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|Author||Topic: Duplicate Key?|
posted 05-07-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)
I was wondering i have an 86 13 ft,Whaler and i have 1 key,I'd like to have another one just in case. Anyone know where i could get one made. If anything I live in North Jersey.
posted 05-07-2002 11:29 PM ET (US)
What is the key for?
If it is an OMC or Merc starter switch key they are available from the respective dealer. All they need is the number stamped on the key to get it for you.
posted 05-08-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)
If it isn't on the key..,My OMC control from '81 has the number stamped near the area where you insert the key.
posted 05-08-2002 05:27 AM ET (US)
I keep a spare ignition key hidden (securred with zip-tie) under engine cowling! A spare key isn't much good if it's home in the dresser drawer... Keep on Whalin'... Clark.. SCN
posted 05-08-2002 12:49 PM ET (US)
Clark, that's what the oars are for. They give you plenty of time to think of a million better places to keep the spare key than in the dresser drawer.
Speaking of spare keys, a few weeks ago, I was at the ramp waiting to pull the boat when a couple of teens dropped their boat in. As the pilot walked down the ramp, he dropped his key in the water. No floating Keychain, No Bobber attached, Just "ploop" and toward the bottom it went. So much for that day boating... he had no mask, no goggles, and no spare key. He sent a friend to the drug store to buy some goggles, but I suspect the key was never found... Put a Floter on your regular key.
posted 05-08-2002 03:58 PM ET (US)
I'm currently restoring/customizing a 1977 Montauk and am planning to have a hidden ignition "on/off" switch with a momentary toggle switch for choke and a pushbutton switch for start. I want to keep it simple! "No key" is almost idiot proof... er, ahhh, almost! Happy Whalin... Clark ... Spruce Creek Navy
posted 05-08-2002 10:19 PM ET (US)
The normal ignition key and console key live
in the console of my truck. I think I've
used a buddy's truck to tow once.
There are two spare ignition keys locked in
posted 05-09-2002 12:07 AM ET (US)
Like Chuck, I keep a spare set of boat keys in the console of my Jeep. I also have a spare Jeep key on my regular set of boat keys (so I can get home too). Both have yellow foam floaters.
posted 05-09-2002 12:11 AM ET (US)
From a bad experience I had at a launching ramp there is a spare key to my truck in the boat.
I was in a hurry and backed into the water to launch, left the truck running, hopped out to get the boat off the trailer and hit the electric door lock button on the way out. Of course I closed the door. Here I sit blocking the ramp knowing that shortly it would be packed. Should I call AAA and wait for an hour, not likely. A 10# downrigger ball through the back slider instead. Next day I went to the glass shop and asked to have the slider replaced "The slider isn't replaceable the entire rear window has to be replaced". A $350.00 lesson.
posted 05-09-2002 01:35 PM ET (US)
OK thanks for the lessons on where to put a spare key. I have a floater on my key now and if i put a spare on the boat i will have a floater on that one also. The problenm i have is i don't have a spare key at all. the key reads Yamaha which that's my motor on the boat. So i guess i need to see a Yamaha dealer for him to make a extra key.or can any boat dealer have a extra to make for mme.
posted 05-09-2002 03:09 PM ET (US)
Like Clark, I keep a spare key in the starter rope pouch, under the cowling, of my Mercs.
This has saved me several times, and it's always on the boat, where you need it most.
Clark, I also have rigged a kill switch on my 25 Outrage, and already once it has prevented loss of the boat. I simply used the standard Mercury supplied safety lanyard switch, and hid it on the boat. One toggle switch kills the spark on both engines with a dual engine situation. The starter will crank, but there is no spark. I've even fooled myself a few times with this. So has JimH!
posted 05-09-2002 07:30 PM ET (US)
Larry, now that's one darn good idea! I think I will put a second "kill" switch (and hide it) on all my rigs. Great insurance and well, er, ahhh.. that's your specialty! Clark... SCN
posted 05-10-2002 05:27 PM ET (US)
I keep a spare not only on the truck key chain, but under the engine cover as well. I also keep that old faithful pull start rope under there as well.
posted 05-10-2002 08:02 PM ET (US)
Spare truck key and remote in the dry box
on the boat. At most ramps, I put the normal
truck keys in there too.
There's one site where there's
posted 05-12-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)
Don't ask why, but I recently had to have a key made from scratch for my Merc (1987) ignition. Got four made for $40 at a local small-town locksmith. Towed the boat up there and picked it and the new keys the next day at lunch. No sweat and not much money.
posted 05-12-2002 10:51 PM ET (US)
Beach secret...leave the remote in the gas tank well of the truck.
posted 05-13-2002 09:13 AM ET (US)
People,People,People. The question I asked first was where could I have a spare key made,not where could I hide a spare key if mine is lost either on the water or land. I quess being it's a Yamaha motor see a dealer or see a locksmith. Thanks mudpuppy for the help you understood the question.
posted 05-13-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)
I don't know about OMC, but when I misplaced my Merc key, I went to the dealer(rather sheepishly). No problem...he has a set of about 25 keys one of which fits every Merc ignition. Just like cars, there are only about 20 different ignition keys and the chance that yours fits your neighbors is slim. The dealer "rented" me the set of masters for a $4o deposit. I showed him which one fit and he sold me a replacement key for $2.00. They were in stock, not made special.
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