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by biggiefl
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Interior Crazing
Replies: 7
Views: 120

Re: Interior Crazing

Jim the 72 was the last year of 15" transom. It has been said that there were a few(literally) late 71's that were smirked as well as a few(literally) blue 73's. I have never heard of a tan 72 however.
by biggiefl
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: WTB Classic Super Sport 15 or 17
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: WTB Classic Super Sport 15 or 17

At $18,500 he does not really want to sell ASAP.
by biggiefl
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Repairing Badly Damaged 13-footer
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Repairing Badly Damaged 13-footer

The rubrail is gonna cost $250. You are probably looking at $1,000 to fix that damage, and the boat will be worth about that when done.
by biggiefl
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Survey of Yamaha Water Pressure Sensor Failure
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Survey of Yamaha Water Pressure Sensor Failure

Good point!

Check your owner's manual for any type of warning.
by biggiefl
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Life with my carbureted Mercury/Yamaha FourStroke (continued)
Replies: 13
Views: 3503

Re: Life with my carbureted Mercury/Yamaha FourStroke (continued)

I have 3 German cars that are out of warranty and have been so for years/decades....I must disagree Jim.

Dave Neal has the Yamaha 100hp version carbed and I think it has over 4k hours on it.
by biggiefl
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Stator Autopsy on 1987 Mercury
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Stator Autopsy on 1987 Mercury

Very common in older Mercs. Lucky it made it this long.
by biggiefl
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1988 REVENGE 22 Engine Hours and Repower
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: 1988 REVENGE 22 Engine Hours and Repower

Ocean Pros came out in 1993 I believe, so it has been re-powered. They are a Looper engine instead of the crossflow design they replaced so more efficient. But you are probably looking at 12-to 14-GPH at cruise—which is not much more than my 225 Ocean Runner burned. You can read Jim's log on his 22 ...
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1988 REVENGE 22 Engine Hours and Repower
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Possible Revenge 22 as very first boat

Low hours is not always a good sign as outboards like to be used frequently to keep everything in balance. With that said a motor can die when it is brand new or after being abused for decades and thousands of hours. I don't know what "sputters" means but I would want a full diagnosis on c...
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Survey of Yamaha Water Pressure Sensor Failure
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Survey of Yamaha Water Pressure Sensor Failure

Not sure if I have one on my 2004 F115 as I just bought it and have not messed with the command link yet. I do not have any warning lights or such stating to check my engine.
by biggiefl
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Classic 15 with F70 performance
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Classic 15 with F70 performance

He came to my last Homosassa rendezvous with the 15' and a 9' Tender. Can't remember last name.
by biggiefl
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Classic 15 with F70 performance
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Classic 15 with F70 performance

His name is James.
by biggiefl
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Classic 15 with F70 performance
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Classic 15 with F70 performance

I think you have read everything there is about that mod between here and the other site. As James has stated only a handful have been done. I would advise contacting James and his friend who does the strake modifications as I doubt anyone here is going to have anything additional to comment.
by biggiefl
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1970 Sakonnet Re-power
Replies: 10
Views: 616

Re: 1970 Sakonnet Re-power

Since LHG left....I am not sure we have any Merc "fans" left.
by biggiefl
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 255 CONQUEST and 235 CONQUEST Hardtop Dimensions
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: 255 CONQUEST Hardtop

if the hardtop itself is a little bigger or a little smaller, I don't see that as a problem if the deal is right. Again the tubing is easy to modify.
by biggiefl
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1970 Sakonnet Re-power
Replies: 10
Views: 616

Re: 1970 Sakonnet Re-power

Then go with the E-TEC. That much weight is not a problem. If the battery is in the stern, then [weight] is a wash once you move it.
by biggiefl
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mercury Stators: OEM v. CDI
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Mercury Stators: OEM v. CDI

I live in Florida with saltwater, and I have used CDI many times without problems. Usually the cost [difference] between the two is drastic enough that you will take the risk.
by biggiefl
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: FS: Vintage Ritchie Explorer Compass $199
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Vintage Ritchie Explorer Compass

Is it Red? Any pic?
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1989 Outrage 25 Re-power
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: 1989 Outrage 25 Re-power

Is it a Whaler drive model? They have a higher HP capacity. 500hp on a 25 is got to be impressive. Fuel economy on the DI(Ficht) engines is good as well. 500hp is 500hp so a 350 would (in most cases) have better economy. With the cost of repowering and the lost of top speed I would either drive it f...
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: c.1980 Mercury Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: 1987 Mercury 150 Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles

Rubber noodle is better than what the older Mercury wires did over time. The stator wires along with most of the other wires in salt water conditions would literally crumble and break within 10 years or so. They were more like uncooked pasta.
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Anderson Upholstery
Replies: 9
Views: 660

Re: Anderson Upholstery

I received the cushions and hatch Saturday from Specialty. The finish work on the hatch is impeccable. I will obviously keep everyone informed as to how it holds up over time. Cushions look great as well. Very well made but again will keep everyone posted on duration of longevity due to quality, etc.
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rigging Tunnel Repair
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Rigging Tunnel Repair

From what I have read they simply mix up a batch of epoxy, pour it in at the console, tilt/lift the bow of the boat until it exits at the stern. That would be the bottom of the tube. To do the sides you would need to angle the boat either by using jacks or parking it on an incline and doing the same...
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Chuck Bennett
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Chuck Bennett and Scuppers

I sent in my stencil like I said above and received an e-mail from a Tony King(Danny) the same day with the same info. Chuck would give us. Mine was shipped in Jan 1986 to Seals Marine in Tampa.
by biggiefl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope

Yes...22 classic. I loved that boat but the wife hated it. I still own 4 Whalers but I changed jobs in late 2013 and I really don't play on the computer at home much so I just kinda lost touch with this site. I think my last attempt was just before the change with a whaler rendezvous and as you can ...
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Chuck Bennett
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Chuck Bennett and Scuppers

I sent them my stencil #. Will let you know how they reply and what their new capacity is.
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope

Still in SC? My SeaCraft buddy was a bit nervous going 109-miles to get to the first island. He was looking at the electronics and seeing 3000-feet-deep water. The one guy (Danny) lost his fuel cap so he put a rag in the hole for a week or so until he got a replacement. He had to drain his Racor lik...
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Rigging Tunnel Repair
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Rigging Tunnel Repair

Yeah....I would not feel comfortable dissecting the floor like that. I personally would just do the best I could to keep the tunnel dry. Sealing the bottom of the tube is easy. If water intrusion was happening from a leak in the top of the tube I would suspect you would have a soft floor already. If...
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Time for drain tubes
Replies: 9
Views: 839

Re: Time for drain tubes

Sue Lodel says the tubes for the 1986 18' Outrage are 1.25x3" does this sound correct?
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Time for drain tubes
Replies: 9
Views: 839

Re: Time for drain tubes

I ordered one off E-Bay.
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mercury Mechanic Needed - Baltimore/Annapolis
Replies: 4
Views: 1173

Re: Mercury Mechanic Needed - Baltimore/Annapolis

Reliability problems with a 95 Mercury....go figure!
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope

Welcome back! I just signed back up after a five-year or longer absence. I bought a 1986 18 Outrage two weeks ago. My bud just got back from the Bahamas in his Potter 23 with a 300 Suzuki he just restored for like the third time. Three 23's went across and back. I really like those 23's even though ...
by biggiefl
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Chuck Bennett
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Chuck Bennett and Scuppers

What is the phone number or e-mail for customer service?
by biggiefl
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low

As per my post above from 7/30: Also check the bow locker; they usually take in water if plug is left out as well, The anchor locker will also fill with rain water if you leave it’s plug in. I used to leave the plug out and put the anchor on top of an old cushion to keep it dry so the line does not ...
by biggiefl
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low

Honda never made a 2 smoke as Jim stated. Again....I would enjoy as-is like 98% of every Montauk owner does.
by biggiefl
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1972 SPORT 13 Water In Hull, Cost of Navigation Lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: 1972 SPORT 13 Water In Hull, Cost of Navigation Lamp

72 is basically a one year model(some late 71's & possibly a few early 73's) As it is pretty much the only blue hulled 13 with a smirk and new style transom but still a 15"shaft. Read up on the link Jim gave you but easiest way to find out if you need to scrap it or restore is to lift the b...
by biggiefl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low

There is a guy here with a 60 Honda and he claims 35 @ WOT and can pull the plug. Personally I would not bother and enjoy the boat with a pump.
by biggiefl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 255 CONQUEST Re-power
Replies: 20
Views: 819

Re: 255 CONQUEST Re-power

With a 25' boat speed is not that much fun. With a 25' boat my main concern would be economy which may improve along with the speed in your situation. Fun is a 15' Whaler with a 90hp. Doing 50+ in a 15' is borderline insane. Fun is also a 16' Donzi as you can easily get into the 60's. you are young,...
by biggiefl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Source for 54C OMC Carburetor High-speed Orifice
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: Source for 54C OMC Carburetor High-speed Orifice

I would assume any high elevation Evinrude dealer would carry it. Evinrude was the same engine. There are places online like shop2.evinrude.com. Have you tried E-Bay since you know the jet size?
by biggiefl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1969 Minot 16 Re-power
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: 1969 Minot 16 Re-power

If you are happy with the performance of the Chrysler, the F70 ill be plenty. That hull can handle the weight of an e-tec and more, but, again, if the 85 satisfies your needs.
by biggiefl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 255 CONQUEST Re-power
Replies: 20
Views: 819

Re: 255 CONQUEST Re-power

You will be in a close ballpark with the BW performance with the Verado. If you are fine with that, then go with the F300. If you think it could use more, talk to Dad about a Suzuki.
by biggiefl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low

Be very careful with running AC power to a boat in the water, even with a trickle charger. It can use the water as a ground and cause serious electrolysis. I used to keep my boat in a slip for the weekend and some people "near" me would run AC to their boat for the livewell to cycle overni...
by biggiefl
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Vendor for T-Top
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Vendor for T-Top

After getting a T-Top in NJ I would not do it again even though I live in FL now for reasons that Jim points out. On a classic Whaler they are difficult and sometimes impossible to secure correctly. When the temp drops a bit you will freeze your ass off under it. The radio box is nice but you can ha...
by biggiefl
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 255 CONQUEST Re-power
Replies: 20
Views: 819

Re: 255 CONQUEST Re-power

Over 22-feet [actually over 20-feet; see below--jimh] there is theoretically no max power rating as far as the Coast Guard goes. Some manufacturers still specify however. Suzuki makes a hell of an engine. I have owned seven (I believe) and none have ever been to the dealer for a repair. I believe Ya...
by biggiefl
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1983 NEWPORT Re-power
Replies: 6
Views: 692

Re: 1983 NEWPORT Re-power

The E-TEC 90 is a good match especially since you currently have 80-HP. If you were replacing the OMC 90 you may not be so thrilled as the E-TEC does not have the pure brute grunt(nor thirst) of the old crossflow 90's of the day. It is only a three-cylinder compared to four-cylinder. The old Yamaha ...
by biggiefl
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 255 CONQUEST Re-power
Replies: 20
Views: 819

Re: 255 conquest repower help?

Before you spend $20,000, get some hard numbers from someone who has re-powered—if that is what you hear. I can't see how 300-HP would be lacking in power, but I would want to make sure. I read here all the time where people think certain combos are underpowered, and I can vouch personally that they...
by biggiefl
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2000 SPORT 13 Replacement Steering Wheel
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: 2000 SPORT 13 Replacement Steering Wheel

I believe Schmidt was the OEM for Whaler back when. I can not speak for the newer Whalers but the OEM destroyer wheels off my classics are higher quality than what you find on e-bay for $65. That said classics Whalers used Yacht quality fixtures back then and not plastic steering wheels, thru-hulls,...
by biggiefl
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk 17 Stern Too Low
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Classic Montauk 17 stern too low

Montauk17 boats will not keep a dry deck with the plug out. They will fill with water until it reaches the console or close to it. This is why there is a bilge pump. Not all Whalers are self bailing. Many of the classics were but were designed when engines were much lighter. In the mid 1970's a 135-...
by biggiefl
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2012 150 Montauk Frozen Steering
Replies: 6
Views: 444

Re: 2012 150 Montauk Frozen Steering

I highly doubt a 2012 has a frozen pivot tube. Most likely cable needs greasing, new cable and or helm. Need to start somewhere however. Since he was going to the slip yesterday, maybe we will hear back from him soon.
by biggiefl
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Montauk 17 Latch on Center Console
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: 1989 Montauk 17 Latch on Center Console

I bought some brass ones years ago at a marine store. A little larger but much better quality & design.
by biggiefl
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 255 CONQUEST Re-power
Replies: 20
Views: 819

Re: 255 conquest repower help?

Three-quarter of the rating up from roughly half the rating and the 255 CONQUEST should be quite faster than what you have now. ASIDE: a friend has a 23 SeaCraft that is rated for 400-HP. The 23 SeaCraft Had twin Suzuki 115-HP engines and was re-powered with a single Suzuki DF300. Now the 23SeaCraft...
by biggiefl
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 255 CONQUEST Re-power
Replies: 20
Views: 819

Re: 255 conquest repower help?

What is max hp for that hull?