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gimcrack225 posted 09-21-2003 05:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for gimcrack225  
Fueled up "new" 21' Walkaround Whaler today and tried it out for the first trip of any distance. 75 miles up the Hudson for lunch and then back. Albeit much of the river was smooth since we got an early start before the "water pushers" were out but the return trip was big criss-crossed wakes the whole way. The boat takes everything. The boat just wants to plane and feels amazingly stable and solid.
The trip was also to see how the 1993 Johnson 225 Ocean Runner does. That was fine also. Ran the whole way at 3700/3800 rpm which was about 27-28 mph on gps.
I want to thank all the contributors to the Forum whose posts were pivotal in my selecting this boat.
Karl
Swellmonster posted 09-21-2003 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Cool!
critch22 posted 09-22-2003 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Nice... Was back in the Gulf of Mexico with mine over the weekend. As always - wonderful ride - even with six thirty-somethings aboard. I did encounter a problem during ramp recovery yesterday. While shimming up the trailer, my engine (same as above) gave out. I was stunned, it would start and then quit when I put her in gear. I quickly raised the engine to discover I had become entangled in a brand new 8' cast-net. I had to dangle off the swim ladder to free the engine from the lines attached to the rocks, then spent tem minutes freeing my prop in the parking lot. Twas a good scare, but the remedy was rather simple. Let me know if you ever figure out the "fresh water" switch on the dash...

Critch

gimcrack225 posted 09-22-2003 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Critch
F.O.A.M. Foreign objects around motor. I know that feeling. The fellow next to me went half the summer with a bathing suit wrapped around his propeller. Didn't ever look closely at the lower end. He complained that it overheated. Stopped using his boat.
Now that you mention it..I have a number of those - toggle switches labeled to control a device that was never installed. But what I really like is that all the ones that actually control something work perfectly. Except the macerator and the skimpy Taylor-Made vent window control handles.
Steve "Backlash" mentioned that the fresh water tank was the only option that he didn't get on his 21WA. Did the big WA's have a sink? Maybe they would install a sink on top of the little shelf on the port side at the entrance to the cubby? Maybe there was a Jabsco pump to provide water to a sink? I thought of a sink, then you neek a stove, then you need a refrigerator, then a bar - where does it end. I have to accept the fact that it is not a 38' crusing yawl.
Getting used to hydraulic steering. I put tape on the top center of the wheel at amidships. Didn't take long to realize that there is no permanent alignment of the wheel with the motor steering position. I guess if there was there would have been a nice turk's head on the wheel aready.
Do you have trim tabs? Do you like them? When following behind other boats in their wake I discovered a new characteristic of the hull. If I'm crossing their wake at a very narrow angle the boat leans over and gets locked on to the side of a wake wave. This never happened in my Nauset, it would track across wakes of a boat ahead of me with no problem.
Good boating.
Karl
91whaler posted 09-23-2003 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for 91whaler  Send Email to 91whaler     
Hi Karl, Critch

I have a 21 Walkaround, which I shipped to Australia with my personal effects. I can guarantee it is the only one here! I love the boat and it loves the Great Barrier Reef and now the Brisbane area where we are based.

It has the water tank and that is what the fresh water switch is for, there is a rear shower on the port side motor well. It is very handy and the girls like the rinse after a splash in the water. There is no sink, but the location works as required to rinse off the dishes and our fox terrier.

It also has the head and holding tank. Again a handy feature but mainly for the girls.

The only complaint I have is that it only has a 175 Yamaha, which I want to upgrade to 250 Yamaha when I can afford it. I think the trim tabs will be required too. The extra power would be nice when I have a few people on the boat.

Shipping the boat down here was fun, I didn’t want it to go as deck cargo so I devised a way to fit it in a forty foot container...which is only 8 feet wide, go figure. It fit and it made it in one piece.

Cheers

Backlash posted 09-24-2003 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Karl,
The phenomenon you are describing when crossing wakes is commonly known as “bow steer” and is a characteristic of the deeper V post-classic Whalers. The older classic hulls have deeper, more pronounced sponsons and consequently track straighter. All hull designs are a trade-off of some sort. The classics track straight as an arrow, but because of the deeper sponsons, have a tendency to pound. The post-classics tend to wander in quartering seas, but generally have a softer entry.

91whaler,
Welcome to the forum! That must be spectacular boating on the Great Barrier Reef. I'm curious where they mounted the fresh water tank on the 21 WA.

Steve

gimcrack225 posted 09-24-2003 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
91 Whaler,
Welcome to this place. I believe you are a member of a super-rarified group - the Walkarounders. Whats your hull nember? Mine is BWCEA022E191. Whats the boating like on the GBR? Are there large sharks common? Can you attach some photos of your boat. Congratulations on shipping the boat it must have taken planning and lots of telephone calls and a bit of social engineering. I'm planning to have trim-tabs put on and also going over the cuddy to look for unused cubic inches. Maybe I can fit some drawers or tool bins or other storage. It looks like there is a lot of wasted space.
A friend of mine was just in Brisbane doing training for GPS software for machine control of large earth moving equipment. He said the coastline was the most beautiful thing hes ever seen.

Backlash,
Is the lockable compartment under the starboard cockpit seat supposed to be dry? Mine leaks. After a good rain there is about 1/2 an inch of water. Thanks for the bow steer info. I don't miss the pounding of the Nauset. After a one hour run in the Nauset the first important thing to do was collect all the railing screws out of the sump.

Does all that high-tech stuff on your console talk to oneanother? Do you have a lot of need for radar? I brought a boat up the Intercoastal Waterway that was equipped with radar. It was like a video game - keep the boat in the middle of the two shorelines. I have a Trimble DGPS unit that I use for hydrographic surveying thats good to sub-meter repeatability but it doesn't have any of the modern vector graphics. I could mount this on the boat. It stores waypoints and does all that first generation GPS nav stuff. But honestly I like some of these big screen vector chart plotters like the Simrad. My friends and I do a lot of night boating and sometimes it can be tricky to find my creek. What I would like to be able to do is locate and store danger points and important waypoints in my boating waters. The Hudson is very shallow and much of our daily buzzing around is done in 10 feet or less (usually much less) of water.

Steve, on more question, I'm sure it won't be the last. Where did you put the second battery? In the port side transom seat box? Do you still have the VRO tank in there as well?

Planning a trip to Martha's Vineyard soon. 400 miles, why not? I have Sea Tow.

Karl

RonB posted 09-24-2003 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     
Hey gimcrack225,

Congrats on the 21' Walkaround. Since you mentioned the Hudson you didn't happen to pick that boat up from Pennybridge Marina in Rockland County, NY? I saw a beautiful 21' Walkaround there and thought she would be a wonderful boat. Since I already have a Whaler that I am happy with I never thought about it again until seeing your post.

Good luck with it!

RonB

gimcrack225 posted 09-24-2003 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
RonB
Thats it. I knew of the boat for a number of years then all of a sudden it was at Pennybridge Marina and for sale. Its been well cared for and is in perfect condition.
Are you in this area?
Karl
91whaler posted 09-25-2003 02:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for 91whaler  Send Email to 91whaler     
Backlash..

Hi Steve, I’m new to these chat things.. so response time is slow.. The tank is located under the port side seat, below the bait tank. I can barely see it but I assume it is nestled beside the fuel tank. Maybe they remove a bit of foam and glassed in a well to make it fit. It certainly does not take up much room, as it is in an inaccessible spot. I’ll try to take a closer look next time I’m at the boat.

Gimcrack225

Hull number is BWCEA043G191, papers show July 12th 1991 when it left the factory. I have all the paperwork, manuals, outboard warranty, original order sheet showing which options were ordered.

The coastline in Queensland is amazing. I have towed it up the coast about a total of 30 hours drive north to about 15 degrees latitude and now we are back down here in Brisbane which is around 28 degrees. We stopped a lot along the way and I was based at about 22 degrees for about six months before here. It is starting to get pretty hot here so we shall be out on the water more. It is similar to Florida down the coast about 50 miles, lots of highrises and canals with million dollar homes etc, it’s called surfers paradise. The local waters out here are called Moreton Bay… can get a bit choppy but very protected. We have only begun to explore here. The city is on a river that I have been up about 35 miles so far and not reached the dam yet… that can get a bit boring but it good for those less adventurous!

The Great Barrier reef is just that great… you may see the odd shark but they are well fed and if you don’t go swimming with a T-bone strapped to your hip you will be fine.. the bears in the woods in North America are more of a problem, especially in spring! I spear fish a fair amount and when I come across a shark hanging around for a free feed I get back in the boat and move down the reef a few hundred yards or so… lost there for them to eat… they are lazy by nature.

I put the second battery port side outboard of the seat locker, I put a hatch in the inside of the cabin where the fire ext used to sit. Lost of space there going to waste. I ran two heavy cables to the back of the boat to an isolator and it has worked a top ever since.. no more fear of not starting the motor.

I’ll send a couple photos to your email as I am not sure if I can attach to this forum.

Cheers
91whaler

gimcrack225 posted 09-25-2003 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
91whaler
Blair
Thanks for those great pictures. The picture of a 21 walkaround tilted and stuffed into a shipping container is very interesting. I have not done any modifications yet. I have had the boat less than a month. The original owner never changed it but took great care of it. The berth insert occured to me and I have already made a pattern.
What are the big numbers on the hull? Are they government registration numbers? The hull stripe looks fine. Mine is very dark navy blue. My over the winter list is growing:
Replace macerator-update nav equipment-install trim tabs-add second battery-install salt water washdown- find more storage space. Thats plenty. If I do half of this list I'll be happy. Any pictures that you can attached would be greatly appreciated.
Karl
prm1177 posted 09-25-2003 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
91whaler,

Send some of your pictures to Jim for posting on the Cetacea portion of this web site. There are many of us who would like to see a Whaler in action down under. Spent a couple of months in Sydney a while back and, other than Florida, I can't remember a place better suited to the boating enthusiast than Australia.

Paul

gimcrack225 posted 09-25-2003 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Whaler91
I agree, pix of your boat operating off two different continents and being shipped would make a dynamite photo group for the CETACEA part of this site. Perhaps you could include some interiors and details photos of the boat. A lot of the WA owners might be interested in looking under seats and behind panels.
Gday
Gimcrack
Backlash posted 09-25-2003 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Karl,

Yes, my storage compartment under the helm seat has taken on water before. I'm not sure where it came from...the hatch lid or thru the seat mounting bolt holes. I drilled two 1/4" holes in the rear corners of the compartment floor that will allow any water to drain out onto the gas tank. When sitting on the trailer and when trailering I always have the helm cover on so water cannot enter the helm area.

Yes, my 2nd battery is in the portside compartment under the jump seat along with the oil reservoir. I installed a 3/4" piece of Starboard (similar to the piece under the starboard battery, only longer) and mounted the oil reservoir at the back and the battery at the front. Both batterys are hooked to a Guest OFF-1-BOTH-2 switch. When cruising I will run one battery one day and the other battery the next day which leaves one battery fully charged at all times.

Steve

RonB posted 09-25-2003 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     
Hi Karl,

Yes, I am in the area. I kept an eye on your boat each time I drove past Pennybridge this summer. Then one day I drove by and someone was looking at it (you?). Then the next time I drove by I didn't see it, and finally I saw it out in the Hudson just off the sea wall between Pennybridge and the Haverstraw Marina. Sharp looking boat!

Are you keeping it at Pennybridge or one of the neighboring Marinas (Minescenongo or Haverstraw)? Haverstraw Bay can be pretty choppy and Isabel filled it with a ton of driftwood so be careful out there.

Rgds,
Ron

gimcrack225 posted 09-25-2003 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Ron,
Maybe you saw the boat in Haverstraw Bay during the "sea trial". It was blowing and there was a pretty healthy chop. The boat went gang busters. Boat is in Piermont.
Where yours?
RonB posted 09-26-2003 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     
Karl,

Yes, it was blowing like stink when I saw your boat. My boat is in Haverstraw. I was down at Piermont yesterday during my lunch hour, I do not have a pier pass for my truck so I bring a bicycle, fish for 30 minutes, have a brown bag lunch and then throw the bike in the back of the truck and head back to work. It's a nice break. I often take my boat down to Sandy Hook/Raritan Bay but I'm hoping the stripers come up river in the fall too,so I don't have to make too many runs down to the city. It's a lot easier to catch 'em by the TZ bridge. A twenty minute trip to fish is better than an hour plus trip and dealing with all the ferry traffic around the tip of Manhattan. I am sure we see each other around.

Ron

91whaler posted 09-26-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for 91whaler  Send Email to 91whaler     
Hi,

I did send some shots to Jim for Cretecea, a while back now, it was in late April. I think Jim was tied up with other pictures and all. Jim do you still have them? I sent them from my work email which is no longer in service (changed jobs).

I thought everybody would get a kick out of how I fit the boat in the 40 foot container (which is eight feet wide). The inside dimension is less then eight feet (7’ 8.5”) wide but I was pretty sure on the right angle it would fit. So with digital camera in hand I profiled the hull and then calculated a 58 degree heal would reduce it’s overall width to less then eight feet. I was then restricted by the eight feet height, so I found I could get a container that was 9’6” call a high 40 footer. So with that info in hand I built a cradle, craned the boat of the trailer to set it on the cradle and then used a wooden frame as a template to check the fit to the inside dimensions of the container. I did the trial run as I could not afford to have the shipping company waiting on me in case it did not fit…I was dealing with less then two inches leeway. This exercise confirmed the SST hand railing had to come off and the windshield… but it fit.. just. It was a nerve-racking experience none the less. Waking up in the middle of the night with a new way to tackle it… My wife was not too impressed with my late night revelations, but she was happy we got it down under in one piece.

The pictures are pretty funny, I had a number of people asking me why I would do it. They said just buy a boat down in Aus. so I had to explain the whole Whaler thing, which made them even more confused. I have been looking at the whaler catalogues for many years waiting until I could afford the WA 21 and I knew it was perfect for those trips out to the reef and an overnight stay.

Karl,
Yes the big numbers are the required size for registration, any boat that can go over 15 mph requires them to be that large so they can see them when you wizz by I guess..? I hate them but what can you do… it is one reason why I have continued to call the boat the “whaler” no room for more graphics and it is a unique name down here!!

I’ll do a few more detail shots with the camera at lower resolution so they are not so large and then shoot them through the email. I’ll have to dig through the archives for some good boating good shots. I have some of when I had the boat in Nova Scotia, eastern Canada while I was working there and then now of the boat down under… I want to tow it down to Sydney Harbor this xmas but don’t know if the time will permit. The Sydney Hobart race start is a big deal to attend adn my brother is racing in it on his boat. It is about a 12 hour drive from here.

Steve,
Thanks for the great pictures, that I am now digesting and building a new work list. I will have a bunch of questions for you soon. I especially am curious about your trailer set up as mine is not that great and I will be doing a rework of it in the next few months. Salt water and brakes are an awful mix… so I am up for a full replacement of the original drums and will convert to hydraulic disc, easier to rinse out. I also would like to put a series of keel rollers down the center.

One thing I have noticed is the need for a fuel flow gauge since the tank gauge is so inaccurate. I thought I was the only one but it seems pretty typical. Any information on these would be appreciated. I need to research the flow meters to find the best for the dollars… Aussie dollars don’t go far in the US!!

I’ll get to work on the pictures. Jim if you no longer have those photos I’ll get a new set together.
Cheers
Blair

prm1177 posted 09-28-2003 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
91 Whaler,

You should be able to get decent pricing on a Navman fuel flow meter (built by those inivative Kiwi's) in Australia. The manufacture both single and dual meters. Invoke the ANZUS treaty if you have to. The Aussie distributor can be found at Tel: (61)2 9818 8382 or sales@navman.com.au

91whaler posted 09-29-2003 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for 91whaler  Send Email to 91whaler     
thanks prm1177,

I have sourced the Navman here in Aus, was a little leery on quality, I lived in NZ for few years and know their attention to detail for electronics can be a bit average. But they have improved over the years. I'll have to take a look at the Navman 2100 as I think that will suffice for single engine set up.

Steve, Karl,

I have sent a bunch of detail pictures through the email as discussed, showing the water tank location, side lockers and second battery location.

Cheers
Blair

gimcrack225 posted 09-29-2003 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
91whaler,
Thanks much for the pix. It will take a bit of time to digest them.

The NavMan is being hyped everywhere and discounted for about $135 US. There is also the Standard Horizon available from West Marine for about $50 more. From experience I've found you get what you pay for in marine electronics. Used Walkarounds, thats another story, I found a bargain.
Thanks again for the pictures, this information is very important to someone like me who just purchased a WA21. The boat is "stock" the previous owner left it as it was delivered.
Karl

Backlash posted 09-30-2003 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Blair,

Thanks for the great detailed photos...as Karl said they will take some time to digest!

The Standard and Navman fuel flow meters are identical. I bought the Standard because they had a $75 rebate at the time, making it cheaper than the Navman. If you really want to know how much fuel is remaining in your tank this is the inexpensive way to go.

Steve

gimcrack225 posted 09-30-2003 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Steve
Re: Gas flow meters
NavMan and Standard Horizon - Do you mean identical - they are exactly the same product or identical - they serve the same function? I don't mean to be pedantic, but I probably spend too much time on details.

Blair
Unsinkable? Is there any foam in the 21 Walkaround? Your pictures reveal tons of voids. I like those inspection ports and want the same ones.

Putting the 2nd battery on the port side in an access hatch looks like a good idea. Otherwise I have to cram it in with the VRO tank in the port transom seat locker. Where did you put the battery selector?
Karl

Backlash posted 09-30-2003 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Karl,

The Standard FF41 is IDENTICAL to the Navman. I suspect Navman makes the unit for Standard. Check out the photos in these two links:

http://www.boatersworld.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&productId=8256714&topCategory=249085&cat1=3404714

http://www.boatersworld.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&productId=359935&topCategory=249085&cat1=3404714

I see Navman also has a new model out, the 2100:

http://www.navman.com/marine/products/power/f41/index.html

The Floscan is the other alternative, and I believe the originators of the fuel flow meter, but for single engine applications run about $300.

Steve

gimcrack225 posted 09-30-2003 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Steve
re: Gas Flow Meter - I guess it would be a good idea to quit contemplatin' and get out the plastic.

re: 2nd battery - What do you think of second battery midships port in a new inspection hatch off the cockpit ala Blair? I like the symmetry of a mount like yours. Also less DC wiring. Do you have any problem getting access to the VRO tank?

re: TaylorMade send me replacements for the broken "D" pulls on the cockpit vent windows ($1.50 each)
Thanks again.
Karl

critch22 posted 10-02-2003 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Jonnie Come Lately. Sorry - getting ready for hunting season, Whalering on the back burner....

Interesting info about the second batt. Steve. Whats with this water under the captains jump seat though - that scares me. But it doesnt scare me as much as drilling near the fuel tank.

I dont have trim tabs - piloting slowly through a channel with a large crew+gear is quite a chore. I assume it has something to do with what Steve wrote. So I do want trimmers - badly...

As for my battery - I know its odd, but I run all day - with the "charge battery" switch on. When I get her on the trailer, I completely disconnect the wire (right off the terminal). I reattach to flush engine, then disconnect again. It hasnt failed me yet. In the cabin is a portable jump start device just in case. I value my fish fighting room to much to bring on an aux baitwell. Even though my factory baitwell is sub par, I can still use it, provided I duct tape (white, not gray) the hatch to secure it.

New Problem!!: Cabin hatch (lid part) screws have no bite from wave poundings. Proposed action: remove all, backfill screw holes with the good stuff (marine grade hardening putty) redrill - screw em in tight... Any suggestions?

BTW: I would kill to have this boat down under... Cheers

gimcrack225 posted 10-02-2003 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
critch "white duct tape" 22

1991 21 Walkaround
The water in the locker under the captain's seat seeps in from the crack between the top of the vinyl padded panel to the right of the steering wheel and the fiberglas cockpit wall that its attached to.

KICKERS
Mr. C. Bennett faxed me a sketch of the transom stiffening in response to my request for details and recommendations in mounting a kicker motor holder. I was happy to find that there is an aluminum plate in the starboard transom and a wood stiffener specifically for a kicker mount. There is no aluminum plate on the port side since the swim ladder was usually installed there. With a kicker, the battery and the owner on the stbd. side, we're looking at the leaning tower of Pisa....Another reason for trim-tabs. Or I could fill the port side fish well with ballast.

FUEL FOR TWO MOTORS
My main motor is VRO and the 15hp that I would like to use as a kicker is pre-mix. I guess I will have to carry a special tank for the kicker or go to pre-mix for everything. There's always something--

HATCHES FALLING OFF
Companionway hatch cover falling off from pounding? I've only had the boat a month and had the opportunity to get air a few times. It doesn't pound like my Nauset. I would stand on a 2" thick slab of closed cell foam. Do you run with the hatch open? I developed a routine with West System epoxy and chop filler to fill wizzed screw holes. The hardest part is getting the stuff to completely fill the hole. The West syringe works pretty well.

ahoy BACKLASH!
?? To tilt the helm, did you "simply" insert an angle shim from teleflex? Or was it more complicated than that?

Happy fall boating everybody.
Karl

91whaler posted 10-07-2003 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for 91whaler  Send Email to 91whaler     
Karl,

The voids you see are all above the foam filled part of the boat. These hulls are assembled in three pieces I believe, the hull and sub-deck and then the cabin and top deck. There is no foam in the cabin but a ton of it in the rest. That is why the voids I have made access to are such great storage. The hatches I used are standard ones from the marine stores, they are the Sopac, Kiwi built ones. The size was defined by the cut out on the port side which had a fire ext recess. I had to do a bit of glass work to fill in the area above the hatch on the port side but it is hard to pick out without a close look.

Re the battery on the port side I ran a decent size marine grade positive and negative back to the battery area (really easy access)on the stbd stern and run through a Newmar isolator (blocking diode). Everything runs off that battery except for the starter, even the motor instruments. I isolate the house bank with the breaker on the OEM panel aft and the start battery by the OEM single battery switch. It works great so far. Neither battery has been a problem since doing it. One benefit I found was while at it with the crimpers, I redid the terminals on the motor feed cables and because they do not use marine grade wire it was a good thing. I had to cut back quite a bit of old green wire to get decent copper. This made starting much better. A bigger pain when in salt water but this boat spent most of it’s early years in the MI area so even the fresh had some impact. I like the battery forward for trim as I find the WA21 a bit stern heavy and I use that seat locker for more day to day access like fenders etc. I also have my shower pump there so there is even less room.

It seems strange to me that the water is leaking as you say, into the helm seat locker. My seat locker is a glassed in enclosure. The only way for water to enter would be through the fastener holes for the seat or the hatch. If water is seeping in between the vertical bulkhead and the vinyl padded piece it would go into the voids I am using for storage and then into the fish lockers or all the way aft.

Steve,

I think I will go with the Navman, it is selling here for around $300 Aus, which is about right with the exchange rate. I think I can get it on line for a bit less.

I have sad story about a friend of mine who has a beautiful big whaler in NS (31) which did not do so good with hurricane Juan. It was thrown on the shore, two holes in the hull and a couple big holes in the topside from other boats beached at the same time. Very sad. I grew up there and it was sad to see how many boaters did not prepare. Those that were prepared faired fine. Check out the pictures at: http://www.picturetrail.com/gid2860915

It looks like I will be relocating me to Cairns, which is at about 15 degrees south and very close to the Barrier reef. I see some good overnight spear fishing trips in the new year.

I had a similar problem with the hatch attachments wearing out. I use polyester based glass fiber structural filler. I don’t like epoxy, in the event that you want to touch up the gel coat, it will not stick to epoxy. Epoxy sticks to polyester but polyester will not stick to epoxy.
Cheers
Blair

Backlash posted 10-08-2003 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Karl,

2ND BATTERY
Access to the VRO tank under the port jump seat is not a problem...at least with the Yamaha VRO tank. The VRO tank was moved back with the 2nd battery in front. I will try and send you a photo of the installation.

KICKERS
While installing my Bennett trim tabs I found out that the port and starboard transom are 3" thick! The supplied 3" pipe nipples were too short and I had to buy 4" nipples to complete the installation. I would think a kicker bracket could be mounted on either side without a problem regardless of where the aluminum plate is.

HATCH FALLING OFF
My original white plexiglass hatch broke (from severe pounding!)on our first Bahama trip back in 1993. The fold-up, (4-piece?)accordian-style hatch used in the 1991 Walkarounds leaves a lot to be desired and was replaced in the 1992 or 1993 models. I replaced mine with a two-piece unit made out of 1/2" white Corian. 1/2" white Starboard would also work very well. It has held up very well the last 10 years or so. I do not run with the hatch open.

ANGLEING HELM
To mount the 20 degree wedge(available from Teleflex) under the helm pump requires the removal of the steering wheel, helm pump, and both hoses as well as enlarging the existing hole. This modification produces a much more comfortable steering position than the stock "Greyhound Bus" vertical position.

Steve

gimcrack225 posted 10-08-2003 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Steve-
You still in the water? Its getting cold here but I can't quite give it up. Weather that didn't bother me in a sail boat moving at 6 knots is a killer when you're going 26 mph.

I bought an OMC auxiliary motor bracket to go on the stbd. side. I just want to make sure that the kicker which will either be a Merc 9.9 or a Johnson 15 will clear the trim tabs (yet to be installed) I think I'm going to go with the electric ones.
Karl
Thanks again for your kind help.

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