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timmyb posted 05-07-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for timmyb   Send Email to timmyb  
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.
Dick posted 05-07-2002 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
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.
Matthew posted 05-08-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
If it isn't on the key..,My OMC control from '81 has the number stamped near the area where you insert the key.
Clark Roberts posted 05-08-2002 05:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
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
where2 posted 05-08-2002 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
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.

Clark Roberts posted 05-08-2002 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
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
triblet posted 05-08-2002 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
the console, both on floaters. The spare
console key is on my normal house+truck+office
key ring. Worst case I break into the console.


andygere posted 05-09-2002 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
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.
Dick posted 05-09-2002 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
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.
timmyb posted 05-09-2002 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for timmyb  Send Email to timmyb     
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.
lhg posted 05-09-2002 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
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!

Clark Roberts posted 05-09-2002 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
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
Draftmanswife posted 05-10-2002 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
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.
triblet posted 05-10-2002 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
no dock, and we have drop the trailer a
half mile away (TINY lot), so I park the
truck where we can get the boat close and
lock the keys in it. When we get back, I
open it with the remote from the boat, and
swim in while Linda idles around the cove.
When I get the trailer back on the ramp, I
swim out and put the boat on the trailer
(Linda's got a mental block about this site).


mudpuppy posted 05-12-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
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.
Draftmanswife posted 05-12-2002 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Beach secret...leave the remote in the gas tank well of the truck.
timmyb posted 05-13-2002 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for timmyb  Send Email to timmyb     
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.
Ger posted 05-13-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ger  Send Email to Ger     
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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