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by jimh
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: The Market for Outboard Engine Re-powering
Replies: 8
Views: 383

Re: The Market for Outboard Engine Re-powering

In 1992 OMC was making a 225-HP engine that weighed 455-lbs. I am not sure that in 2018 to make a 225-HP engine that weighs 475-lbs is "an amazing advancement." It is perhaps more fair to say that in 2018 making a 225-HP engine that weighs 475-lbs is a regression to almost the weight level...
by jimh
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Will Maximum Power Ratings of Boston Whaler Boats Change
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Will Maximum Power Ratings of Boston Whaler Boats Change

I think what is really happening is more like this: Boston Whaler has identified a particular transom weight maximum limit. If Mercury introduces a new engine whose weight falls under that limit, then Boston Whaler might consider using that engine if the horsepower is under the maximum power rating....
by jimh
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations

To clarify a feature of the HX870 radio I alluded to earlier; In the set-up of the HX870 the user can configure the power settings for the GPS receiver. Using the user-interface, navigate as follows: ⋅ from normal operation, press MENU key; a menu is displayed; ⋅ in menu select c...
by jimh
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations

I should have mentioned the value of DSC in a distress situation. With a DSC radio and a properly registered MMSI, if you make a DSC Distress Alert broadcast, and if the USCG receives the transmission, they will know you are in distress, and they will also have a description of your vessel, have you...
by jimh
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: c.1970 15-footer with 70-HP on Jackplate
Replies: 12
Views: 387

Re: c.1970 15-footer with 70-HP on Jackplate

I am following the narrative. I see that the propeller manufacturer did not recommend the SCD (semi-cleaver stern-lifting) propeller, but your gut told you to try it. After you tried the SCD you found it unsatisfactory and returned it. If you want to try another propeller from PowerTech, perhaps you...
by jimh
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1986 Outrage Wood
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: 1986 Outrage Wood

The under-gunwale rod holders on my 1987 REVENGE were made from plywood. I don't recall precisely if it was teak or mahogany plywood.
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations

I would discard the notion that a 6-Watt radio is going to be something much better than a 5-Watt radio. The difference is less than 1 dB.

I don't see much price difference at all. The HX-870 looks like a clear choice.
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1982 25 CUDDY
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1982 25 CUDDY

Yes, the "best" used boat is one that is "perfect," but the price will reflect that. If the defect is only cosmetic and only around the waterline, you probably won't even notice it when the boat is in the water. You can alway use the defect as a bargaining point to ask for a redu...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: X-Ray View of Antenna Construction
Replies: 2
Views: 12

Re: X-Ray View of Antenna Construction

In antenna construction that occurs in VHF Marine Band vertical antennas encased in fiberglass radomes, differences among antennas can be seen in: ⋅ the diameter of the radiating element conductors; ⋅ the number of radiating elements ⋅ the length of the radiating elemen...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations

...Is it worthwhile to spend the extra money for a DSC capable handheld radio... Note that I deleted you criteria specifying the power and antenna of a DSC capable portable radio. All portable radios will suffer those limitations. I infer your question really is to assess the added cost of DSC in a...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations

...We mainly kayak in the Ocean and the Gulf waters around the Florida Keys and inland waterways when traveling throughout Canada and USA. We don't go more than two or three miles out from the mainland. In the USA, the RESCUE 21 system covers all the coastal areas of: the oceans; the Great Lakes; t...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: Is DSC worthwhile for handheld VHF given limitations

About Time-to-first-fix Portable VHF Marine Band radios ( "hand held" radios) that have DSC capability are required to have their own internal GNSS receiver. As you properly mention, the GNSS receiver needs electrical power to be able to receive. The power consumed by the GNSS receiver is...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: Fuel Tank Level Calibration for ICON Pro RPM Gauge
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Fuel Tank Level Calibration for ICON Pro RPM Gauge

In some prior discussions a method of performing the CAL SENDER procedure that is available in the ICON Pro RPM gauge has been discussed in which the actual sender is removed from the fuel tank and mechanically manipulated to various positions during the calibration process. I don't actually recomme...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

I have not seen any mention of this, but I presume that across the three models, 175, 200, and 225-HP, there are likely no mechanical changes in the engine. The horsepower differences are probably due to the engine control unit having different fuel map data, rev-limits, or other non-mechanical chan...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Will Maximum Power Ratings of Boston Whaler Boats Change
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Will Maximum Power Ratings of Boston Whaler Boats Change

I think the 210 MONTAUK, with a present rating of 200-HP, will be an interesting model to watch for any change in maximum power. But, given that Mercury probably already was aware of the coming 225-HP V6 FOURSTROKE engine, it would have been possible for Boston Whaler to have already increased the r...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

The image (from Jeff, above) seems to show a perfect match between Boston Whaler hull gel coat color and Mercury FOURSTROKE V6 engine color.
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Will Maximum Power Ratings of Boston Whaler Boats Change
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Will Maximum Power Ratings of Boston Whaler Boats Change

It is widely known that all Boston Whaler boats are sold by the factory with Mercury engines. It has been suggested that the maximum horsepower rating of some boats has been changed when a particular Mercury engine of a certain horsepower became available. Since you ask about a specific boat, the 19...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

The introduction of the 175, 200, and 225-HP engines also finally ends speculation about higher power models of the original FOURSTROKE 150-HP engine. About five minutes after the 150-HP FOURSTROKE was introduced, pundits were predicting that this engine would soon be enhanced to produce 200-HP. Now...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

When Brunswick first introduced their new Mercury FOURSTROKE line with the 150-HP in-line four-cylinder, not long afterwards, in November 2013, they told their investors about future outboard engine plans: Mercury’s outboard product line will be comprehensively upgraded with new, more cost-effective...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

The styling of the new Mercury V6 FOURSTROKE engines has been a topic of many comments. It seems reasonable to say the angular and faceted look is a departure from previous cowling styles. Exactly how much weight a customer will give to the engine appearance in making a buying decision is hard to sa...
by jimh
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1982 25 CUDDY
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1982 25 CUDDY

Thanks for providing further details about the boat. This clarifies the model. This OUTRAGE hull was probably molded in the same manner as other OUTRAGE center console boats, and then an additional superstructure or cap molding was fastened to the forward part of the hull to create the cuddy cabin. ...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1982 25 CUDDY
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1982 25 CUDDY

...Is [the warping of the hull along the waterline on port side in a c.1982 OUTRAGE] a product of water in hull freezing [and] thawing over the years? Is this a sign of structural [problems]? If you are describing a waviness in the surface of the hull, this defect has been seen in some Boston Whale...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1982 25 CUDDY
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: 1982 25 CUDDY

Is the boat a 1982 OUTRAGE 25 CUDDY?

Does the boat have a center console?

Or does it have the forward steering station?
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225

Further on using Crouch's method: If we assume the boat weight is more like 7900-lbs, the engine is 225-HP, and the boat speed is 32-MPH, then Crouch's method will tell us the hull constant: 190 A hull constant of around 190 is also consistent with some Boston Whaler hulls, particularly ones with br...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225

FSB'--thanks for the follow-up. I agree with your decision to upgrade to the larger gear case, particularly if your trusted dealer is endorsing it so strongly. When the gear ratio changes with the new gear case, you will, if effect, get a new propeller, as the 14-pitch combined with new gear case wi...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225

Regarding the still unknown weight of the boat "when loaded down for tuna," we can estimate the weight using Crouch's analysis. We assume the following inputs: HP = 225 (the rated power of the engine) HULL FACTOR = 180 (a typical value for a Boston Whaler V-hull boat with moderate Then usi...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225

...go to Honda BF 225 performance report and props they used. There are hundreds of boats tested- if you compared similar boats to 23 outrage smallest pitch I see is 17... Again, there is no notion that propeller pitch is correlated to boat length. There is no way this can be true. That some other ...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

Impressive that you can sell out months of production in one and a half days at one boat show. There must have been substantial pent up demand by Mercury customers for engines with these characteristics. At the rate of two-months of production per two days on the market, the entire remaining 7-month...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Reveals at Miami International Boat Show 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 84

Boston Whaler Reveals at Miami International Boat Show 2018

According to a press release from the Miami International Boat Show, Boston Whaler introduced new models at the show, including: --a renewed 190 MONTAUK --a renewed 210 MONTAUK --a completely new 380 REALM model These two new MONTAUK models join the revised 150 MONTAUK and 170 MONTAUK revealed about...
by jimh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

At the Miami International Boat Show 2018 a panel of judges has awarded an Innovation Award, which recognizes "exceptionally ground breaking new consumer marine products" in the category of Outboard Engines to the new Mercury 3.4-liter V6 outboard engine.
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Dual Engine - Dual Battery - Wiring
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: Dual Engine - Dual Battery - Wiring

I am most certain that no one would recommend or endorse your method of interrupting the battery negative circuit to the engines. The principal harms in leaving the engines connected to the battery positive are: --risk of accelerating galvanic corrosion of the engine's metal chassis that is exposed ...
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225

Re the broken gears in the HONDA BF225: I thought Honda was using a Mercury gear case. I recall that Mercury redesigned their V6 engine gear case when the VERADO FOURSTROKE came out so the gear case was more robust. Perhaps the gear case on the Honda, if a Mercury style, is the older style. Before s...
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 230 Outrage with Honda BF225

vze2gbs4 wrote:I would assume that such a heavy boat as 23 outrage need at least 17 if not 19-21 pitch propeller.


Bad assumption. Propeller pitch is not correlated to boat length and boat weight. If anything, it is inversely correlated to boat weight. The heavier the boat, the lower the pitch.
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225

Thanks for opening up the discussion to "anyone." This will allow me to comment. The easiest change to make is to try the lower propeller pitch (13-inch) and see what results. For quite a while I was running a 15-pitch propeller on my 24-foot Boston Whaler with 225-HP engine. The differenc...
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

I believe the new engines will not be available until May 2018. If there is already a two-month backlog of orders after the engines have only been revealed to the public for less than two days, the soonest you could get one if you ordered now would be perhaps July or August. Also, surprising that a ...
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

An Australian boating magazine gives an excellent presentation, including showing Boston Whaler boats with the new engines: https://youtu.be/-ZYg716oL5w --I highly recommend watching this one. It discusses the new engine features and performance with very positive comments. whalerNewMercSternView.jp...
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 16
Views: 278

Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

newMercOnWhaler.jpg Mercury has added three new engines to its non-supercharged FOURSTROKE line at the 175, 200, and 225-HP levels, all using a newly designed 64-degree V6 3.4-liter block with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams. The fuel induction system is described as closed-loop, ge...
by jimh
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 23 Outrage with Honda BF225
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: 230 Outrage with Honda BF225

FSBO37 wrote:I have a 1998 230 Outrage...


Boston Whaler did not make an OUTRAGE boat in 1998 with the model designation "230".

Please clarify what boat you are discussing.
by jimh
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2018 170 Montauk for Long Island Sound Angling
Replies: 13
Views: 412

Re: 2018 170 Montauk for Long Island Sound Angling

CTJackC wrote:I'll start the search for the 21 Outrage.

The 21 OUTRAGE and 210 OUTRAGE are different boats.
by jimh
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Chartplotter for 170 Montauk
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Chartplotter for 170 Montauk

For more discussion about the screen display dimensions, please see my recent article and thread on that topic: Discussion thread: Screen Display Dimensions http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3122 Reference article Screen Display Dimensions http://continuouswave.com/whaler/refer...
by jimh
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Screen Display Dimensions
Replies: 0
Views: 24

Screen Display Dimensions

Most marine electronic devices with a display are promoted by giving the diagonal length of the display. A better method is to compare the screen area. A new article in the REFERENCE section explains how to calculate display area from a diagonal length and the screen aspect ratio. See Screen Display...
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Capsize At Mavericks
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Capsize At Mavericks

Additional details in the link: http://www.ktvu.com/news/boat-capsized-in-20-foot-waves-at-mavericks-two-men-rescued-by-jet-skiers Jack Thanks for the pointer to that information. I found I had to watch the recording of the newscast to make any sense of the text. The text of the article seemed like...
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: NMEA-0183 Interface Data Collection
Replies: 24
Views: 6121

Re: NMEA-0183 Interface Data Collection

Added information about the ICOM IC-M330 and M506 radios to the ICOM listing above.
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Chartplotter for 170 Montauk
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Chartplotter for 170 Montauk

...I was very close to getting a Garmin EchoMAP 94 SV Plus, since I can remove the unit without having to unplug any wires and it seems to be newer technology.... The ease that you can temporarily remove and re-install the chartplotter is a good consideration. I have found that connectors with a ba...
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Class-D DSC Radio Testing
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: Class-D DSC Radio Testing

Regarding the testing of the Radiotelephone (or voice) Receiver in a VHF Marine Band radio, I am not certain the voice receiver in ship radio stations are subject to a particular specification, however, if the radio is approved as a CLASS-D DSC radio, then 47 CFR 80.225 ("Requirements for selec...
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Cutting out rigging tube on 1999 Alert 17
Replies: 6
Views: 107

Re: Cutting out rigging tube on 1999 Alert 17

If you leave an opening on the deck for access to the rigging tunnel, you should surround the opening with a dam wall. Boston Whaler typically installed a light-weight plastic escutcheon around openings into the deck in order to prevent water running along the deck from flowing into the rigging tunn...
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Do Old 13-foot Hulls Have Collector Value
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Do Old 13-foot Hulls Have Collector Value

If you only have one item to sell, then you only need to find one buyer willing to pay the price.

Warren Buffet once remarked that the measure of good product was how easily you could raise its price.
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Chartplotter for 170 Montauk
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Chartplotter for 170 Montauk

Usually at the helm console of any boat of any size, the boat compass is mounted directly behind the helm wheel. If there is a compass on your boat, then mount the chart plotter several inches away. I don't think a typical chart plotter will have any sort of permanent magnet inside that can distort ...
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Cutting out rigging tube on 1999 Alert 17
Replies: 6
Views: 107

Re: Cutting out rigging tube on 1999 Alert 17

My first thought: contact Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products and inquire about embedded reinforcements in the hull of the ALERT 17. Also, when drilling the hole in the inner hull foam for the rigging tube, you must have encountered the same obstruction that now blocks the installation ...
by jimh
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Survives Mud Slide in California
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Boston Whaler Survives Mud Slide in California

Even with the hull deemed a total loss, there remains considerable value in the rest of the boat. The railings, fittings, navigation lamps, windshield, console, reversible pilot seat, canvas covers, and other components of the classic MONTAUK appear to have survived with little if any damage and ret...