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by Oldslowandugly
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Johnson/Evinrude side mount control
Replies: 6
Views: 2047

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: 2897

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: 1499

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: 15329

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: 2377

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: 1823

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: 1823

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: 1823

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: 1878

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: 2122

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: 11475

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: 11475

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: 2122

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: 2342

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: 2342

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: 5282

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: 2342

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: 2934

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: 2984

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: 2984

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.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Bimini for 15
Replies: 4
Views: 2127

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: 3750

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: 2089

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: 3750

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: 2089

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: 8603

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: 2089

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: 2089

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: 9646

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: 2089

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: 5094

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: 8603

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: 5094

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: 5094

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: 9646

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: 8603

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: 5094

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: 8603

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: 9646

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: 7243

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: 8603

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: 8603

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: 8603

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: 8603

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: 8334

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: 9646

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: 8957

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: 2418

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: 2626

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: 8957

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...