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by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

Now I have six coats of clear polyurethane on both sides of the hatch. It looks just as good as the factory finish that was on it from Specialty Marine. It is a very hard finish to sand, so I think the wood is well protected. Now, I am putting the Schooner varnish over that for a UV filter. I usuall...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

Hi RichS. Thanks for that info. Makes sense. But in my case the layers right on the wood are doing fine. It is the top layers that peel. I assume it is UV light as well as salt peeling layer by layer.
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Updating Seating for 15' Center Console Sport
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Updating Seating for 15' Center Console Sport

That is a very clean boat. Good find. I can suggest, while keeping the original wood and railing, attach a short pedestal seat to the wood bench. The pedestal for boat seats come in many heights. To the pedestal you can mount the high backed seat of your choice. I also hated the short bench seats in...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

WOW that control room console is the nicest looking wood I have ever seen. I looks like molded plastic it is so smooth. I can only imagine the craftsmanship that was involved. I agree the winter cold is not my problem. It is the summer sun, the salt, and the abuse my boat sees. For what I put it thr...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

"Geez, the things you don't know about owning million-dollar yachts." Ain't that the truth. There is a Zillion dollar mega-yacht at my marina. It hardly ever moves and when it does it limps home from some mechanical disaster. Usually when the owner insists on piloting it himself instead of...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

I used [natural oil based varnish] on my boat's stern bench seat. [That finish] is 40 years old. All I have ever done was give [the varnish] a quick sanding and a few thin coats every Spring. But at the end of the season it is flaking and peeling a bit. Thus, the re-coat. I guess for the abuse [the ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

The 207 hardener is made for clear coating and has UV protection Thanks for that [information and hyperlink]. I see now how WEST System resins work. The Schooner is still needed as a cover coat. Your cover looks exactly like the one I got from Specialty Marine with the exception of the white lines....
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

OK so the West will protect the wood but then that must be protected as well. The Schooner varnish is very high in UV blockers. That sounds like a plan. For the wood I bought a blemished cover for the seventeen foot Montauk at a steep discount from Specialty Marine. I knew I was going to cut it for ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Re: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

Jim the cover I made was exterior plywood. I wanted to experiment with designs until I made a permanent cover. It started out solid then I made a hinged front section to drop fish in. I sealed it by painting it with polyester resin. The same resin is used for fiberglassing. Then painted with white m...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover
Replies: 20
Views: 576

Sport 15 Making Replacement Anchor Locker Hatch Cover

I acquired my Sport 15 with no forward anchor locker cover. I made one out of glassed-over plywood but it has not weathered well. I am replacing that with a mahogany cover. Q1: Since the replacement mahogany cover will be walked on and fished upon What is the best finish? Q2: Is the best finish varn...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BoatUS: Saved money on Insurance
Replies: 0
Views: 178

BoatUS: Saved money on Insurance

My marina requires boat insurance so I use BoatUS. I was going over my next year policy and I spotted a redundancy. They were charging me for towing and emergencies coverage. I already have the Gold Unlimited towing coverage with my BoatUS memberhip which includes trailer towing. I called them and a...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Best Bottom Paint
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: Best Bottom Paint

biggiefl wrote:One gallon only covers 3 coats on a 15'? I can paint my 13 twice with a quart.

And that is with a 3" roller. With maybe one coat's worth left in the can for next season. At $100 a gallon I can't complain.
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Best Bottom Paint
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: Best Bottom Paint

I do my own but that is my bane. Normally cheapest is never the best. However I have found an inexpensive bottom paint that actually does better than the expensive ones. It is called Nautical Proguard Ablative. It is ablative which means it wears away by water action exposing fresh biocide over the ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp

Jim you are correct. Telephone wire was not the thing to use. I had an old hand-held quartz lantern that I never used for anything. It had a long coiled wire power cord from the lantern to the power plug. It was about the same coil size as a telephone cord and fit inside the tubing nicely. I simply ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp

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The adjustable wing nut is actually a set screw from a Bimini top pole.
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 420

A New Telescoping Pole for an All-round Lamp

I took the advice of Katpil about the location of an all-round white navigation lamp [to be mounted at the center console and modified an existing white-all round pole lamp to have a telescoping support pole]. I fabricated an adjustable support pole for the lamp. I placed my 1985 original equipment ...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”

It is older. It began in 1939 as a single page paper focused on Boston area fishing. Right after WWII Frank Woolner and Hal Lyman launched the magazine version covering New England waters. They were the first to exploit Cape Cod with home-rigged dune vehicles such as Model A's, Army surplus Jeeps, a...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: Salt Water Sportsman magazine ranks “Best Fishing Boats of All Time”

When I was a kid I got Salt Water Sportsman in the mail. I remember the Whaler advertisements as well as ones for the Bearcat outboard engine. I also an article by Frank Woolner about trailering a Whaler to the beach and pushing it into the water with the prime mover. Those guys loved the Boston Wha...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Missing Boater: Louisiana
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Re: Wear PDF

Wear a PFD; attach the safety lanyard to your body; reduce speed in high seas. Exactly. On my boat everyone wears a PFD. Say no and you stay home. No exceptions. That way if you fall in I can pick you up on my next drift. And when I am alone if I drown at least they will get the body back easily. A...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 7129

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Yes, I agree. My 30-35 hp motors use the old style small stainless/brass thermostat that rarely fails. In fact the only time I had a problem was when a tiny little snail shell got lodged in the mechanism and it stuck open. Good thing too because on those models the entire thermostat cover must come ...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 11865

Re: Boating Season Ended

Done. No fish. No reason to stay.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 7129

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Well I pulled the boat out for the winter. I have the motor hanging in a big barrel so I can do a flush and tune. I usually wash the boat at this time and I toss some boat soap in the barrel to clean any salt out of the motor. Not only did the balky thermostat work fine again, all of the other ones ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 7129

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Nice site. Mine is not listed.
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 7129

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

I can not find a stainless thermostat for this [1993 OMC 48SPL engine]. And the brand new one is acting up already after only a month of usage. Since I have a few bad ones on hand maybe I will experiment with drilling holes in them. A hole of a specific size should result in a specific operating tem...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Remove Steering Wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 7954

Re: Remove Steering Wheel

Use a gear puller {as previously recommended and illustrated]. It will get the wheel off without ruining it. To ease future removal, install the wheel with anti-seize such as Permatex Aluminum Anti-sieze compound. More at: https://www.permatex.com/products/lubricants/specialty-lubricants-anti-seize/...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 11865

Re: Boating Season Ended

I'm still in but no Bluefish in a week. I got a short Striper yesterday but if that is all then I am considering leaving soon.
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 7129

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

I used to own some ancient Evinrude 30-HP engines. They had no thermostats and ran poorly. I really welcomed the idea of decent operating temperature. The carburetors work better with [an engine whose operating temperature is regulated by] a thermostat. I don't even like the way [ancient Evinrude 30...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 7129

Re: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

JIm, any and all of the above could be true. Perhaps they just don't make them like they used to.
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life
Replies: 11
Views: 7129

1993 OMC 48SPL Engine Thermostat Service Life

Once again the thermostat in my 1993 OMC 48SPL engine has stuck in the open position. It was installed in the Spring and only lasted five months. When I get home I submerge [the engine thermostat[ in vinegar. The vinegar turns green from the dissolved corrosion on the brass pellet mechanism. After a...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 11865

Re: Boating Season Ended

One perk of living at the coast is that after the boat is put away the surf action heats up. While I have harvested the most fish from the boat I have always beached the largest from the surf. Really big Bluefish and Striped Bass prowl the Fall surf feeding eagerly. I have been the guy out on the wa...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season Ended
Replies: 13
Views: 11865

Re: Boating Season Ended

It is always a juggling act to squeeze the most fishing days out of the season before the really cold weather clamps down. My marina wants you out by early November but that is prime time for Bass and Blues. Luckily the Dockmaster is flexible on this and will let you linger if the fishing warrants i...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 10996

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

Katpil—that sounds like a winning set up to me. I also do some night fishing and the [all-round white] light [mounted at the stern] is blinding no matter what I do to shield it. The other concern is landing a big fish that is hanging tough at the stern with the light pole in the way. Your way the po...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 10996

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

You are correct Jim. The light I have now is like having a bare bulb. The light with the flat housing would prevent light shining directly down at me. I think I may have one like that on my original Whaler light pole. Time to go searching in my basement. https://i.ebayimg.com/thumbs/images/g/gUUAAOS...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 10996

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

The light is at the stern, port side, same location as the stock Whaler light, angled slightly aft. I like what Katpil did more and more. Mounting the pole lamp to the console would not interfere with angling or landing a big fish. The Perko plug-in type would work best, and I could stow it where I ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

Perhaps but I can carry a load better. Just today I had my Son-in-law and Grandson out fishing. [The Evinrude 48 SPL engine] still hummed along at 5,000-RPM easily.
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 10996

Re: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton

I actually hate the all-around light when I'm night fishing. I bought the Perko clamp-on glare shield. It was not enough and I ended up using a black plastic coffee can lid added to the shield. That worked better and doesn't interfere with the purpose of the light. https://i.ebayimg.com/thumbs/image...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

I installed the 12-3/4 x 15-pitch propeller. Here is the results: IT IS PERFECT. The engine speed range is from 4500 to 5500-RPM. The boat leaps right up on plane, and settles in at 5,000-RPM. That is the "sweet spot.” If I push it I can get [the engine speec] to 6000-RPM but no need to. It sim...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 10996

Re: Classic Montauk White All-round Lamp

Regulations aside, we were taught at the CG Auxiliary class that while several locations are acceptable for the all-round light, the best location is at the stern. The reason for that was so at night an approaching vessel could approximate the length of your craft and avoid you. As an extreme exampl...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic Montauk All-round White Lamp Relocaton
Replies: 24
Views: 10996

Re: Classic Montauk Stern Light Relocation

It has to be an "all-round light" so I think it will be OK for anchoring. If the law gives you trouble then perhaps add a smaller sternlight for underway. Excellent solution by the way.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

I have probably over-loaded this Sport. When I first tested it the hull was pretty bare. Just a center console and a cooler seat. I was almost scared at how fast it went. Then I went about customizing it for my kind of fishing and stuff. Now it has the fully loaded console, cooler seat (full of stuf...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

Jim- yes that does seem odd. That is why I am going to test the new un-cupped 15" prop and see how it performs. It may be the "right" prop all along. If the old 15" one was cut down that would explain everything. We shall see. I also had this problem with a 1985 Evinrude 30-HP th...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

That's the problem. None of the available props will get me EXACTLY in my range. The 15-pitch propeller over-revs wildly and the 17-pitch propeller makes the engine struggle to get to 5,000-RPM. One would assume I need a 16-pitch propeller, but none are available. Best I can do is get the 15-pitch p...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: White All-Round Lamp Too High
Replies: 13
Views: 9157

Re: White All-Round Lamp Too High

It is easy to cut. Just use a tubing cutter. Try not to damage the wires. If it is the stock Whaler light that has a bolt-down base you can cut the tube and slide it off the wires. Some aftermarket lights are not so easy and the base end might be clamped, screwed, or set-screwed in place. At the lig...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 11881

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

This is the RULE web site page for the 500 gph pump I bought. https://www.xylem.com/en-us/brands/rule/rule-products/500 Oddly, they did not upgrade the picture to the new design. This is the .pdf of the instruction sheet and has the better specs. https://www.xylem.com/siteassets/brand-specific-conte...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 11881

Re: New RULE-brand Centrifugal Pump

I am dealing with the smaller size pumps like the 360, 500, and 800 gph models such as the average small Whaler would use. I have not investigated the many other models and cannot comment on them. I would separate the "old" and "new" lines by the new designs incorporated. The &qu...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

That is at WOT. Best I can do. Even if I bring a big butted friend it does 6000. I don't mind because it has enough grunt to lift the boat even with a load. It won't explode just because I accidentally hit 6000.
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

The propeller shop will cup the blades of the new 15-pitch propeller. Then it will act like a 16-inch-pitch propeller which no one produces. My original problem was that the 15-inch-pitch propeller allowed the engine to easily over-rev a lot, to almost 7,000-RPM. Yet a 17-inch-pitch propeller would ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

The new propeller arrived. It is spotless. In the future I will take both [the old propeller that was suspected of being damaged and new spotless propeller] to the propeller shop. I will [post an article that reveals if] the old propeller [was actually damaged when the boat was run over the shoal at...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sump Pump Float Switch
Replies: 11
Views: 8163

Re: Sump Pump Float Switch

"Our lake has a lot of sediment and tannin in it. I'm thinking it is getting into the switch and then causing problems with the ball bearing."dg22 the switch should be water-tight. Nothing is supposed to get into it. I think the ball rolling around is just a poor design. I know mercury is ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage
Replies: 24
Views: 11790

Re: Propeller Rubber Hub Damage

I hope you are correct. I will let the prop guy test it. He puts it in a jig and measures the amount of torque it can take before slipping. This prop was badly pitted because the previous owner didn't bother to fix the $800 tilt assist. The lower unit sat in salt water all season long. I filled the ...