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by Oldslowandugly
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season About to Start--and End
Replies: 23
Views: 4597

Re: Boating Season About to Start

WhatKnot- how long was your recovery? How soon were you able to go out in the boat? I have about a week left to get it in before I get cut.
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season About to Start--and End
Replies: 23
Views: 4597

Re: Boating Season About to Start

Dutchman- turning 65 was like a magical door opening. "OH, you have Medicare? Come on in!". What used to take endless referrals and paperwork now just happens. I'll see how the billing goes and if my regular insurance covers the rest. I was tempted to just get the boat in before the surger...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boating Season About to Start--and End
Replies: 23
Views: 4597

Re: Boating Season About to Start

My boat has been ready, my tow vehicle has been ready, and..... a month of Grand Jury duty. I get through that, and a hernia I've been ignoring for 10 years decided to bite me in the, well, you get the idea. Now I am scheduled for surgery and after recovery maybe then I'll get to the water. At least...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Testing gear case seals
Replies: 4
Views: 1526

Re: Testing gear case seals

OK- dry it is. Thanks. I was unsure because It took a lot of pressure to find the leak. I guess the residual oil helped the seal resist leaking. When I drained the oil last Fall I got butterscotch looking gunk. Letting it set in a jar allowed the water to settle out and I knew I had a leak. At first...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Selling MONTAUK--Talk Me Out of Doing It
Replies: 9
Views: 3154

Re: Selling MONTAUK--Talk Me Out of Doing It

As I got older my boats got smaller. I'm down to a 15 foot Whaler. It's a lot easier for an old fart to manage. Keep the Whaler!
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Testing gear case seals
Replies: 4
Views: 1526

Testing gear case seals

When you change seals in a gear case you then test the seals with air pressure and vacuum. Should you put in oil and drain it- or test the case dry?
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust

El Rollo- I forgot about being able to lay AGM batteries on their side. And no gassing. I should have known that because I used one in the Wife's trunk-mounted Chevy Cobalt. One bad feature of them is that they are prone to sudden failure with no warning. I got 8 years of use before that happened. B...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust

El Rollo- I went to the Lifeline site and looked up [the Lifeline GPL-U1T AGM Batteries]. I like the size and weight. They seem to sell for around $150 which is in line with most AGM batteries like Odyssey. It looks like two [the Lifeline GPL-U1T AGM Batteries] wired for 24-Volts are the same weight...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Re: BEARCAT 85-HP Engine
Replies: 9
Views: 2757

Re: Bearcat 85-HP Engines

Jim- what a great read. Thanks! By converting to electronic ignition, those motors sound pretty competitive. And high performance camshafts? Wow! The only thing I would not like is the pin-drive prop shaft. If they were anything like the old OMC pin drives, hitting anything harder than a fish would ...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Re: BEARCAT 85-HP Engine
Replies: 9
Views: 2757

Re: BEARCAT 85-HP Engine

[This discussion has been separated from a thread in MARKETPLACE in which a notice of FOR SALE was made for a Bearcat 85-HP engine.--jimh] I believe the Bearcat engines were originally offered by the Fischer-Pierce company to complement the new Boston Whalers. I remember seeing ads for them in ancie...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust

Hmmmm. So if I go to 24 volts the trolling motor will not only run longer but the system would be more efficient? I would love to add two dedicated deep cycle batteries just for the trolling motor and keep my starting battery separate. But if I add any another battery the only place it could go is a...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust

That [advice] makes a lot of sense. Top speed is not a concern. I shoot around using the 48-HP main engine. When I see a likely spot or breaking fish, I would want to sneak up quietly. Locating a second battery, if needed, is a concern. My center console is located forward and I uses the space betwe...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust

Rich--excellent info. My most likely use would be to stem the tide so I could cast to weedy shore lines without having to anchor. I also haunt secluded back bay coves and channels casting for Bass and Blues. Dropping a noisy anchor is always a problem. But I'm rarely out doing that more than an hour...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

15-footer: Electric Trolling Motor Thrust

How much thrust is recommended for a bow mounted electric trolling motor on a 15-footer?

[The 15-footer] would be used inshore on Long Island back bays and channels. Tide and wind are major concerns. I would prefer to stay with a 12-Volt motor if at all possible.
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SPORT 15 Best Helm Steering System
Replies: 6
Views: 2240

Re: SPORT 15 Best Helm Steering System

Surfhunter--how big is the boat's engine? I have an Evinrude 48-HP on my 15-footer. I use the simple, original, Safe-T Teleflex steering. I can take my hands off the steering wheel at WOT, the wheel stays put, and boat tracks straight. The reason: I have carefully adjusted the trim tab on the engine...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Stainless Drain Thru Hull
Replies: 7
Views: 3424

Re: Stainless Drain Thru Hull

Phil is correct: I did it. The reason was simple. I researched how to replace the brass drain tubes and tool needed to flare the ends. I realized that my hull was in pretty bad condition on both the inner and outer surfaces where the flare and O-ring sealed. Up inside the foam was pretty chopped up,...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Bearing Grease
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Trailer Bearing Grease

Vance--are those oil baths the same concept I see on tractor trailers? I always thought that was a very good idea. But my bearings are 28 years old and looked like new when I cleaned them. As I said, I was getting grease leaking out but not water leaking in. The old grease I cleaned out was in so go...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Interlux perfection
Replies: 2
Views: 1546

Re: Interlux perfection

I used the Matterhorn White on my 15 footer's interior. It is a very bright white shade- nowhere near the original color. I have some Interlux 401/402 Epoxy Primer that I used as a base. Epoxy paint dulls and changes color from ultraviolet light exposure. Strangely, when allowed to age, this primer ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Bearing Grease
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Trailer Bearing Grease

Jim- the "best" beer is always the one in your hand at the moment! I'm sure it is the same with grease. While I used the Lubriplate brand successfully for many years I always felt the light green color made it difficult to tell when water emulsified with it. The OMC grease is a bright tran...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Tachometer Placement
Replies: 8
Views: 2441

Re: Tachometer Placement

If you have the room then placing the tach right in front of you is best. Lacking room then anywhere that you have a clear unobstructed view is fine. I too operate with one eye on the tach as it is essential to proper motor performance.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Bearing Grease
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Trailer Bearing Grease

I am about to rebuild my trailer bearings with the Bearing Buddy Spindle Seal Kit. I have used Bearing Buddies and Lubriplate brand trailer bearing grease for 28 years with no problems. Since the spindles and bearings are clean I can switch greases now if I choose. I was leaning towards the OMC high...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Spindle
Replies: 8
Views: 3523

Re: Trailer Spindle

I am in the same situation. I could have used an old hot rodder trick to build up the axle seal contact surface with Marine Tex and then sand it down flush. That way it fills the pits and the seal has a nice smooth surface to ride on. But I also wanted the better double spring loaded seals recommend...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Recall Your First Time In a Boston Whaler
Replies: 13
Views: 4626

Re: Recall Your First Time In a Boston Whaler

Dutchman- you are a fine person to do that. That's all it takes to introduce someone to the wonderful world of boating. As for kids- when the fish won't bite and they get antsy- I move to a different spot and let them run the boat to get there. Works every time!
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 SPORT 15: moving all-round lamp to starboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2236

Re: 1976 SPORT 15: moving all-round lamp to starboard

Jim- yes I did, as well as the Perko chocks. I don't rely on the cleats for secure docking as they are just screwed/glued in place. I run the dock lines through the chocks to the stock Whaler stern and bow inner eyes. The lines stay on the dock and I clip the dock lines to the eyes securely with big...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Super Sport Limited Securing Bow Hatch
Replies: 15
Views: 4277

Re: 15 Super Sport Limited Securing Bow Hatch

Or how about this: Drill a couple of holes right though the hatch just at the inside face of the bulkhead with about a foot between them. Get a couple of stainless steel pins with pan heads that are as long as the hatch is thick plus an inch. Glass the pins solidly into the hatch. Position them so t...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Super Sport Limited Securing Bow Hatch
Replies: 15
Views: 4277

Re: 15 Super Sport Limited Securing Bow Hatch

It will still work. Do you know if the fiberglass is solid plastic- or wood covered in plastic? You can use wood and "glue" it to the fiberglass with some resin. Scuff the attachment point so it will have some "tooth". Or you can screw it on. Or use a stainless angle bracket and ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 SPORT 15: moving all-round lamp to starboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2236

Re: 1976 SPORT 15: moving all-round lamp to starboard

If that is what you want then go ahead. It is not a hard project. On my 15 footer the wiring block and plastic cover were missing so I had no choice but to build something new. I replaced the wiring that went forward to the bow and it was pretty easy to get under the rubrail. There is a wiring hole ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 Super Sport Limited Securing Bow Hatch
Replies: 15
Views: 4277

Re: 15 Super Sport Limited Securing Bow Hatch

I would make a stop out of Mahogany or whatever the hatch is made of. It would only need to be an inch square and several inches long. Then screw it on to the underside of the hatch. Position it so it nudges the rear bulkhead. That should keep the hatch in place unless you hit a big wake or somethin...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Recall Your First Time In a Boston Whaler
Replies: 13
Views: 4626

Re: Recall Your First Time In a Boston Whaler

I had always watched Whalers from afar and longed for a ride. They just looked like the perfect fishing boat to me. So early one morning back in the 80's I was going out on a friend's 19 foot heap he docked in Freeport. Of course the battery was stone cold dead. To add insult to injury, when we clim...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SPORT 13: Bimini Top Frame Anchor Point
Replies: 15
Views: 4099

Re: Bimini top hardware/anchoring

Do you have the stainless side rails? I have a 15 footer with the rails. I wanted to avoid screwing into the hull so I used stainless rail clamps to mount the Bimini top tubing to the rails. As a plus, that gave me some extra height and it gives you some mounting location flexibility .
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Johnson/Evinrude side mount control
Replies: 6
Views: 1806

Re: Johnson/Evinrude side mount control

I was in the same situation as you. The OMC side controls are somewhat ambidextrous in that I was able to swap the throttle handle to the other side of the case. The cables still exited from the bottom of the case. I removed the key switch and kill switch and mounted them on the dash of the console....
by Oldslowandugly
Thu May 04, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1972 SPORT 13: Tiller or Mechanical Steering
Replies: 6
Views: 2586

Re: 1972 SPORT 13: Tiller or Mechanical Steering

I've had small skiffs my whole life and usually they were tillers. But once I built a small side steering console and used remote controls I would not go back to tillers. A dedicated helm seat makes it a whole different boat.
by Oldslowandugly
Wed May 03, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Tempress folding bench seat
Replies: 0
Views: 1254

Tempress folding bench seat

I have several Tempress folding boat seats and have loved them for over 30 years. Very durable. I recently noticed they offer a 48 inch wide folding bench seat. I think that would be terrific as a stern seat. I have a mahogany bench at my stern to cover gas tanks and stuff. This will fit nicely over...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: So my dad and I bought a boat
Replies: 34
Views: 14051

Re: So my dad and I bought a boat

What a beauty! I hope you will save one for yourself too!
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: When Unsinkable Comes In Handy
Replies: 4
Views: 2178

Re: When Unsinkable Comes In Handy

That is absolutely why I sought and found a small Whaler. Even when big storms rage I sleep easy knowing it won't sink and will be found. When I was young and dumb I complained to an old timer that my boat was small. He replied that when a big boat gets into trouble- the first thing they do is climb...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer: Position of keel roller relative to transom
Replies: 4
Views: 1692

Re: Trailer: Position of keel roller relative to transom

Not to worry. I ground off all the galvanizing at the weld area. I had to get down to clean metal anyway for good results. Because it is 1/4" wall thickness I also ground a kerf all the way around both sides of the weld area. That way I was assured good penetration. As a test I stood on the ext...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer: Position of keel roller relative to transom
Replies: 4
Views: 1692

Re: Transom trailer roller position

Thanks for that Flymo. I was worried about causing a "hook" back at the stern. That's when the hull gets pushed up and stays that way. Anyway I had a decent weather day today and I went ahead and extended the trailer center beam back about a foot or so. That section I had removed years ago...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer: Position of keel roller relative to transom
Replies: 4
Views: 1692

Trailer: Position of keel roller relative to transom

I am re-balancing my SPORT 15 position on its trailer. The tongue weight somehow got excessive. I have moved the axle as far forward as I safely can. The only other action I can take is to move the hull rearward. I am contemplating extending the trailer's frame rearward for more play. At the moment ...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: c.1980 Johnson 50 Tiller Handle Wiring
Replies: 4
Views: 1676

Re: c.1980 Johnson 50 Tiller Handle Wiring

I changed my 1980 35hp from remote to tiller also. I did not follow the factory wiring colors at the motor but the colors you noted are the same. OMC is very good with color codes. I saved the remote harness. There is no white wire in mine. I have several manuals and there is no white wire in any of...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 50-HP
Replies: 3
Views: 1878

Re: 1978 SPORT 15 Restoration

Unfortunately initial prop choice is a guess at best. Once the boat is fitted out and loaded the motor will soon let you know of any shortcomings. What is most important is a quality tachometer. Then you will know if the motor is operating within it's recommended rpm range. With the exception of the...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Advice to First-time Boat Owner
Replies: 34
Views: 10164

Re: Advice to First-time Boat Owner

JIm- I agree- Chapman's is the Bible. But it is a bit overwhelming for a newbie. What you want is BASIC information. I spied it at the NY Boat Show around 1980. Royce's was first written in the late fifties/early sixties when good basic information was unavailable. Outboards were cranky and no one k...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Advice to First-time Boat Owner
Replies: 34
Views: 10164

Re: Advice to First-time Boat Owner

I agree with all of the above. But I would also advise you to read all you can about trailering and boating. When I first started I was lucky enough to stumble upon this book and I am still learning from it. It is Royce's Powerboating Illustrated and there is a copy on Ebay right now for $4 w/free s...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 50-HP
Replies: 3
Views: 1878

1978 SPORT 15 50-HP

[A 1978 SPORT 15 with 50-HP will be] even better! I use a 48--same 737cc--and it's plenty fast. They are easy to work on also. I did have a problem finding the right propeller. I had two OMC propellers: 12x15 and 11x17. The 15-inch pitch propeller revved too high and the 17-inch propeller lugged. No...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 footer anchor locker water level
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: 15 footer anchor locker water level

Macfam- GENIUS! I never thought of that- and it should work fine. Of course I was not planning on anti-fouling the locker. In fact that is why I keep the transom drain plugged and use a bilge pump in the well. Why have sea water filling the stern? Would you anti-foul the whole inside? Ridiculous. An...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 footer anchor locker water level
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: 15 footer anchor locker water level

Well, mine has at least half the locker full of water, at rest, with the drain open. I stupidly forgot to mark the water line. When I tested the bare hull- the Evinrude 48hp and two gas tanks I use- tended to submerge the transom splash well drains. So I located the center console as far forward as ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1978 SPORT 15 Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 4856

Re: 1978 SPORT 15 Restoration

That boat is in great shape compared to mine and others I've seen for sale. I would begin with a good power washing. Then scrub with a 3M scrubby pad and a bucket of hot sudsy water with a shot of bleach. After all the dirt is gone then you can decide if the gel coat is good enough to save or paint ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15 footer anchor locker water level
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

15 footer anchor locker water level

Before I tucked the 15 footer away for the winter I meant to mark the water line in the anchor locker. Things came up and I forgot. So would anyone know offhand how deep the water is in the locker with the drain open?
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Unsinkable
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

Re: Unsinkable

What a shame. It's especially hard when a kid dies. But looking at that photo that 14 footer looks like an old MFG or something similar. Unlikely to have had much, if any, flotation built in. Now add the 400 pounds or so of motors on the transom and I don't think that boat would go anywhere but stra...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat covers
Replies: 4
Views: 2715

Re: Boat covers

Thanks Jefecinco, not to hijack the post but, how are these covers supported? Poles? Most seem to rely on straps attached to a trailer. On my skiff I used PVC bows with an Attwood canvas cover and I had snaps along the outsides of the gunnels. I wonder if I could do the same using my rod holders for...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat covers
Replies: 4
Views: 2715

Re: Boat covers

I ran through the list of models and I couldn't find a square bow Whaler style. Even the one that was supposedly for a 15' Whaler Sport had a rounded bow. Which model did you buy? Can you post a photo? The company looks good and Sunbrella is the way to go.