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by Tom Hemphill
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS
Topic: GPS Week Rollover Is Coming in April 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2958

Re: GPS Week Rollover Is Coming in April 2019

Recently my National Weather Service local forecasts added a link to the following information : PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOSTON/NORTON MA 1151 AM EDT THU MAR 28 2019 ...UPCOMING LOSS OF MARINE OBSERVATIONS... ON OR AFTER 8 PM EDT ON APRIL 5, 2019, IT IS EXPECTED THAT A ...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1998 SUPER SPORT 13: Reinstalling Interior
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Reinstalling interior 13' Super Sport 1988

⋅ I would expect points on the screws, but if pointless ones work for you, go for it. ⋅ A dab of marine silicone should work, but I prefer a polysulfide sealant like BoatLIFE Life-Calk. ⋅ Putting gelcoat over the repaired areas is a good idea, but don't necessarily rem...
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Nice anchor idea for smaller Whalers
Replies: 10
Views: 1493

Re: Nice anchor idea for smaller Whalers

With that setup how do you fasten the bitter end of the anchor rode to the boat?
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Refurbishment: 1992 E-Z-LOADER
Replies: 14
Views: 2569

Re: Replacement Trailer Winch

Thank you for describing your experience and offering advice based upon it. The tongue jack for my boat trailer was made by Dutton-Lainson Company of Hastings, Nebraska, and it has given me great service. It was old when I got it 25 years ago and it still working well.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Advice on restoring c.1970 16-footer
Replies: 2
Views: 679

Re: Advice on restoring c.1970 16-footer

The [1970 boat] has profoundly serious hull damage, and the [1974 boat] has been thoroughly trashed over many years. The asking prices in both cases are absurdly high. That's my opinion.
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Whaler 13 electrical upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 761

Re: Whaler 13 electrical upgrade

I did similar with my 1966 13-foot Sport, mounting the fuse panel under the console. It's absurdly over-engineered, but oh, well.

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by Tom Hemphill
Sat May 19, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

My guess is that someone used steel wool on or around the non-skid deck. The addition of saltwater "enhanced" the visibility of the tiny steel fragments.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu May 10, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Montauk 17 Fuel Tank Locations
Replies: 8
Views: 1283

Re: 17 foot Montauk Fuel tank locations

I favor the location your boat originally used, under the helm seat. My second choice would be in front of the console, if that installation is well executed. I am leery about having the fuel tank in any sort of enclosed space where explosive fumes could accumulate, especially if a battery is locate...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Refinish Mahogany
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Re: Refinish Mahogany

Thank you Bigbear and PatSea for introducing me to something I had never heard of: flanged finish washers. They look like a good alternative to traditional finish washers.
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: For Sale: Heat Shrink Terminals
Replies: 1
Views: 638

For Sale: Heat Shrink Terminals

I have some heat shrink electrical terminals for sale. They are as pictured below, and are labelled either "CS" or "Ancor." Sizes and quantities are as follows: ⋅ (12) 12-10 AWG wire #10 stud ring terminal ⋅ (22) 12-10 AWG wire 5/16 inch ring terminal ⋅&n...
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Filling Screw Holes in Console for Re-use
Replies: 2
Views: 1092

Re: Filling Screw Holes in Console for Re-use

I have used three different methods: ⋅ Substitute a machine screw and nut with washer for the screw which stripped out; ⋅ Fill the hole with epoxy or polyester resin, optionally backed up with a layer or two of fiberglass cloth; ⋅ Glue plywood beneath where you want to ...
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Spindle
Replies: 8
Views: 2707

Re: Trailer Spindle

Thank you all for your helpful replies. I cleaned up the surface of the spindle where the seal sits, as shown below: Spindle-2.jpg Then I reassembled it with new hubs, bearings and seals as planned. I believe it will be good enough, but will inspect it regularly. Thank you, Yellowjacket, for letting...
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Just bought 1988 Montauk - initial repairs
Replies: 4
Views: 1744

Re: Just bought 1988 Montauk - initial repairs

As to Question #2, if you want to keep the original appearance, I don't think the Specialty Marine console will satisfy you. I can't tell from your pictures, but I think your 1988 boat probably has multiple faces, with the binnacle sitting up higher. The aftermarket substitute looks to replicate an ...
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Spindle
Replies: 8
Views: 2707

Trailer Spindle

Before towing a long distance (to Cape Cod) this week, I examined the trailer under my 1970 16-foot Whaler. Both wheels appeared to be leaking grease from their inner hub seals, and when I jacked up the trailer and spun the wheels, one felt rough and had some axial play. The other one rotated smooth...
by Tom Hemphill
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 16-footer Dive Ladder on Gunwales Instead of Transom
Replies: 3
Views: 1278

Re: 16-footer Dive Ladder on Gunwales Instead of Transom

Why not mount a ladder on the transom? To me, that location would be better in many ways.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue May 02, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1972 SPORT 13: Tiller or Mechanical Steering
Replies: 6
Views: 2055

Re: 1972 SPORT 13: Tiller or Mechanical Steering

This site's reference page on the 13 foot hull describes the maximum horsepower as being "20-HP on early tiller steering models." It's not clear to me if this limitation would apply to okish's boat and his proposed 30-HP motor.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: It Is Now Legal to Use Handheld VHF Radios While Ashore
Replies: 4
Views: 2480

Re: It Is Now Legal to Use Handheld VHF Radios While Ashore

Relaxing the rules on this is a good thing. I can now easily and legally test the transmit and receive capabilities of my equipment.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: Grand Traverse Bay Launch Sites
Replies: 8
Views: 4276

Re: Grand Traverse Bay Launch Sites

...The ramp is a steel frame on the beach sand...

Unless it's what I know as a "marine railway," I can't picture what that looks like. Could you describe it more fully?
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Non-skid mold for deck repair
Replies: 12
Views: 4454

Re: Non-skid mold for deck repair

I located a two-part series on YouTube which illustrates making a mold and using it to make a repair: ⋅ Make A Fiberglass Mold Of Your Gelcoat Nonskid For Repair! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpsRljqBH0o) ⋅ Gelcoat nonskid Spot Repair ~ How To (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Engine Cranking Battery
Replies: 7
Views: 3224

Re: Engine Cranking Battery

If you can't easily get the Interstate battery you describe, based on personal experience I recommend NAPA Auto Parts 8304 Marine Starting Battery -- Group 24M 800 CCA (1000 MCA), currently offered for $108.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: KTLA News Reports on Small Boat Capsize Entering Ventura Harbor
Replies: 22
Views: 5407

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

I do not cut the idiot operator of that boat any slack whatsoever. When he saw there were surfers/swimmers where he was operating he should have turned around and left the way he arrived.
by Tom Hemphill
Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Buy New Lead-Acid or AGM Battery
Replies: 4
Views: 1709

Re: 17ft Montauk, time for new battery...lead acid or AGM?

roguewave wrote:... I ended up buying a NAPA marine fella for $110.

I also purchased a NAPA battery (BAT 8304 for $120), since the previous one gave good service.
by Tom Hemphill
Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Buy New Lead-Acid or AGM Battery
Replies: 4
Views: 1709

Re: Buy New Lead-Acid or AGM Battery

Do you think that yesterday's pounding ride damaged the battery? Whatever the case, your battery was near the end of its expected life. Unless an AGM battery has a much longer lifespan, the other advantages aren't important enough to me to justify the much higher price. (Coincidentally, I just repla...
by Tom Hemphill
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Orientation of Boat In Hurricane Conditions
Replies: 8
Views: 2970

Re: Orientation of Boat In Hurricane Conditions

The wind is forecast to be from the northeast, so I would face the boat toward the east.
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Set up for 21 Outrage with bow pulpit on steep ramp
Replies: 28
Views: 11861

Re: Trailer Set up for 21 Outrage with bow pulpit on steep ramp

...When loading, I back in less; leaving my marks an inch or two above the water line. In this way when the boat comes onto the trailer is is not floating at the stern, rocking between the bunks. It tends to stay right on center. As I crank the boat onto the trailer, I may stop, go back to the truc...
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Specialty Marine Replacement Navigation Lamp Pole Does Not Fit
Replies: 3
Views: 1663

Re: Specialty Marine Replacement Navigation Lamp Pole Does Not Fit

Hmm. Specialty Marine's web site, where they list the stanchions separately for sale, says the stanchions "will fit any light pole that is 3/4" outside diameter.""
by Tom Hemphill
Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Boarding ladder for Montauk
Replies: 10
Views: 3876

Re: Boarding ladder for Montauk

Bob, You asked... Does it affect in any way the ride of the boat? Does it cause much spray while underway? I am assuming that there is no interference from turning the outboard, how about tying the boat to the trailer? The photos aren't of my boat, but my installation is identical (except on the sta...
by Tom Hemphill
Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Boarding ladder for Montauk
Replies: 10
Views: 3876

Re: Boarding ladder for Montauk

Ray Martin had the following photos available in 2009 when I was considering his product for my 1970 16-foot Whaler:

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I ending up buying it and have been more than happy with that decision.
by Tom Hemphill
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler in CHANTIX TV Commercial
Replies: 11
Views: 11147

Re: Boston Whaler in CHANTIX TV Commercial

I think seeing that ad may have influenced me to try Chantix as a quit smoking aid. I'm glad I did; Chantix was very helpful for me in ending a 35-year addiction to cigarettes.