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by dtmackey
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Hello SPRING
Replies: 16
Views: 6804

Re: Hello SPRING

I think the Russians are hacking our weather. ;-)

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by dtmackey
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Firm That Sells Older, Rebuilt Engines
Replies: 2
Views: 1637

Re: Firm That Sells Older, Rebuilt Engines

Based on the amount of work to restore those motors, paint, decals, parts and more, the prices seem very reasonable. Some great looking classics on that site.

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by dtmackey
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Waterlogged SQUALL
Replies: 7
Views: 2420

Re: Waterlogged SQUALL

For years I've heard people say that the closed cell foam does not absorb water, but have seen many Whalers that somehow retain water in the foam. I've owned 6 of them over the years and one was pretty bad and heavy and I've seen several that were project boats removing the interior and scooping out...
by dtmackey
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Longest running hull design
Replies: 3
Views: 2230

Re: Longest running hull design

For a Whaler I'd say the 13 or 17 models. There are plenty of other manufacturers that shared hull plugs and kept the same hull for a very long time. I see the 13' Sport lives again from Metan Marine, but I guess that does not count since it's not a Whaler. It looks the same, but the fit and finish ...
by dtmackey
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 64869

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Crazy winter with snow, 60 - 70 degree days in Feb and then back into snow. I was temped to dig it out earlier, but glad I waited. Today I removed the snow obstacle with the Kabota and flipped the Whaler over and put back on the trailer. The plan is to pull it inside in 2 weeks and spend every night...
by dtmackey
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2003 Yamaha F225 with 900 Hours
Replies: 7
Views: 3447

Re: 2003 Yamaha F225 with 900 Hours

Those [c.2003 Yamaha F225 engines] are prone to corrosion that is pretty serious. Yamaha made changes to their aluminum castings in later models to prevent that failure. If you still are thinking on a purchase, protect yourself by having the engine 'scoped by a Yamaha mechanic or a trusted mechanic....
by dtmackey
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Hello SPRING
Replies: 16
Views: 6804

Re: Hello SPRING

Ah yes, the spring season is upon us, but depending on where you are, it can mean many different things. Here in New England (Boston area) we had 27" of snow last week and another storm is moving in from NY tonight with another 5 - 8" of snow. Weather map is a mess and the weathermen have ...
by dtmackey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Paint Color Codes for Johnson Outboards
Replies: 1
Views: 1677

Re: Paint Color Codes for Johnson Outboards

Paint code is not in the SN#. Take the cowl to an autobody supply and if there's a glossy flat area, they use a color analyzer and match the paint pretty darn close or use the color chip book. I've had them do this on numerous projects and it's always close. For Johnson or Evinrude white, I have the...
by dtmackey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: The Market for Outboard Engine Re-powering
Replies: 15
Views: 6251

Re: The Market for Outboard Engine Re-powering

Interesting discussion. I have a 2007 Conquest 235 with a Mercury Verado 250 with 600 hours, maintained yearly by the dealer. I’m wondering at what point should I consider repowering. Fortunately, my boat was, I think, designed in the modern era with heavy 4 stroke outboards in mind. If I were to r...
by dtmackey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Capsize At Mavericks
Replies: 16
Views: 5693

Re: Capsize At Mavericks

Boat doesn't stand a chance going on the rocks like that. I watched a 17 Montauk get demolished on the rocks in a hurricane years ago; the owner could not get it out of the water in the days leading up to the storm. Mooring dragged onto the rocks, boat turtle, and was broken up into pieces. Quite sa...
by dtmackey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Yeti Coolers on Classic MONTAUK 17
Replies: 8
Views: 4203

Re: Yeti Coolers on Classic MONTAUK 17

Looked at the Yeti and RTIC and they are nearly the same cooler but varied in price quite a bit (Yeti was 40% more). I bought the RTIC and it performs every bit as good as the Yeti for the three-times-a-year I use it. You can also check out the SHITI coolers. ;-) https://www.shiticoolers.com/ D-
by dtmackey
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 15-footer Seat Length
Replies: 8
Views: 3109

Re: 15-footer Seat Length

I agree with Jim, the seats are too low. My 15 SuperSport is a mid to late 80s model and it felt like you were sitting on the floor. I fabbed a custom interior and raised the seats 1.5" with attached wood cleats underside the thwart seat to achieve the desired height and it worked great. I'm st...
by dtmackey
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1975 SPORT 15 Rigging Guide
Replies: 3
Views: 1531

Re: 1975 SPORT 15 Rigging Guide

I removed an Evinrude 60 from my 15 Whaler and installing a 2 stroke Yamaha 70. I removed and built a new interior as well. Once you have the controls and rigging, the install is pretty straightforward. It's be 2 - 3 months before I install the motor and I will detail in my thread.

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by dtmackey
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP
Replies: 25
Views: 8527

Re: Mercury Introduces a V6 FOURSTROKE in 175, 200, and 225-HP

Nice to see a 4 stroke in a lighter weight, but I'd like to know where they removed metal to hit that weight number. As with any new motor, give it a couple years in the real world and see how it does before plunking down big $$ for it. Warranty wasn't detailed, but probably falls inline with the 1 ...
by dtmackey
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Do Old 13-foot Hulls Have Collector Value
Replies: 8
Views: 3102

Re: Do Old 13-foot Hulls Have Collector Value

Found the older Whalers on Hagerty and think the prices are far too optimistic, but sharing anyway. Go to their site and you can plug in year and model.

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by dtmackey
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Stainless Steel Through Hull Drains
Replies: 7
Views: 9646

Re: Stainless Steel Through Hull Drains

I think you will find it very difficult to flair 316 stainless. Brass is far more malleable than stainless, especially 316SS.

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by dtmackey
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Boat Show, Boston Whaler
Replies: 7
Views: 3471

Boston Boat Show, Boston Whaler

Went to the Boston Boat show this weekend--always a fun time. Every year I go, I'm reminded that boat prices are in the elite category normally reserved highly inflated medical costs or college tuition. A 21' Grady priced at $97,000 is just crazy and that's with a $10,000 boat show discount. Boston ...
by dtmackey
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Do Old 13-foot Hulls Have Collector Value
Replies: 8
Views: 3102

Re: Do Old 13-foot Hulls Have Collector Value

In my neck of the woods, it seems an old 13' is worth at least $1000 no matter the value. For some reason Whalers always seem to command good money and everyone knows a Whaler since they were built in Rockland MA. I've seen 60s vintage Whalers listed for $8000 in mint condition all original, but asi...
by dtmackey
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SPORT 15 Best Helm Steering System
Replies: 6
Views: 2783

Re: SPORT 15 Best Helm Steering System

Fill and bleed is a one time thing on Baystar install and you should not have to do this again if the system is set up properly. Teleflex fluid is expensive and there are aviation fluids that meet higher criteria and are less expensive. I agree that the push/pull systems that are not NFB are a safet...
by dtmackey
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SPORT 15 Best Helm Steering System
Replies: 6
Views: 2783

Re: Best steering system for 15 sport

I contemplated the same thing on my 15-footer with Yamaha 70. I just love how hydraulic feels on larger boats--smooth with no slop. I'm going to try the NFB steering that came with my boat. My friend's 15-footer with a 60 Yamaha has NFB system. It feels fine, but not as good as a Baystar would. The ...
by dtmackey
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: LED Bulb for classic Whaler 1958 to 1980's Combined Sidelight Lamp
Replies: 0
Views: 1738

LED Bulb for classic Whaler 1958 to 1980's Combined Sidelight Lamp

This is for a single bulb only, not the lamp assembly. - E10 screw in (T10) Concave LED Light - Very little current draw - Brighter than conventional bulbs! - Over 50,000 hours of continuous use - This is for one bulb only Boston Whaler Classic OEM twist-mount light BULB used on classic Boston Whale...
by dtmackey
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Layoffs
Replies: 1
Views: 1533

BRP Layoffs

Just got word that BRP just trimmed about 15% of their salesforce on lackluster sales and this was in their CanAm, Spyder, SeaDoo and SkiDoo side of the business. I can't confirm if additional reductions were made in the Evinrude side of the business. Considering Evinrude is one of their smaller bus...
by dtmackey
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 64869

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Amazing work! With the raised claimps did you ever consider adding a support bt the gunnel and clamps? I’m putting my seat on top of a 5 inch clamp and am thinking of developing a starboard block that would go on the outside of the clamp to help keep the rigging neat and prevent any side to side mo...
by dtmackey
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 SUPER SPORT Fuel Tank Placement
Replies: 6
Views: 2903

Re: SUPER SPORT 15 Fuel Tank

1986Supersport - I just sent you a PM and if you email me, I can send you the Moeller file for the 14 gal tank that shows every dimension. I had the similar Moeller tank in my 13 Whaler and really liked the low profile and the fact that it fit under the seat and did not take up usable deck space. My...
by dtmackey
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 64869

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Do you have any finished pictures? This is a really nice whaler. I have a 15 Sport with SS interior that needs work. I'll post more progress when the snow melts and I start up on the project again. Right now is prime ski and snowmobiling weather. I do have 3 other project going on: - Etec 75 cosmet...
by dtmackey
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Horsepower Ratings
Replies: 9
Views: 4259

Re: Horsepower Ratings

Further consideration to be given to influencing engine horsepower output are the following: --the gasoline fuel --the air temperature --the barometric pressure --the humidity All of those elements need to be controlled in output power testing. All will influence the power output. Testing for EPA c...
by dtmackey
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall
Replies: 28
Views: 11842

Re: Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Since the recall covers 44 years of extinguishers, I don't think you need to worry about a time frame. CPSC along with NHTSA recalls tend to not have an expiration date. The "shake your fire extinguishers once a month" thing is long gone. The dry chemical used (monoammonium phosphate) has...
by dtmackey
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Reducing Smoke in Exhaust from Two-stroke-power-cycle Outboard Engines
Replies: 3
Views: 1951

Re: Reducing Smoke

Is there a way to cut down on the smoke or redirect it somehow on a 2-stroke? On Yamaha motors there is a oil injection pump linkage with an adjustment that can sometimes wear or have been incorrectly set by the factory or after a dealer repair. Setting of this linkage is difficult - too little and...
by dtmackey
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Horsepower Ratings
Replies: 9
Views: 4259

Re: Horsepower Ratings

Ratings you see on the cowls are with plusmn 10-percent of the actual certified dyno tested output power. So in theory a 70hp motor could range from 63hp to 77hp. Evinrude Etec 225 was certified at 3 different dyno ratings, yet carried the 225 and 225H0 decals as marketed. 225 various ratings: 167.7...
by dtmackey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall
Replies: 28
Views: 11842

Re: Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Jim - on a recall of this scale and importance, any time limit that could be imposed would surely satisfy your winter storage concerns. On another note, all that do have dry chem fire extinguishers should note that they are not install and forget items. Many manuals instruct on shaking the extinguis...
by dtmackey
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: E-TEC 75 Project
Replies: 4
Views: 2125

Re: E-TEC 75 Project

Nice pick-up at that price, it was well worth it just for the core. Sounds like you might have a servicable etec. What year is the ETEC? Since this is a smart motor I would definitely recommend that you have your local ETEC authorized shop pull the history and scan for any codes. I would, except th...
by dtmackey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: E-TEC 75 Project
Replies: 4
Views: 2125

E-TEC 75 Project

Over Thanksgiving I saw a CraigsList ad for an Evinrude E-TEC 75 and reached out to the seller offering full asking price and would pick-up first available. Come to find out, it was a Mercury dealer and he had taken the motor in trade; it'd been sitting in his shop for several years and he didn't wa...
by dtmackey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Sharing my son's Drone Vid
Replies: 5
Views: 2730

Sharing my son's Drone Vid

My son had a DJI Phantom 3 drone and we brought it on the boat this summer to capture some action video. This was his first time taking good video and editing it all together and also his first time over water. My son stayed on a separate boat where he launched and retrieved the drone and that can b...
by dtmackey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SUPER SPORT 13 Deck Repair
Replies: 9
Views: 3043

Re: SUPER SPORT 13 Deck Repair

Sorry, been away a couple days over the holiday. My boat had worn non-skid from the old metal gas tanks that would slide around and there was also a couple spots that needed repair, so saving the Whaler non-skid was a no-go in my project. I made the repairs and then sanded the entire floor with a DA...
by dtmackey
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70
Replies: 26
Views: 8570

Re: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70

Your picture of a "DI" cylinder head does not seem to show the deflector pins. Perhaps it was a picture of an early production model FICHT. Your graphical representation of a RAVE snowmachine engine does not show a deflector pin. I don't know if the RAVE engines use them; perhaps the grap...
by dtmackey
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70
Replies: 26
Views: 8570

Re: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70

There seems to be two paths in this thread: index for two-stroke engines (E-TEC and Ficht specifically); and index for four-stroke engines. Let me break these out so everyone can see where indexing is required and part of the manufacturer's maintenance procedures. Before we start, here's a pic of a ...
by dtmackey
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SUPER SPORT 13 Deck Repair
Replies: 9
Views: 3043

Re: SUPER SPORT 13 Deck Repair

As Jim said, there's repair of the current non-skid, but I've only seen success with small areas and the larger the area the more difficult it is to "wet out" the new gelcoat and roll the non-skid template on for an even pattern. This reason alone made me go a different route when I did my...
by dtmackey
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70
Replies: 26
Views: 8570

Re: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70

Jim and I will disagree that indexing makes a difference, but in the absence of data (as an engineer), I cannot believe there is a difference and based on my experience with 4 stroke motors in a testing environment, not being able to link a benefit to indexing I will be biased to a position. Now, if...
by dtmackey
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70
Replies: 26
Views: 8570

Re: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70

Evinrude DOES "put [spark plug indexing installation] into their maintenance manuals." Yes, an Evinrude E-TEC [engine] does require indexing, as the Ficht engines did, as well, due to the direct-injection design. [Evinrude] want the open part of the plug gap facing the incoming charge of ...
by dtmackey
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic

What's your the approx cost of the x4 tubes for a classic montauk? I am in the UK and can only find Moeller brand drain tubes Tubes are tubes and they are sold by the length. I purchased 3" motorwell drain tubes for $3.70ea and the lower drain tube 14" was $16 with shipping on top of that...
by dtmackey
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: RAGE 15 Jet Re-power
Replies: 16
Views: 6577

Re: RAGE 15 Jet Re-power

Appreciate the info. I did notice on Evin wbst that the 90 H.O. seemed to be the same wt and appearance as 115 and 115 HO, yet the reg 90 was much lighter and diff in appearance. Not researching engines much til I get hull ready. I am looking for opinions on best way to mount engine and maintain cl...
by dtmackey
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic

After thinking about this, I went brass on all 3 for one simple reason. Plastic is not the material of choice under pressure and since there are drain plugs that screw into the drains, I did not want any concern over cracking (over time) from an over tightened drain plug and extended UV exposure of ...
by dtmackey
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70
Replies: 26
Views: 8570

Re: Spark Plug Indexing for Yamaha F70

In modern day four-stroke-power-cycle [power]head designs, indexing should make no difference. And, as stated, any gains are probably placebo as previously mentioned. On heavily modified engines you may see a gain, but every so slight and less than one percent--if that. Years ago I had the opportuni...
by dtmackey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: RAGE 15 Jet Re-power
Replies: 16
Views: 6577

Re: RAGE 15 Jet Re-power

IMHO - the Rage jet boats were a great idea, but the problem is the motors available at the time were not ideal. The old OMC cross flow 90 - 115 outboards were converted to inboard jet drives and those motors were just OK as outboards (I owned a couple over the years). Bury that motor in a cavity th...
by dtmackey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic

Thanks for the feedback. Years ago on my 13-footer project Whaler the lower transom drain gave me some difficulty when I flared it due to the angle of the transom, and that's why I explored the plastic drain tubes. The 15-footer has a much more upright transom, so plastic or brass should be an easie...
by dtmackey
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1983 Montauk Wood Trim
Replies: 5
Views: 2720

Re: 1983 Montauk Wood Trim

The teak block with the "mods" look like things I've seen in other boats where they are used for fishing. The larger opening would be used to store and easy access to fish hook removal pliers and the 3 slots for fishing knives. That's what comes to mind when I saw that pic.

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by dtmackey
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Drain Tubes on 15-footer: Brass or Plastic

Brass or plastic drain tubes? I have the flaring tool, but came across the TH Marine plastic threaded units and wondered what experiences others have with these. I need to replace all 3 brass drains on my 15' Whaler project and the ideal of plastic is attractive since they will never corrode, but I ...
by dtmackey
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 7812

Re: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017

Thank you for sharing this story. As an ex-coast guardsman, I have a deep interest in ocean storms. I liken this to the Perfect Storm that struck [the northeast Atlantic] and caused more damage than ever expected. I developed this interest after my father lost a friend in the Blizzard of 1978 on the...
by dtmackey
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Moving North American HQ to Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 3581

Re: BRP Moving North American HQ to Texas

I am a bit surprised that Texas is considered to be in the center of the snowmobile market, but, hey, with climate change you never know. Of the overall company, snowmobiles represent a segment of their overall business and slower than the others BRP brands, so a move to TX is in the best interest ...
by dtmackey
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat State Registration
Replies: 8
Views: 3160

Re: Boat State Registration

Registering out of state is common in the New England states with NH and RI having no sales tax. Anyone can register in NH and then use the boat elsewhere. Where you run into problems, if used outside NH, most states require you to register in the state of use after 30 days. For trailer boats that a...