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b08bdm posted 07-23-2003 06:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for b08bdm   Send Email to b08bdm  
First time boat owner here with a few questions. Bought my first boat, 16ft Daunltless with a 115hp Merc optimax.

1. Was is best for cleaning boat and keeping inside as white as possible...bleach solution, 409, fantastic, simplet green or another product? Also for hull of boat to clean yellow tinge after use in saltwater.
2. What is best to keep snaps for cushions easy to snap and unsnap as I use boat in salt and freshwater? They seem to stick and I have some that dont want to unsnap.
3. Has anyone experienced a problem with overheating at 1500rpm. Temp alarm goes off, when guage gets before halfway between C and H and I cannot increase rpms until motor cools down. It seems as if a saftey feature shuts off the motor, as it idles as if in nuetral, but not boat speed at all.

Any help is appreciate. By the way, I love my new whaler and the looks and comments from the older guys as they like it as well.

jim_usa posted 07-23-2003 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Is it brand new?

I ask because I didn't think they offered 115 optimax motors.

They only offer Merc "Classic" 2 strokes (carburated) 90's and 115's and 90 and 115 4 strokes.

The other stuff I'll leave to those more experienced than myself.

Perry posted 07-24-2003 03:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Try StarBrite Hull cleaner. You can buy it at KMart. It works great for cleaning the nonskid deck and hull.
bsmotril posted 07-24-2003 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
409 or simple green will do a number on aluminum leaving etched in spots. Be careful if you have an aluminum accessories with those cleaners, flush well with water. Simple green and a deck brush after every outing works great for me. Also Dawn dishwashing soap does well with the added benefits of that it sheets water off the metal work and does not leave as many waterspots if you miss some spots while drying. For tough stains, FSR gel from west marine works great, but keep it off any metal. I stay away from bleach as it seems to open the pores or something on gelcoat and makes future staining tougher to get out.
andygere posted 07-24-2003 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
A small dab of Vasaline on both parts of the snap will make it easy to fasten and unfasten them. It lasts about a season, and a Q-tip works well for applying it.
b08bdm posted 07-24-2003 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for b08bdm  Send Email to b08bdm     
Thanks to everyone who replied. I will be using your tips tonite, both the starbrite cleaner, simple green and the vasiline.

Thanks again and I hope I will gain more knowledge so I can help others as well.

Ventura16 posted 07-24-2003 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I use Bar Keeper's Friend for cleaning non-skid decks. It contains oxalic acid which is "oxygen bleach". It whitens like chlorine bleach, but without the corrosiveness. You can get it at Wal-Mart, Costco, or most large grocery stores.


YorkHarbor posted 07-25-2003 02:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for YorkHarbor  Send Email to YorkHarbor     
We have an 2001 160 Dauntless with a 115 HP Evinrude, and we use it in saltwater. Most of its use is moving through 5 MPH no wake zones which is about 1500 RPM. We have never had a problem with the motor. It always runs smooth as heck. Hope this helps!

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