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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: 3168

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: 7957

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: 3639

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: 3235

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...
by dtmackey
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Moving North American HQ to Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 3639

Re: BRP Moving North American HQ to Texas

BRP utilizes two separate sales forces for their product lines: --one dedicated for Evinrude only --another for everything else - CanAm, SkiDoo, SeaDoo, Spyder, Rotax Not sure this announcement means much for the marine segment Evinrude since their headquarters are already in Wisconsin. My neighbor ...
by dtmackey
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1989 Super Sport Limited Honda 50-HP
Replies: 8
Views: 3964

Re: 1989 Super Sport Limited Honda 50-HP

Here is a simple prop slip calculator from Merc. Just plug in your details (your gear ratio is 2.09) and hit calculate in the field you are solving for (propeller slip).

http://www.mercuryracing.com/prop-slip-calculator/

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by dtmackey
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1989 Super Sport Limited Honda 50-HP
Replies: 8
Views: 3964

Re: 1989 Super Sport Limited Honda 50-HP

Before you start testing props, make sure the motor is mounted properly. Boat shops tend to mount motors lower than they need to be. Test the boat and while on plane, can you see the anti-ventilation plate? If not, raise up the motor one hole and retest. Ideally you want to see the anti-ventilation ...
by dtmackey
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Johnson 90 Four-stroke Stalls
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

Re: Johnson/Suzuki 90 problem

[Water in the fuel system] could explain the problem: after the engine ran for a little, the water mixed with the fuel and killed the engine. Work through the entire fuel system so there is no old fuel left. You may want to install a Racor filter with water separator bowl for peace of mind; those ar...
by dtmackey
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Johnson 90 Four-stroke Stalls
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

Re: Johnson 90 Four-stroke Stalls

With the introduction of E10 fuel, I normally start [looking] there [for the cause of running problems] if I can confirm the engine has spark. On the fuel-injected engines there is a lot of fuel hoses, [vapor-separator-tank], pump, and injectors, and bad fuel will take some time to work through. Add...
by dtmackey
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1985 SUPER SPORT 13: Wood Coating
Replies: 2
Views: 1474

Re: 1985 SUPER SPORT 13: Wood Coating

Just got through that same thing with my interior, but I built from scratch. - Epoxy, use West 105 and 207 clear hardener. 207 does not have the blush problems of the other hardeners and also cures bubble free and does not have as much of an amber to it. I will say that I did my seats 3 coats with t...
by dtmackey
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Shot the cowl with epoxy primer and acrylic enamel last night and it setup quick so I was able to get the decals on it. Yes, that's an EPA 3 star decal on a carbed 2 stroke. https://i.imgur.com/IAmQoteb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/E239uUsb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ALpKWA6b.jpg https://i.imgur.com/FDhCJil...
by dtmackey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Installed the interior today so I could measure for the storage hatch and back piece. Once done, I removed and stored the wood pieces with moving pads to protect the finish until the final install comes spring when the hull is Awl-gripped. The hatch will not be hinged because of the seat back and th...
by dtmackey
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: FOR SALE: MISCHIEF
Replies: 0
Views: 1366

FOR SALE: MISCHIEF

A Google search shows current listing in the $6K - $8K range (boat, motor and trailer), although over the years I've seen asking prices far lower than that.

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by dtmackey
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: SPORT 15: Yamaha 70 Two-stroke v. F70
Replies: 8
Views: 4847

Re: SPORT 15: Yamaha 70 Two-stroke v. F70

Up until recently, the EPA maintained a large database of every engine certified with very detailed data on dyno HP ratings, RPM, and emission data. The links I save have since been broken now that the EPA retooled their website. What this allowed one to do is research outboards by model and year to...
by dtmackey
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: E-TEC Injector Matrix Codes
Replies: 2
Views: 3350

Re: E-TEC Injector Matrix Codes

Great information.

Jim--do you have the diagnostic software for your E-TEC?

I purchased an old laptop just for this purpose since it runs an older version of Windows and has the serial port needed for the connection cord.

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by dtmackey
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Outboard Engines: Rebuild or Buy New
Replies: 11
Views: 4869

Re: Outboard Engines: Rebuild or Buy New

The actual rebuild process for a 2 stroke is relatively simple and the parts are reasonable if you have access to dealer costs. I say this after having run a marine business and rebuilding lots of 2 stroke motors. There isn't much to it and the biggest challenge is corroded fasteners. This is a blan...
by dtmackey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Embedded Reinforcement Material
Replies: 3
Views: 1625

Re: Embedded Reinforcement Material

If the areas you need a backer are not in a wet location (below waterline) or flat deck areas where water can get trapped or into the screw hole, I would use wood. I say this and detest wood in transoms and replaced one in my Mako several years ago (see pics, was soaking wet rotted). I went poured c...
by dtmackey
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Is it too white because you used a Captains type Interlux varnish which has a hue but makes the wood look great with it's golden hue. Maybe use an artist brush and varnish the stripes in the faux but that would negate its purpose of no maintenance. The other thing is time will tell with use and sun...
by dtmackey
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Faux teak arrived today and I'm not sure what to think. It feels great on the feet, offers more grip than gelcoat non-skid, but the white color is too bright and I think it clashes with the real wood in the boat. Maybe if I go with the black lines it would look better and be enough contrast. I beat ...
by dtmackey
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Console is finished and just need to test fit and install the fasteners. Side pieces and seats need another couple coats, so when those are done I can fit to the boat. The switch panel was moved to the side where I had more room. https://i.imgur.com/GJPOswAb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/uTRl0Xob.jpg http...
by dtmackey
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Looking superb! I am also considering the EVA faux teak for my new Montauk project, I've used it on another small RIB and came out great. Are you planning on sanding off the non-skid first? Prepare for the Whaler loyalists gasp, but yes, sanding off the non-skid and will Awlgrip the inside and then...
by dtmackey
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

I've been slacking this week with work distractions, but getting close to done on the varnishing. I'll grab another can tomorrow and continue as the varnish I have is thinned and going on too thin and after sanding, I'm not getting the build I'd like. Wood looks funny in the pic, that's dust. https:...
by dtmackey
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Ordered some EVA Faux teak deck material to test and play with to decide if I like it. Was thinking this would be applied to the deck (floor only) where ever there is non-skid currently. The rest of the interior would receive a nice sprayed coat of Awlgrip. The EVA material is dense and has a good g...
by dtmackey
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Looks simply fantastic. When I restore my '89 13 SS, I think I'm going to try putting the steering wheel on an angled bezel. One of the things I loved about my Sport, and dislike about my Super Sport, is the position of the helm. With the Sport, the wheel was not between your legs. I think that usi...
by dtmackey
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

UPS man stopped by, so I mocked up the console to see what it will look like. https://i.imgur.com/1EZVK6Qm.jpg https://i.imgur.com/kYk8ur4m.jpg https://i.imgur.com/reGLA32m.jpg Also came across another option for the nonskid and ordered samples to evaluate. Was going to do a custom non-skid like my ...
by dtmackey
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

GPS plotter/fishfinder arrives for the dash tomorrow so I'll mount that into the dash tomorrow night and move the switch panel. Over the weekend I fabricated the sides and rear seatback. Just need to make the rear compartment back piece and cut the compartment cover, which is the same teak and holly...
by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn
Replies: 50
Views: 13828

Re: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn

Ok, your motor is the later design, so the schematic I shared is of no use. Find a shop manual with a schematic and start looking what they identify for sensor wiring. I've taken you as far as I can without being there.

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by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn
Replies: 50
Views: 13828

Re: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn

Sensors use brown or black wires. Here is what the temp sensor looks like on another Evinrude, but they are all similar. All sensor wires under the cowl are brown. Here's the temp sensor https://i.ytimg.com/vi/M_bITnAPp8Y/maxresdefault.jpg Here's the VRO tank sensor that connects to a black wire tha...
by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn
Replies: 50
Views: 13828

Re: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn

OK, you didn't cut the connector like I was thinking and it's still good. You could also do the same to the other side and then take an ohm meter and testing each leg of the connector.

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by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn
Replies: 50
Views: 13828

Re: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn

I would hardwire that circuit around the plug.

Once you start hacking the red plug with a razor blade you might as well abandon the whole plug.

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by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn
Replies: 50
Views: 13828

Re: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn

I do not have one of these motors so I may ask a stupid question... Curious about the plug in general. Could you not put solder connectors on each of the wires and heat shrink them. What does the plug buy you besides misery? M The plug is a means of connecting the main wiring harness from the contr...
by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: GARMIN new echoMAP CHIRP Products
Replies: 5
Views: 5659

Re: GARMIN new echoMAP CHIRP Products

Jim--this thread is a great resource. It would have saved me lots of time--had I found it several days ago. I combed through all the Lowrance and Garmin details online--and even visited West Marine to play with them--before ordering a Garmin 74SV without transducer last night. Now that I found your ...
by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn
Replies: 50
Views: 13828

Re: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn

Red plug culprit. This should be an annual maint item to disconnect, inspect and put corrosion block on the pins. That plug is part of the harness and if it were my motor, I would clean up what is left and continue using that plug. I would also tap into the missing pin where the wires go into the pl...
by dtmackey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Quick update. Console it in the varnish stages and should have 10 coats by Tuesday and just in time to cut in the Garmin 74SV unit. A 7" plotter/fishfinder will be located where the square opening is and extend toward the left. The original square was for switches, but those are moving to anoth...
by dtmackey
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn
Replies: 50
Views: 13828

Re: 1996 Evinrude 70 hp: Alarm Horn

Your problem is actually pretty common. Under the cowl there is a big red plug and it's common for corrosion to start on the pins causing intermittent contact and sound the warning horn. I would start there and unplug and clean the contacts and plug back together. Also make sure you use the bent sta...
by dtmackey
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Roughed out the console tonight and still need to radius a couple corners and rout all the edges. Took far longer than expected. The joints will be glued with West Epoxy and then screwed with bungs sanded down to match the wood and then the process of varnishing starts and takes about 10 days to get...
by dtmackey
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: 1974 Restored 13' Whaler, 40hp - under agreement
Replies: 0
Views: 1883

1974 Restored 13' Whaler, 40hp - under agreement

Restored Whaler with some custom touches. 40hp motor with electric start and power trim and tilt. 14 gallon underseat tank, Raymarine depth and speed, all new interior, auto bilge pump, trailer has LED lights, new tires, fenders and more. Comes with paddle, horn and lines. Reason for selling is I up...
by dtmackey
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: The new Yanmar turbo-diesel 50hp
Replies: 9
Views: 4235

Re: The new Yanmar turbo-diesel 50hp

Outboard diesel companies are not targeting the pleasure boater. They are targeting commerical, gov't, military and larger yachts looking for 1 fuel aboard the "mothership". While the motor you mentioned is branded a Yanmar, this is not their technology (Neander developed it) and I believe...
by dtmackey
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Riptide and Dutchman - here's a good link on the different woods to use for interior pieces. Utile/Sapele/African mahogany. And they say that Utile is Sipo for clarification. That site L.L Johnson has some good prices, it that milled or rough pricing? http://thompsonmahogany.com/african-mahogany-vs-...
by dtmackey
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Where is this mythical exotic wood warehouse you speak of? Really nice work! But your 15' looked pretty dang snappy to begin with! Brentwood NH on Rt 125 is the place with great mahogany options. They do not ship, have to be there in person to select your own boards. Sanded the wood this weekend an...
by dtmackey
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Nylon or Plastic Bushings for Windshield
Replies: 2
Views: 1469

Re: Nylon/Plastic Bushings for Windshield

Try McMasterCarr.com they have lots of fasteners, bushings and washers. Just checked and they do have nylon shoulder washers.

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by dtmackey
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

I am beginning to think you are really a cabinet maker who bought a boat. :-) Hi Jim, I'm actually in the medical field and after a day in the office I look forward to coming home and working on projects. I've been doing this type of thing for years. I really enjoy taking something that needs work ...
by dtmackey
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sapele and Mahogany Lumber Source, Uses
Replies: 9
Views: 4927

Re: Sapele and Mahogany Lumber Source, Uses

There are many grades of mahogany or species if you prefer to call them that. I went with Sipo at roughly 7.35/bf all placed and jointed.

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by dtmackey
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Bought the remaining wood and prepped it for glue. Also planed and sanded the seats and put a nice radius on the edges. https://i.imgur.com/tzGIWr2b.jpg https://i.imgur.com/6zHHjStb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LS4R3fAb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/w3wCMUSb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LF9GMhkb.jpg https://i.imgur...
by dtmackey
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Visited three lumber yards last week that carried exotic woods, and the first two were disappointing. A 50-mile ride to NH was worth the time and gas. This place has everything and I mean everything. This is just one of the wood sheds. https://i.imgur.com/EupcOjlb.jpg Met the owners daughter and tol...
by dtmackey
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Headed to the place I purchased mahogany from when I did the 13' Whaler project and the widths and lengths they had were not ideal and would have produced lots of waste. It was fun going through their inventory though. 4" thick teak beams. [:0] https://i.imgur.com/Vw41M0X.jpg Mahogany boards ov...
by dtmackey
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

Re: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project

Gutted the Whaler, removed and trashed rubrail and removed from trailer and ordered new rollers, fenders, made new bunks and other misc stuff so the trailer is solid again. https://i.imgur.com/kv1NPhN.jpg Saving the rail to reinstall after new interior is made. https://i.imgur.com/btG5uAH.jpg Rubrai...
by dtmackey
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering
Replies: 109
Views: 65447

15 Whaler Super Sport Project - Baystar Steering

Every once in a while I find some down time and start playing with the CraigsList App on my phone which usually ends with a new project. Several weeks ago I was doing just that and came across a 15' Whaler that was a steal of a price. I contacted the seller ASAP and sent a PayPal deposit within 5 mi...