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by Jefecinco
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Portable RADAR
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: Portable RADAR

I don't believe there is any useful portable radar as you describe. There are several digital radars now available that—compared to their predecessors—are very lightweight and energy efficient. Check the RADAR devices from Navico, Garmin, and Raymarine for a model that might satisfy your requirement...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak

Tractor Supply has a 5 gallon "Jerry Can" style metal gasoline container made by Midwest Can and various replacement spouts. Price is $50 for the can. Is this the container you were thinking of?
by Jefecinco
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak

Thank you for the tip. We have a Tractor Supply store so I'll check that out.
by Jefecinco
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak

If you have a Scepter brand plastic gasoline container I recommend you carefully inspect the seam joining the two halves. Ours started leaking at the bottom yesterday. I also recommend loosening the pour spout sufficiently to allow gasoline fumes to vent to avoid excess pressure. Specifics on the co...
by Jefecinco
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2001 Ventura 21
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: 2001 Ventura 21

Adding a "get home" engine is expensive and reduces performance of most small boats. Among the more common reasons an engine stops running is because of fuel quality or supply problems and if the second engine is supplied from the same source it will be useless. Battery failure is another ...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Morse Controls Hydraulic Steering Repair
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: Morse Controls Hydraulic Steering Repair

Replacement hydraulic systems are not cheap but if I had a system as old as yours I would consider replacing the entire system. If you are fortunate enough to find the parts you need you may discover disassembling a pump that has not seen a wrench in four decades will be impossible to deal with.
by Jefecinco
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Mercury VesselView Mobile: Configuration and Use
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Mercury VesselView Mobile: Configuration and Use

After consulting with our local Mercury dealer I purchased a Mercury NMEA 2000 Gateway Module part # 8M0151748 for $400. I have no experience with NMEA 2000 so I hope this works out. That's considerably more expensive than VesselView Mobile but so it goes.
by Jefecinco
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Mercury VesselView Mobile: Configuration and Use
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Mercury VesselView Mobile: Configuration and Use

I've ordered a Simrad GO9 MFD and RS 35 VHF Radio. I want to be able to view the 135 HP Verado with SmartCraft engine operating data on the MFD. I'm under the impression that to accomplish this I will need a Mercury VesselView Module (Mercury Part Number 8M0110693) as a data bridge to the MFD at a c...
by Jefecinco
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: SOLD 1985 15’ Center Console - South MS - $9995
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: 1985 15’ Center Console - South MS - $9995

Nice looking boat. I like the license plate mounting [attached vertically to a fender facing to the rear and bent to conform to the fender shape].
by Jefecinco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

Re: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage

I charged the new battery with our Sears charger until it switched to a zero amps setting. I then reconnected the Promariner maintainer and it switched to the maintainer mode within a few minutes. I left the maintainer on all night and this morning it was only slightly warm to the touch. It's good t...
by Jefecinco
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VENTURA or OUTRAGE Self-bailing
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: VENTURA or OUTRAGE Self-bailing

A very good fitting high quality Sunbrella boat cover for almost all models of Boston Whaler can be bought via http://www.carver.com for a far more reasonable price than a custom made cover. The flatter the hull the more stable the ride when moored but if the boat is moored why is ride a considerati...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

Re: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage

Thank you for the advice. This morning I connected our old (1970s era) Sears Sensacharger to the battery. It immediately dropped to a draw of four amps. That indicates the battery was barely discharged. I expect the charger to drop to zero amps within three hours or so. When/if that happens I will r...
by Jefecinco
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

Re: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage

Jim - We received the Promariner maintainer yesterday. I installed it on our new West Marine AGM Group 24 battery and it immediately went to "charging" mode. I expected it to automatically switch to "maintaining" mode after five hours of charging. It had not switched and the char...
by Jefecinco
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Engine for classic 13-footer
Replies: 13
Views: 2659

Re: Engine for classic 13-footer

We always have a paddle aboard our 1981 Sport 13. It is adequate for traveling short distances if the engine fails. The more stamina you and your passengers have the more adequate the paddle becomes. I don't believe mounting a trolling motor on a 13 foot boat as back up power is a good idea. The eff...
by Jefecinco
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: FOR SALE 2001 Conquest 280 - Ready for Repower
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: FOR SALE 2001 Conquest 280 - Ready for Repower

Recommend you define a "serious offer".
by Jefecinco
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VENTURA or OUTRAGE Self-bailing
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: VENTURA or OUTRAGE Self-bailing

I believe both models are self bailing. However, I would not be without a bilge pump and battery on any boat with below deck spaces. If the boat is kept on a mooring or dock without a power connection I would consider installing a solar battery maintainer or charger.
by Jefecinco
Fri May 31, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Re: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image

The Garmin problems we were experiencing made me doubt the unit's reliability. Earlier this week we used the boat again and the Garmin seems to have finally died. When turned on the screen showed only horizontal lines which were motionless. After a few repeat tries to get the unit to function by tur...
by Jefecinco
Thu May 30, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 2000 Dauntless 16 engine mounting height, trim tabs, 3 to 4 blade prop
Replies: 33
Views: 3414

Re: 2000 Dauntless 16 engine mounting height

I believe raising the engine another hole will provide the best performance. When I had a 1999 Dauntless 16 with a 115 HP OMC engine and a four blade propeller I removed the aftermarket fin from the engine and gained about 1 MPH at WOT with optimal engine trim with no loss of part throttle performan...
by Jefecinco
Thu May 30, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Verado Engine Intake Manifold Anomaly
Replies: 5
Views: 1064

Re: Verado intake manifold concern

It's difficult to tell from the photos if the anomaly is a casting error or impact damage. It appears the manifold is on the output or pressurized side of the supercharger. If that is correct any crack or leakage should be easily detectable while running the engine with the cowling removed. If there...
by Jefecinco
Wed May 29, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

Re: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage

Jim, thank you for the reply and for going to the trouble to both identify the replacement model and finding one for me at a very good price.
by Jefecinco
Wed May 29, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage

We seldom use our 1981 Sport 13 so it spends most of it's life in our garage. I recently attempted to charge the 13 year old battery but it would not accept a charge. I've ordered a Group 24 AGM to replace it. I would like to buy a battery maintainer/tender to leave connected to the new battery betw...
by Jefecinco
Sun May 26, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Non-prescription sunglasses with progressive lenses
Replies: 7
Views: 1850

Re: Non-prescription sunglasses with progressive lenses

I have a pair of Maui Jim non-prescription bifocals. I find they are ideal for my needs though I usually have the RPS in the leaning post position while underway. The depth of field of the reading portion allows me to easily read the gauges and tie fishing knots. Before spending big money on prescri...
by Jefecinco
Sat May 25, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: FS: 1999 Dauntless 14
Replies: 4
Views: 1987

Re: FS: 1999 Boston Whaler Dauntless 14

It is quite a design accomplishment to have so much boat in so little space. The 14 Dauntless looks to have about the same layout as the 16 Dauntless. Very nice.
by Jefecinco
Fri May 24, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: WTB Dauntless 160
Replies: 1
Views: 1300

Re: WTB Dauntless 160

As a former 1999 Dauntless 16 owner I recommend you seek one with a 115 HP engine.
by Jefecinco
Fri May 24, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outrage 17 II v. Dauntless 16
Replies: 4
Views: 1926

Re: Outrage 17 II v. Dauntless 16

I can't address the Outrage but we owned a 16 Dauntless with a 115 HP engine for ten years. We loved the Dauntless but I had to have a larger 190 Montauk so we sold the Dauntless. I often regret that decision. The Montauk is a better boat for fishing but not much else. The Dauntless has, I believe, ...
by Jefecinco
Sat May 18, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Wood for HARPOON
Replies: 6
Views: 1825

Re: Wood for HARPOON other than Mahogany, Teak, or Cedar

Using white plastic to replace all the wood on a Boston Whaler will not improve the appearance. I expect it would be a negative for a buyer. I replaced all the teak except the large swim platform on a previously owned SeaRay. I was disappointed with the result as the boat no longer looked quite righ...
by Jefecinco
Tue May 14, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: Odd radio behavior
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Using Squelch to reduce radio receiver sensitivity

I have noticed on our Standard Horizon VHF radio that I can eliminate much distant chatter on channel 16 by adjusting the squelch. We have a fairly high antenna and receive distant broadcasts much of which is commercial traffic around the State Docks in Mobile, AL. Perhaps a comparison of the squelc...
by Jefecinco
Mon May 13, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Sunglasses and Electronic Displays
Replies: 9
Views: 1667

Re: Sunglasses and Electronic Displays

The responses are very helpful, thank you.
by Jefecinco
Mon May 13, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: MONTAUK 17 Swamped Stability
Replies: 16
Views: 3627

Re: MONTAUK 17 Swamped Stability

For a Montauk 17 to flip with three anglers in an aft corner I believe some extreme external force would have to have been in play. Even if the boat only rolled an external force would be needed. Perhaps a wind and or sea related force of some magnitude would be required. I don't doubt the report al...
by Jefecinco
Sun May 12, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Wood for HARPOON
Replies: 6
Views: 1825

Re: Wood for HARPOON other than Mahogany, Teak, or Cedar

In our area cypress is available. It is attractive and rot resistant. Much of the cypress sold was cut from salvaged trees rescued from swamps and bayous where it may have been sunk several centuries ago. I've seen some cypress tables that were finished but I don't know how it is usually finished.
by Jefecinco
Sun May 12, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1975 13-footer Transom Construction Details
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

Re: 1975 13-footer Transom Construction Details

I solved the curved transom problem on our 1981 Sport 13 by cutting a 3/4 inch leftover Starboard Lumber scrap to size to act as a mounting pad. I used a larger than necessary scrap in order to provide space for a different transducer or relocating the current transducer should that become necessary...
by Jefecinco
Fri May 10, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Sunglasses and Electronic Displays
Replies: 9
Views: 1667

Sunglasses and Electronic Displays

I have a nice pair of non-prescription sunglasses with a reader lens in the bottom half of the lenses. The reader lenses are a necessity for fishing because of dealing with fabricating and repairing terminal tackle every hour or so. However the polarized feature of the glasses make electronic displa...
by Jefecinco
Fri May 10, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Re: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image

Jim - Thank you. After a few hours of web searches I found nothing about "image mirroring(?)". Your search skills exceed mine, by far. I guess I have to bite the bullet and buy a new GPS. So far I'm in no hurry.
by Jefecinco
Thu May 09, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Re: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image

I took the boat out a couple of days ago for an all day fishing trip. Before leaving the marina I installed the 2015) Garmin updates for the GPSMap 740s display. Everything looked normal. Shortly after getting underway the mirror image problem recurred. The map was not affected but the text labels w...
by Jefecinco
Fri May 03, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: On Board Hand Tools
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Re: On Board Hand Tools

OSU - After pricing some stainless steel, titanium, and bronze alloy tools I've decided to go with lower cost regular common items. I had a spark plug socket in my old set left over from when I had a two stroke cycle engine. With our current Verado I expect to replace spark plugs every few years so ...
by Jefecinco
Thu May 02, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Boston Whaler 22 Outrage Restoration
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

Re: 1989 Boston Whaler 22 Outrage Restoration

Q7: Where is the Necker Knob?
by Jefecinco
Wed May 01, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Bottom painting made easier
Replies: 4
Views: 1129

Re: Bottom painting made easier

Good that your system works well for you. I'm always a little nervous about supporting weight on cinder blocks and prefer wood cribbing. The sign posts and wood pads were a clever solution.
by Jefecinco
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Unwinterizing a boat after 18 months
Replies: 3
Views: 908

Re: Unwinterizing a boat after 18 months

Charge the battery if it will take a charge. Replace if needed. Check the oil and add if needed. Check around the engine lower unit for signs of an oil leak. Check level if leakage is detected. Connect a source of cooling water. Pump the squeeze bulb until it becomes hard. Start the engine and run i...
by Jefecinco
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: On Board Hand Tools
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Re: On Board Hand Tools

The on board tool set I got rid of because of corrosion was on board and untouched for about ten years. Since buying a Boston Whaler to replace our SeaRay in 1999 I have never needed a tool while boating. The only reason I looked at the tools a few days ago was because while working on the GPS I man...
by Jefecinco
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: On Board Hand Tools
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Re: On Board Hand Tools

Thanks for your thoughts. After a lot of reading on the subject it seems there are three widely held positions on this subject. First is to buy very expensive titanium based or stainless steel tools for the purpose. Second is to buy the cheapest tools available and change them out whenever they begi...
by Jefecinco
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: On Board Hand Tools
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

On Board Hand Tools

Several years ago I put together a set of tools to handle emergency repairs while on the water. I sprayed them with WD-40 and wrapped them in small towels coated with WD-40. I stored them in a new Pelican case and kept them in the RPS. A few days ago I had a need for a tool while aboard and opened t...
by Jefecinco
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Roller Launch Ramp
Replies: 1
Views: 931

Re: Roller Launch Ramp

Given the number of rollers contacting the hull the weight on any one roller should be low. I could see myself trying that ramp.

My preference would be a boat lift on the lot, if possible. Another possibility could be the drive-on floating docks often used by jet skis.
by Jefecinco
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Purchasing Electronics
Replies: 6
Views: 1918

Re: Purchasing Electronics

My nine year old Garmin is now working as before. A simple "screen calibration" cured the problem.
by Jefecinco
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Re: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image

Good news. Went to the marina and performed a "Screen Calibration". It's easy. Turn on the power and immediately place a finger on the screen and hold it there until the unit screen comes on. The unit now functions as before.

Thanks to all for the advice.
by Jefecinco
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Purchasing Electronics
Replies: 6
Views: 1918

Re: Purchasing Electronics

Perhaps I over reacted and was doing a little venting. Garmin is no longer struck off the list but they are not near the top. A little off topic, but I have been looking for a less costly alternative in case my Garmin is truly fried. My short list includes a Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro and a Lowrance ...
by Jefecinco
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Purchasing Electronics
Replies: 6
Views: 1918

Purchasing Electronics

Over the years my electronic purchases have been based on reputed reliability, features and price. After a recent experience with Garmin Technical Support I may add telephone support wait time to the list. Thursday at around 3:00 PM the hold time for Garmin Technical Support was over three hours. I ...
by Jefecinco
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Re: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Problem

Con - Thanks for the comment. Screen calibration is my next step. There is also a procedure to reset the unit to the factory settings and that is my fallback procedure. I would not hesitate to do the reset but it will erase all my trails and way points. There is also a procedure to save all the trai...
by Jefecinco
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Removing Surface Rust on Stainless Steel
Replies: 7
Views: 2351

Re: Removing Surface Rust

Barkeeper's Friend will do a good job removing the surface rust. Be a cautious with Barkeeper's Friend. Don't use Barkeeper's Friend to polish the rest of the chrome plated stainless steel. A good metal polish such as Flitz or Brasso will restore a bright reflective shine. Depending on the extent of...
by Jefecinco
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Garmin GPSMAP 740s Display Now Mirror Image

Yesterday we took our 190 Montauk out for the first time in over a year. We found the MFD screen was displaying the menus in a mirror image or backward. The touchscreen was not responsive to most selections. After a lot of useless attempts to use the MFD it did display some sonar features and I coul...
by Jefecinco
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Frozen Stainless Steel Fasteners on Trailer Lighting
Replies: 1
Views: 1310

Frozen Stainless Steel Fasteners on Trailer Lighting

I have owned a custom aluminum Sport Trail boat trailer for almost five years. A tail light lamp was damaged recently so I replaced it. It was a typical LED lamp fastened with two stainless steel mounting bolts. Removing the original lamp was quite an effort as I ended up having to literally tear ap...