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by Beerspitnight
Tue May 01, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: SOLD: 1963 Boston Whaler Squall
Replies: 1
Views: 1239

Re: 1963 Boston Whaler Squall

Hello,
I sent you an email.
Thanks,
Brian
by Beerspitnight
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Raising the RPS....again.
Replies: 7
Views: 2463

Re: Raising the RPS....again.

Hello,
Raising the RPS and the console are two of my summer projects. I like the RPS riser that is cut to match the curve of the RPS bracket. Does anyone have plans for these risers? I thought I saw a set of plans on this forum, but I can't seem to locate them now.
Thanks,
Brian
by Beerspitnight
Tue May 02, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Re: Adding a House Battery

I purchased 2-AWG: ANCOR Battery Cable, 2/0 Gauge, by the Foot You bought 00-AWG cable, which is significantly larger than 2-AWG. ANCOR uses an odd notation, "2/0" which is a representation of "two aught", for 00-AWG. Compare with their notation for 2-AWG battery cable at http:/...
by Beerspitnight
Tue May 02, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Re: Adding a House Battery

jimh wrote:For the large battery cable, did you buy 2-AWG or 00-AWG (which is sometimes called "two aught")?


I purchased 2-AWG:
ANCOR
Battery Cable, 2/0 Gauge, by the Foot

Regarding your comment about the fork terminals, noted with thanks.
by Beerspitnight
Tue May 02, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Re: Adding a House Battery

There is a corollary to Murphy's Law for electrical installations: Any wire cut to length will be too short. I am not sure what you mean by the term "spade connector." I hope you bought Ring Terminal Connectors. That quote is soothing; I am glad I am not alone. I did buy ring terminal con...
by Beerspitnight
Tue May 02, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Re: Adding a House Battery

I ordered the majority of the materials necessary for me to move the "starting" battery to the console and add a "house" battery to the console. Below is a list of items that purchased. I post this list for reference purposes and for possible critiques. Please note that I purchas...
by Beerspitnight
Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Stripped Console Screw
Replies: 3
Views: 1479

Re: Stripped Console Screw

quickenberger wrote:I assume the screw head is what is stripped and not the threads formed where the screw goes into the fiberglass.


Correct, the screw head is stripped.

Thank you both.
by Beerspitnight
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Stripped Console Screw
Replies: 3
Views: 1479

Stripped Console Screw

Last season, I noticed that one of the screws that secure the console to the deck is stripped.

I am looking for best practice, tips, or tricks to remove that stubborn screw.

Any and all suggestions are welcomed.
by Beerspitnight
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Re: Adding a House Battery

The instructions indicate that one should connect the ACR directly to the battery positive terminals using appropriately sized fuses. The chart on the instructions correlates fuse size to charging amps. I am unsure where I can find the charging amps for the batteries that I will use. I do see the m...
by Beerspitnight
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Re: Adding a House Battery

Thank you for your detailed response, Jim. I look forward to engaging in the project. I have read your articles on power distribution. I have also searched the present forum and the previous forum for insight. I find comfort in having specific questions answered by informed individuals, especially w...
by Beerspitnight
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Re: Adding a House Battery

Although I don't think you asked about STARTING ISOLATION, I recommend you install that feature. It will keep your boat electronics from rebooting during engine start if the engine start battery voltage sags. If I had an ACR with that feature, I would make use of it. I did not ask about start isola...
by Beerspitnight
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Leland Harbor: More Shoaling
Replies: 35
Views: 12000

Link: Harbor Town Raises Money After Government Help Falls Short

"The harbor in Leland, Mich., is so packed with sand and silt that boats can't get in or out. So the town turned to a crowd-funding website to raise money to buy its own dredging equipment." http://www.npr.org/2017/04/13/523709922/harbor-town-raises-money-after-government-help-falls-short ...
by Beerspitnight
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Adding a House Battery
Replies: 23
Views: 7126

Adding a House Battery

Hello--As the start to my short boating season slowly rises from the polluere depths of the coal bleak Chinese winter, I have started to think about my summer boat project. Last year, I spent a few days wet sanding, compounding, and waxing the hull. I detailed that experience here . This year, I wou...
by Beerspitnight
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: Battery Box Strap
Replies: 36
Views: 22136

Re: Battery Box Strap

Hello,
I would purchase two of the battery box straps if they become available.
Thanks.
by Beerspitnight
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Advice to First-time Boat Owner
Replies: 34
Views: 11210

Re: Advice to First-time Boat Owner

Don McIntyre - MI wrote:a bit of advise passed on to my by my father, a WWII USN Vet:

"Never approach a dock faster than you want to hit it"...


That made me chuckle.

When we bought our first boat, my father-in-law advised, "When in doubt, go slow."

Enjoy the boat!
by Beerspitnight
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: South Jersey Boaters: Little Egg Inlet
Replies: 13
Views: 4481

Re: For all the South Jersey boaters "Little Egg Inlet"

It is nice to see our state take action on this. Perhaps not the player that deserves to pay, but still.
Well played by the USCG.

When are they going to open Double Creek Channel, Port & Rich?
by Beerspitnight
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: South Jersey Boaters: Little Egg Inlet
Replies: 13
Views: 4481

Re: For all the South Jersey boaters "Little Egg Inlet"

Hello Beerspitnight, Sorry for my bit of a rant. The delay in getting the beach replenishment and other coastal infrastructure projects even started in this State is making me cranky because I really think it is time to stop with all the bureaucratic nonsence and just simply get some work done. Ric...
by Beerspitnight
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Classic Montauk 17 Prop, Mounting, and Speed
Replies: 5
Views: 3244

Re: Classic Montauk 17 Prop, Mounting, and Speed

Miami_Whaler wrote:but I just purchased a classic Montauk 17 with a F70 on the back. .


By "F70" do you mean Suzuki DF70?
by Beerspitnight
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: South Jersey Boaters: Little Egg Inlet
Replies: 13
Views: 4481

Re: For all the South Jersey boaters "Little Egg Inlet"

Oyster Creek channel itself is so poorly maintained that it has been very common to see boats grounded in the middle of a recently marked channel. Rich Hi Rich, I hope you enjoy Vermont this summer. I spent many summers on Great Pond in Maine, so I understand the appeal of inland lakes. I was hopin...
by Beerspitnight
Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Inflatable PFD Recomendations
Replies: 19
Views: 6576

Re: Inflatable PFD Recomendations

I purchased the Mustang 3183 from Hodges Marine via for $163---the lowest price that I could find online. I also purchased a floating handheld VHF; with rebate it cost $71.

Brian
by Beerspitnight
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:40 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Inflatable PFD Recomendations
Replies: 19
Views: 6576

Re: Inflatable PFD Recomendations

Thank you for the recommendations. I have collated the results and indicated price points for each model. I have also included links. Hydrostatic PFDs are not cheap. My $150 budget needs to increase based on the comments left on this thread. The Spinlock Deckvest lite= $189 from https://www.spinlock...
by Beerspitnight
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Inflatable PFD Recomendations
Replies: 19
Views: 6576

Re: Inflatable PFD Recomendations

Thanks, gents.
Any particular brand and model recommendations?
by Beerspitnight
Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Inflatable PFD Recomendations
Replies: 19
Views: 6576

Re: Inflatable PFD Recomendations

Thanks, Duane. I am back in Beijing, so it is a bit of a drive to get to Brick! And truth be told, I try to avoid Brick even when I am home in NJ. I would like to purchase something online as we plan to go shooting the day after I get back to NJ, which is December 16th. This way the PFD will be at t...
by Beerspitnight
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:28 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Inflatable PFD Recomendations
Replies: 19
Views: 6576

Inflatable PFD Recomendations

Hello. I am looking into purchasing an automatic or manual inflatable PFD and would like to hear recommendations from the community. My boating activities keep me in Barnegat Bay for the most part, although we do venture inshore every once in awhile. I am looking for something that I can wear both d...
by Beerspitnight
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: KTLA News Reports on Small Boat Capsize Entering Ventura Harbor
Replies: 22
Views: 7150

Re: KTLA News Reports on Small Boat Capsize Entering Ventura Harbor

To be fair, the reporter had sport on his mind from the start of the story. "We talked to so many players..."

That was nuts! It looked like the helmsman was trying to surf his boat on that wave!

Wear your PDFs, boys and girls.
by Beerspitnight
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: POLL: What Device Used To Read Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 8132

Re: POLL: What Device Used To Read Forum

David Pendleton wrote:I actually use all those things.

Same here, save for a desktop computer.
by Beerspitnight
Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Emergency Stop Switch - Suzuki DF70
Replies: 3
Views: 2481

Re: Emergency Stop Switch - Suzuki DF70

I checked both the old switch and the new switch and you were correct in your assumptions, Jim. I was able to replace the switch the other day without much of a problem, save for the 1/2" diameter of the old switch and the 5/8" diameter of the new switch. That difference required me to dri...
by Beerspitnight
Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Emergency Stop Switch - Suzuki DF70
Replies: 3
Views: 2481

Emergency Stop Switch - Suzuki DF70

Hello. I would like replace the worn out emergency stop switch on my SUZUKI DF70. The current stop switch has two wires going to it: a green wire and a gray wire (see image below). The owner's manual for the DF70 shows the two wires that create the circuit for the switch. The wiring diagram is attac...
by Beerspitnight
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Cooler Cleats: Teak or Mahogany
Replies: 5
Views: 2931

Re: Cooler Cleats: Teak or Mahogany

I decided to go with Blackduck's teak Montauk cooler cleats. They are beautiful pieces of wood and I am very happy with them.
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by Beerspitnight
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Boat Cover Cleaning
Replies: 6
Views: 2478

Re: Boat Cover Cleaning

Hi Butch, I wonder how the addition of the vents will affect the effectiveness of the cover. I had my boat covered with shrink wrap for two years and I was very surprised at the amount of dirt and grime that accumulated on the inside of the boat during that time. I had hoped that the wrap would have...
by Beerspitnight
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Gel Coat Rehab: A Novice's Approach
Replies: 2
Views: 2123

Re: Gel Coat Rehab: A Novice's Approach

More pictures. They are posted progressively.
by Beerspitnight
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Gel Coat Rehab: A Novice's Approach
Replies: 2
Views: 2123

Re: Gel Coat Rehab: A Novice's Approach

More pictures. They are posted progressively.
by Beerspitnight
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Gel Coat Rehab: A Novice's Approach
Replies: 2
Views: 2123

Gel Coat Rehab: A Novice's Approach

We bought our 1989 MONTAUK 17 four years ago via Ebay from a gentleman in southern New Jersey. It was a slightly surreal experience as we completed the purchase while living in Beijing (where we still work and live for 9 months of the year). I remember placing the bid before going to bed one night, ...
by Beerspitnight
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring

Thanks for all of the responses and input. IMPORTANT AFTERTHOUGHT: when the water rose to be 10-inches deep, were you still in the boat and standing in the stern? - I was not standing in the stern at the time although more water entered the boat once I got into the boat. I am unsure where water woul...
by Beerspitnight
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Repair - Beach Burn
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: Keel Repair - Beach Burn

I ended up using the WEST SYSTEM 105K Repair kit to fix the keel. It was surprisingly easy to use and I am rather content with the results. I followed the WEST SYSTEM's "How To" video "Fairing with Epoxy and Fillers": http://www.westsystem.com/ss/fairing-with-epoxy-and-fillers-sa...
by Beerspitnight
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring

Some experimenting may be interesting. For example, remove 20-lbs from the stern of the boat. See what effect it has. I don't think this situation is going to be a strictly linear equation, that is, removing 20-lbs might have much more effect than you'd think. It could cause a significant differenc...
by Beerspitnight
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring

Thank you for the insight, Jim.

Perhaps we can speculate as to the cause of the the buoyancy concern?
by Beerspitnight
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring

Any ideas on what [is causing the water to rise to 10-inches deep in stern of the cockpit when the plug is out]?
by Beerspitnight
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring

Here is an image of the boat in the water with the plug in.
I add this photo as a reference point for the waterline with the plug in.
by Beerspitnight
Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Plugs Out: Normal Water Level in 17 Montauk at Mooring

Hello All. After arriving back home from China on Wednesday night I was able to splash my 1989 MONTAUK 17 last night after working on the boat for a full two and a half days (I'll post a narrative about that work later this week). In the past, I have always left the drain plug in the boat, but decid...
by Beerspitnight
Tue May 10, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Repair - Beach Burn
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: Keel Repair - Beach Burn

The Marine-Tex epoxy putty is inline with the cost the West System G-Flex, and the Fiberglass Repair Kit 105-K, but Porthole indicated he would not use Marine-tex for this type of application. Perhaps you could explain why? Marine Tex and West System both have there place, and I use both. My prefer...
by Beerspitnight
Sun May 08, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Repair - Beach Burn
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: Keel Repair - Beach Burn

I asked my mother-in-law to take another picture of the keel, but it wasn't any better than the original image. So, I used Photoshop and attempted to produce a better image. Apologies if this modified image still falls short. I emailed WEST SYSTEM and asked if whether their G-Flex or 105 system woul...
by Beerspitnight
Sun May 08, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Courtesy Lighting Switch Selection
Replies: 4
Views: 2859

Re: Courtesy Lighting Switch Selection

What year is your MONTAUK? 1989 By the way, I have been planning to add some courtesy lighting to the cockpit of my boat, but I never seem to get it accomplished. One of the reasons for that is difficulty in finding just the right lamps. Your narrative of how you came to buy the lamps you will be u...
by Beerspitnight
Thu May 05, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Courtesy Lighting Switch Selection
Replies: 4
Views: 2859

Courtesy Lighting Switch Selection

Hello. I purchased two HELLA MARINE Easy Fit step lamps with stainless steel caps that I will use for courtesy lighting on my Montauk 17. Aside: I spent a considerable amount of time finding these lamps as there was not an option to purchase them on-line. I contacted Hella Marine and was put in touc...
by Beerspitnight
Mon May 02, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Repair - Beach Burn
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: Keel Repair - Beach Burn

Thanks, John. What is the difference between the West System and Marine Tex products. In this context, why would one choose to use one product over the other? There is still a layer of glass over the fibers. The bottom of the boat is painted, so my primary priority is the repair and ease thereof.
by Beerspitnight
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Repair - Beach Burn
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: Keel Repair - Beach Burn

And you can use [WEST System epoxy] to fair in all those gouges in the gel coat while at it. Thanks for the responses. WEST System has a great library of how to videos and articles. Which product from WEST System do you recommend for this project? And yes, I have looked into a keel guard. Perhaps n...
by Beerspitnight
Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Repair - Beach Burn
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: Keel Repair - Beach Burn

porthole wrote:Is that fiberglass showing down the center?


Yes, it is fiberglass. The gelcoat is gone. The area is hard to the touch and the fibers are not hanging or loose.
by Beerspitnight
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Keel Repair - Beach Burn
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Keel Repair - Beach Burn

Hello--my 1989 MONTAUK 17 keel has some damage to it that I would like to fix. Please see the slightly unfocused image below. I asked my brother-in-law to take the picture for me. My request came at night while it was raining, and I didn't want to ask him to go back outside to take another picture. ...
by Beerspitnight
Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:11 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Cooler Cleats: Teak or Mahogany
Replies: 5
Views: 2931

Re: Cooler Cleats: Teak or Mahogany

Thanks for the insight.

I will post a pic of the finished product once they are completed.
by Beerspitnight
Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Cooler Cleats: Teak or Mahogany
Replies: 5
Views: 2931

Re: Cooler Cleats: Teak or Mahogany

Thanks, Phil.
What about oiling the teak instead of varnishing it? Besides oiling the wood, are there any other considerations that I should be ware of when using unvarnished teak on the deck?
Brian