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by Oldslowandugly
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Very proud of my Whaler
Replies: 1
Views: 1412

Re: Very proud of my Whaler

Boy, talk about a trial by fire! That's the hard way to learn about these boats. They are super though, aren't they? I put my 15 footer through stuff that my other boats would have rattled my teeth out. I have even taken a green wave or two right over the bow and she just shrugged it off. Now you kn...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Fishing with Tom W. and Kate
Replies: 4
Views: 2647

Re: Fishing with Tom W. and Kate

NICE FISH!!! It's great to see a boat being used correctly for it's intended purpose- fishing!
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Need M.E.K. or Klean Strip Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Re: Need M.E.K. or Klean Strip Advice

Be careful with that stuff. It also melts some plastics and may harm the fiberglass. You should read this MSDS sheet: http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927358
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A good brand for bilge pumps
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: A good brand for bilge pumps

Just an update- I had been screwing the pump housing/screen to the floor of the sump. That meant holes in the gelcoat that could allow leaks. I sealed them up and found out that I could just position the pump and housing in place so the wiring and sump cover held it securely. That also made it very ...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A good brand for bilge pumps
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: A good brand for bilge pumps

I have a 15 footer with the small sump at the transom. I'm using a Rule 800 gph pump with the Johnson Ultima electronic switch. It is very small and works great. The Ultima is thin and easy to mount. Here is the discussion. http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=454 http://i579.phot...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Need M.E.K. or Klean Strip Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Re: Need M.E.K. or Klean Strip Advice

I am in the process of removing all the paint from a skiff. I didn't want to use toxic paint removers, so I used brake fluid. Yes, that is correct, brake fluid. If you have ever spilled some on a fender you know what a great paint remover it is. In your case you might want to try a trick I saw on Yo...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1986 15-footer: Hull Damage; Wet Foam
Replies: 3
Views: 1257

Re: 1986 15 foot hull damage and wet foam

While there are products that can be applied and cure underwater- why would you? Do the repair the right way and then you have the peace of mind it won't come back to haunt you. Open up the area, remove damaged material, and dry the foam. A hand-held hair dryer can even speed things up. But take car...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Assess Hull Damage
Replies: 9
Views: 3399

Re: Assess Hull Damage

It's hard to find an 18' Outrage bow eye pic. On this '82 it's not in that exact same spot. Every one I've seen had the eye way down low. None had it at the top of the lip. But I don't see a bow eye at all in the damage pic. http://www.whalercentral.com/images/ppimages/5240/onpond.jpg
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Seasmanship and Navigation Rules
Replies: 21
Views: 6686

Re: Seasmanship and Navigation Rules

"Choice #4, just another moronic boater that has no business being on a boat." Absolutely. Aren't you guys familiar with Moron Rule #1? I quote- "If my boat is bigger than yours, then you are not there". That rule applies to either coast and inland too. Here's my latest Moron enc...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: PFD When Underway
Replies: 18
Views: 6643

Re: PFD When Underway

A lot of people just don't know that in New York kids under 12 must wear life jackets at all times. When advised of the law, out come the orange type 2's from their sealed plastic wrappers. Then I show them the comfortable type 3 I wear at all times and they are amazed.
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: PFD When Underway
Replies: 18
Views: 6643

Re: PFD When Underway

On my boat Rule #1 is- life jackets are worn at all times. You don't wear one- you stay home. If you don't like it- get your own boat and do as you wish. At least I supply comfortable type-3 vests as well as several type-4's for emergencies . My feeling is that you never hear about someone drowning ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: PFD When Underway
Replies: 18
Views: 6643

PFD When Underway

So today after a pretty good day of fishing I was tidying up the boat. I hear some kids yelling hello and I turned to see what was going on. There was a small bow rider, maybe 18 feet, going past. I counted 15 people on board! The front bow rider section had 5 kids crammed in there. The other 10 loo...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Assess Hull Damage
Replies: 9
Views: 3399

Re: How bad is this

Did the seller actually admit to hitting something? I've seen that exact kind of damage caused by a very stupid trailer arrangement. The bow was banging against the winch support and slowly chewed a hole similar to that one. He may be too embarrassed to admit he didn't correct it.
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Your boat wake and damage
Replies: 9
Views: 3573

Re: Your boat wake and damage

"Ever see a 35 JC running?" No, or if I have I wouldn't know the brand. But around me there are party boats, work boats, commercial fishing boats, huge mega-yachts, tiny skiffs, row boats, you name it. Most are operated properly, many are not. In fact, a well designed hull will throw littl...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Your boat wake and damage
Replies: 9
Views: 3573

Re: Your boat wake and damage

I can see that happening. Big boat, against an incoming moon tide, in a hurry but can't plane so it "mushes" along causing a huge wake. My experience is that the bigger the boat, the less concerned the operator is about what mayhem his wake is causing. What got my attention is that someone...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Downsizing to 15-footer from Outrage 19
Replies: 9
Views: 3610

Re: Downsizing to 15-footer from Outrage 19

Sometimes just getting out of bed feels like a marathon. Claytonb78, are you the same Clayton from the iboats.com forum that sent me the wood diagram for a Whaler 15 footer?
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Engine Starting Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 2779

Re: Engine Starting Problems

If the motor spins then your battery and cables are probably fine. If the spark is strong, then that leaves fuel. Pull the spark plugs and hold them against the motor while cranking. Check for a strong healthy blue spark that will jump a good gap. Don't get bit! If OK, then start looking at the fuel...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: So my dad and I bought a boat
Replies: 34
Views: 14038

Re: So my dad and I bought a boat

I would have tossed that boat. What you did was nothing short of miraculous. Well done!
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Downsizing to 15-footer from Outrage 19
Replies: 9
Views: 3610

Re: Downsizing to 15-footer from Outrage 19

I have had many boats and have been out on many more. All I do is fish. I wanted a Whaler forever and I looked at quite a few. Most were too big and needed a huge motor. Some were too small and not safe enough for inshore coastal fishing. I settled on a 15 footer and I could not be happier. I am 63 ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Engine Starting Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 2779

Re: Engine Starting Problems

I find that these motors cool down rapidly. When the motor stops all the cooling water drains out. After a really long drift I sometimes need to prime and lift the throttle just as you did. So that is normal. A four year old battery "should" be in good condition but a hydrometer test would...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Electrical Wiring in Wet Rigging Tunnel
Replies: 2
Views: 1484

Re: Small Whaler Wirels in Tunnel Reliability problems?

I would just replace any suspect wires. Use real tinned marine grade wire a few gauges bigger than what you need. Avoid any splices or connections in the tunnel section since that is asking for corrosion to occur. I use plastic conduit to protect my wiring and it works well. I'm not sure you could t...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Strange Tachometer Problem Fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 2017

Re: Strange Tachometer Problem Fixed

The battery always reads 12 volts or better. It is only one year old. It is a combination starting/deep cycle. I keep a charger hooked up all the time the boat is at the slip. The charger is designed to switch to a trickle charge after reaching max charge. When underway, it usually sits around 13 vo...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Strange Tachometer Problem Fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 2017

Re: Strange Tachometer Problem Fixed

Hmmm. Looking at the wiring, I see that the grey tach wire is attached to the alternator output yellow/grey wire. That would seem to indicate that the tach is seeing raw AC voltage before the rectifier can convert it to DC. Only the volt meter sees rectified DC voltage. Also, I never touched the pol...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Strange Tachometer Problem Fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 2017

Strange Tachometer Problem Fixed

I have a fairly new Teleflex tachometer on my console. The motor is a 1993 Evinrude 48 SPL. It has a 4-Ampere unregulated alternator. For the first time ever, the tach started reading 1000 or more RPM higher than normal at all speeds. I figured it might be the pole switch on the back of the tach. I ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 5882

Re: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration

Man, that's a real head turner. It turned out beautiful. I wanted to mention that with mahogany, unless it came from the same tree, the colors will not match. It can be close, or way off. But yours looks great.
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 15-foot Models
Replies: 21
Views: 7094

Re: 15-foot Models

The seat came with the deal and I think it is a Moeller. It makes for nice dry storage which is scarce on a Whaler. The console is a Todd that I found online from a California company that sells boat components. The small size was just what I wanted so I can get past it easily. Fitting the steering ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 15-foot Models
Replies: 21
Views: 7094

Re: 15-foot Models

When I was searching for a Whaler, the thing that annoyed me the most was the low seats and the planks you had to step over. I could see my old clumsy self tripping over them. Then on the center console models the consoles were so wide there was very little room to squeeze past. That is why I waited...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Classic 13: Remote Throttle-Shift Cable Length
Replies: 4
Views: 2547

Re: Classic 13: Remote Throttle-Shift Cable Length

It was a holiday weekend so I guess most guys were busy boating. Anyway, when you measure, don't forget to leave a large loop at the motor. Otherwise as the motor swings it will stress the cable. My 15 footer ended up needing 15 foot cables.
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 15-foot Models
Replies: 21
Views: 7094

Re: 15-foot Models

I spent years looking for a decent 15 footer. I wanted a bare hull with no motor so I could customize it. I settled for a bare hull with a tired Merc 60hp, which I sold on Craigslist, and a crummy trailer which I used on another skiff. I like the high bow rail and the side rails but I often take the...
by Oldslowandugly
Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1985 MONTAUK 17 Drains and Waterline
Replies: 9
Views: 3782

Re: 1985 MONTAUK 17 Drains and Waterline

Wow. That is a strange item. It looks like a decent grade marine thru-hull, but attached with Home Depot deck screws. Maybe there was [and still is] water in the hull, and that is how someone rigged a drain. The OEM drain looks pretty beat up, too. And an attempt was made to seal it up with somethin...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

Jim, I respectfully disagree. I have used both the manual and electric primer system and both are terrible. The solenoid for the electric type is prone to failing at the worst time and then testing OK later when it doesn't matter. The solenoid is over $100 if you can find one. At least the electric ...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

Sounds good. I hate OMC fuel lines. Especially the idiotic primer system they used in the '80s- '90's. Whatever size they used (1/16th ?) is unavailable anywhere. The tiny nipples break as soon as you look at them. And why can't the fuel pump and carb use the same size line like in the real old days...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 5882

Re: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration

That boat looks like a great project. The wood may be weathered, but at least it is sound. On my 15 footer, the fiberglass console was smashed to pieces. All that was left was a small section that the steering head was bolted to. I love the look of varnished mahogany. I know that boat will be a beau...
by Oldslowandugly
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

Just remember that these old motors were in use when the current mechanics were not even born yet. They are trained and have experience on the new motors which have very little in common with the old stuff. We old timers have no problem at all running these simplistic antiques because our skills are...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

"pulled one of the old coils out of the trash can". Some of my best parts were considered "trash". You are absolutely right relying on instinct rather than shops. They are in business to make money. Sometimes it seems if they solve your problem it's a coincidence. I am confident ...
by Oldslowandugly
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

Check the gear shift safety lockout as it may need adjustment. It is on the starboard side of the motor. You can not go past part throttle unless the gear selector is in forward gear and the lockout allows the linkage to go to WOT. I am skeptical the timing might be off, but best to check. My reason...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:54 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 5988

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

Sometimes it's the simplest thing. I'm glad you figured it out.
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Outboard Engine: Safety Lanyard Switch Installation
Replies: 4
Views: 1944

Re: Outboard Engine: Safety Lanyard Switch Installation

Jim, thanks for those charts. OMC and Mercury use the black/yellow stripe for ignition stop while Yamaha uses white. That should solve the OP's problem. As always, read the book!
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

Ocean31- I too am a simple fellow and your test seems valid to me, indicating #3 coil is bad, or perhaps maybe the high tension lead. When it comes to electrical items it is always possible to get bad components even brand new. The easiest path is to just replace them. I like to use an inductive tim...
by Oldslowandugly
Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Outboard Engine: Safety Lanyard Switch Installation
Replies: 4
Views: 1944

Re: Outboard Engine: Safety Lanyard Switch Installation

I agree with Jim, you must consult the manual wiring diagram. However, Yamaha pretty much shamelessly copied Johnson/Evinrude designs, right down to the wiring color codes. On these, the kill switch is used to ground the magneto, thus stopping voltage from reaching the ignition circuit. On OMC motor...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 5988

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

OldKenT it looks like you covered just about everything. Like I said, a real headscratcher. I know nothing about VRO as I have a 48SPL and I mix my oil in the gas tank. What I do know is that a lot of guys get disgusted with it and remove it entirely. The exhaust back pressure really doesn't affect ...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 5988

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

That does just what it says- it is an air bleed and needs to be clean- nothing more. I looked at your motor online and in my book and I see that both our motors have a slow speed needle that is factory adjusted. It will either be flush with the carb body or sticking out of an adapter. I forget about...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Early Progress on my 15 Sport Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 5882

Re: Finally found my Whaler

What a deal! 15's are really hard to find in good condition. Enjoy!
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 5988

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

That's a real head scratcher. Firstly, there is an idle bypass port on the rear of the motor, right below the engine cover, on the midsection. It's purpose is to allow the exhaust gas an escape because, as you surmised, the underwater pressure will stifle the exhaust. Once the motor is running fast ...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Restoring c.1970 13-footer
Replies: 6
Views: 2393

Re: Restoring c.1970 13-footer

What caused this crack? Impact? Hit something on the water? Dropped on land? (ask me how I know that one!) If it really goes all the way through and the inside is also cracked, then I would modify your plan. Yes, open the inside hull crack area up, and clean out the foam, but only wide enough to lay...
by Oldslowandugly
Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Pump switch has no auto option
Replies: 6
Views: 2917

Re: Pump switch has no auto option

"Presuming a dead float switch are there better options than the factory fitted one?" Yes, there is. I am using the Johnson Ultima switch. It has no float and senses water electronically. I am on my third season and have no problems at all besides keeping the sensors clean of growth. I kee...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

Sounds good. A guy with a factory manual and not afraid to open carbs? I love it! Check the float setting. They should be parallel with the gasket surface of the bowl. Too low a float level would definitely cause your problem. Tip- a thin smear of grease on the gasket will allow it to come off next ...
by Oldslowandugly
Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits
Replies: 34
Views: 8200

Re: 1976 Johnson 70-HP Workhorse Giving Me Fits

First change that pump. If no difference then carry on. Have you ever rebuilt a carburetor? It is ridiculously easy and what you are really doing is cleaning it. The only parts that may require replacing are the needle and seat, float, and gaskets. You stated the carbs were rebuilt- by whom? How lon...
by Oldslowandugly
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Battery Maintenance: Flooded Cell Lead-Acid
Replies: 6
Views: 2708

Re: Battery Maintenance: Flooded Cell Lead-Acid

My batteries that are left outdoors lose little [electrolyte] over the winter. The boat batteries I store in the basement near the furnace lose [electrolyte] as it is very dry down there. On my top post batteries I smear some Lanocoat corrosion inhibitor on the posts and clamps and I never get any c...