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by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Bimini for 15
Replies: 4
Views: 1970

Re: Bimini for 15

Bimini tops are great and there are a lot of models for sale. Most use aluminum frames and come in many sizes. You need to measure for what you want and then research what is available. Take time to figure where you will attach it. I used stainless steel clamps to mount mine on the railings which ad...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Perhaps the worst Whaler for sale EVER!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 3547

Re: Perhaps the worst Whaler for sale EVER!!!

Never mind the boat, this is a parts bonanza. Last year I bought two 4.80 x 8 trailer tires from Walmart for $43.52 total with free shipping and I mounted them myself. If the trailer has no serious rust a coat of Pettit Trailercoat will make it look like new. The 28 hp motor is perfect for a 13 foot...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15-footer locker lid and drain
Replies: 5
Views: 1904

Re: 15-footer locker lid and drain

This is what I have done so far with the lid. I cut it in such a way that when the rear section is open it sits flush on top of the front. When I sit in my swivel seat my feet can rest on both the pieces, so that should be double strong. The rear opening is far enough out of my way so that I won't f...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Perhaps the worst Whaler for sale EVER!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 3547

Re: Perhaps the worst Whaler for sale EVER!!!

That boat is shot but the motor and trailer could be worth a closer look.
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15-footer locker lid and drain
Replies: 5
Views: 1904

Re: 15-footer locker lid and drain

Yes, my '85 model is recessed also. I used 3/4" plywood as a cover and it sits perfectly flush with the deck. That was important to me so that a raised lid won't act as a trip hazard. I'm not sure if I can add even a quarter inch without creating a lip. I regularly stand on my cover and the 3/4...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Re: Trailering with a manual transmission

I also have the common front disc/rear drum arrangement. I routinely remove my self-adjusters because I don't trust them to work properly. I manually adjust my rear brakes as they wear down. I use my parking brake as a measurement as to when the brakes need adjustment. An extra "click" or ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15-footer locker lid and drain
Replies: 5
Views: 1904

Re: 15-footer locker lid and drain

I changed the thread title. My lid is coming along nicely. While the epoxy paint cures I started to think about how I can drain the locker so that rain water does not fill to the top. I hate coming back to the dock after a big rain and the lid is sitting in water because the water filled right up to...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15-footer locker lid and drain
Replies: 5
Views: 1904

Re: 15 footer locker lid and drain

After sitting and thinking about it I have a plan. I intend to cut the lid so that I can open it from either end. The trick will be to measure and cut so that when open, it will lay flat and not be obtrusive. I removed the hinges from the front and I will use them to hinge the two sections together....
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 8878

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

Here is the link http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/022776.html I remember seeing that beautiful boat thread when I was researching for my own. I think the best comment was- it's too nice to put in the water- it belongs in a living room. admirable is the best description I can come up with. B...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 15-footer locker lid and drain
Replies: 5
Views: 1904

15-footer locker lid and drain

On my 15-footer I use my anchor locker for a fish well. The lid was missing so I made a plywood one and hinged it at the front. The problem is opening the thing to add a fish. It is pretty unwieldy and needs free space in front to swing open properly. I was wondering if anyone has made a modificatio...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump
Replies: 13
Views: 4728

Re: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump

Don't forget that I raised the sump about an inch so that it would positively drain. I didn't want winter water freezing in the sump and breaking the fiberglass. That limited my choice of pumps a bit and you could probably fit something larger. I had 400gph, 500gph, and 800gph Rule models and they a...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Re: Trailering with a manual transmission

I thought the exact opposite. If I press the brake pedal, doesn't that expand the shoes even better than the parking brake could? Then apply the parking brake to hold it at that setting?
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump
Replies: 13
Views: 4728

Re: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump

I remember seeing a mahogany sump cover somewhere. However I have never seen one for sale or specs to make one. I fabricated a cover using a milk crate and stretched some plastic mesh over it to catch debris. It keeps out large junk like clam shell chunks, but--more importantly--it holds the pump in...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump
Replies: 13
Views: 4728

Re: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump

Flymo- Thanks, a lot of thought went into this arrangement. Yes, that is the model I used, Amazon still sells it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000N9RF1K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I removed the "foot" mount that it clips into. It mounts either from the bottom or ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 8878

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

That 13 footer is super well done! I agree also. If you are keeping the thwart seat then that is a natural choice no doubt. I chose not to use anything that would impede my movement. As the OP said, we're too old for climbing over stuff. My way was chosen for freedom of movement and to let me keep t...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Re: Trailering with a manual transmission

Here is what I made out of the "donated" chocks and some chain. Next I will go to the ramp and see how well they work. Image
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump
Replies: 13
Views: 4728

Re: Sport 15 Cockpit Sump Pump

UPDATE: I was inspecting the Rule pump for a noise and I found a small pebble stuck behind the impeller. I can't imagine how it got there because I use the screen inside the intake grate. I got it out with a small needle nose pliers. While there I snapped a picture of the sump. As you can see I rais...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Re: Trailering with a manual transmission

A truck driver friend of mine said they use chocks like those at work. He grabbed a pair for me and said all it will cost me is a fishing trip. I just have to fit some stainless steel eye bolts. I usually use a length of parachute rope but maybe for these big boys I will use a chain.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 8878

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

Not a trip hazard and not even annoying. See how the lip is rounded? No sharp edge to catch your foot. No matter which direction I sit on the cooler seat, it is between my feet. I can honestly say that after three seasons I don't even know it's there anymore.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: KTLA News Reports on Small Boat Capsize Entering Ventura Harbor
Replies: 22
Views: 6625

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

I took the USCG auxiliary safe boating course.The instructor was very clear about operating near the surf line: STAY AWAY. He said, "if you want to fish in the surf, go home and get your surf rod- never take a boat anywhere near the surf." That operator is a complete idiot and should not b...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Re: Trailering with a manual transmission

Kwik_wurk, it is a 1983 Pontiac station wagon. It is perfect for me because I stash my mountain bike in the back along with spare trailer tires, parts, aluminum floor jack, tools, everything I need for a successful trailering event. Old American station wagons have more interior room than most moder...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Re: Trailering with a manual transmission

The reason I don't use the chocks as a "brake" is that I always considered them an emergency backup in case the parking brake failed. Maybe I should make them bigger and work them into the game plan. Right now they are 4x4 timbers and seem to do the trick. Perhaps I have a mental block. I ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 20, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Re: Trailering with a manual transmission

Good replies! Thanks! Yes, I do use the wheel chocks with rope trick-always did- 40 years now. When people at the ramp see that they can't believe how simple it is. And yes, my parking brake releases suddenly. That is in fact one of main problems. When it lets go- you better be on your game with the...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailering with a manual transmission
Replies: 21
Views: 7687

Trailering with a manual transmission

I just pulled out my Whaler 15-footer for the season. I use a manual transmission car, and I really hate it at the boat ramp. On the road it is fine, just at the ramp it is problematic. Does anyone else also use a manual transmission in their towing vehicle? If so, what tips can you share to make th...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: POLL: What Device Used To Read Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 7511

Re: POLL: What Device Used To Read Forum

All I use is a desktop PC. My phone is always off, and besides, it's a stupid phone anyway.
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 8878

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

Thanks Jim. When I first began work I had always planned to run the cables above deck. As you can see here I laid out the wood supporting the console and seat so that the cables could pass down the middle. The seat already had a tunnel that was perfect. Finding a suitable cable covering was difficul...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

Yes, I thought about that. That is why even though I measured very carefully, I am glad the unit is smaller than I pictured it. I also ordered the dedicated wrench that unscrews the bowl. I came across a lot of discussion about stuck bowls that would not unscrew.
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 40 Hp Johnson: Fuel Pours Out of Carburetor
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Re: 1976 40 Hp Johnson: Fuel Pours Out of Carburetor

Flymo, yes, I've heard that rational before. I've been doing it this way since 1978 and I get many , many, years out of my outboard motors. I felt the fuel drool ( love that!) was dangerous. My feeling is that if a carb runs dry while the others are still running- there is no fuel left to wash the o...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: OMC 40/48/50 Thermostat problem
Replies: 9
Views: 2434

Re: OMC 40/48/50 Thermostat problem

UPDATE. All summer the thermostat seat kept coming loose. I didn't mind because once the water was warm it didn't affect anything. Now the water is cooling and it matters. So I tried another trick. I removed the seat, and cleaned it and the opening it sits in with acetone. Then I coated the seat and...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

I finally received the Racor fuel-water seperator today after some Post Office shipping snafus. I am happy to say that it is much smaller than I expected. That will make fitting it in the boat splash well much easier. I got the 120R-RAC-01 model and five extra S3240 10 Micron elements, as well as th...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 40 Hp Johnson: Fuel Pours Out of Carburetor
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Re: 1976 40 Hp Johnson: Fuel Pours Out of Carburetor

As Jim stated, I have found with carburetors that, when tilted, fuel drips out. So at the end of the trip I always run the carbs dry. Even with doing that I notice some drips in my splash well. That means when I next start the motor I need to prime with the squeeze bulb. This gives me an opportunity...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 8878

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

I also was against opening the deck for a tunnel. Mostly it was because on every boat I looked at with one, it was full of grease and crud. Not exactly somewhere I wanted my control cables and wiring. So my idea was to run them down the middle and cover them with extruded aluminum door saddle. I fin...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug
Replies: 16
Views: 4803

Re: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug

Oh, OK, thanks Jefecinco for clearing that up.
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug
Replies: 16
Views: 4803

Re: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug

Am I to understand that the drain on the Dauntless is ABOVE the water line?
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug
Replies: 16
Views: 4803

Re: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug

JIm, yes, but I have a 15 foot Sport. If I open the drain, the locker fills about halfway with water.
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug
Replies: 16
Views: 4803

Re: DAUNTLESS 16 Anchor Locker Drain Plug

I too am confused about the locker. On mine, if I leave the drain open to the sea, it fills with about 6 inches of water. That is not a good thing for storing an anchor, line , or anything else in that spot. If I plug it, then it fills to the top with rain water. So what I do is leave it plugged, an...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

Just an update: the extended fuel pickup I installed in the 6 gallon tank worked great. I used the OMC metal pickup and some Sierra fuel line to get the pickup all the way to the back of the tank. The metal head keeps it down on the bottom at the rear where the last of the gas accumulates. I finally...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Specialty Marine for refit
Replies: 7
Views: 3263

Re: Specialty Marine for refit

Everything I've purchased from them has been top notch. The only wood Item I bought was a reduced price front anchor locker hatch. I planned on cutting it down and modifying it so I didn't mind that it was a "blem". All I can say is that if the gorgeous finish on it was a "blem" ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 8878

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

The black part is just a vinyl applique Todd used on the front. I think this model console was a discontinued version because all of the other ones I found were slightly different. Since I was going for smallness, this one was perfect. But being small made the wiring a challenge. http://i579.photobu...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console
Replies: 22
Views: 8878

Re: Converting Sport 15 to Center Console

I was in the same situation. I hated the regular Whaler seating so I whipped this up. My 15 footer came as a bare hull. I located a small Todd console from a boat supply place in California for about $100. Even though it is small, all my stuff fit nicely. Plenty of room to go past it. The flip-back ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 40 Hp Johnson: Fuel Pours Out of Carburetor
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Re: 1976 40 Hp Johnson: Fuel Pours Out of Carburetor

As Jim said, it's probably the float/needle/seat assembly. Was the entire needle/seat changed? Sometimes "rebuilders" skip that. A brand new one should work fine as long as there is not debris getting in and jamming it open. Do you have a filter on the fuel line? I use a glass in-line filt...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

Yes, it would seem that 2-microns is unnecessary for my application. I received a reply from Racor to my questions. I asked why 10-microns was the only size filter element provided for small outboard gasoline systems. I also wanted to know if the 2-micron diesel element that the 120A used was interc...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

Jim, if that model works for you, then the price sure is right. In fact I am amazed at how relatively inexpensive it is to use a quality USA made Racor. I am not interested in a built-in primer. I prefer to have a bulb primer on each fuel tank fuel line. That way I can hook either directly to the mo...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

I just don't know what to make of Racor's literature. While there is a lot of goods info-if you dig- there is no sense of compatibility between products. It is as if they want you to use a slightly different model for each particular situation. For example, the site recommends the 10 micron 120R-RAC...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1995 Montauk 17 Porpoising with 90-HP
Replies: 20
Views: 5301

Re: 1995 Montauk 17 Porpoising with 90-HP

I would lower the motor one hole at a time until I got the best performance. In my case I had [another ambiguous description of engine mounting height. Please describe engine mounting height in terms of the number of holes or units of 0.75-inch the engine has been raised from the lowest position--ji...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

I think I found my answer. Here [is a link to literature containing] everything you ever wanted to know about Racor filters and comes with all the specifications: http://www.parker.com/literature/Racor/Racor_Fuel_Filtration_-_Fuel_Filtration_Products_-_7529.pdf See page 6. I found, again, that the 1...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

OK, my understanding of "fuel polishing" was that there were several filters in sequence. A coarse filter like a 30-micron got the large crud. Then progressively smaller size filters strained the fuel finer and finer until the fuel was absolutely clean. The reason for this was because they...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A good brand for bilge pumps
Replies: 8
Views: 2849

Re: A good brand for bilge pumps

You have to love Rule pumps. On my 18 foot skiff I have had a 2000gph pump wired to a mercury float switch since 1989. I consider it a "holy cow we're sinking" pump. I have even found the float switch stuck "ON" and the pump whirring away- dry- with no damage. It still works to t...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

Yes, I also think a 2-micron would be best, regardless of the service life. The Parker Racor website states that the 2-micron should be used for final filtering. But when I ran my needs through the calculator, it said I needed the model 120R-RAC-01 filter. It has the clear plastic bowl with drain. T...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fuel filter: What Micron
Replies: 27
Views: 8217

Re: Fuel filter: What Micron

Oh, OK, you have what they called a "fuel polishing" system. A coarse pre-filter, followed by even finer filters. All I was using was the Moeller type rebuild-able glass in-line filters. Occasionally I would see a bit of debris in there at the end of the season. I fill my tanks at local ga...