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by Oldslowandugly
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp

Jim you are correct. Telephone wire was not the thing to use. I had an old hand-held quartz lantern that I never used for anything. It had a long coiled wire power cord from the lantern to the power plug. It was about the same coil size as a telephone cord and fit inside the tubing nicely. I simply ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp

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The adjustable wing nut is actually a set screw from a Bimini top pole.
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 78

A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp

I took the advice of Katpil about the location of an all-round white navigation lamp [to be mounted at the center console and modified an existing white-all round pole lamp to have a telescoping support pole]. I fabricated an adjustable support pole for the lamp. I placed my 1985 original equipment ...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”

It is older. It began in 1939 as a single page paper focused on Boston area fishing. Right after WWII Frank Woolner and Hal Lyman launched the magazine version covering New England waters. They were the first to exploit Cape Cod with home-rigged dune vehicles such as Model A's, Army surplus Jeeps, a...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”

When I was a kid I got Salt Water Sportsman in the mail. I remember the Whaler advertisements as well as ones for the Bearcat outboard engine. I also an article by Frank Woolner about trailering a Whaler to the beach and pushing it into the water with the prime mover. Those guys loved the Boston Wha...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Missing Boater: Louisiana
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: Wear PDF

Wear a PFD; attach the safety lanyard to your body; reduce speed in high seas. Exactly. On my boat everyone wears a PFD. Say no and you stay home. No exceptions. That way if you fall in I can pick you up on my next drift. And when I am alone if I drown at least they will get the body back easily. A...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 4284

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Yes, I agree. My 30-35 hp motors use the old style small stainless/brass thermostat that rarely fails. In fact the only time I had a problem was when a tiny little snail shell got lodged in the mechanism and it stuck open. Good thing too because on those models the entire thermostat cover must come ...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 6812

Re: Boating Season Ended

Done. No fish. No reason to stay.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 4284

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Well I pulled the boat out for the winter. I have the motor hanging in a big barrel so I can do a flush and tune. I usually wash the boat at this time and I toss some boat soap in the barrel to clean any salt out of the motor. Not only did the balky thermostat work fine again, all of the other ones ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 4284

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Nice site. Mine is not listed.
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 4284

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

I can not find a stainless thermostat for this [1993 OMC 48SPL engine]. And the brand new one is acting up already after only a month of usage. Since I have a few bad ones on hand maybe I will experiment with drilling holes in them. A hole of a specific size should result in a specific operating tem...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Remove Steering Wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 3703

Re: Remove Steering Wheel

Use a gear puller {as previously recommended and illustrated]. It will get the wheel off without ruining it. To ease future removal, install the wheel with anti-seize such as Permatex Aluminum Anti-sieze compound. More at: https://www.permatex.com/products/lubricants/specialty-lubricants-anti-seize/...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 6812

Re: Boating Season Ended

I'm still in but no Bluefish in a week. I got a short Striper yesterday but if that is all then I am considering leaving soon.
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 4284

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

I used to own some ancient Evinrude 30-HP engines. They had no thermostats and ran poorly. I really welcomed the idea of decent operating temperature. The carburetors work better with [an engine whose operating temperature is regulated by] a thermostat. I don't even like the way [ancient Evinrude 30...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 4284

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

JIm, any and all of the above could be true. Perhaps they just don't make them like they used to.
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 4284

1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Once again the thermostat in my 1993 OMC 48SPL engine has stuck in the open position. It was installed in the Spring and only lasted five months. When I get home I submerge [the engine thermostat[ in vinegar. The vinegar turns green from the dissolved corrosion on the brass pellet mechanism. After a...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 6812

Re: Boating Season Ended

One perk of living at the coast is that after the boat is put away the surf action heats up. While I have harvested the most fish from the boat I have always beached the largest from the surf. Really big Bluefish and Striped Bass prowl the Fall surf feeding eagerly. I have been the guy out on the wa...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 6812

Re: Boating Season Ended

It is always a juggling act to squeeze the most fishing days out of the season before the really cold weather clamps down. My marina wants you out by early November but that is prime time for Bass and Blues. Luckily the Dockmaster is flexible on this and will let you linger if the fishing warrants i...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 7494

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

Katpil—that sounds like a winning set up to me. I also do some night fishing and the [all-round white] light [mounted at the stern] is blinding no matter what I do to shield it. The other concern is landing a big fish that is hanging tough at the stern with the light pole in the way. Your way the po...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 7494

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

You are correct Jim. The light I have now is like having a bare bulb. The light with the flat housing would prevent light shining directly down at me. I think I may have one like that on my original Whaler light pole. Time to go searching in my basement. https://i.ebayimg.com/thumbs/images/g/gUUAAOS...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 7494

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

The light is at the stern, port side, same location as the stock Whaler light, angled slightly aft. I like what Katpil did more and more. Mounting the pole lamp to the console would not interfere with angling or landing a big fish. The Perko plug-in type would work best, and I could stow it where I ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

Perhaps but I can carry a load better. Just today I had my Son-in-law and Grandson out fishing. [The Evinrude 48 SPL engine] still hummed along at 5,000-RPM easily.
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 7494

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

I actually hate the all-around light when I'm night fishing. I bought the Perko clamp-on glare shield. It was not enough and I ended up using a black plastic coffee can lid added to the shield. That worked better and doesn't interfere with the purpose of the light. https://i.ebayimg.com/thumbs/image...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

I installed the 12-3/4 x 15-pitch propeller. Here is the results: IT IS PERFECT. The engine speed range is from 4500 to 5500-RPM. The boat leaps right up on plane, and settles in at 5,000-RPM. That is the "sweet spot.” If I push it I can get [the engine speec] to 6000-RPM but no need to. It sim...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 7494

Re: Classic Montauk White All-round Lamp

Regulations aside, we were taught at the CG Auxiliary class that while several locations are acceptable for the all-round light, the best location is at the stern. The reason for that was so at night an approaching vessel could approximate the length of your craft and avoid you. As an extreme exampl...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 7494

Re: Classic Montauk Stern Light Relocation

It has to be an "all-round light" so I think it will be OK for anchoring. If the law gives you trouble then perhaps add a smaller sternlight for underway. Excellent solution by the way.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

I have probably over-loaded this Sport. When I first tested it the hull was pretty bare. Just a center console and a cooler seat. I was almost scared at how fast it went. Then I went about customizing it for my kind of fishing and stuff. Now it has the fully loaded console, cooler seat (full of stuf...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

Jim- yes that does seem odd. That is why I am going to test the new un-cupped 15" prop and see how it performs. It may be the "right" prop all along. If the old 15" one was cut down that would explain everything. We shall see. I also had this problem with a 1985 Evinrude 30-HP th...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

That's the problem. None of the available props will get me EXACTLY in my range. The 15-pitch propeller over-revs wildly and the 17-pitch propeller makes the engine struggle to get to 5,000-RPM. One would assume I need a 16-pitch propeller, but none are available. Best I can do is get the 15-pitch p...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: White All-Round Lamp Too High
Replies: 13
Views: 5951

Re: White All-Round Lamp Too High

It is easy to cut. Just use a tubing cutter. Try not to damage the wires. If it is the stock Whaler light that has a bolt-down base you can cut the tube and slide it off the wires. Some aftermarket lights are not so easy and the base end might be clamped, screwed, or set-screwed in place. At the lig...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 7509

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

This is the RULE web site page for the 500 gph pump I bought. https://www.xylem.com/en-us/brands/rule/rule-products/500 Oddly, they did not upgrade the picture to the new design. This is the .pdf of the instruction sheet and has the better specs. https://www.xylem.com/siteassets/brand-specific-conte...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 7509

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

I am dealing with the smaller size pumps like the 360, 500, and 800 gph models such as the average small Whaler would use. I have not investigated the many other models and cannot comment on them. I would separate the "old" and "new" lines by the new designs incorporated. The &qu...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

That is at WOT. Best I can do. Even if I bring a big butted friend it does 6000. I don't mind because it has enough grunt to lift the boat even with a load. It won't explode just because I accidentally hit 6000.
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

The propeller shop will cup the blades of the new 15-pitch propeller. Then it will act like a 16-inch-pitch propeller which no one produces. My original problem was that the 15-inch-pitch propeller allowed the engine to easily over-rev a lot, to almost 7,000-RPM. Yet a 17-inch-pitch propeller would ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

The new propeller arrived. It is spotless. In the future I will take both [the old propeller that was suspected of being damaged and new spotless propeller] to the propeller shop. I will [post an article that reveals if] the old propeller [was actually damaged when the boat was run over the shoal at...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sump Pump Float Switch
Replies: 11
Views: 5364

Re: Sump Pump Float Switch

"Our lake has a lot of sediment and tannin in it. I'm thinking it is getting into the switch and then causing problems with the ball bearing."dg22 the switch should be water-tight. Nothing is supposed to get into it. I think the ball rolling around is just a poor design. I know mercury is ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

I hope you are correct. I will let the prop guy test it. He puts it in a jig and measures the amount of torque it can take before slipping. This prop was badly pitted because the previous owner didn't bother to fix the $800 tilt assist. The lower unit sat in salt water all season long. I filled the ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

I just re-read the factory service manual. Oddly it does not mention the rubber hub or what to do if the prop strikes something. I took the steel prop off and replaced it with a spare aluminum one I had. I can't leave that one on because it has one inch too much pitch and the motor struggles to reac...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sump Pump Float Switch
Replies: 11
Views: 5364

Re: Bilge Pump Float Switch

When I used to use float switches the RULE mercury switch never failed. Newer switches with the ball failed regularly. Mercury is rarely used as it is toxic. I now use a Johnson electronic water-sensing switch. After five years of perfect performance all it requires is wiping the slime off the conta...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 7509

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

Jim, I was a little suspicious of the reviews. As I said, I have never even seen a RULE pump fail before. The ability to run dry was what drew me to them in the first place.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

So they are expendable. I didn't know that. I ran [the engine and the boat got] on plane; the rubber hub seemed OK.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

On a 1993 Evinrude 48SPL with a stainless steel propeller, while chasing Bluefish I ran across a mud-sand bar at full speed. The engine halted twice before I cleared the bar. The propeller rubber hub is supposed to slip so the gear case does not get damaged, and I think it did slip. My only prior ex...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: White All-Round Lamp Too High
Replies: 13
Views: 5951

Re: White All-Round Lamp Too High

I like a [tall pole mounted white all-round lamp] mostly to keep it above my eyes when night fishing. I took a Perko plug-in lamp and replace the short pole with a longer 4-foot section of aluminum tubing. It was easy to run new wiring up the pole and secure to the lamp fixture and at the removable ...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 7509

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

I have a 1990's vintage 2000gph pump that I used on my aluminum skiff. It was used as the "emergency" pump with the old style mercury float switch. That switch never failed until someone stupidly stepped on it. The replacement switch with the ball inside was useless. UPDATE: I can not find...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 7509

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

I just received the new RULE 500 gph pump. I don't know what these reviewers were talking about. It clearly says on the package "Non burn-out when dry". Also it is submersible, ignition protected, high efficiency low-amp motor, stainless steel shaft, and includes a new back-flow preventer....
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 7509

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

Here is the website for the RULE pumps. https://www.xylem.com/en-us/brands/rule/ The reviews I read on a lot of fishing/boating blogs as well as Amazon reviews.
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 7509

New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

[To readers who have used the “new” RULE centrifugal pumps:] do you have any comments about them? BACKSTORY: My older 800-GPH Rule centrifugal pump died—the first Rule centrifugal pump I ever had fail. The new generation [of RULE centrifugal pumps now sold] have good features like air-locks and anti...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 Evinrude 48-HP High-speed Lean: Eventually Solved
Replies: 24
Views: 7875

Re: 1993 Evinrude 48-HP High-speed Lean: Eventually Solved

I feel for you Al. Same as me- stung by a "new" part. But at least you found [the defective new part] and are on the water again. I've seen guys lose an entire season over a dumb problem.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP
Replies: 9
Views: 5621

Re: Increasing 9.9-HP to 15-HP

Understood. But after breaking down on the water due to the neglected points ignition I am spoiled by the CDI rock solid performance. I would definitely look for a parts motor to scavenge the system. Or even use my current electric start/ charging parts on the parts motor if they were compatible. I ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage
Replies: 14
Views: 8555

Re: Battery Maintainer for Boat In Storage

I use a NOCO Genius charger. It can charge, maintain, and repair a battery. All this is done automatically. I keep my battery plugged in at all times at the dock. I charge it occasionally over the Winter. I have it wired to dock power and mounted under an aluminum cover to keep rain off. While "...