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by porthole
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Urgency to Change to Bunk Trailer from All-roller Trailer
Replies: 17
Views: 212

Re: Urgency to Change to Bunk Trailer from All-roller Trailer

I have ordered two new trailers from LoadRite, first for my 15' SS and then for a 17 Outrage. Each time the dealer ordered a "Whaler" specific trialer. The 15' SS trailer came with bunks and fore/aft keel rollers. The 17 Outrage trailer came with bunks only. I did add fore/aft rollers for ...
by porthole
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Fell Marine MOB Engine Shut-off
Replies: 20
Views: 16639

Re: Fell Marine MOB Engine Shut-off

UPDATE: In Fall 2020, I installed another man-overboard (MOB) kit. I now have the MOB+ on my new to me boat with twin outboards. The installation was much the same as above, but I did have to add the $20 twin engine wire harness adapter. The operation of the new device was as flawless as my previous...
by porthole
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly

Butch, have you had a chance to use the Parkit yet?

And I see you are in Gulf Shores. I got to spend March and April there in 2019. Great place to winter.
by porthole
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Boaters Rescue Two from Offshore Boat Fire
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Boston Whaler Boaters Rescue Two from Offshore Boat Fire

Last week off the coast of Virginia there was a serious boat fire. Fortunately for the crew of the burning boat VIXEN, the only boat within 25 miles was a crew out fishing for the day [on the Boston Whaler 345 Conquest WEEKEND WARRIOR]. A youtube video: SKIP THIS LINK AS ALL THE IMAGES ARE ALSO IN T...
by porthole
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

If nothing else, maybe the above link will save someone from having to R&R and send out a radio at a cost.

And I presume that if I ever do decide I need a license to visit foreign ports, I will be able to assign the existing '0" number to a new license.
by porthole
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

SUCCESS ! Since the original MMSI number was issued with the previous owner's ship's station radio license and starts with 367 and ends with 0 it complicates things a bit. The Number was originally issued by the FCC. The original owner did cancel it through the FCC. Calling the FCC only resulted in ...
by porthole
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

If you apply for a ship station license with the FCC, you can also get an MMSI. I can’t say for certain, but perhaps you can get the same MMSI as the vessel previously had. The FCC can be somewhat arcane to work with. Unless they have a form, and the form has the data entry field you want, you may ...
by porthole
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

And I have a similar problem with a Garmin chartplotter. The plotter is semi-locked to the original owner's email address. I do not believe there are any USA regulations that govern registration of ownership of a chart plotter, so your remedy is likely to be entirely with GARMIN and their product s...
by porthole
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

And welcome back. Your participation, particularly in the SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL forums, has been missed. ASIDE: Life changes. Retired, no boat for a year or so, chance to sell the house (without listing), planned on RV'ing for 6-12 months, a month later a chance to buy a house that we had looked at...
by porthole
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

Jim, I think the original owner had a FCC license as he used this boat to travel to the Bahamas. This is the blurb he got back from the FCC when he inquired about transferring the number. "An administrative name change cannot be used to accomplish a change in ownership and/or corporate structur...
by porthole
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 806

GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

I have a Garmin VHF 200 radio. The only way to reset the MMSI is to send the radio to Garmin with a check for $50 (3 months ago it required a $100 check). Actually achieving that is difficult. A Garmin web support page suggests finding a dealer. Inputting your zip code brings up every vendor that ev...
by porthole
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly

In our case as we age we find it more difficult to wheel the dolly around using only the trailer jack. Going up or down any kind of ramp while negotiating close quarters (garage entrance) is particularly challenging. This is simply another expense of being able to continue to use our Boston Whaler ...
by porthole
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Guard on a 1995 15-footer
Replies: 8
Views: 6405

Re: Keel Guard on a 1995 15-footer

Jim, I should have added, it made for a stable boarding of an unstable spouse :-)

Dogs preferred it too.
by porthole
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Guard on a 1995 15-footer
Replies: 8
Views: 6405

Re: Keel Guard on a 1995 15-footer

I don't know about the OP, but I used to run my boat up against the dock and keep it in gear.
The area above the bow eye would set against the dock lip and the bow eye would jam up underneath.
by porthole
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Guard on a 1995 15-footer
Replies: 8
Views: 6405

Re: Keel Guard on a 1995 15

The boat pictured is a 15-footer from 1983 or 1984. I cut a hole.
by porthole
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Spanish Tall Ship
Replies: 3
Views: 5414

Re: Spanish Tall Ship

And the Angels should be flying today
by porthole
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2009 150 SUPER SPORT: Brown Fluid Oozing
Replies: 8
Views: 5304

Re: 2009 150 SUPER SPORT: Brown Fluid Oozing

jimh wrote: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.
by porthole
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2009 150 SUPER SPORT: Brown Fluid Oozing
Replies: 8
Views: 5304

Re: 2009 150 SUPER SPORT: Brown Fluid Oozing

Water leaked into the transom.
by porthole
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Jersey Barnegat Bay Damaged ATONs Become Hazards
Replies: 11
Views: 6730

Re: New Jersey Barnegat Bay Damaged ATONs Become Hazards

I will work or copying the info over.

It is my understanding that it was not ice flows that caused the problem, rather the use of limited or unprotected steel piling in a saltwater environment.
by porthole
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Guard on a 1995 15-footer
Replies: 8
Views: 6405

Re: Keel Guard on a 15

I installed a keel guard on my 15-footer without problems.

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Fig. 1. Bow stem of 15-foot Boston Whaler with a Keel Guard installed.
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by porthole
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina
Replies: 6
Views: 5165

Re: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina

There were several of the bigger Whalers in the water, including a couple with Seakeeper's installed.
by porthole
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1988 15' Super Sport Limited, Fuel Tank under front seat
Replies: 2
Views: 2873

Re: 1988 15' Super Sport Limited, Fuel Tank under front seat

I had a 1983 15.
I had a custom made tank to my specs to fit under the bench.
28 gallons.

Some thoughts, I raised the seat about 1.5”
The angles welded on the ends for bolting down were about 1/2” lower then the tank edge, to account for the deck crown.
by porthole
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Jersey Barnegat Bay Damaged ATONs Become Hazards
Replies: 11
Views: 6730

New Jersey Barnegat Bay Damaged ATONs Become Hazards

[Pointed to a Facebook page that required some sort of log-in to see.]
by porthole
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina
Replies: 6
Views: 5165

Re: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina

We are in Gulf Shores for the winter and I went to the show Friday. Although the boats seemed to be arranged haphazardly I thought it was a good show as boat shows go. First one I have been to in a long time where about anything you wanted to look at was there. Was disappointed that the World Cat de...
by porthole
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS
Topic: Using BU-353 GPS Receiver with Newer MacOS
Replies: 5
Views: 9065

Re: Using BU-353 GPS Receiver with Newer MacOS

Thanks, I'll give it a try when I get the unit back.
by porthole
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS
Topic: Using BU-353 GPS Receiver with Newer MacOS
Replies: 5
Views: 9065

Re: Using BU-353 GPS Receiver with Newer MacOS

I don't use the item you refer to here, but perhaps you have a solution or suggestion for me. I have a Garmin GPSmap 476, a great little GPS that Garmin no longer supports, although they continue to support the aviation version. This GPS is a street navigator, chart plotter, video bottom recorder, X...
by porthole
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS
Topic: GPS Week Rollover Is Coming in April 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 19747

Re: GPS Week Rollover Is Coming in April 2019

Reading the DHS file leaves me just as confused. My take is that we'll just go with "business as usual" until April 6, 2019 and see what happens. If the timing becomes a problem, will the device just not lock on? Is this similar to what happened the Northstar 9XX series GPS units that coul...
by porthole
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS
Topic: Speed of a GPS Satellite
Replies: 2
Views: 6579

Re: Speed of a GPS Satellite

What I find neat is with all those abouts, approximates and nominals is that the 2.4 mph is not only accurate, but can postion you to within a few feet.
by porthole
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

On a boat I suppose you could add these pricey LiFEPO4's, add one of the cheap SOLAR panels to keep them charged up, add a cheap inverter and you may just qualify for the credit.
by porthole
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

BattleBorn, $924 shipped (no tax) 10 year warranty https://battlebornbatteries.com/ Since I am using these as part of my SOLAR project, I qualify for the federal renewable energy credit when I file for the 2018 calendar year. Thats good for a 30% credit. Makes my effective cost $648 Edit: My $925 pr...
by porthole
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

Those bass boaters though. A few pounds may give them a top speed of 70.3 instead of 70.1. People using electric trolling motors may see the benefit and could justify to themselves the cost versus weight. On the 21 Outrage I had, not at all [justified] AGM batteries in that boat were quite sufficien...
by porthole
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

Unless the battery manufacturer states explicitly that their battery must never be used to start an outboard engine, I don't see how they could object to that use. In the email you quoted from RELiON, they say: [Quoting an email response from ReLION] ReLion’s batteries are ...not designed to be sta...
by porthole
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

DUANE--in your system, what keeps the six batteries charged? The inverter is a 3,000-Watt AC pure-sine-wave, hybrid, auto-transfer, pass-through, 120-Ampere DC battery charger/inverter. Magnum Energy does not rate the surge capability as double like many companies do, rather they list surge in &quo...
by porthole
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

You said: I did not see an explicit statement that the battery must not be used for engine starting. I offered that the manufacturers typically do not recommend for starting batteries. One does not usually see that they are not rated as starting batteries until you start asking questions. And of the...
by porthole
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

I still do not see on this new battery you linked to where it says it can be used as a starting battery. Something to keep in mind, and I'm sure this is not that important in the marine environment. Most of these high tech new age LiFEPO4's batteries have a built in BMS, battery management system. M...
by porthole
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

On average pricing of $900 to $1200 for each battery, I would be leery about using them outside their respective design criteria. That said, I did get the OK from BattleBorn Batteries to use my array for starting my Onan 8KW diesel genset. Their comment was 600 AH of battery with the tremendous inst...
by porthole
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

From the horse's mouth (RELiON's anyway).My query: Hello, I'm comparing several different LiFEPO4 100AH battery manufacturers. Others I have looked into have a disclaimer about being a non engine starting battery. Is there any problems with using Relion batteries for engine start? Thanks, Duane Duan...
by porthole
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Assessment of c.1984 CENTER CONSOLE 15 with 70-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 6230

Re: Assessment of c.1984 CENTER CONSOLE 15 with 70-HP

Seems photobucket might have given up taking hostage of our photos. Try this link for some pics of my 15 http://s96.photobucket.com/user/porthole2/library/Boats/BW%2015%20CC%201983?sort=9&page=1 You will see that I am not a fan of teak http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1976...
by porthole
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Assessment of c.1984 CENTER CONSOLE 15 with 70-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 6230

Re: Assessment of c.1984 CENTER CONSOLE 15 with 70-HP

I had the same boat. It was a blast, one of my favorites. I did a lot to the boat. Don't know if it added value, but it certainly added value to me. New outboard (kind of forced to do that) New trailer Custom made 28 gallon fuel tank Raised the seat about 2" and repositioned the back rest to a ...
by porthole
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

With LiFEPo4 batteries the manufacturers still do not recommend them for starting batteries.
by porthole
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

A LiFePO4 battery has some real advantages. If the cost were a close call, then I would choose them over lead-acid. However, as people have pointed out, they are (at the moment) several times more expensive, and I suspect that in reality, they won't really last all that much longer than lead-acid b...
by porthole
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler
Replies: 22
Views: 10269

Re: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler

Contributing to the notoriety of the ANDRIA DORIA sinking was the relatively close-to-shore position that enabled newsreel cameramen to fly out in small planes and record the event on film, and for that film to be processed and shown on American television the same day in the largest television mar...
by porthole
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler
Replies: 22
Views: 10269

Re: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler

jimh wrote:was a result of an error in interpretation of the RADAR returns.



Hence the moniker "RADAR assisted collision"

And I have some familiarity as well with the AD :-)

Returning from my first visit to the site.

Doria_Dive_up 478.jpg
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by porthole
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler
Replies: 22
Views: 10269

Re: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler

Many years ago I attended a RADAR awareness course at the Maritime Academy in New York. The course was based on military shipboard RADAR and the beginnings and application of RADAR. One thing that stood out then was the phrase "RADAR assisted collision", using several New York Bight collis...
by porthole
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: NJ Captain charged in collison
Replies: 2
Views: 2352

Re: NJ Captain charged in collison

Update, the captain had pleaded guilty to "Seaman's Manslaughter", a term I've never heard before. https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/10/nj_yacht_captain_pleads_guilty_to_seamans_manslaughter_in_2015_boat_crash.html N.J. yacht captain pleads guilty to 'seaman's manslaughter' in 2015 bo...
by porthole
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: NJ Captain charged in collison
Replies: 2
Views: 2352

NJ Captain charged in collison

I thought I had posted the original article but can't find it, so. Original 12/20/17 https://www.nj.com/cape-may-county/index.ssf/2017/12/nj_captain_facing_seamans_manslaughter_in_fatal_bo.html N.J. boat captain charged with manslaughter in fatal crash off Rhode Island Updated Dec 20, 2017; Posted D...
by porthole
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler
Replies: 22
Views: 10269

Re: COLREGS and US Navigation Rules; Right of Way

Duane - How do COLREGS differ from our US Navigation Rules as to right of way? My understanding is that there is no such thing as "right of way" and that we have only "burdened" and "stand on" vessels. What are the demarcation lines between the COLREGS and US Navigatio...
by porthole
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Taylor Made Sold
Replies: 3
Views: 3436

Re: Taylor Made Sold

Lippert is a RV component manufacturer. My guess is they build 99% of the frames used in fifth-wheel recreational trailers. I have seen this trend in the RV industry over the last 15 years and especially in the last five years with a growing economy and the recreational industry booming after almost...
by porthole
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Offshore Collision At Sea: Attessa IV and Prowler
Replies: 22
Views: 10269

Re: Right of Way

right-of-way There is no "right of way" on open waters. Only one specific situation on inland Lakes and rivers, and only certain lakes and rivers at that. Rule 9 (ii) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(i) and Rule 14(a), a power-driven vessel operating in narrow channels or fairways on the Gre...
by porthole
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use
Replies: 39
Views: 31924

Re: LiFePO Batteries for Marine Use

That website linked above is no longer operating, but the article--I think it is the same article--can now be found here:

https://marinehowto.com/lifepo4-batteries-on-boats/

[Thank you; I updated the original article to have the new link.--jimh]