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by Jefecinco
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Re-power with Twin 150 or Single 300.
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Re-power with Twin 150 or Single 300.

Have you considered a 300 HP Suzuki? Professional fishing guides along the Alabama Coast frequently repower with the Suzuki brand.
by Jefecinco
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Solace 345
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Solace 345

It must be genetics.
by Jefecinco
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Downside of Hydraulic Steering
Replies: 18
Views: 454

Re: Downside of Hydraulic Steering

The name depends upon the users intended use of the device. When I started seriously learning to drive at age 12 steering knob would have been a good choice. By my first car purchase at age 13 "brodie knob" would have worked. I had no license so dirt back roads were where I mostly drove. A...
by Jefecinco
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Downside of Hydraulic Steering
Replies: 18
Views: 454

Re: Downside of Hydraulic Steering

True, hydraulic steering requires more turns than cable steering but those turns are so very much easier with hydraulic steering. I see a lot of "necker knobs" on big boats with hydraulic steering. Does anyone remember "necker knobs"?
by Jefecinco
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Downside of Hydraulic Steering
Replies: 18
Views: 454

Re: Downside of Hydraulic Steering

Thanks to all for the replies. The lesson learned from this episode is that hydraulic steering can fail with little warning. Some failures are difficult to predict. I believe the most common are helm pump failure or leaks. Helm pumps will often provide some warning that failure is imminent. Changes ...
by Jefecinco
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Downside of Hydraulic Steering
Replies: 18
Views: 454

Re: Downside of Hydraulic Steering

Edited, thank you.
by Jefecinco
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Downside of Hydraulic Steering
Replies: 18
Views: 454

Downside of Hydraulic Steering

Overall hydraulic steering is a big plus but there is a downside. Yesterday while taking our 190 Montauk with hydraulic steering from Orange Beach, AL to Pensacola, FL I noticed some wander during long stretch of "No Wake Zone" off Ono Island. The wind had picked up considerably above the ...
by Jefecinco
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 170 Montauk v. 170 Dauntless
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: 170 Montauk v. 170 Dauntless

Generally speaking the Montauk is better for fishing and the Dauntless is better for family/water sports. The Montauk can be a fine boat for family/water sports depending upon the number of people aboard. I would think six people would be about the maximum for family fun on a 170 Montauk. The Dauntl...
by Jefecinco
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New trailer for 2003 190 Nantucket
Replies: 7
Views: 2555

Re: New trailer for 2003 190 Nantucket

Sport Trail makes a fantastic trailer with any added touches you may desire. Dealing with Sport Trail on-line or telephone is difficult. Kevin, the boss, is more often in the fab shop than the office and there is only one lady to handle all the calls, etc. For that reason I recommend a drive over to...
by Jefecinco
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2004 Nantucket 190 Vibration
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: 2004 Nantucket 190 Vibration

Jim - Again, I certainly agree. That is one of the reasons I no longer work on engines. Physical ability may be another factor. Removing the engine cowling from our 135 HP Verado to check the crankcase oil level is quite a chore. I doubt I could do it while afloat even in calm conditions, perhaps st...
by Jefecinco
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2004 Nantucket 190 Vibration
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: 2004 Nantucket 190 Vibration

I certainly agree the best way to check spark plugs is with the proper tool. However, it's not a bad thing to know some "field expedient" methods for those days when you can't lay your hands on a seldom used tool. Admittedly, I learned the old method in 1953 after buying my first car at ag...
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2004 Nantucket 190 Vibration
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: 2004 Nantucket 190 Vibration

A method used by shade tree mechanics since the invention of spark plug fired engines to detect a misfiring cylinder is--one cylinder at a time--to remove a spark plug cable and reinstall it until find the cylinder that causes no change in the engine idle speed. If the idle speed does not change the...
by Jefecinco
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Dauntless 160: Round 2
Replies: 8
Views: 415

Re: Dauntless 160: Round 2

Congratulations. The Dauntless 16 or 160 Dauntless are fine boats. We enjoyed our 1999 version with an OMC 115 HP two stroke FICHT engine. After a fair bit of experimentation with that engine raised and with a four blade Stiletto propeller installed we found that it performed so well that a hydrofoi...
by Jefecinco
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 Montauk 170 Stern Rod Holders
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: 2019 Montauk 170 Stern Rod Holders

On our 190 Montauk they do not have gimbal pins and they drain to the bilge.
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Control INFINITY Amplifier from Garmin 94sv
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: Control INFINITY Amplifier from Garmin 94sv

Fred - Can the new Infinity be controlled by a smart phone? Though not as convenient when underway the phone could be more convenient during other activities on or nearby the boat.
by Jefecinco
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: NMEA-2000 Backbone Power On-Off Switch
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: NMEA-2000 Backbone Power On-Off Switch

Chuck - Thanks. I've decided to install a power switch for the network. I'll probably install the switch just inside the console door on the aft console face for quick easy access.
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: NMEA-2000 Backbone Power On-Off Switch
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: NMEA-2000 Backbone Power On-Off Switch

After only a little thought I realized the question was not well thought out. If a network is powered by a direct connection to the battery, turning the battery switch off would not de-energize the network. I'm sure many networks, like bilge pumps are connected directly to the battery. I read an old...
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: NMEA-2000 Backbone Power On-Off Switch
Replies: 5
Views: 448

NMEA-2000 Backbone Power On-Off Switch

I recently read it's advisable to install an on-off switch in [the NMEA-2000 network power circuit] to prevent slowly discharging the batteries during storage. However, if the battery switch is in the OFF position, would the [network power circuit] switch be redundant?
by Jefecinco
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Survey of Yamaha Water Pressure Sensor Failure
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: Survey of Yamaha Water Pressure Sensor Failure

Is it possible that frequent flushing with a hose at city water pressure could could be damaging the cooling water pressure sensor? Have you checked the pressure reading while flushing the engine? If the reading is much higher than the reading while the engine is operating it may be useful to modera...
by Jefecinco
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1988 REVENGE 22 Engine Hours and Re-power
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: 1988 REVENGE 22 Engine Hours and Repower

When buying a boat with old engines it's always a good idea to keep a repower in mind and to perhaps begin to periodically set aside a few dollars for the eventuality regardless of the hours on the hour meters. I would not trust the hour meter readings on a used boat as they are sometimes changed. L...
by Jefecinco
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: No Classics in new WHALER magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: No Classics in new WHALER magazine

The old classics are, by far, the prettiest boats commonly seen on the water. We have an unrestored Sport 13 with the usual spider cracks and dings. I would say it is in average to good condition yet it still receives compliments at the ramp and at fuel stops. But, it's not nearly as easy to maintai...
by Jefecinco
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 190 MONTAUK Gas Lifts for Hatch on Helm Seat
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: 190 MONTAUK Gas Lifts for Hatch on Helm Seat

Fred,

Our 2009 190 Montauk has a gas strut on the live well lid but none on the helm seat.
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Anderson Upholstery
Replies: 9
Views: 1397

Re: Anderson Upholstery

One reason for buying a Boston Whaler boat is the quality of the construction and the materials used. Yes, good stuff usually costs more although it's possible to pay more for lesser quality. I try to keep our boats as much original as possible. Our new 1999 Dauntless 16 was equipped with a very poo...
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2005 180 DAUNTLESS Water in Fastener Holes in Sump
Replies: 8
Views: 1358

Re: 2005 180 DAUNTLESS Water in Fastener Holes in Sump

I would not use epoxy to mount the pump base. There may come a time when an exact match replacement pump is not easily available. If so, replacing the base will be a difficult job.
by Jefecinco
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Vendor for T-Top
Replies: 5
Views: 1183

Re: Vendor for T-Top

A bimini top is far superior to a T-top for providing shade. The benefits of a bimini over a T-top include the ability to fold the top down when not needed, much lower cost to buy, stock boat covers can be used, weight aloft is avoided, easy removal, etc. The only advantage of a T-top is that it doe...
by Jefecinco
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor

I don't know the answer but will speculate that the sounder transducer draws more power than any other device. If you turn it off it will decrease battery drain. I base this on the recommendation of transducer manufacturers to turn off the depth sounder/fish finder when a multifunction display is tu...
by Jefecinco
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VERADO Flushing Port Left Open
Replies: 1
Views: 507

Re: VERADO Flushing Port Left Open

Remove the engine cowling and rinse the engine well with fresh water. You may need to remove the chaps but that is unlikely. Give it a good dousing with "Salt Away" following the instructions provided. Do not use a power washer and generally avoid high pressure. If the "overheat"...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor

We have had [a paddlewheel speed sensor] with our Mercury SmartCraft system for about nine years. Ours can be "Field Calibrated" for accuracy. We have done this by comparing our GPS "Speed Over the Ground" or SOG reading to the paddle wheel "Speed Over the Water" readin...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: WTB - Mounting Bracket for Lowrance Link-8 or Simrad RS35 Radio
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: WTB - Mounting Bracket for RS35 radio

Have you tried Simrad to find a bracket? Sorry to say I threw one away a few weeks ago after flush mounting our new RS35.
by Jefecinco
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mahogany Interior Vendor
Replies: 5
Views: 749

Re: Mahogany Interior Vendor

Our Sport 13 is a 1981 model year Whaler. I suspect the interior wood is original. The anchor locker cover is perfectly flat. It is made from solid lumber. I recommend avoiding plywood for boat lumber unless it is European certified marine plywood.
by Jefecinco
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1995 Outrage 24 Engine Mounting Height
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Re: 1995 Outrage 24 Engine Mounting Height

Thanks for the information on the LifeSeal.
by Jefecinco
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1995 Outrage 24 Engine Mounting Height
Replies: 10
Views: 1844

Re: 1995 Outrage 24 Engine Mounting Height

I believe "clear" BoatLife is a silicon sealant. If so, consider replacing the silicon sealant with an underwater caulk such as BoatLife Caulk.
by Jefecinco
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 16 to 17-footer for Commercial Passenger Use
Replies: 20
Views: 1521

Re: 16 to 17-footer for Commercial Passenger Use

Technically, you may be able to comply with a marine sanitation (MSD) device regulation by having a self contained (seat, valve and holding tank included) MSD with a temporary deck mounting and an approved pump-out outlet in the tank. Ridiculous as that sounds it may meet any regulatory requirement....
by Jefecinco
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Sell Dauntless Without Engine
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Re: How to sell Dauntless without engine

Advertise or list the boat as usual. "1996 Dauntless 15 Needs Engine Work" would be a place to start, assuming the engine is on the boat.
by Jefecinco
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: How to Post a Draft
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

Re: How to Post a Draft

Thanks, Phil. I should have known the "Load Draft" button was what I needed to use. For some reason I wanted to see something like "Post Draft".

Anyway it is now posted in Small Boat Electrical.
by Jefecinco
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Connecting Mercury SmartCraft to a NEMA 2000 Network
Replies: 0
Views: 635

Connecting Mercury SmartCraft to a NEMA 2000 Network

The following is a description of how this was recently done on our 190 Montauk to connect the existing SmartCraft system to a new Simrad GO9 MFD and RS-35 VHF Radio. Both Simrad devices are NMEA 2000 capable. I took on this project in order to display all the engine (135 HP Mercury Verado) SmartCra...
by Jefecinco
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: How to Post a Draft
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

Re: How to Post a Draft

Thank you Jim. I have saved a draft I would like to post to the forum. How is that done?
by Jefecinco
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: How to Post a Draft
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

How to Post a Draft

I would like to post a draft - Instructions?
by Jefecinco
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 210 Montauk Leaning Post vs RPS
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: 2019 210 Montauk Leaning Post vs RPS

We have an RPS on our 190 Montauk. Our previous Dauntless 16 was also equipped with an RPS. We like the generous storage space and flexibility provided by the RPS. While underway we use the "leaning post position" ie. the center backrest position. When anchored, tied to a pier or drifting ...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Preparing Nantucket 190 for Saltwater
Replies: 19
Views: 3395

Re: Preparing Nantucket 190 for Saltwater

I suspect the fittings used are Marelon products which are widely used in the industry. Look at a few Boston Whaler competitors and you may see Marelon fittings are used by them. As with any through hull fitting proper installation and periodic inspection are important.
by Jefecinco
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: APPRAISAL: 1961 Nauset (Hull #3249)
Replies: 10
Views: 2668

Re: APPRAISAL: 1961 Nauset (Hull #3249)

Speculation over a boat's value can go on forever and it will be almost impossible to reach a consensus. List your boat for sale on as many sites as you can think of at a price you consider correct. The market will tell you the value of your boat. If your boat fails to sell at your price it is an in...
by Jefecinco
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 2003 DAUNTLESS 160 Sea Trial
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

Re: Sea trial on 2003 dauntless 160

Since you are shopping for a used boat you can't get much better than a 160 Dauntless or a Dauntless 16. We owned one for 10 years and it was a terrific boat in ever way. Due to several factors the boats are stern heavy. For this reason I recommend you look at the used market for a 160 Dauntless wit...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Has Gasoline Odor in Middle Console
Replies: 9
Views: 2154

Re: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Has Gasoline Odor in Middle Console

The smell is normal unless it is very strong. The fuel tank is a poly material which allows a slight gasoline smell to be present, especially when there is little air flow around the console. If the console has not been opened recently the smell will be slightly intensified when the console is first...
by Jefecinco
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Three (Morning) Observations About Pontoon-hull Boats
Replies: 16
Views: 4259

Re: Three Morning Observations

800 HP and four blade propellers look mean. Those propellers look almost like cleavers, are they? Did I notice some cladding on the outer tubes giving them a shaped bottom?
by Jefecinco
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Intervals Which Engine Manufacturers Recommend Oil Changes
Replies: 6
Views: 2784

Re: Oil Change

Because the cost to change the lower unit oil is extremely low it is cheap insurance to change it. An added benefit is that if the oil has any water in it you will know your lower unit has a leak demanding repair. Disposal of the old oil may cost a few dollars. If you are discussing engine oil in fo...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: SOLD - 1986 OUTRAGE 18, $8,500 in New Jersey
Replies: 21
Views: 6050

Re: FS: 1986 OUTRAGE 18, $9,500 in New Jersey

I recently had to dispose of 5-gallons of non-ethanol gasoline due to a slow leak in a container. I poured it into our truck fuel tank. The truck's engine has shown no adverse effect.
by Jefecinco
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: VENTURA or OUTRAGE Self-bailing
Replies: 9
Views: 3233

Re: VENTURA or OUTRAGE Self-bailing

Can we define the term "self bailing"? To me a self bailing boat is one that will drain water coming into the boat from rain, spray or even a wave via the above deck scuppers. Removing the garboard drain plug and taking on water in a 21 foot boat should be no surprise. Boats are not suppos...
by Jefecinco
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Three (Morning) Observations About Pontoon-hull Boats
Replies: 16
Views: 4259

Re: Three Morning Observations

We see a lot of pontoon boats here in the Gulf Shores, AL area. We see most of them in the bays and inlets and in the Intracoastal Waterway but some go into the Gulf of Mexico to fish. Now, during Red Snapper season, we see perhaps a few dozen going offshore on weekends. The pontoons seem well suite...
by Jefecinco
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage
Replies: 14
Views: 5355

Re: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage

I would not leave a battery connected to a charger or a maintainer for more than a week without checking it for any problems. For six months of storage I would remove the battery from the boat or al least disconnect the battery cables from the battery terminals. Before using the boat I would charge ...
by Jefecinco
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak
Replies: 7
Views: 2640

Re: Scepter-brand 5-gallon Gasoline Container Leak

Thanks for the photograph. That's very helpful.

I was pleasantly surprised that our Gulf Shores Public Works accepted the leaking gasoline container at their recycling center.