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by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

DON--also consider this: by the time fuel that has been treated with Evinrude 2+4 Fuel Conditioner reaches the combustion chamber to be injected into the cylinder by the E-TEC injector, the work of the fuel conditioner has already been done and nothing remains for the Fuel Conditioner to do except b...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

DON--I see you quoted me on how the fuel is injected in a direct-injection engine. But I don't see how that allowed you to conclude that the two products would have the same effect if mixed into the fuel and consumed in an E-TEC. I don't think you made yourself clear on that. Of course all a manufac...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

DON--you mention that you have read "there is no downside to using SeaFoam in an [E-TEC], and it has been used by [E-TEC] owners without complaint." I have read exactly the opposite. My reading is on the website dedicated to the E-TEC engine at ETECOWNERSGROUP.COM. There are many first-han...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

DON--it is good that you were able to find the MSDS sheets for the two products and now have the information you were seeking: what they are composed of and how that might differ. I don't understand how you drew the inference that "SeaFoam and 2+4 are similar in the way they may work...in a dir...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: MMSI Lookup
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: MMSI Lookup

The search results from an inquiry will provide many entries for data for an individual ship station. The fields are described below: ⋅ MMSI, the maritime mobile service identity of the vessel ⋅ CALL SIGN, the ship station radio callsign ⋅ SELECTIVE CALL NUMBER assigned...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Lowrance LINK-9 VHF Marine Band DSC Radio with AIS and GNSS
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: Lowrance LINK-9 VHF Marine Band DSC Radio with AIS and GNSS

SIMRAD have also announced a very similar new radio, the RS40, replacing their model RS35. The RS40 differs from the LINK-9 in having the ability to use wireless remote handsets. This features is not particularly necessary on small boats. See: https://www.simrad-yachting.com/simrad/type/vhf-radios-a...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Lowrance LINK-9 VHF Marine Band DSC Radio with AIS and GNSS
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Lowrance LINK-9 VHF Marine Band DSC Radio with AIS and GNSS

Lowrance have introduced a new VHF Marine Band DSC Class-D radio that will be available in November 2018, designated the model LINK-9 and intended to replace the LINK-8. The LINK-9 will have a MSRP of $499. LINK-9.png The key features of the LINK-9 are: ⋅ digital selective calling to Class...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

What are the differences between --Sea Foam, --Evinrude 2+4 Fuel Condition, and --Evinrude Fuel System Cleaner? I don't have information on the several products. In the USA, products like those above must have a material safety data sheet or MSDS available to the public. You can investigate the com...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

I don't agree with your assertion that "most" new automobile engines are direct-injection. In my understanding, direct-injection technology is somewhat new and unusual in automobile engines. Direct-injection may be coming with the very latest engines in some high-end brands, but I would no...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater

I don't have or know of any actual statistics about any outboard engine brands in a particular horsepower and particular model year having a particular rate of failure of a particular component. I don't think data like that is generally available to the public, except in the case of a few brands, ho...
by jimh
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

With a direct-injection two-stroke-power-cycle engine like an E-TEC, adding something like SeaFoam to the fuel is not going to be an effective method to remove carbon deposits. The fuel in a direct-injection two-stroke engine like an E-TEC enters the combustion chamber only from the fue injector, wh...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer bunks
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Trailer bunks

In doing some additional research, I came across some c.1970 literature that included trailer recommendations. I have added this new information to the Reference Section article on trailer set-up . Here is the new information I found and added: Trailering Tips Boston Whaler boats do not require spec...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater

Q3: Were the [E-TEC engines purchased by the friend] some level of a lemon or of poor quality? I don't see any possible basis to evaluate the quality of the engines at the time of original manufacture. No information is provided in this discussion that could allow such an evaluation to occur. Gener...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater

In general, I have very little faith in second-hand or third-had recitation of what other people have said. In this discussion, the person making a statement that is to be examined and reviewed is not participating. That person is the first-person speaker of the statement. A second person ("the...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater

[A shop to which a friend has taken his Evinrude E-TEC engines for service has told the friend that] E-TEC engines should not be not be stored with the engines tilted up when the boat is in the water; and that the engines should be stored down. The reason for this is water inside the E-TEC engine c...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: Tilt Position for Outboard Engine in Saltwater

[The shop also said] the E-TEC engine should not reverse quickly. Water can enter an E-TEC engine while travelling quickly in reverse. Q2: [Has any reader of this post] heard of this? Yes. Generally if an engine is running and creating exhaust pressure into the exhaust passage, when the engine is r...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaFoam and Marine Engines
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: SeaFoam and Marine Engines

I recommend you return to the source of this information--the shop where your friend has taken his engines for service-- and ask that source for an explanation of their statement. Regarding E-TEC engines in particular, the manufacturer recommends that only fuel additives made by them be used with th...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel Tank Replacement and Re-rigging Project
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Fuel Tank Replacement and Re-rigging Project

For some comments on the BONDING CIRCUIT used in Boston Whaler boats from their classic era which is alluded to above, see Bonding Circuit http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3898 and Fuel System Ground Wiring on c.1986 OUTRAGE http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&am...
by jimh
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Standard-Horizon GX6000, GX6500
Replies: 54
Views: 14561

Re: Standard-Horizon GX6000, GX6500

Rick--thanks for the further update on the problem with the GX6000 radio providing output AIS data via NMEA-2000 that had a very large error in the longitude of the target vessel, and the lack of a resolution with a field firmware update. As I mentioned earlier, the GX6000 radio is probably the firs...
by jimh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Anderson Manufacturing and Upholstery
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Anderson MFG

Anderson Manufacturing and Upholstery are an upholstery shop and I’m sure they order this as well. I am not sure what the antecedent noun is for the pronoun "this". Are you saying that Anderson Manufacturing orders vinyl, as opposed to be being the original manufacturer of the vinyl? If s...
by jimh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Anderson Manufacturing and Upholstery
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Anderson Manufacturing and Upholstery

To find out what brand of vinyl Anderson uses, I recommend calling them and asking them. To match new vinyl material to the color, pattern, and thickness of the vinyl material on your boat, request a small sample from the vendor to see how it matches. To order material, contact the seller. If you wa...
by jimh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: Leland Harbor Had Very Busy Summer
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Re: Leland Harbor: GALE WARNING

I stopped by Leland harbor today and found they were flying two red pennants from their signal mast: GALE WARNING. There was a northwest wind at about 30-knots, forecast to increase. There was spray flying over the big stone break wall. The floating docks were undulating to the swell coming into the...
by jimh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer bunks
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Trailer bunks

Boston Whaler boats like a classic 17-foot Montauk like to be kept on a trailer that has two or three keel rollers and one pair of lateral bunks. Most weight goes onto the keel rollers. An all-bunk trailer is okay, too, if it has a second pair of bunks close to the keel. Old-style floppy roller trai...
by jimh
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Lowrance EP-85R
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Lowrance EP-85R

For more information on these firmware updates see

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=2914&p=16637#p16637
by jimh
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: My 1975 Revenge 21
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: My 1975 Revenge 21

I can’t believe the transom is notched for a 15-inch-shaft outboard. That cannot be a stock transom.
by jimh
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Hull Sweating
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: Hull Sweating

Is hull sweating common? If you mean. "Does water from the inside a Boston Whaler Unibond hull suddenly pass through the gel coat resin layer and appear all over and rather uniformly on the outside of the hull?" then, no, that is not a common occurrence. The gel coat resin layer is mostly...
by jimh
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: SOLD: Garlick EEz-In Swim Ladder
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: FS: Garlick EEz-In Swim Ladder--SOLD

UPDATE: the swim ladder has found a new home, and perhaps a new boat to be installed on. Several people made very gracious inquiries about the ladder; it went to a long-time participant in the website and forum that I know personally.
by jimh
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: MMSI Lookup
Replies: 1
Views: 67

MMSI Lookup

Ship radio stations for USA vessels with a maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) that has been provided from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are registered in an international database maintained by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU has an on-line database searc...
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Lowrance EP-85R
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Lowrance EP-85R

I don't have any idea if Lowrance support is offering these updater patch files for the EP-85R at this time. In case anyone wants them, you can get them from the links below:

For EP-85R:
Update to v2.2.0
Update to v2.3.0
Update to v2.4.0
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Lowrance EP-85R
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Lowrance EP-85R

To explain in more detail about the ERP-85R, I offer some additional remarks: Fuel Flow Data from Engine The fuel flow data being sent by a modern NMEA-2000 engine that sends NMEA-2000 PGN 127489 has no data about FUEL VOLUME. That PGN has no field for fuel volume, and the engine cannot send fuel vo...
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Lowrance EP-85R
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Lowrance EP-85R

To be clear, the EP-85R has been working just fine the past several years. I believe that the real problems with the device were those I identified above, and relate to the situation where the EP-85R device is powered on and sitting on a NMEA-2000 network, but the engine data source it expects to he...
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 170 Montauk Anchor Roller Installation
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: 170 Montauk Anchor Roller Installation

I have doubt that having the anchor rode running through an anchor roller attached slightly off center line will create enough offset force that those forces will cause the boat to lie at an angle to the current or wind. More likely the boat will lie to the current, whose force is acting on the enti...
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15 DAUNTLESS Re-power
Replies: 11
Views: 345

Re: 15 DAUNTLESS Re-power

...proved [that an E-TEC was too heavy] by placing a couple 5-gallon buckets of water in the stern to simulate the extra weight. One gallon of water is about 8-lbs. Two 5-gallon buckets would be 10-gallons of water. Freshwater weighs 8.33-lbs per gallon, so two 5-gallons buckets will be 83.3-lbs, i...
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Lowrance EP-85R
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Lowrance EP-85R

The above two articles have been distilled from a much longer thread on the same topic. To read the longer thread, which includes several sidebars and comments from other uses of EP-85R devices, see

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/003608.html
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Lowrance EP-85R
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Lowrance EP-85R

[More from the prior discussions.} After the 2013 boating season, I applied an updater patch to my Lowrance EP-85R Data Storage Device. When I had the boat on the water for the first time in 2014, and I found that the FUEL MANAGEMENT functions with the EP-85R were fouled up beyond all recognition (F...
by jimh
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Lowrance EP-85R
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Lowrance EP-85R

The following is distilled from a prior and much longer discussion about the behavior of the EP-85R. LOWRANCE EP-85R Failure to record fuel used About five years ago in 2013 I discovered an anomaly in the function of the EP-85R and Lowrance FUEL MANAGER software, which I describe below. In my boat's...
by jimh
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding Instruments to Boat
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: Adding Instruments to Boat

If seeking more discussion about performance of the boat, please start a new thread in the PERFORMANCE forum. This discussion is in SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL, and boat fuel economy, speeds, and other performance factors are not discussed in SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL.
by jimh
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15 DAUNTLESS Re-power
Replies: 11
Views: 345

Re: 15 DAUNTLESS Re-power

Here is a comparison of the E-TEC 90 and F70LA: Horsepower: The E-TEC has 28.6-percent more power than the Yamaha (90 v. 70-HP) Displacement: The E-TEC has 30-percent more displacement than the Yamaha (1295 v. 996-cc) Weight: The E-TEC has 24-percent more weight than the Yamaha (320 v. 257-lbs) Warr...
by jimh
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season About to Start--and End
Replies: 23
Views: 1163

Re: Boating Season About to Start--and End

I hauled my boat off to winter storage today. I won't see it again until May. That will be eight months--the long winter starts now.
by jimh
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Remote Oil Tank Level Monitoring with ICON Pro Gauges
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Remote Oil Tank Level Monitoring with ICON Pro Gauges

I updated my article in REFERENCE on NMEA-2000 PARAMETER GROUPS to include this information on PGN 127505, Fluid Levels.
by jimh
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 170 Montauk Anchor Roller Installation
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: 170 Montauk Anchor Roller Installation

Typically on a 170 MONTAUK boat the centerline position at the bow is taken by the combined sidelight navigation lamp fixture. Typically an anchor roller--a device with a wheel in a framework designed to guide an anchor when it is lowered or raised--is mounted at the bow on centerline. Where do you ...
by jimh
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: 2018 Mullet Lake Fall Color Cruise
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: 2018 Mullet Lake Fall Color Cruise

Here are two more nice pictures from the 2018 Mullet Lake Fall Color Cruise, all taken by John R: satMornBoatBybrook.jpg At the dock above and left to right are ⋅ CONTINUOUSWAVE (Revenge 22 W-T WD) ⋅ DON'S DAUNTLESS (17) ⋅ a Mischief 15 ⋅ EMMARIE JEAN (16 Sako...
by jimh
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: E-TEC Engine: Maintenance History After Ten Seasons
Replies: 11
Views: 379

Re: E-TEC Engine: Maintenance History After Ten Seasons

Replacing spark plugs is one service that I could do myself without too much difficulty. But every 50-hours seems a bit too often for a modern low-emission engine with platinum tipped plugs. Mynon-towing car is a 2011 in service since November 2010, so for 8-years and 60,000 miles, and those plugs a...
by jimh
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: E-TEC Engine: Maintenance History After Ten Seasons
Replies: 11
Views: 379

Re: E-TEC Engine: Maintenance History After Ten Seasons

The image belows shows the Champion QC8WEP six spark plugs that were removed and the VST fuel return filter. These plugs had been in service for seven seasons and 265-hours of running time. These images were taken on a very gray and cloudy day, so I added a bit of exposure compensation to reveal mor...
by jimh
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Montauk Mooring
Replies: 9
Views: 435

Re: Montauk Mooring

Use of a screw-in auger or helix anchor seems to be common among my several neighbors who have had moorings installed. If you buy the helix anchor from a marine supplier, the price will be about three times higher than if you buy the helix anchor from a commercial utility supplier. Compare these pri...
by jimh
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Restoring Shine Finish to Gel Coat Resin
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Restoring Shine Finish to Gel Coat Resin

The other is 3M compound and a buffing wheel. I am not following you here. What is "the other" in reference to? Another way to remove tough stains? What is the actual 3M product you are recommending for this? Please give the product name. Follow it up with fleetwax. I am not sure what you...
by jimh
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Six Questions about Varnish Woodwork
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: Six Questions about Varnish Woodwork

If woodwork has a thick build-up of multiple layers of varnish, and if the scratch in the woodwork is not so deep that it penetrates through all the varnish and goes into the wood itself, then the application of one new top-coat of varnish may be sufficient to fill the scratch and restore a nice fin...
by jimh
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: OUTRAGE 22 Console Mounting Bracket
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: OUTRAGE 22 Console Mounting Bracket

ROGER on the super console. It is significantly larger and different from the one I pictured above. The L-channel aluminum adds a lot of stiffness to the molded sides of the regular console. To clean up aluminum try a Brillo-pad and hot water. Usually the oxidation layer is not very thick and will c...
by jimh
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: OUTRAGE 22 Console Mounting Bracket
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: OUTRAGE 22 Console Mounting Bracket

Aluminum is usually very durable, and I would expect you could clean the existing aluminum brackets and re-use them. A typical aluminum alloy widely used for structural elements and good strength is 6061-T6 alloy. That is a high tensile strength alloy typically used in applications where resistance ...
by jimh
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding Instruments to Boat
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: Adding Instruments to Boat

Of the instruments you mention, only the tachometer and temperature gauges will need to be specific for the particular engine you have; they will connect to sensors on the engine. Tachometers are usually distinct for two-stroke-power-cycle and four-stroke-power-cycle engines; get a tachometer that i...