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by Don SSDD
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power

I’m no electrical expert at all but how do large capacitors enter into the picture? They supply capacitors in a large rack, a bit bigger that a refrigerator. Each capacitor was about 5 inches by 5 inches by say 20-25 inches. I’m guessing the tolerance for positioning a rig over a hole is fairly smal...
by Don SSDD
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power

No government money involved, I believe transocean funded the cost of the drill rig and the energy savings come from a reduction in diesel consumption. I believe they reduced the number of diesels engines by 50-70%. It takes a lot of power to tighten the anchor chains of these drills operating in wa...
by Don SSDD
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Lake Michigan Water Levels 2021; Marina Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 402

Re: Lake Michigan Water Levels 2021; Marina Repairs

Mooring or docking with no six to eight-foot tide rise and fall every 11 hours really changes things. All our wharves use floats for vessel tie-up up to lengths of 50 to 75-feet. All our docks and floats are wooden, pressure treated lumber. With global warming, I suppose the future may see the lakes...
by Don SSDD
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power

The company here in Prince Edward Island that builds the hybrids designed a system for a new offshore drill rig. It reduced diesel consumption by 14%, it launched in 2019 and the rig is owned by Transocean. It recaptures the energy from the anchoring chain system used to maintain positioning while d...
by Don SSDD
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power

Not sure if I’m completely off topic with this but Canadian Coast Guard have committed to a diesel electric hybrid survey vessel. I believe with vessels, they use electric motors to do all the work and use diesel to produce electricity. They also use large banks of capacitors to generate large spike...
by Don SSDD
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power

My speculation on BRP and electric was based on earlier articles posted here where it seemed BRP were working on something secret in the way of a marine propulsion system for power boats. Since BRP have given up on [two-stroke-power-cycle low emission EPA-compliant outboard engines] and [four-stroke...
by Don SSDD
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Practical Use Aspect of Underwater Hull or Transom Lamps
Replies: 7
Views: 225

Re: Practical Use Aspect of Underwater Hull or Transom Lamps

My neighbor fishes squid off his dock at night with lights.
by Don SSDD
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power
Replies: 15
Views: 551

BRP Announces $300-million Investment in Electric Power

BRP announced they are investing $300 million into development of electric power for their Ski Doo and motorcycle businesses. It is a modular power development so it seems like the battery power will be usable in their various product lines. Maybe this is the direction [BRP] will take Evinrude if th...
by Don SSDD
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Repower 1979 Outrage V-20
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Re: Repower 1979 Outrage V-20

Look at local boat dealers who are known to provide good service as a [method for making a] choice on [which engine] brand [to purchase]. Then pick a [engine horsepower rating] and a lighter weight in those brands. I’m not knowledgeable on this hull but it sounds like you don’t need to max-out the h...
by Don SSDD
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Electric Propulsion Motors
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Electric Propulsion Motors

Jim, the unknown chemistry for a new battery is part of my optimism. I have hope. There is another business launching some kind of device this month working to capture the power of the waves in the Bay of Fundy to produce electricity. We’ve seen several different inventors attempt this, the tides al...
by Don SSDD
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Electric Propulsion Motors
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Electric Propulsion Motors

R&D on new battery technology is proceeding now at a higher pace than ever before and I am an optimist that a new technology advance can happen any time. I visited a business in Prince Edward Island that is partly owned by Mann Diesel, a part of VW. They make a living on hybrid electric/diesel i...
by Don SSDD
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Micro Booster or Second Starting Batteries
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: Micro Booster or Second Starting Batteries

I have one of these, the small size and small weight makes them very convenient to store and carry around and they are very easy to use. In the storage case, they are about the size amd weight of a 2 inch thick paperback book.
by Don SSDD
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Electric Propulsion Motors
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Electric Propulsion Motors

These electric outboards may be an option on waters where gasoline outboards are prohibited [like] small lakes. The speed and range would be acceptable in that application. I believe innovation in battery technology is occurring at a faster than ever pace, and in five to ten years batteries will wei...
by Don SSDD
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Propellers for High Altitude
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Propellers for High Altitude

If a boat engine is losing power at high altitude, should a different propeller for high altitude than used at sea level be considered?
by Don SSDD
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Commercial Products
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Re: Boston Whaler Commercial Products

In Canada the Coast Guard, RCMP, and Navy outboard-size oats here shifted to Rigid-hull Inflatable boat or RIBs in the last 20 years. Previously they were using Boston Whaler boat. I do not recall seeing any government or commercial Boston Whaler boats around here newer than our 1994 Outrage 25. ASI...
by Don SSDD
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1725

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: 1725

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: 1334

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: 571

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: 1287

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: 1212

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: 1947

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: 1947

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: 798

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: 1647

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: 841

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: 1211

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: 1965

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: 14481

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: 2695

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: 2290

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: 766

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: 1678

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: 1236

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: 1245

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: 577

Re: Yamaha Forum

Thanks Phil.
by Don SSDD
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Yamaha Forum
Replies: 2
Views: 577

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: 1754

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: 1754

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: 1033

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: 1182

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: 1442

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: 2151

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: 11240

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: 1128

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: 1072

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: 924

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: 924

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: 6241

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: 1137

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...