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by jimh
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Bow Ladder for Revenge
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Bow Ladder for Revenge

How about a step ladder? I am not kidding. I use a step ladder to get onto the bow of my Revenge all the time when the boat is on the trailer. If you are agile, the step ladder can be a rather short one. I am not very agile these days, so I use a five-foot ladder. I infer you don’t want to wade asho...
by jimh
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Bow Ladder for Revenge
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Bow Ladder for Revenge

Having spent many summers cruising in Georgian Bay, I can tell you there are not many sandy beaches up there. I have literally never beached my Boston Whaler on a beach up there. Unless you have a special spot in mind that you have scouted out, do not expect to find a lot a sandy shoreline. Has anyo...
by jimh
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 926

Re: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale

I just spoke with my local dealer, LOCKEMAN'S HARDWARE AND BOAT, regarding availability of new, unused E-TEC engines. Their situation with inventory of new, used E-TEC engines is changed from my earlier reporting (now deleted). As of January 12, 2021, Lockeman's Hardware and Boat have the following ...
by jimh
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 926

Re: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale

[Deleted several posts on the sidebar topics on what sort of recreational activities some outboard engine dealers undertake when they are closed for the winter, and comments about unnamed dealers in unnamed locations and their business relationship with certain participants, all of which seems to ha...
by jimh
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Standard-Horizon GX2400GPS VHF DSC Radio
Replies: 10
Views: 3202

Re: Standard-Horizon GX2400GPS VHF DSC Radio

Regarding the GX2400 radio data output related to reception of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) transmissions from other boats, I defer to the Standard-Horizon GX2400 owner's manual for information. NMEA-0183 OUTPUT Information about data output via the NMEA-...
by jimh
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Varnish over Epoxy
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: Varnish over Epoxy

DON--thanks for posting the link to WEST Systems. With regard to use of epoxy resin, you cannot get a better authoritative source than WEST Marine, since they more or less invented the use of epoxy resins in boat building many decades ago.
by jimh
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Customizing 1964 16-footer at purchase
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Customizing 1964 16-footer at purchase

It is difficult to see any details of the seat in either Figure 1 or 2. In order for readers to make a conclusion about the origin of the seat, we will need a better image of the seat. Note that in 1964 the 16-footer was offered as an EASTPORT model. The seat on the EASTPORT was a fixed seat. The fo...
by jimh
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 926

Re: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale

To echo Butch's comments, the last time I spoke with my local Evinrude dealer, he said they have been "insanely busy" this year, probably a result of many people using their boats more than normal due to the pandemic. He said the telephone never stops ringing, and as soon as you hang up on...
by jimh
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Varnish over Epoxy
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: Varnish over Epoxy

The notion that an epoxy used as part of a finish to wood must be completely clear is somewhat arbitrary, particularly in the situation where additional top coats of varnish will be applied, unless the varnish to be used is also completely clear. Most marine varnish I have seen has an amber hue. Som...
by jimh
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Sport 13 Yamaha 40-HP
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Sport 13 Yamaha 40-HP

The owner's manual for the engine lists 11-3/4 x 12 - G, but I think that number is an exemplar. An exemplar means "one that serves as a model or example; an ideal model." On that basis, the propeller suggested by the manufacturer in the owner's guide would be a good place to start. The p...
by jimh
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 926

Re: New, Unused E-TEC Engines For Sale

There is no method for customers to know the inventory of all dealers. As Phil speculates, most dealers have very little inventory of unsold new engines. E-TEC manufacturing stopped around May 2020.
by jimh
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1992 OUTRAGE 22 Re-power: Engine Brand and Model Reliability
Replies: 7
Views: 412

Re: 1992 OUTRAGE 22 Re-power: Engine Brand and Model Reliability

I don't think there is any good information about the reliability or rate of failure or need for repairs on modern outboard engines by brand and model, other than anecdotal reports, which generally are only provided for engines that have suffered a problem. Making an inference about the the total po...
by jimh
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Varnish over Epoxy
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: Varnish over Epoxy

I recommend you try the method first on a smaller wood piece, and then assess the outcome. I have done this on some small mahogany hatches. The outcome was as anticipated, but the wood then felt more like a plastic; it became very stiff. I did that perhaps ten years ago, and the pieces look exactly ...
by jimh
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Varnish over Epoxy
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: Varnish over Epoxy

Epoxy will create a very weatherproof seal of the wood.

Varnish will protect the epoxy from UV radiation.

Both outcomes are useful and beneficial.
by jimh
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2006 DAUNTLESS 220 Ski Pylon
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: 2006 DAUNTLESS 220 Ski Pylon

You might check with an authorized Boston Whaler dealer with a good parts department to see if the OEM Ski Pylon was still available as a part.

A good dealer for parts is Twin Cities Marine in Wisconsin.
by jimh
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Propeller Stern Lift
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Propeller Stern Lift

Similarly, certain older Boston Whaler hulls had an intentional hook molded into the hull to keep down the bow rise. I think you can find that on the original 13-foot hull.

Compare at:

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by jimh
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2001 Johnson 200 Ocean Pro Oil in carbs
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: 2001 Johnson 200 Ocean Pro Oil in carbs

I had this problem once where someone put oil in the gas tank. It did not mix with the gas and got sucked up the fuel line and filled carbs with oil. Any chance that might have happened? A really fussy fuel dock attendant at some fuel dock refused to let Larry (LHG) stay aboard the boat to hold a f...
by jimh
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2001 Johnson 200 Ocean Pro Oil in carbs
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: 2001 Johnson 200 Ocean Pro Oil in carbs

If the engine has been sitting for a long time, the gasoline in the carburetor bowls will evaporate. The oil mixed into the fuel will be left behind, although it would not fill the carburetor bowls to the brim.
by jimh
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Effect of Antenna Height on Signal Strength
Replies: 10
Views: 14190

Re: Effect of Antenna Height on Signal Strength

Regarding the effect of antenna height on range of signal reception, one can make an inference from the practices of broadcast stations, and in particular broadcast stations in the VHF FM band. In allocation of an effective radiated power (ERP) limitation by the FCC onto stations in the broadcast se...
by jimh
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat Renovation Provider in Bradenton Florida
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: Boat Renovation Provider in Bradenton Florida

Few people are qualified to do all the items on your list. A corollary to JEFE's comment: few people are qualified to pay for all the work on the list. Restoration projects are often very labor intensive, so hiring all the labor will be expensive. Many Boston Whaler boat restorations are done with ...
by jimh
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Propeller Stern Lift
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Adjusting Trim for On-plane

MINI--the forum does not discuss the performance of non-Boston Whaler boats. You should locate a forum about racing small hydroplane hulls to get more advice about optimizing the performance of your small hydroplane boat. On the general topic of engine trim: engine trim can be very touchy with regar...
by jimh
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging

As I mentioned earlier, an engine that has lost combustion in one or maybe even two cylinders will still be able to accelerate without any load on the engine to an engine speed of thousands of RPM, probably fast enough to damage the engine if allowed to accelerate to beyond the recommended maximum e...
by jimh
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Propeller Stern Lift
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Propeller Stern Lift

Propellers described as bow-lifting tend to have propeller blades that are raked aft, which tends to focus the thrust into a smaller diameter cone of accelerated water. The explanation that stern lift force is created when thrust coming off the propeller toward the surface is deflected downward by t...
by jimh
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Effect of Antenna Height on Signal Strength
Replies: 10
Views: 14190

Re: Effect of Antenna Height on Signal Strength

About two-and-a-half years ago I wrote: Recently I came across a published dissertation that studied the propagation of VHF signals over water in a very scientific and systematic way, looking at signals coming across the English Channel. I tucked it away for further study on some cold winter evening...
by jimh
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2007 170 MONTAUK Fuel Tank
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: 2007 170 MONTAUK Fuel Tank

On days you plan to travel more than 150-miles, carry extra fuel in five-gallon Jerry cans. Or, if the fuel system includes quick-disconnect connectors, carry an extra fuel tank with its own fuel hose and connector. Since the engine is only 90-HP, there should not be a concern about having a connect...
by jimh
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1978 Revenge 21 Bow Railing
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: 1978 Revenge 21 Bow Railing

The vertical stanchions of the bow railing for a 1978 REVENGE 21 attach to the outboard side of gunwale of the hull the widest points. The beam of the hull is listed as 7-feet 4-inches. The vertical stanchions of the bow railing for a 17-foot hull--there are many models of 17-footer hull but most of...
by jimh
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging

There seems to be a sort of fascination with NGK-brand spark plugs, and some people seem to think an NGK plug is always going to be better than the OEM plug. I don’t know if the NGK plug you used is an exact replacement for the OEM Champion plug. I would use the OEM plug, not an “equivalent” non-OEM...
by jimh
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging

From what Jim says about injectors, I’d say these were changing quickly too. I am not clear that I said anything about changes in fuel injectors in a particular model of Mercury four-stroke-power-cycle engine. What I will say about that topic: when Mercury first used the term "EFI" it was...
by jimh
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 17 SSL Suzuki 90-HP Bow Oscillation
Replies: 19
Views: 572

Re: 17 SSL Suzuki 90-HP Bow Oscillation

What might occur to boat performance if a four-bladed propeller is used to replace a three-bladed propeller is not particularly easy to reduce to a simple paradigm that boat speed will decrease but boat acceleration will increase. There are many factors involved in a propeller that determine how it ...
by jimh
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging

The injector sprays a very fine spray of fuel into the cylinder. PHIL--an injector only sprays fuel into a cylinder if the engine used DIRECT INJECTION. With c.2005 Mercury four-stroke-power-cycle outboard engines there is absolutely NO CHANCE that the engine used an advanced mechanism like direct ...
by jimh
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: 2005 Mercury 60 EFI lugging

When Mercury denotes an outboard engine as having "EFI" is could mean anything from having one injector crudely controlled by the throttle linkage to something more sophisticated, but short of having direct fuel injection into each cylinder by a dedicated injector. If there is a Mercury Se...
by jimh
Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Coaxial Transmission Line Outer Insulating Jacket Damage
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Coaxial Transmission Line Outer Insulating Jacket Damage

I doubt the liquid tape will be sufficiently flexible. If the transmission flexibility is decreased, it will just break at a new spot. The stiffer the transmission line becomes, the more leverage the stiff part will exert on the still-flexible part. The weak point in the transmission line as seen in...
by jimh
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 1991 Outrage 17 Helm Switches
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: 1991 Outrage 17 Helm Switches

If the condition of the wiring behind the electrical panel matches the condition of the exterior of the electrical panel as seen above in Figure 1, the wiring and electrical devices like fuses and switches probably need some renovation. The badly weathered paint indicates the boat and this panel hav...
by jimh
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 1991 Outrage 17 Helm Switches
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: 1991 Outrage 17 Helm Switches

Improper names for navigation lights throughout this thread have been corrected to proper names. The light is what is shown to other boats. A lamp or lantern produces the light. Electrical power is connected to a lamp via fuse and a switch. The lamp employs an incandescent lightbulb or in some insta...
by jimh
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 1991 Outrage 17 Helm Switches
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: 1991 Outrage 17 Helm Switches

FLOATER—the sidelights are never shown alone. Your switch is probably wired wrong. For help in correcting the error in wiring, see the article cited below. JHPETERSON3–an article in REFERENCE explains the correct wiring of a three position switch to control navigation lighting. Study at http://conti...
by jimh
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Coaxial Transmission Line Outer Insulating Jacket Damage
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Coaxial Transmission Line Outer Insulating Jacket Damage

I note in Figures 1 and 2 that the ratchet mount provides a hole for the transmission line to pass through. You can consider routing the transmission line through the hole to eliminate the short-radius 90-degree bend of the transmission line at the base of the antenna. Depending on the diameter of t...
by jimh
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Coaxial Transmission Line Outer Insulating Jacket Damage
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Coaxial Transmission Line Outer Insulating Jacket Damage

The antenna transmission line shown in Figures 1 and 2 from a 1996 boat is probably from that same epoch, and is thus approaching 25-years or service. Because the portion of the transmission line from the base of the antenna to the the pass-through fitting on the gunwale is subject to flexing when t...
by jimh
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 13-footer Seating Placement
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: 13-footer Seating Placement

Your plan to use remote steering with a SUPER SPORT 13 is a good choice. With the tall backrest and storage compartment of the SUPER SPORT interior, trying to use tiller steering would be very awkward. Do you need all dimensions of all components of the SUPER SPORT seats, storage compartment, consol...
by jimh
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 13-footer Seating Placement
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: 13-footer Seating Placement

I am sure Boston Whaler used such a diagram when building the classic 13-footers. The seat placement on 13-foot hulls varied with the model. Boats intended to use tiller steering placed the thwart seat closer to the transom. Boats intended to be used with a remote steering wheel placed the thwart se...
by jimh
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk Stern Seats
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: 170 Montauk Stern Seats

After a closer look at the Boston Whaler quarter seats, I noticed that the support tubes for the backrest are not very large diameter. Were I going to duplicate them on homemade seats, I would find a boat with the OEM seats and take a close look at how the support tubes fit into the rod holders. The...
by jimh
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1970 13 SPORT Project
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: 1970 13 SPORT Project

JAMES NOVAK is apparently moving to his own blog. Follow up with him there.
by jimh
Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 25th Anniversary Edition 13-footer
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Re: 25th Anniversary Edition 13-footer

NYMCAH wrote:How many 25th Anniversary Edition boats were built?


I am not aware of any statistics about any model production that have been released by Boston Whaler. You should inquire with Boston Whaler customer service to see if they know the answer.
by jimh
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk Stern Seats
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: 170 Montauk Stern Seats

Jefecinco wrote:Another option is "bean bag" seating.


We used to have a beanbag cushion for use as an aft cockpit seat. Bob D on OUTRÉ has several of them for passengers to sit on in the rear of the OUTRAGE 22 cockpit
by jimh
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk Stern Seats
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: 170 Montauk Stern Seats

Birdsall Marine offers a leaning post backrest that has folding arms. The best view of the leaning post supports is seen at http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u127/aheyst/308.jpg The backrest looks like its support tubes are not folding, but they can be turned 90-degrees at some sort of rotating jo...
by jimh
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk Stern Seats
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: 170 Montauk Stern Seats

I am thinking to makea 3/4-inch-thick wood seat. Then attach or hook or snap-on a throw cushion. I will make the backrest from teak and have cushions made. I believe I can do this for much less [cost than the Boston Whaler seats]. Are you going to make one seat as in the full-width bench seat? Or, ...
by jimh
Fri Dec 25, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk Stern Seats
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: 170 Montauk Stern Seats

Phil T wrote:...add the ability to rotate the seatback posts for easy storage..
That is a darn good idea. But perhaps hard to implement
by jimh
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 17 SSL Suzuki 90-HP Bow Oscillation
Replies: 19
Views: 572

Re: 17 SSL Suzuki 90-HP Bow Oscillation

It is possible on almost any planing-hull boat to induce bow oscillation under certain circumstances. As mentioned, moving the engine weight farther aft with a set-back bracket and the added weight of the set-back bracket both tend to affect the static trim on a boat, making the boat have a bow-high...
by jimh
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk Stern Seats
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: 170 Montauk Stern Seats

Sometimes I have several adults on board, and other times it is just my wife and I. If your use of the boat requires more seating than the boat has at present, I don't see that you have an option other than to add more seating. The bench seat would not be handy for swimmers getting in and out from ...
by jimh
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk Stern Seats
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: 170 Montauk Stern Seats

BamaBoater wrote:...the bench seat would be nice if you always had passengers.

What would be the purpose of either the bench seat or the two quarter seats if you didn’t have passengers?
by jimh
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: FCC Advisory on MMSI
Replies: 0
Views: 247

FCC Advisory on MMSI

In May 2016 the FCC issued Enforcement Advisory No. 2016-04 for Marine Radios on the topic of their MMSI registration and use. This document can be downloaded from https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-16-513A1.pdf The document explains the situation for boaters in the USA for obtaining an MMSI...