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by dtmackey
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Use of "Saltwater" in Outboard Engine Model Designators
Replies: 8
Views: 602

Re: Use of "Saltwater" in Outboard Engine Model Designators

Back in 2003 when I replaced my 1990 Johnson 225 with a 2003 Mercury Optimax 225 I asked the dealer about the color of decals on the 225s. He said the blue decals were for salt water and had more stainless steel in them, but seems after 17 years I forget where the extra stainless was located. I for...
by dtmackey
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1987 Yamaha 70 Long Saga of Repairs
Replies: 16
Views: 644

Re: 1987 Yamaha 70 ETLH Won't accelerate

Diagnosis by internet is amusing. Being there to hear, see and feel makes a big difference in narrowing it down quickly.

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by dtmackey
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Variation in Engine Temperature at Idle between Twin Engines
Replies: 11
Views: 493

Re: Variation in Engine Temperature at Idle between Twin Engines

In haphazardly read the thread and didn't see where there were any tests done on the gauge or sending units to verify they are registering correctly before throwing parts at the motors. Since the senders and guages are not calibrated, I've see difference in temps on motors. When ever I have a temp q...
by dtmackey
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Use of "Saltwater" in Outboard Engine Model Designators
Replies: 8
Views: 602

Re: Use of "Saltwater" in Outboard Engine Model Designators

I love the way many people think running an outboard in saltwater is like running it in acid. Back before flushing ports the engine got flushed when it was pulled for the season. We never had any corrosion problems. And when I pass through the harbor, I still see 1980's and older engines still in u...
by dtmackey
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: E-TEC 200 Air in Oil Lines
Replies: 8
Views: 473

Re: E-TEC 200

You must have the "small block" 2.6L E-TEC which has a filter. It is important to note the the arrow on the filter is installed AGAINST the flow of oil otherwise it will develop vaccum bubbles and throw an alarm. This seems counterintuitive, but the Evrinde manual and service bullietins st...
by dtmackey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Montauk Teak Bilge Cover Source
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: Montauk Teak Bilge Cover Source

I've found that I need to remove the bilge cover to access my plug, so I used a scotch plastic (Velcro like) material that uses little balls and sockets to secure it and it's still easy to remove. https://www.scotchbrand.com/3M/en_CA/scotch-brand-ca/all-products/products/~/Scotch-Extreme-Fasteners-R...
by dtmackey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Massachusetts Boat Title
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Massachusetts Boat Title

My [15-foot] Boston Whaler boat came from New Hampshire, which is also a non-title state. I had no problem registering in Massachusetts two years ago. I was able to pay the sale tax on-line. I visited the office in Boston to register with the required information—less title—and the process was painl...
by dtmackey
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Alaskan Squall - 18 years of drying out
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: Alaskan Squall - 18 years of drying out

Getting the hull weight down to only 167-lbs from the initial waterlogged weight of 484-lbs only took 18-years. The total weight loss was thus 317-lbs, for an average of about 18-lbs-per-year, but in truth, more weight loss per year in the first ten years. 18 years and still more to go. What I find...
by dtmackey
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Evinrude XD100 and XD50 Oil: availability in the future
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: Evinrude XD100 and XD50 Oil: availability in the future

No surprise with the move to brand Evinrude XD oils under the XPS line and use packaging that's already in use and in far greater demand than the previous Envinrude version. The streamline approach will save BRP money and should have been done years ago. XPS oil for SkiDoo is very different than for...
by dtmackey
Thu May 28, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Sometimes you are dealt a raw deal, but then something really makes big impact on you
Replies: 12
Views: 1491

Re: Sometimes you are dealt a raw deal, but then something really makes big impact on you

Arrived Mass General Boston May 5th and started the chemo regime the following Monday. The chemo wasn't that bad as each day it was building in my system. Yes, it did some funky things, but when I was taken off chemo, that's when it really took it's toll with all the unpleasent things. That lasted a...
by dtmackey
Thu May 28, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 57
Views: 4604

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

As the happy owner of a 2006 Etec 250 that has been a rock solid performer, the decsion for Evinrude to stop production does not come as a surprise at all. The stigma of a "2 stroke" has been around since the late 90s and early 2000's where Merc, Yamaha and OMC pumped out countless direct ...
by dtmackey
Sat May 09, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Sometimes you are dealt a raw deal, but then something really makes big impact on you
Replies: 12
Views: 1491

Sometimes you are dealt a raw deal, but then something really makes big impact on you

Over the past 2 months my energy/motivation level has been decreasing, but slow enough so I was able to make excuses and blame it on being shut in due to Covid-19. Well by Monday it was so low I knew I couldn't make anymore excused and visited the doctor. A quick chest X-ray showed a dark area, so t...
by dtmackey
Mon May 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 38
Views: 3333

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

The bow area is slick when wet... I concur with your observations and think this was a big safety hazard failing in the 15-foot model. I found that front area to be like a big ice skating area when wet, no matter what boat shoe was worn and thought this back in the 1980's and also today. When I did...
by dtmackey
Mon May 04, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation

Are you...countersinking the pan head screws? Pan head screws do not get countersunk. I've always found plenty of room between the black insert and the rail to run the wiring for the bow light. Inserting the black piece is muich easier when warm and best in direct sunlight. A rubber mallet makes qu...
by dtmackey
Mon May 04, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: 13-footer Rub Rail Replacement

If you go with the original style rub rail it loves to stay in the nice tight small coil and will fight you all the way. One way to make it easier and condition the rub rail is to grab two 2x4x12 at your local lumber yard and roll the rigid portion of the rub rail against that and clamp with hand ac...
by dtmackey
Mon May 04, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation

What size and length screws do you use to install a new three-piece rubrail on a classic 13? The rub rail only comes in one size and fits 13 to 17' hulls. Plan for screws every 3 to 4-inches, and maybe a bit closer in the bow radius. If memory serves be correctly, I used stainless sheet metal, Phil...
by dtmackey
Fri May 01, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Downtime project: Varnishing
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: Downtime project: Varnishing

Actually, the flag disposal at Fire Depts is already widespread, maybe not in your local region, but I've looked at hundreds of designs and think I'm going to come up with my own. https://i.imgur.com/sRcCTbyl.jpg Speaking more of flags and opening up on a little history, here's a few pics from when ...
by dtmackey
Fri May 01, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Downtime project: Varnishing
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: Downtime project: Varnishing

ASIDE on heated garage: our house used to have a heated garage, although the garage was not really insulated at all. The heating cost was excessive, but in a Michigan winter, the heated garage was also a problem for older car engines, say c.1970. If you started the car on a cold winter morning in t...
by dtmackey
Fri May 01, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Downtime project: Varnishing
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: Downtime project: Varnishing

L78steve wrote:Thank you for the advise. I have been waiting several days between coats due to slow drying and not being able to sand while sticky.


Sorry Steve, I omitted one small factor that affects my dry time. My garage is heated and I keep it at 75 degrees which gives me a 24 hour re-coat time window.

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by dtmackey
Fri May 01, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rub Rail Replacement Source and Installation
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: 13-footer Rub Rail Replacement

If you go with the original style rub rail it loves to stay in the nice tight small coil and will fight you all the way. One way to make it easier and condition the rub rail is to grab two 2x4x12 at your local lumber yard and roll the rigid portion of the rub rail against that and clamp with hand ac...
by dtmackey
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Downtime project: Varnishing
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: Downtime project: Varnishing

I'm currently restoring my wood parts. How much dry time are you allowing for the Epifanes before you sand? And how much are you thinning the Epifanes for the foam brush app? first coat was thinned about 30% and I don't use the same thinner they recommend, instead I use an reducer from automotive p...
by dtmackey
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Creating Non-skid on Gel Coat Surface
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Creating Non-skid on Gel Coat Surface

Out of the two ways to create non-skid that were presented, I prefer the sand, but with Awlgrip instead of gelcoat since it provides more options if customizing. You can add a flattening agent in the topcoats over the griptex sand mixture to "mute" the non-skid shine as done in these pics....
by dtmackey
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Downtime project: Varnishing
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: Downtime project: Varnishing

Phil T wrote:Between you and Bob,


He's buying paint this week. I may drive up there and shoot the primer for him and then he will roll and tip the topcoat.

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by dtmackey
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Downtime project: Varnishing
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Downtime project: Varnishing

Taking advantage of the Corona virus lockdown and getting the varnishing done. 2 more coats of foam brush applied Epifanes (sanded 320 between coats) followed by 2 coats of sprayed urethane clear with a 10 min flash dry between coats. Clear is about 1 mil per coat and really brings out the gloss and...
by dtmackey
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Norman pin
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Norman pin

No flange or insert, just the normin pin that screws together and makes contact with the gelcoat. Looks like someone made a modification in that pic.

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by dtmackey
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Refinishing Mahogany on 1966 SPORT 13
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Refinishing Mahogany on 1966 SPORT 13

Whaler used Philippine Mahogany that was lighter in color (less red), but this species of wood is difficult to find due to all the regulation of deforestation and some debate if it's actually a true mahogany (see provided link below). Whaler did not apply any stain and it was varnish only. The more ...
by dtmackey
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Experience with HONDA BF2.3 Outboard engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Re: Experience with HONDA BF2.3 Outboard engine

Sounds about right Jim, I still have a 1990's vintage Tohatsu 5hp, purchased new and now sitting on an engine stand in the basement and it's a clone to the Merc 5hp 2 stroke and also built at the plant in Japan. The relationship you mention, I do not believe has a connection to the Merc plant in Chi...
by dtmackey
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Experience with HONDA BF2.3 Outboard engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Re: Experience with HONDA BF2.3 Outboard engine

Most of Mercury's smaller engines are made by Tohatsu. Yamaha used to make them up until early 90's. Clarification: Mercury outboard engines under 30-HP do share a relationship with Tohatsu. Mercury outboard 40, 50 and 60-HP are built in China at the Mercury manufacturing facility in Suzhou China w...
by dtmackey
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Experience with HONDA BF2.3 Outboard engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Re: Experience with HONDA BF2.3 Outboard engine

Mercury has been building outboards for years in China in the 60hp and below power ratings.

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by dtmackey
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Removing Water from Hull by Drilling Holes
Replies: 5
Views: 654

Re: Removing Water from Hull by Drilling Holes

[Strongly endorsed] Phil's advice: You need to weigh the hull before you do anything. The hull may have minimal water or be very staturated. By weighing it, you will get a better idea [of the weight gain that may be due to water ingress into the hull]. My guess: the brass drain tubes failed and wate...
by dtmackey
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: What are Soft Spots
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Re: What are Soft Spots

Usually soft spots are on the deck. They are usually where the wood underneath was compromised and is soft from rot. Voids usually occur on the sides or bottom and are usually due to the foam shrinking and making a void between the outer hull and foam. I'm sure waterlogged foam does not hold up wel...
by dtmackey
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Engine Mounting and Bolt Orientation
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Re: Engine Mounting and Bolt Orientation

Ideally [an outboard engine] should be in the third hole for the most efficient mounting location. There is less gear case in the water , and that allows for better efficiency. [This mounting height] also prevents the bolts from being buried in the bottom of the motor well.[I believe here the intent...
by dtmackey
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas
Replies: 22
Views: 2387

Re: Closed Boat Launches and Marinas

All ramps in Gloucester MA have been closed to all non-emergency boating activities. The concern is surrounding cities and towns would follow suit in that decision process. Since most ramps have no gates, if they do close, I may be pulling a 2AM launching to get my center console on its seasonal moo...
by dtmackey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Engine Warranty Coverage If Self-installing New Engine
Replies: 23
Views: 2092

Re: Engine Warranty Coverage If Self-installing New Engine

biggiefl wrote:I did a 40, 70 and 115hp.


I've done plenty over the years and have local dealers that would probably sell me a crate motor to me without question if I went back to have them look at the install and activate the warranty, but that's not he norm, rather the exception.

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by dtmackey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1981 15' Sport w/Side Console Steering Wheel Remount
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: 1981 15' Sport w/Side Console Steering Wheel Remount

In the past, I've used the downloadable templates at the Teleflex website. That'd be a great place to look. Google also will return a number of templates as well.

http://www.seastarsolutions.com

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by dtmackey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Outrage 18 Engine Splash Well Has Water
Replies: 8
Views: 726

Re: Outrage 18 Engine Splash Well Has Water

With constant water in the motorwell area, make sure all holes previously drilled in that area are sealed extremely well. I see 2 holes by the battery box and would imagine there are more. The last thing you want is water getting into any core material of the foam of the Unibond hull. Based on the a...
by dtmackey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Bow Eye Replacement Parts
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Bow Eye Replacement Parts

Have never been a fan of the chrome plated hardware from Whaler as the chrome does not last. Any type of metal clip or hardware would damage the chrome finish and the metal underneath is soft and does not standup well to repeated wear applications as witnessed in your pics. I've converted some of my...
by dtmackey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Engine Warranty Coverage If Self-installing New Engine
Replies: 23
Views: 2092

Re: Engine Warranty Coverage If Self-installing New Engine

Seems like the threshold on crate engine or cash and carry sales is in the 30 to 40-HP bracket where one can purchase and install on the boat yourself. Even then, if remote controls and rigging are involved, then you may be stuck going to the dealer for install.

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by dtmackey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Sales Promotion April 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Re: Boston Whaler Sales Promotion April 2020

Good effort to clear out the product pipeline. I don't foresee boat sales rebounding quickly once the summer months roll around.

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by dtmackey
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: General Advice on Gel Coat Repair and Paint Preparation
Replies: 8
Views: 989

Re: Gel Coat Repair and Paint Preparation

All good questions. Here is what I was faced with, similar in nature to what you have, but I think mine was far more extensive with cracks. https://i.imgur.com/a7DAwHYl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3jc3b24l.jpg Q1: For refinishing cracks and other damage to the gel coat, what are the best methods? I foun...
by dtmackey
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Using TotalBoat TOPSIDE Paint; Color Choice; Painting Non-skid
Replies: 8
Views: 956

Re: Using TotalBoat TOPSIDE Paint; Color Choice; Painting Non-skid

Jim is right on color match, camera capture and how color is displayed on a computer can vary. The ideal way to match paint is by going to a supply house that has the color analyzer. In this pic, I cut a piece of the inner hull liner out and cleaned it up and then had the exact color matched by usin...
by dtmackey
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Using TotalBoat TOPSIDE Paint; Color Choice; Painting Non-skid
Replies: 8
Views: 956

Re: Using TotalBoat TOPSIDE Paint; Color Choice; Painting Non-skid

I beleive the TOPSIDE brand paint is a one-part moisture cure, meaning there is no activator or catalyst that starts a chemical reaction which would result in a more robust painted surface. TOPSIDE may be decent stuff if the boat will see light use, but I'd still lean toward and IMRON, AWLGRIP, ALEX...
by dtmackey
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1988 SUPER SPORT 15: Drawing showing placement of interior
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: 1988 SUPER SPORT 15: Drawing showing placement of interior

Hatch and thwart seats are no brainers and you can just measure and duplicate. I used the old interior as the starting point for my interior build, but I didn't like several things that Whaler designed in. I wanted a 15-gallon tank, the battery, and all wiring and storage to be under andbehind the h...
by dtmackey
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1980 SUPER SPORT 15 Yamaha Re-power
Replies: 16
Views: 9912

Re: 1980 SUPER SPORT 15 Yamaha Re-power

A little off topic, but an interesting read on Yamaha development and failures as they targeted the U.S. market for V6 production and sales. Some may find this interesting. https://global.yamaha-motor.com/about/technology/daysgoneby/010/ It goes on for several pages and you can tab forward at the bo...
by dtmackey
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 11-footer Fuel Tank
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: 11-footer Fuel Tank

A 14-gallon tank on an 11-footer'? I run a three-gallon tank, and it sits in front of the thwart. Agreed and in his opening paragraph he mentioned not needing to carry that much fuel onboard. I'd think 3 gals or if needed, 6 gals is more than plenty. Some engines will run all day with that much fue...
by dtmackey
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A novel way to change a water pump impeller
Replies: 7
Views: 787

Re: A novel way to change a water pump impeller

Frank, your post made me chuckle since I find all sorts of excuses to use the Kubota to do boat work and make it an easier task.

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by dtmackey
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1980 SUPER SPORT 15 Yamaha Re-power
Replies: 16
Views: 9912

Re: 1980 SUPER SPORT 15 Yamaha Re-power

A comparison among the Yamaha to Evinrude/Johnson 70 in the 2 stroke offerings: Yamaha 70 72mm X 69.5mm Bore and stroke 850cc Early Johnson/Evinrude 70 76.2mm X 59.5mm Bore and stroke 803cc displacement (approx) Later (post 86 I believe) Johnson/Evinruide 70 80.9mm X 59.54mm Bore and stroke 918cc di...
by dtmackey
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Tire Wear
Replies: 9
Views: 870

Re: Trailer Tire Wear

I lean toward the cause of the unusual tire wear being due to a bent axle more than an axle that shifted on the trailer. This link details how to identify the [unusual tire wear caused by axle misalignment]. https://www.centrevilletrailer.com/how-tos/trailer-axle-alignment-trailer-tire-wear/ I've ha...
by dtmackey
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: E-TEC 140-HP G2: A Closer Look
Replies: 27
Views: 20762

Re: E-TEC 140-HP G2: A Closer Look

a good friend of mine just purchased the new G2 140hp and will be mounting it on 80s vintage 18 Outrage. I think it will be a great motor for that boat.

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by dtmackey
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Powering Above OEM Rating
Replies: 27
Views: 2119

Re: Powering Above OEM Rating

Anyone can overpower a boat without any concern until there is an accident or boarding where someone wants to nitpick. If you so choose to overpower, it would be in your best interest to apply decals to the motor that fall inline with the capacity rating the boat carries if 20' or under in length. B...