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by Jefecinco
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Purchasing Electronics
Replies: 5
Views: 238

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: 5
Views: 238

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: 3
Views: 148

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 9:42 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: E15 Fuel
Replies: 25
Views: 525

Re: E15 Fuel

I'm pleased we can buy ethanol free gasoline in roughly 30% of our area outlets. Even some brand name sellers such as Shell and all marinas offer the non-ethanol fuel. I have learned to use it in all of our small engine lawn equipment and outboard engines. I also use Stabil fuel stabilizer in the ou...
by Jefecinco
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Removing Surface Rust on Stainless Steel
Replies: 6
Views: 220

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: 3
Views: 148

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: 185

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...
by Jefecinco
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel Tank Repair
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: Fuel Tank Repair

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by Jefecinco
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Source for Bimini Top
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Source for Bimini Top

Carver Covers make quality bimini tops. I recommend you look into their products at http://www.carvercovers.com/.
by Jefecinco
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VIKING SKY Engine Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 545

Re: VIKING SKY Engine Problem

Automobile racing and the aircraft industry has taught us a lot about engine lubrication in virtually the worst conditions. When your aircraft is upside down the engine continues to demand lubrication and when you are cornering at 200 MPH oil is necessary. The answer is properly designed dry sump lu...
by Jefecinco
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Spanish Tall Ship
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Spanish Tall Ship

We enjoyed the tour despite the large crowds aboard. Because of the crowds and crowd control measures we were unable to move about anywhere but above decks. The weather was perfect at 70 degrees and light wind. Midshipmen were placed all around the ship to answer questions and despite some accents d...
by Jefecinco
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Spanish Tall Ship
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Spanish Tall Ship

This afternoon we will board and tour the Spanish Royal Navy tall ship during it's visit to the Pensacola Naval Air Station. I plan to ask to see the engine spaces but I don't hold out much hope of being accommodated. Without a hard hat it's pretty easy to get hurt simply moving around in those usua...
by Jefecinco
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina

Dave - No 160 Sport....yet. This year we're dry slipping the Montauk. If that works out well we'll keep the Montauk until it either becomes too much for me or we decide to put a pier and boat lift on the canal. At any rate I'm quickly approaching the age when a 19 foot boat no longer makes sense so ...
by Jefecinco
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina

We drove past the show on Saturday, day 2, and the attendance appeared to be about double the attendance on Friday based on the number of vehicles in the free parking lot and parked all over some vacant land nearby. Sunday was cold and rainy so I imagine many vendors left before the show was over. A...
by Jefecinco
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Orange Beach Boat Show at The Wharf Marina

Our local MarineMax dealer was kind enough to give us two gratis passes to the three day show. We went yesterday. It was quite a show with what seemed to be hundreds of boats including a several in the water. Most of the boats were center consoles between 15 and 45 feet LOA with outboard power. Abou...
by Jefecinco
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: MONTAUK 17: Shallow Water Anchor, Powered Anchor
Replies: 16
Views: 505

Re: Shallow Anchor

I use a small plow anchor in sand or mud at those depths plus the anchor performs well in water of about fifty feet. I haven't tried it in deeper water.
by Jefecinco
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VIKING SKY Engine Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 545

Re: VIKING SKY Engine Problem

So far I've been unable to find out how the engine lubrication system is designed nor how the engineering control system operates. IMO and SOLAS publish standards but they have so far been unhelpful. A lot of basic information on the ship is available from Wikipedia. The following information is fro...
by Jefecinco
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VIKING SKY Engine Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 545

Re: VIKING SKY Engine Problem

Are the engines "dry sump" lubricated? BACKSTORY: I've worked on many land based large diesel engines and all had large crankcases which contained the engine oil. As these were stationary engines some models crankcases were baffled while others were not. The baffled crankcase engines were ...
by Jefecinco
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1991 Walkaround 25 Maximum Rated Power and Transom Weight
Replies: 19
Views: 531

Re: 1991 Walkaround 25 Maximum Rated Power and Transom Weight

A moisture meter would not be my preferred method of determining the presence of water in a Boston Whaler hull. As mentioned the results of inspections with the meters are not consistent and are often misleading. The hammer taping method can be very helpful if the inspector has a wood locating diagr...
by Jefecinco
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1991 Walkaround 25 Maximum Rated Power and Transom Weight
Replies: 19
Views: 531

Re: 1991 Walkaround 25 Maximum Rated Power and Transom Weight

If the boat floats level and water is not above the waterline that indicates it is probably not unduly burdened with water in the hull. In that situation if it was my boat I would remove, seal and reinstall all hull penetrations to prevent any more water getting into the hull. I would not attempt to...
by Jefecinco
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: First boat purchase a 1960 13-footer
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: First boat purchase, 13 foot 1960 BW?

The boat looks to be in decent shape. I would want to sea trial it before making an offer to see if it floats low and to give the engine a good working test. The boat looks original but a painted hull will detract from the value. I would also examine the trailer to determine if the springs have been...
by Jefecinco
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices
Replies: 36
Views: 1224

Re: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices

I tried the build a Whaler site again and it worked perfectly. A 150 Montauk equipped with everything I would want less a VHF radio is $31,800 and change. Not too bad since we paid about $300 more for our 190 Montauk ten years ago.
by Jefecinco
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices
Replies: 36
Views: 1224

Re: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices

Boat show pricing discounts are highly suspect. It is often possible to get better pricing at a dealer. However, I believe someone who dislikes negotiating can do as well as if not better at show prices which are usually discounted . Depending on the definition of "big discount" Tacky's co...
by Jefecinco
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices
Replies: 36
Views: 1224

Re: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices

The "Dealer Prep" charge of $1000 is equal to eight and a half hours at our local dealer's labor rate. I don't know how "ready-for-use" the Montauks are when they arrive at the dealer. I assume the bimini top must be installed, the batteries charged and connected, the boat and tr...
by Jefecinco
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Black Rub Rail Polish
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: Black Rub Rail Polish

I use 303 Protective restorer for all the vinyl upholstery and the rub rail.
by Jefecinco
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 2000 Dauntless 16 engine mounting height
Replies: 26
Views: 804

Re: 2000 Dauntless 16 engine mounting height

I may have missed it but I'm unclear as to your ultimate objective. Are you after the best possible top speed from your Dauntless or for best overall performance? For your long term satisfaction I recommend best overall performance. Getting the notched hull Dauntless 16 on plane quickly and maintain...
by Jefecinco
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer for 1962 13-footer
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Trailer for 1962 13-footer

As mentioned your location is important as is your budget. If you are within three hundred miles or so of Bay St Louis, MS you could contact Sports Trail trailers there. Our Sport 13 has a custom Sports Trail trailer and I've never see a small trailer as well constructed. Like many custom made produ...
by Jefecinco
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Mercury VERADO Engines
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: New Mercury VERADO Engines

Now that BRP has broken ground with the G2 design I doubt there will be as much uproar with the new Mercury design. I liked the looks of the G2 when it was introduced and the design has continued to grow on me. I also like the looks of the new Mercury design. I don't think the new designs look any m...
by Jefecinco
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: VERADO Fuel Pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: VERADO Fuel Pressure

The Mercury Service Bulletin mentioned is 2008-10 and covers engines from 2006 and earlier. Ironically I was informed yesterday that the module on our 2008 135 HP Verado should be replaced.
by Jefecinco
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 130 SUPER SPORT Seat for less than $700
Replies: 19
Views: 584

Re: 130 SUPER SPORT Seat for less than $700

We bought three Tempress seats from the manufacturer for our Sport 13 several years ago. They are nice seats and much more comfortable than the original bench seat. We bought the very useful mounts that allow quick and easy removal. We mount two aft and one forward. All said and done however they do...
by Jefecinco
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 130 SUPER SPORT Seat for less than $700
Replies: 19
Views: 584

Re: 130 SUPER SPORT Seat for less than $700

If it's the optional fishing seat you are looking for I recommend you buy the OEM seat. I doubt you can find a seat that will serve as well as the OE seat. It is very well crafted, durable, and looks good on the 13. It also has the advantage of being a perfect fit.
by Jefecinco
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: VERADO Fuel Pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: VERADO Fuel Pressure

Andrew - I don't know if this applies to your engines but there was a service bulletin or recall notice concerning some VERADO engines needing replacement of the fuel float. To check into this may be worth your time.
by Jefecinco
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1978 Outrage V-20 Bow Bench and Storage Box
Replies: 16
Views: 678

Re: 1978 Outrage V-20 Bow Bench and Storage Box

For cleats I would consider a highly rot resistant wood with good screw holding characteristics. Paint the cleats to match the boxes so pretty wood is unnecessary. It may be useful to seal the interior surfaces with an epoxy sealant to prevent rot. If you're going to mount the cleats to the deck you...
by Jefecinco
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Mercury VERADO Engines
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: New Verado Design

The new V8 300 HP Verado is a naturally aspirated engine. Why it is called a Verado is a puzzle. I'll speculate it is for marketing.
by Jefecinco
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: The 2019 Potomac River Swim is looking for a few good Whalers!
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: The 2019 Potomac River Swim is looking for a few good Whalers!

When I returned from an assignment to Italy in 1978 I was assigned a short distance from Mount Vernon on the Potomac River. Our boating area was the upper river from DC to the US 301 bridge. Back then, due to contamination, we were advised to consume no fish caught North of the Quantico Maine Base. ...
by Jefecinco
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Mercury VERADO Engines
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: New Verado Design

I only looked at the engines and I liked the design much more than the previous Verados. There was a silver "Verado" label or logo on the cowling similar to the one on other Verados I've seen although smaller. As to whether the engines are supercharged or naturally aspirated I can't say. I...
by Jefecinco
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Mercury VERADO Engines
Replies: 10
Views: 742

New Mercury VERADO Engines

Yesterday while doing business at the local MarineMax store I saw a pair of new VERADO engines attached to a SeaRay boat. They look as though Mercury Marine borrowed a BRP engine designer to do the new VERADO design. They look to me to be amazingly similar to the E-TEC G2 design. It's quite a depart...
by Jefecinco
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Yamaha F70 Hard Start
Replies: 10
Views: 407

Re: Yamaha F70 Hard Start

I use Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer regularly and it seems to work well. I've never had a hard start after several weeks of non-use. I have not tried other brands but they probably work as well.
by Jefecinco
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Repainting Aluminum
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: Repaint instead of powder coat

Powder coating looks good and we see a lot of aluminum T-Tops coated that way. The potential problem with powder coating is that when nicked or chipped it begins to lift. Touch up painting does not last well on powder coat. Given the propensity of console hatches to be badly treated I would use spra...
by Jefecinco
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 270 Dauntless: Trolling Motor; Single v. Twin Engines; More
Replies: 22
Views: 1684

Re: 270 Dauntless: Trolling Motor; Single v. Twin Engines; More

That's a beautiful Dauntless. I didn't know they were available with a "diving door". Is that what is meant by "swim patio"? That will be a very useful feature when landing a large fish.
by Jefecinco
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: I Thought I Wanted a 13-footer
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: I think I want a Whaler 13

For your use I would want a little larger boat. You didn't mention how many would be aboard but a 13 foot boat is crowded with two anglers. I would want at least a 15 Montauk or Sport. If you can find a boat with a four stroke engine you can eliminate any need for a backup or trolling motor which is...
by Jefecinco
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: VERADO Replace OEM Power Trim Motor
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: VERADO Replace OEM Power Trim Motor

I've had some luck with removing "frozen" fasteners by using a mallet to strike a drift pin in contact with the fastener. As recommended I would use a penetrating oil such as "Liquid Wrench" before striking the fastener. If time permits allow a few days for the oil to do its job....
by Jefecinco
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Leaky End Caps on Uflex UC128-OBF1
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Leaky End Caps on Uflex UC128-OBF1

When I was removing the end caps I was unable to exert enough force using the pin wrench by hand and had to use a hammer on the wrench to loosen the caps. A length of pipe over the wrench would probably have sufficed but working space is scarce in that area. I kept the tool but probably could never ...
by Jefecinco
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Now Available - Testing the Waters: Electrical Junction Box Group Buy
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

Re: Now Available - Testing the Waters: Electrical Junction Box Group Buy

Dave - I received my box yesterday. That was very quick. The box is very nice and I like the quality. Thank you for the four boat reviews included in the packing. My preference is the Fountain 32 Cat. Now that would make another great Group Buy.
by Jefecinco
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1995 OUTRAGE 24: Removing Large T-Top
Replies: 20
Views: 997

Re: 1995 OUTRAGE 24: Removing Large T-Top

Many years ago when we needed to repair a fuel tank by welding we would clean the tank as much as field conditions allowed and continue to flood the tank with engine exhaust while welding. The theory was that the exhaust contained a high enough concentration of inert gases to prevent combustion. A h...
by Jefecinco
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Leaky End Caps on Uflex UC128-OBF1
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Leaky End Caps on Uflex UC128-OBF1

Note that one of the kit suppliers is in Australia which may complicate a purchase. Do a search for "pin wrench" to find the wrench you will need. The wrenches I found were expensive. To order a wrench you will need the precise sizes (diameter) of the "wrenching holes" in the end...
by Jefecinco
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Concern Over Low Engine Hours
Replies: 13
Views: 764

Re: Concern Over Low Engine Hours

Modern engine seals are not prone to cracking due to long periods without "exercise". Otherwise shelf life would be limited and we would have "use by or before dates" on the boxes. I spent most of a 35 year career in the engine powered generator business. We stored turbocharged, ...
by Jefecinco
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

I recommend the SmartCraft gauges. I have them on our 190 Montauk and find them to be very useful.
by Jefecinco
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

Bob - That Dauntless 130 must fly with a 115 HP engine. What's your speed at WOT? ;=)
by Jefecinco
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: Wintering Over in the North Channel
Replies: 12
Views: 666

Re: Wintering Over in the North Channel

It's impossible to forget my very limited experience on a snowmobile. In the mid-seventies I was assigned to the Army Safeguard Installation in Nekoma, ND. I spent a year there and met some of the finest locals I've known. My second day there I had to replace some uniforms I'd lost in Iran (another ...