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PeterMcC posted 07-02-2001 01:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for PeterMcC   Send Email to PeterMcC  
Hi! I have three questions about my 1981 17' Montauk.
1.)None of my nav lights work. Do I start with the bilbs or the wiring?
2.)My engine is a 1990 Mercury 75hp. I bought the boat used very recently and it didn't come with an operators manual for the engine. Does anyone know where I can get one that will tell me what kind of oil to use, what routine maintenance to do and when?
3.)I have had the boat out four times since I bought it and this last time out it made a noise that it hasn't made the three times prior. When I turn the ignition switch for the first time to start the engine, it always makes a little "beeeeeeep". While out on the water the last time, this "beep" would occur every time the boat went over a roller or boat wake. Just sort of beep...beep....beep...beep as the waves rolle d by. I thought it might be a loose wire or something but I don't want to find out it's something more serious the hard way. Any ideas?


Whalerdan posted 07-02-2001 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
1.) You need to get a Voltage Ohm meter to trouble shoot the lights.
2.) You can get a manual for the motor at a dealer for 25-30 bucks.
3.) Where's the beep coming from? Could it be your depth finder?
dgp posted 07-02-2001 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Recurring beep caused by rocking motion could be due to low 2 cycle oil level in reservoir inside engine cowling. Beep at startup is normal; just telling you that the mini-siren is working. Don
Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I know this is why we have forums, but you should not be out in a boat if you do not know anything about it. I say this in a kind manner. Correct me if wrong, but all outboards are alike in oil requirements and maintenance,etc. so you not knowing what kind of oil, strikes me that this is your first boat. Nothing wrong with that except it takes a lot of practice in a new boat, and that should definately not be done at night. Get a manual from any dealer on your particular motor. If you need mechanical advise, go to, great bunch of people that know mecahnicals. Your boat has a series of beeps that happen to show you something is wrong. Steady beep is overheating, intermittent beep is low oil, etc. get some Quicksilver or OMC TCW3 oil and fill the bucket. Good luck and let us know what happens. If you still get the beep after it starts, something is wrong.
PeterMcC posted 07-03-2001 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeterMcC  Send Email to PeterMcC     
Thanks for the info guys. In my own defense, I wasn't operating at night with no lights, and I did think it might be low oil, but when I checked the reservoir it appeared to have too much (at least 1/3 full) in it to be giving a low oil signal. I'll top it up with the recommended oil and if it doesn't stop the beeping "I'll be back!"

Thanks again.

bboeri posted 07-07-2001 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     
In regard to your lights, first replacethe bulbs, then my guess would be that the push/pull switches are corroded and need to be replaced. They are notorious for not working. I just replaced mine with a splashproof panel. Works great.

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