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george nagy posted 04-18-2002 12:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
Well it was a long day last saturday. Up early to drive more than an hour and a half to buy a new binnacle and a few other odds an ends at a marine surplus outfit in Ft.Pierce FL.(great place by the way)Then in the afternoon off to take the boat and the two new engines I bought to a warehouse.

Then for the old switcheroo, First thing first was to remove the old engine and clean off the transom area. The use of a friend's backhoe really made lifting those heavy engines easy. Then it was time to lift one of the new engines out of the traler and place carefully on the transom for mounting.

In a previous post about lifting and storing motors we discussed building motor stands out of wood and well, I really overbuilt mine which is good because I feel better about it supporting the other new engine. The old engine is lying on the floor till someone buys it and carts it away.

It was 9:30 or so at night when I finally got the boat and it's new motor back to the driveway. In the morning I did a double-take when my eyes spyed the boat with it's gleaming white oceanrunner.

During the week I soon began to strip out the console of all wiring and remove it from the boat. The boat looks really silly there with only a leaning post. It looks sort of like one of those commercial 18's with no interior.

The console is now ready for rewiring and reinstallation, probably sometime on saturday. Then I will make all the final hookups and hopefully get her back in the water on sunday for a test. Taking the console out makes access to the tunnel easier and also makes it easier to connect all the guages and switches.

Well till I make more progress, over and out!

Bigshot posted 04-18-2002 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
George....tell us about the new engines. Why did you buy 2? What are they(year, new, used, hp, etc)? Is one counter rotating? What are you gonna do with the other, etc. Inquiring minds want to know.
george nagy posted 04-18-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
The engines are 1997 omc 150 oceanrunners. I put the cr one on my boat. Odd thing was I had to buy two to get one. Right now plans fot second motor are uncertain, time will tell I guess maybe I'll end up selling it.
Bigshot posted 04-18-2002 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Good move using the Cr engine. The RH engine will fetch more on resale. Were they new or just like new?
george nagy posted 04-18-2002 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
like new
lhg posted 04-18-2002 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
George, when you re-install the console, RAISE it up 4". You'll like it.

Running a single counter rotating engine on a boat should be interesting. Now the boat will list the other way, and the wheel will pull the other way also. That should take a while to get used to. Hope your single control will work. On a Mercury, it wouldn't!

New engine sounds nice, and you'll be amazed how much faster it is. Look for 50mph.

where2 posted 04-19-2002 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
George, Have you been to the discount place in Melbourne or Riviera Beach? (Not sure which direction you drove 1.5 hours to Ft. Pierce from). Someday, I'll get into the place in Ft. Pierce... I've heard for awhile that it's huge...
george nagy posted 04-22-2002 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Well it didn't go as smoothly as I thought it would this weekend. There were many little setbacks encountered while trying to rerig my boat. One of the major setbacks was not having all the necessary materials or having materials that are the wrong size. However most setbacks were with rigging the console with new electronics. Attaching all controls to the motor went very quickly and easily even running all the controls through the tunnel.

There was one thing about rigging the motor that remains a mystery. I bought the new style steering bracket that mounts to the new engine and now the stainless steering arm doesn't have the proper alignment.

Well I'm gathering what I need during the week so I can make some headway for the weekend. over and out!

george nagy posted 05-01-2002 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Another weekend went by, this time a great deal more successs though. With the help of my Dad I was able to rig the switches in the console and intall new wiring. Last night I put a new pvc floor in the console and cut out for battery boxes. I'm going to recoat the teak and reinstall tonight. I'll probably get to reinstalling the console on friday or saturday.

Until later!

george nagy posted 06-03-2002 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Thought I would finish this thread. Repower complete!

Minor setback with impeller but changed.

Engine runs great and handles wonderfully!

I love my whaler again!

Thanks for all the great advise along the way.

jimh posted 06-04-2002 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for keeping us up to date on the project. It is fun to go along vicariously as people spend so much time and money on their boats!


crashq posted 06-04-2002 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for crashq  Send Email to crashq     
I am curious as to where you obtained the motors. Are they new or demo motors?
george nagy posted 06-04-2002 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Used but good condition!

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