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by dtmackey
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 105
Views: 19620

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering

Thanks for the kind words Guitarfish. Steering is installed and took it for a ride today and this was a very worthwhile upgrade. The dead spot in the steering is gone and there is zero torque steer in the wheel with a noticeable reduction in steering input. Very pleased with the results. Steering wh...
by dtmackey
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Lake Michigan Water Level
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Lake Michigan Water Level

Being on the ocean the idea of fixed docks is foreign to me, especially with a mean average tide of 9.6' and the occasional new new moon 11' tide swing. Nothing compared to the Bay of Fundy 40' tides.

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by dtmackey
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Racor filter service interval
Replies: 10
Views: 2462

Re: Racor filter service interval

If the Racor filter uses the clear bowl or tinted blue bowl, be advised a product bulletin was released in 2016 to change these to the newer design that appears to have a yellow tint and it ethanol compliant. The old bowl will fail when E10 fuel is used over time. https://www.parker.com/literature/R...
by dtmackey
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP
Replies: 7
Views: 1004

Re: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP

I have a lot of experience with the OMC....OMC made it very easy to swap the parts around. I did a number of those over the years, and--aside from the difference between the early and late models--the carburetor swap is a good upgrade; but depending on what model year, there can be additional diffe...
by dtmackey
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP
Replies: 7
Views: 1004

Re: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP

Not a 9.9 to 15, but along the same line. Yamaha 60 to 70 conversion and this is a simple conversion since the motors both run the exact same CDI unit, exhuast downtube, intake and reed assemblies and the only difference is the carbs where the throat of the 70 carbs is noticeably larger than the 60 ...
by dtmackey
Fri May 31, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 105
Views: 19620

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering

Took the boat for a ride last week and the dead spot in the cable steering drove me nuts and motivated me to start installing the Baystar system. https://i.imgur.com/yaoMrhBl.jpg Fig. 1. Pulled the console and associated wiring and now able to clean up a few things I decided to change. https://i.img...
by dtmackey
Fri May 31, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP
Replies: 7
Views: 1004

Re: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP

To increase HP from a motor that uses the same block as a higher powered motor, some people think its carburetor jetting, but jets only add more fuel with no additional air and you need to increase both air and fuel at the key stochiometric 14:1 ratio to make more power, jets alone just dump in more...
by dtmackey
Thu May 30, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Racor filter service interval
Replies: 10
Views: 2462

Re: Racor filter service interval

On my 15 Whaler with a carb motor I do not run a filter since a carb can take quite a bit of gunk with no problems. I also started with a fresh fuel system last year. On my Mako 21 with an E-TEC 250 I use a water-separator RACOR, and it is changed every other year. The filter on the engine is change...
by dtmackey
Thu May 30, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: SUPER SPORT 13 with Bigfoot 9.9-HP / 15hp
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: SUPER SPORT 13 with 9.9-HP

Is the Mercury Bigfoot the 4 stroke model? If it is, I don't think you'll see much better performance since 4 stroke motors lack the down low torque of a 2 stroke to get the boat on plane and the engine to the upper RPM range where it makes power. I can tell you the difference between a 4 stroke 9.9...
by dtmackey
Fri May 17, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: XD50 Oil
Replies: 8
Views: 2271

Re: XD50 Oil

Oldslowandugly wrote:Yes, I saw that Evinrude still offers [XD30 oil]. Perhaps my guy was reluctant to order another 100 gallon drum just for guys like me.


I can't image he's selling much XD30 at all, so not surprising he's no longer buying in bulk.

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by dtmackey
Wed May 08, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Brass Drain Tube Repair
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

Re: Brass Drain Tube Repair

I was at my local boatyard today making a work list for one of my boats, and the yard has a bunch of 13-foot Boston Whaler boats from various years scattered about. I checked and found three that had at least one compromised drain tube where the brass was corroded to the point of allowing saltwater ...
by dtmackey
Thu May 02, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Montauk 17 Water Collection Sumps
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

Re: Montauk 17 Water Collection Sumps

Check your bailing plug brass tube. Based on the pic you provided, it doesn't appear to be sitting square against the gelcoat and they are a point of failure in Whalers. They can be replaced and if your's is compromised, then it could allow water into the transom area foam and transom core. I've rep...
by dtmackey
Wed May 01, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2013 130 Super Sport Self-bailing
Replies: 10
Views: 1566

Re: 2013 130 Super Sport Self-bailing

There is nothing wrong with a few inches of water sitting on the deck of the boat. I'm not sure I agree with you Phil. If I were to pull the plug on many of my previous Whalers and current (all self bailing) and leave on the mooring over the summer months I use it, algae and growth would occur insi...
by dtmackey
Wed May 01, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: On Board Hand Tools
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Re: On Board Hand Tools

dtmakey, where did you find stainless steal tools? I purchased them at a marine store that was going out of business years ago, so I got a great deal. I also have a set of bronze tools that my dad purchased as a kit back in the 70s, which has the common adjustable wrench, pliers, hammer, screw driv...
by dtmackey
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: On Board Hand Tools
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Re: On Board Hand Tools

I grabbed a set of basic stainless tools years ago that were reasonable in price. They do discolor a little after use and getting salt water on them, but wipe clean with a rag. Look into buying some stainless tools and it won't be a problem.

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by dtmackey
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2013 130 Super Sport Self-bailing
Replies: 10
Views: 1566

Re: 2013 130 Super Sport Self-bailing

Whaler has made the self bailing claim for a long time and it will self bail after reaching an equilibrium between weight and buoyancy. The concern I have with this claim is self bailing to me means the scuppers are above the water and any water entering the deck area then exits through scuppers or ...
by dtmackey
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Bottom painting made easier
Replies: 4
Views: 1129

Re: Bottom painting made easier

Have you considered getting the hull soda blasted to get a smooth surface and drop some of the extra paint? I blasted one of my boats and considering doing another since it makes painting so much easier on a smooth surface and I'm sure there's an added hydrodynamic benefit.

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by dtmackey
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1988 SUPER SPORT LIMITED 15: Black Plastic Hinges
Replies: 8
Views: 2387

Re: 1988 SUPER SPORT LIMITED 15: Black Plastic Hinges

Look around and you can save a bundle. In the past I've seen them for $5 - $10 per hinge in 316 stainless. Most stainless hardware comes out of China and the markup some companies put on it for the privilege of buying it in their spiffy packaging is insane.

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by dtmackey
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller
Replies: 30
Views: 4815

Re: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller

Maybe the iceberg was a conspiracy theory and it was the 4 bladed center prop that doomed the Titanic. https://i.imgur.com/uDLd0vVl.jpg On a more serious note, a 4 bladed prop is not ideal for every boat and functions better on certain applications. I would never even think of switching the bow thru...
by dtmackey
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Turquoise stickers
Replies: 10
Views: 2794

Re: Turquoise stickers

What are “stickers”? I think he meant decal. Many people use the terms interchangeably. It's like people who refer to soft drinks as soda, tonic or pop. I know what they mean and there seems to be a generational and regional preferred name. I will say, if Whaler did use turquoise decals on any boat...
by dtmackey
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: HONDA Engine Advertising
Replies: 6
Views: 2011

Re: HONDA Engine Advertising

Haven't seen much Honda advertising in these parts and Honda is not a popular motor in these parts - probably due to local dealer support, or lack of dealers.
by dtmackey
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller
Replies: 30
Views: 4815

Re: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller

I dug back though my 3 to 4 blade notes and found some information that I will offer. I can attest that Ken at Prop Gods nailed it with the suggestion of a single prop being spot on. Boat is a 1990 Mako 21 with an Evinrude 250. Hull is a Florida Marine Patrol boat built to military and marine patrol...
by dtmackey
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Best Vendor for replacement decals for OMC engines
Replies: 1
Views: 1072

Re: Replacement Johnson Decals Source

I've used Garzon Studios on several outboard engine cowlings, and I been very pleased with the quality. He's also done custom work for me in the past. There others I've used and been happy with, but can't remember the names.

https://garzonstudio.com/outboard/johnson.html

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by dtmackey
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VIKING SKY Engine Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 2181

Re: VIKING SKY Engine Problem

What seems most odd: all four Diesel engines turning the alternators lost oil simultaneously. You’d expect the engines would have separate oil reservoirs, and not to be supplied lubricating oil from a common reservoir. Or at least 2 systems, 1 for port and 1 for starboard engines. I would think red...
by dtmackey
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Desert Tan Color in a Two-part Paint
Replies: 6
Views: 1510

Re: Desert Tan Color in a Two-part Paint

I removed a small piece of the deck from my 1989 Outrage 18' and had a quart of Dupont Imron (I believe it is now Axalta Imron) matched. It was pretty darn close. I can't guarantee my Desert Tan will match your Desert Tan, but I can upload a picture of the formula if you want it. Did the same thing...
by dtmackey
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2009 150 SUPER SPORT: Brown Fluid Oozing
Replies: 8
Views: 1693

Re: 2009 150 SUPER SPORT: Brown Fluid Oozing

Saltwater is said to not induce wood rot. Freshwater makes wood rot. A use history for saltwater is a plus in this case. Rot and soft, I have found the same over the years. But wet and soft wood is not a lot different then rotten wood. Salt water intrusion is still bad. Fully agree with salt or fre...
by dtmackey
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller
Replies: 30
Views: 4815

Re: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller

I have a 21 Mako that was a previous Florida Marine Patrol boat and Mako built them with bigger stringers and lots of extra glass adding lots of weight. After I restored the boat and mounted a 250-HP engine, I tested many three-bladed propellers. I was not happy with the performance, but once I trie...
by dtmackey
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 Tohatsu 60-HP Model MFS60
Replies: 12
Views: 2046

Re: 2019 Tohatsu 60-HP Model MFS60

How [will a 2019 Tohatsu 60-HP Model MFS60] perform on a classic Montauk? A MFS60 probably won't perform as well on a classic MONTAUK 17 as an Evinrude E-TEC 90. I'd agree with Jim on this and think he was being a little elusive in his response since a 90 Etec will trump a 60 Tohatsu. There is no w...
by dtmackey
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices
Replies: 36
Views: 4084

Re: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices

With prices like that it only lifts the prices of the used Whaler market as well. I really question the additional price of the classic Whaler gelcoat color since it doesn't cost them any more $$. When we had our Nordic Tug built, we specified a specific green they never used and it did not add any ...
by dtmackey
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 11
Views: 2012

Re: Trailers

dtmackey -- the OP never mentioned "homemade" in his post. He did ask for opinions on a few of his ideas which he listed. I gave him my opinion on the one idea of his involving obvious fraud. No "rush to judgement", and the law seems clear to me. Many stolen trailers come back t...
by dtmackey
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Black Rub Rail Polish
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

Re: Black Rub Rail Polish

I use 303 Protective restorer for all the vinyl upholstery and the rub rail. Acetone attacks plastic, so it might be good for removal of the top layer that's damaged from the UV, but I would not use this as my go-to for annual maint. 303 ingredients are plastic safe and also contain UV protection t...
by dtmackey
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 11
Views: 2012

Re: Trailers

...I sold a boat and trailer years ago and forgot to give the buyer the title. I still have it. I would use this title to get a registration and plates . I should probably say that I'm a retired cop, and I never stopped a trailer in my entire career. But even if I did, I can't imagine I would have ...
by dtmackey
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Advice on Whaler Clones
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

Re: Advice on Whaler Clones

I'm impressed because building a mold is no small task.I can appreciate the work and time you have into this. The boats look great and you will have a target audience that loves the classic Whalers. There is Metan Marine who builds reproduction Whalers (13, 17, and a larger model), but I believe the...
by dtmackey
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Random Observations on Outboard Engine Brands
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Re: Random Observations on Outboard Engine Brands

Great pic, observation. and explanation. I doubt you'd see Nissan outboards since they stopped selling outboards in 2014 and focused more in the smaller HP ranges. Nissan outboards were rebadged Tohatsu motors. Tohatsu now has an agreement with Honda and starting in 2014 all Tohatsu motors over 115 ...
by dtmackey
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Engine mounting

The info I read came from Tom Clark and ToomanyBoats in the thread listed above. The E-TEC 30 has a displacement of 35.2 and a gear ratio of 2.15. Dry weight of 150. The E-TEC 40 has a displacement of 52.7 and a gear ratio of 2.9 . Dry weight of 232. Thanks Phil, but I'm confused on how is this rel...
by dtmackey
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Prop selection

I checked my prop sheet and I don't have a recommendation for an E-TEC 40 If not too late you may want to share with your friend there is a consensus recommendation to select the E-TEC 30 over the E-TEC 40 primarily because of the weight savings. The gearcase of the E-TEC 40 is the same size as is ...
by dtmackey
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Prop selection

I checked my prop sheet and I don't have a recommendation for an E-TEC 40. If not too late you may want to share with your friend there is a consensus recommendation to select the E-TEC 30 over the E-TEC 40 primarily because of the weight savings. The gearcase of the E-TEC 40 is the same size as is...
by dtmackey
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Aluminum vs. Stainless

D - ....probably get an aluminum prop since it may also be used in the shallows and aluminum is easier on the gearcase internals if a rock is encountered. This thinking is outdated and is no longer applicable. I can't channel Tom Clark or other veterans so read what they say on the subject. http://...
by dtmackey
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Repainting Aluminum
Replies: 13
Views: 2097

Re: Repainting Aluminum

The pic you posted of the "paint" flaking looks more like powercoat and once powercoat starts flaking, it's difficult to get it to stop. My preference is to remove it and either have it powercoated again or prep for paint, which paint for aluminum take several steps. I'll share my experien...
by dtmackey
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Engine mounting

For prop selection, your friend will want to do some homework. First go to Boston Whaler's website and review the performance reports for that hull, and make an estimate of what top speed you'll be able to achieve. Then use the Prop Calculator linked at the top of this forum in the announcements se...
by dtmackey
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Engine mounting

Thanks Phil, I was going to start in hole number 2... I can’t deduce where “ hole number 2” is located. Much better to use the number of holes up from lowest position method of description. I should have been more specific but was in a rush to post back. I meant "2nd hole" as in 2 holes u...
by dtmackey
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: Engine mounting

Thanks Phil, I was going to start in hole number 2, so our thinking was inline.

Yes, it does have the holes drilled on the BIA pattern, so it shouldn't take long for the dealer to rig.

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by dtmackey
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine mounting
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Engine mounting

I'm helping a friend who purchased a clean Whaler from a lake. He will have an E-TEC 40 installed in the next couple months. Give input on engine mounting height for 13-footer below. Give input on propeller. https://i.imgur.com/mALGzujl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/JCp69Swl.jpg Hoping to get this dialed ...
by dtmackey
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: VERADO Replace OEM Power Trim Motor
Replies: 5
Views: 1416

Re: VERADO Replace OEM Power Trim Motor

I find that hex sockets tend to round out the socket head cap screw more easily than if it was a hex head cap screw. Hex-head cap screws stand a better chance of removal, but in a tight space like that, Mercury chose not to use. My tool of choice in your situation is a big heavy pair of curved (or r...
by dtmackey
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Identify Fuel Tank Manufacturer from Image
Replies: 15
Views: 2015

Re: Identify Fuel Tank Manufacturer from Image

Interesting tank design that could save a lot of headache for people that want to mount a tank under a seat and still have access to the fill.

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by dtmackey
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: FS: Mercury 40-HP $2,700 under agreement- SOLD
Replies: 0
Views: 1511

FS: Mercury 40-HP $2,700 under agreement- SOLD

2002 Mercury 40hp motor factory rigged on a 13' Whaler purchased from an owner on a lake, not a spec of corrosion anywhere. The motor is currently winterized and stored indoors on the boat, but is being re-rigged to make room for a new Etec. The only reason for selling is my friend is an Etec person...
by dtmackey
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: WTB: 40 to 50-HP Short shaft in New England
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: WTB: 40 to 50-HP Short shaft in New England

2002 Mercury 40hp motor that came on a boat purchased from a lake, not a spec of corrosion anywhere. The motor is currently winterized and stored indoors on a 13 Whaler, but is being re-rigged to make room for a new Etec. The only reason for selling is my friend is an Etec person and purchased this ...
by dtmackey
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: WTB: 40 to 50-HP Short shaft in New England
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: WTB: 40 to 50-HP Short shaft in New England

I have a friend who purchased a low hour freshwater 13' Whaler with a 40 Mercury and is repowering to an E-TEC. The Mercury is in great condition, oil injected, and is stored indoors winterized. I will be helping him de-rig the boat and place the motor on a stand so it can be demonstrated. His reaso...
by dtmackey
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Now Available - Testing the Waters: Electrical Junction Box Group Buy
Replies: 14
Views: 2634

Re: Now Available - Testing the Waters: Electrical Junction Box Group Buy

Dave - I received my box yesterday. That was very quick. The box is very nice and I like the quality. Thank you for the four boat reviews included in the packing. My preference is the Fountain 32 Cat. Now that would make another great Group Buy. Haha, we don't get the newspaper anymore and when I w...
by dtmackey
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Leaky End Caps on Uflex UC128-OBF1
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: Leaky End Caps on Uflex UC128-OBF1

The process is easy if everything comes apart without being corroded (salt water boaters). Personally, I think bleeding the lines is the biggest part of the job. Out of the parts you listed, you only need the end caps, since that's were the fluid is leaking. The easiest is to by the fully assembled ...