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by pcrussell50
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel Additives
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Fuel Additives

Fuel additives are a time honored subject, and there are probably as many opinions are there are people. What additives are you putting in your fuel--if any? My latest additive cocktail, recommended by my now deceased mechanic (who died in a boat racing accident in Fall 2017), is ordinary Chevron Te...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1985 Yamaha 40 Replacement Key for Ignition Key Switch
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: 1985 Yamaha 40 Replacement Key for Ignition Key Switch

biggiefl wrote:It might be cheaper to buy a new aftermarket switch and key.


Maybe. But it’s in the remote, so I’d have to disassemble. Then again if I don’t find this key I’ll have to disassemble anyway to find the three letter code.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1985 Yamaha 40 Replacement Key for Ignition Key Switch
Replies: 4
Views: 120

1985 Yamaha 40 Replacement Key for Ignition Key Switch

[How can I get a replacement key for the ignition key switch on a 1985 Yamaha 40-HP remote control?] Backstory: For some reason I took the key out of the ignition key switch on the remote control for a 1985 Yamaha 40-HP, which I usually don’t do. I didn’t use the boat for nine months, and now I don’...
by pcrussell50
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboard Engine Service Manual Lack Rigging Information
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Outboard Engine Service Manual Lack Rigging Information

One of the first things I learned when I became a boater in the middle of 2008 was that the actual factory service manual for outboards was preferable to the Clymer or Seloc manuals. Yet ever since then, the one thing I have not found in either Mercury or Evinrude OMC manuals, or the online parts ca...
by pcrussell50
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

As you said. It’s been talked about. And planned. There are no requirements yet for catalytic converters on outboards because no bureaucrats in charge have had the courage to sign a death warrant on human lives. Someday one will.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

Ultimately the way to take outboard emissions to the next level will be through the addition of weight, cost, bulk, and complexity. Regulators couldn’t care a whiff about weight, cost, and bulk, but adding complexity has dire consequences in marine applications where continuation of propulsion and a...
by pcrussell50
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

biggiefl wrote:I do my best not to be outraged about European headlight laws.


It’s not just headlights, mate. Not. Even. Close.

It’s not even merely what the guy/Don above me posted. Although he is exactly right.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

This. ^^^ And for some reason it’s mostly USA/North America with the “our way or the highway“ mindset that is intolerant of the slightest differences in regulatory standards. Even ones that are higher. EuroDOT headlights have much more stringent standards than USA DOT due to the higher speeds on Eur...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Setting wide open throttle timing: Mercury v. Evinrude
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Setting wide open throttle timing: Mercury v. Evinrude

Unless you rebuilt the engine, there is no need to check or adjust the timing, especially on conventional two-stroke engines. On my Mercury, when I changed the stator and timer base, I had to unscrew the linkage to the timer base. You also have to do this if you are going to remove and adjust the t...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Setting wide open throttle timing: Mercury v. Evinrude
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Setting wide open throttle timing: Mercury v. Evinrude

I started in boating 12 years ago now with carbureted, two-stroke-cycle Evinrudes, whose manuals specify running the motors at full throttle with a timing light and adjusting the timing linkage to read the specified timing advance. Dangerous and cumbersome. Later, back in about 2015 I got my first M...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

I love Larry :)

What is his user name here in the new forum? I'd love to use the search function on his user name and catch up on his posts.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Sun May 31, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

According to enlightened thinkers, all two-stroke-power-cycle engines have been suspect and prone to catastrophic failure since the day a four-stroke-power-cycle engine was produced by the engine manufacturer that those thinkers think is the greatest of all time, and insert your favorite brand ther...
by pcrussell50
Sun May 31, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

There are many other forums discussing this topic, and I came across a very optimistic comment: in the future BRP would resume production of outboard engines under the JOHNSON brand, avoiding the stigma and tarnish of the EVINRUDE brand being associated with two-stroke-power-cycle engine manufactur...
by pcrussell50
Sat May 30, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

Very insightful and informative post, Jim. I disagree with none of it. Regarding engine weight, it is no longer a concern with new boats. New boats are all designed for heavy engines. Because the new boats are also heavier. I have trouble understanding how more weight in the same sized package adds ...
by pcrussell50
Sat May 30, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC
Replies: 55
Views: 2443

Re: BRP Ending Production of Evinrude E-TEC

Four contributing factors to ending E-TEC production: ⋅ COVID is an excuse, not a cause ⋅ Prior to G2 the E-TEC two-stroke technology was superb, light, clean, fuel efficient ⋅ BRP marketing failed to get that message across in the onslaught of four-stroke technology &s...
by pcrussell50
Wed May 27, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Cleaning Boat Carpet
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Cleaning Boat Carpet

I occasionally wash my hair while swimming in Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan has a volume of 400,000,000,000-gallons of water. Another boater chastised me for adding suds from my hair shampoo to the lake water. Even without the nearly infinite dilution, I would not be too sure that a little shampoo w...
by pcrussell50
Wed May 27, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Life with my carbureted Mercury/Yamaha FourStroke (continued)
Replies: 14
Views: 11781

Re: Life with my carbureted Mercury/Yamaha FourStroke (continued)

Just put the drain screws back in, filled with fresh gas, and the engine fired right up again. I didn't take her out today, but got her pretty close to ready for use. This time, I decided to take the lower clamshell off of the midsection. The "tray" comes off with it. And this action makes...
by pcrussell50
Sat May 23, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Cleaning Boat Carpet
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Cleaning Boat Carpet

While I have two Boston Whaler boats, a SPORT 13 and an ALERT 17, I have another boat: an 18 foot open boat with no cabin and with the ubiquitous gray marine carpet. The carpet is only four season old, but it's never been cleaned and starting to look a little grungy. But I'm still new enough to boat...
by pcrussell50
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mercury-Yamaha 90 FOURSTROKE: Testing Tachometer Signal
Replies: 4
Views: 5888

Re: Mercury-Yamaha 90 FOURSTROKE: Testing Tachometer Signal

I wondered about that but it’s hard to say, because at the end of each day, I put the boat battery on a maintainer so it’s always charged at the beginning of a day anyway. I suppose I can watch the volt meter. If it gets up to the mid-upper 13V range while cruising at say 4000+rpm, can I assume it’s...
by pcrussell50
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mercury-Yamaha 90 FOURSTROKE: Testing Tachometer Signal
Replies: 4
Views: 5888

Mercury-Yamaha 90 FOURSTROKE: Testing Tachometer Signal

On a 2000 Mercury 90-HP FourStroke with Yamaha powerhead: The tachometer is dead—no reading at all—nothing at all. During the last couple years, the tachometer would spring to life for a few seconds before dying. Now it doesn't even do that. The gray wire is properly and securely attached at the bac...
by pcrussell50
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Stator Autopsy on 1987 Mercury
Replies: 2
Views: 5740

Stator Autopsy on 1987 Mercury

On a 1987 Mercury 2.0-liter150-HP: In another thread I complained about a miss fire at idle, but the engine ran very nicely at medium and high RPM without a miss. It was suggested that the first culprit to look at might be the stator, so I got a new Mercury Quicksilver stator. Upon examination of my...
by pcrussell50
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Life with my carbureted Mercury/Yamaha FourStroke (continued)
Replies: 14
Views: 11781

Re: Life with my carbureted Mercury/Yamaha FourStroke (continued)

Aaand... After yet another two year hiatus, stored with the fuel tank and carburetors drained and the drain screws loose, I filled the tank with fresh gas, (and my additive cocktail), closed the carburetor drain screws, pumped the bulb firm and she started almost as if she had been used yesterday. T...
by pcrussell50
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: c.1980 Mercury Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles
Replies: 7
Views: 7731

Re: c.1980 Mercury Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles

The spark plug wires are not exhibiting signs of decay. Some of the other ignition system wires, specifically some of the motor ones associated with the stator and timer base/trigger can turn rubbery.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mercury Stators: OEM v. CDI
Replies: 3
Views: 6841

Mercury Stators: OEM v. CDI

I noticed that the original Mercury stators are coated in black plastic, and the stators sold by CDI are not. Any thoughts on the advantage of one versus the other? The outboard engine in question is used in fresh water only, but used in hot desert conditions, more than 100-degrees-F ambient. -Peter
by pcrussell50
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: c.1980 Mercury Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles
Replies: 7
Views: 7731

Re: 1987 Mercury 150 Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles

There is widespread evidence that the “rubberizing” of outboard ignition system wires is not in any way limited to 1987 Mercury 150’s.

Food for thought.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: c.1980 Mercury Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles
Replies: 7
Views: 7731

Re: Cause of “rubbery noodle” stator wires?

Good to know, thanks.

The engineer in me would like to understand the physical process at play, but what you have given is a start.

I have since learned that the timer base is susceptible as well.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope
Replies: 5
Views: 7067

Re: Old (renewed) member coming back, I hope

“Tohsgib” ;)

Been slow here since “the change”. Didn’t you get a Donzi mini back then?

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: c.1980 Mercury Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles
Replies: 7
Views: 7731

c.1980 Mercury Stator Wires Are Like Rubber Noodles

On a 1987 Mercury 2.0-liter 150-HP some of the stator wires have a “rubbery noodle” texture and flex response that is completely different from your ordinary under-the-cowl wires. I assume it is from age or degradation although everything was running fine like this for the past few years until a cou...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 6156

Re: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor

Thanks Butch. That’s what I gathered. I found an online manual for it and I think the (basic skimmer style) transducer draws 200W RMS, (peaks are higher of course). Definitely worth paying attention to, when you’re out all day on a one-battery boat, and don’t have a dedicated house battery that is s...
by pcrussell50
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 6156

Re: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor

Great info, guys. Thank you. As you may have guessed by now, the boat in question is NOT a Boston Whaler boat. My Montauk (actually it's 1998 Alert 17) cannot go 55mph either. Nor can my 13 Sport. A couple more questions: The boat in question has only very rudimentary systems, only a tachometer, in ...
by pcrussell50
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Paddlewheel Speed Sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 6156

Paddlewheel Speed Sensor

I have an old but almost never used Lowrance basic SONAR. Depth and water temperature were what I use it for. There is an input for a paddlewheel speed sensor, which I bought off eBay. Are paddlewheel speed sensors only for trolling speed? Or are they good up to 55-MPH? Race-grade precision not need...
by pcrussell50
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Old Lowrance Gray Connector Compatible Devices
Replies: 2
Views: 5007

Re: Old Lowrance Gray Connector Compatible Devices

That is a very great help, thank you. Who knew that Lowrance would keep such a list?

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Old Lowrance Gray Connector Compatible Devices
Replies: 2
Views: 5007

Old Lowrance Gray Connector Compatible Devices

My 1998 classic Montauk (Alert 17) has (and came with) an old black-and-white large screen Lowrance SONAR. I'm away from my boat right now, so I can't say which model, but it uses the gray connectors that attach to the back, one for the transducer, one for the paddle wheel speed sensor. I am perfect...
by pcrussell50
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1987 Mercury 150-HP Fuel Pump
Replies: 2
Views: 2278

Re: 1987 Mercury 150-HP Fuel Pump

Discovered something: The fuel pump on my motor was missing some internal parts: a spring with a disc on the end, to keep the diaphragm under tension. I discovered those things were missing, by looking at the manual... Which I had not done up to this point, because I hadn't really needed to. I had b...
by pcrussell50
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1987 Mercury 150-HP Fuel Pump
Replies: 2
Views: 2278

1987 Mercury 150-HP Fuel Pump

My 1987 Mercury 1502-liter with oil system removed and using premix fuel runs strong and idles well. I love this engine, but: —if run at idle or low throttle long enough, the engine stops drawing fuel, empties the line, and dies. If I pump the bulb back up, it fires right up and runs great. —if run ...
by pcrussell50
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney
Replies: 16
Views: 4596

Re: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney

--I stayed up to 3 a.m. every night for a week in January 1987 to watch the live broadcast of the America's Cup race from Perth where Dennis Connor won back the cup with STARS AND STRIPES 87 (US-55)--the most exciting America's Cup race ever-- and many years later I had the chance to very briefly b...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney
Replies: 16
Views: 4596

Re: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney

As to not garner any undeserved kind treatment, I am an American. It just happens that I grew up here in Australia, so a lot of my acculturation including my taste in sports :cough:cricket:cough: has come from here.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney
Replies: 16
Views: 4596

Re: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney

Not to mention an 8 hour drive in Australia does not make for a broad cross section survey except for the part of Australia btween Melbourne and Sydney since there is an additional 148 hours of driving to see the complete coastline of Australia. But I do get the point and appreciate others observat...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney
Replies: 16
Views: 4596

Re: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney

Given characteristics of large and sparse, the ability to (at least try) to fix-it-yourself is probably the most important aspect of running 1970-era engines in Australia. We all spend our disposable income on things that are indulgences. This is a plausible hypothesis. I cannot disagree. Of the ab...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney
Replies: 16
Views: 4596

Re: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney

I think you are equating buying a modern, computer-controlled, high-performance, low-emission, excellent fuel-economy, high-reliability outboard engine with being pretentious and sanctimonious. I think you are missing a subtlety. Based on my observations of two culturally similar locales, the econo...
by pcrussell50
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney
Replies: 16
Views: 4596

Outboard Mix between Melbourne and Sydney

I am [in] Australia right now to play a cricket tournament. Despite being the home of legendary ocean and surfing culture-- that was largely exported to and adopted by Southern California--Australia is utterly devoid of sanctimony and pretension. New four-stroke-power-cycle outboard engines make up ...
by pcrussell50
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Fuel gauge drives to zero with ignition switch on
Replies: 5
Views: 7377

Re: Fuel gauge drives to zero with ignition switch on

Also, I don't understand how you could get power from the ignition key circuit when the battery master switch was in the OFF position. Something is odd about that wiring, too. Sorry if my description was confusing. There is no power anywhere on the boat if the battery master is in the OFF position....
by pcrussell50
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Fuel gauge drives to zero with ignition switch on
Replies: 5
Views: 7377

Fuel gauge drives to zero with ignition switch on

1987 Mercury 150hp, two-stroke-cycle motor. Previously, I had the fuel gauge and sender system wired to the Perko battery master switch. So when I turned on the battery, the fuel gauge went live. At that point in time, I had nothing powered by the ignition switch except the ignition. That meant no t...
by pcrussell50
Fri May 18, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 170 MONTAUK Re-power with Yahama F90
Replies: 5
Views: 3704

Re: 170 MONTAUK Re-power with Yahama F90

What happened to your Mercury 90 FourStroke? It's a Yamaha, too. Essentially a Yamaha F100.

I have one on my 1998 classic 17. It's heavy, but otherwise very nice. On a utility boat like a Whaler, I don't mind the bulk. I have other boats with lighter more powerful motors for speed.

-Peter
by pcrussell50
Fri May 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Cutting out rigging tube on 1999 Alert 17
Replies: 9
Views: 3570

Re: Cutting out rigging tube on 1999 Alert 17

I have owned FISHNFF/Brian's former Alert 17 since early 2011. It was center console when he sold it to me, and looks pretty factory. I can say that I re-rigged it through the tunnel (due to some mouse damage) and there were no barriers to fishing (pun intended) transducer and trim tab wires, and th...
by pcrussell50
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Outboards Used Overseas in Remote Area
Replies: 1
Views: 1406

Re: Outboards Used Overseas in Remote Area

When I travel abroad, I most often see Yamaha-brand outboard engines, but they are the fabulous, oil-injected, carburetor two-stroke Yamaha engines that used to be common here when they were introduced in the 1980's. They were sooo good that not only are the older ones still in wide use, but it appe...
by pcrussell50
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Outboard Engines: Rebuild or Buy New
Replies: 11
Views: 4810

Re: Outboard Engines: Rebuild or Buy New

About 50-years from now, a c.1970 Evinrude two-stroke gasoline engine with a carburetor will still be running. I wonder how many c.2010 Evinrude E-TEC engines will still be running. This is not lost on third world fishermen, where feeding your family takes precedence over the vanity and luxury of l...
by pcrussell50
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Outboard Engines: Rebuild or Buy New
Replies: 11
Views: 4810

Re: Outboard Engines: Rebuild or Buy New

I have had 2 strokes the past 15 years plus, mine smoke at first start up but while running the rest of day, start and stop there is no noticeable smoke but they are louder all the time while running than an ETEC or 4 stroke and burn more fuel but they are easier and cheaper to maintain. All perfec...
by pcrussell50
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Reducing Smoke in Exhaust from Two-stroke-power-cycle Outboard Engines
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

Re: Reducing Smoke

If you're getting significant smoke while under way you may have a mechanical problem that will need fixing. Much above about five knots you should see nothing but a thin wisp of smoke, by which point you also won't be breathing it. When on plane you should see none at all and for sure not breathing...
by pcrussell50
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: elaelap
Replies: 8
Views: 4230

Re: elaelap

Even though Tony and I differed almost diametrically when it came to politics, and boy did we "joust" in these pages, it was all put aside in an instant when I wanted help finding a certain Whaler. He found one of the Whalers I now own, up in the bay area (I'm in SoCal) for sale, alerted m...