don SSDD
Wed May 27, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 58
Views: 6458

Re: BRP abandoning Evinrude E-TEC

jimh wrote:I knew that Evinrude was only a small segment of the overall BRP business, but just shutting it down seems unbelievable.

Especially when you consider the money just invested for the G2 expansion. Maybe Mercury will take over the E-TEC.
by Don SSDD
Wed May 27, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 58
Views: 6458

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

Signing a deal with Mercury to supply outboards for their boat brands. Wow.
by Don SSDD
Wed May 06, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation
Replies: 22
Views: 2495

Re: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation

The Robertson screw was used on the ford model t (likely those built in Canada?) back when the screws available were only the slot/straight screw, it was said to reduce the time building a T by hours. Henry tried to buy the patent from Robertson but he wouldn’t sell. Around that time the Phillips sc...
by Don SSDD
Wed May 06, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation
Replies: 22
Views: 2495

Re: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation

Robertson screws with a square head are what we in Canada use, they have been in use for almost 100 years here. They have made their way into the US in recent years. The square heads means they can be installed with one hand since you don’t need to hold them on the end of the screwdriver with your f...
by Don SSDD
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: c.2007 210 Outrage Bilge, Power, Defects
Replies: 26
Views: 2872

Re: c.2007 210 Outrage Bilge, Power, Defects

ASIDE on a different boat and its stability in high seas when partially down flooded and with a heavy load: Our fire department rescue boat is a 1994 GUARDIAN with T-top and twin E-TEC 135-HP engines. The 1994 GUARDIAN has a large well just forward of the center console, covered by a [commercial typ...