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Warren H posted 05-25-2004 06:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for Warren H   Send Email to Warren H  
I found a great source for the McGill switches found on the Walkaround series boats. Dan at Custom Marine Services - or 1-800-992-7922 was more than helpful and fast. I ordered enough of the switches to replace every one of them. He has all three types. To replace them, take a 5/16" nut driver and grind the outside of the socket to make it a thin-wall socket. It will now fit between the backs of the switches to remove the nut and the washer that hold the aluminum plate on the back side of the dash panel. Once removed, the switches pop out of the plate.

Good Luck!
Warren Hunnicutt

Backlash posted 05-25-2004 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Thanks for the information!


gimcrack225 posted 05-25-2004 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Thats cool. I gotta order a supply now while the contact is hot. Momentary, Single Pole and Double Pole? Is that what you mean by "three types"?
Have you tried to replace the macerator yet? I can tell you some stories about trying to do that project?
Warren H posted 05-25-2004 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Warren H  Send Email to Warren H     

In layman's terms; on/off, navigation lights, and horn switches. I think what happens to the switches is water gets down in them, the light burns out, and then total meltdown. The thing that is a pain is I can barely read the switch names on the dash board. I guess I need to buy some stickers for my guest operators. As for the head, I carry a bucket for the ladies on board. I have never used the toilet. Overall, I have been very pleased with the boat once I worked the kinks out of it. My rebuilt engine had a loose carb for two years. It flies now that I fixed that problem. I have taken it, a 21 footer, offshore to the Gulf Stream several times out of Virginia. I will be on the Outer Banks in June for some bluewater runs.


lastcall18 posted 05-26-2004 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for lastcall18  Send Email to lastcall18     
Thanks for the info.. I'll be calling them today...


gimcrack225 posted 05-26-2004 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Right, The nav light is a two position switch. I can barely read the switch names. I try to remember the position or when that doesn't work - just start flipping switches.
Concerning the holding tank and similar stuff. Repair or replacement of anything under the cockpit floor in in the wings is a real contortion. I managed to do the macerator without cutting a hole in the cockpit wall. The only way to do that was to keep the Jabsco macerator cover of the old pump connected and just replace the motor/pump. Getting the hoses on and off is tough.
Remaining on my list for this spring is washdown pump, OMC kicker bracket, and trim tabs.
Does your boat have the fresh water tank and transom shower? Have you done anything about the fish wells that are always full of rain water?
Captain Billy posted 05-26-2004 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Captain Billy  Send Email to Captain Billy     
Karl, Mine has drain plugs in the fish boxes, as well as a macerator pump out. We put a extra pump in for the raw water wash down. Orginally shared with the bait well. Works better now.
Warren H posted 05-29-2004 06:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Warren H  Send Email to Warren H     
Karl (And Billy):

Mine has the switch for the fresh water pump, but nothing else. I would be curious where the tank and pump would go. To keep the reduce the amount of water going into the fish wells, go to West and buy some foam weather strip tape. Then you can make the hatches seal when closed. It works great for the transom door as well. I got tired of slipping on the ice winter striper fishing. Have either of you considered an engine bracket/jacking plate to move the engine back and up. I thought it would be cool if you could go back far enough to have a drop in transom board for offshore. There was an article on this website about it a couple of years ago.


Backlash posted 05-29-2004 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

I installed a Springfield Marine 10" set back transom bracket on my 21' Walkaround several years ago. The biggest benefit is being able to manually raise the engine as well as freeing up the splash well for storage. A transom board could be inserted in the transom notch quite easily, although I have not done that.


Warren H posted 06-01-2004 05:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Warren H  Send Email to Warren H     

What happened to the performance of the boat both static and under-way? I worry about water coming in the cockpit scuppers at the dock and porpoising like my buddies bracketed boat. Any other mods/updates you did would be great to hear about.


Backlash posted 06-01-2004 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

I have never had a porpoising problem either before or after the bracket installation. I don't believe the static trim has changed to any great degree with the bracket.

When overnighting on the boat, with a full tank of gas and loaded 94 qt. cooler, the lower scuppers tend to leak water which runs into the sump and the bilge pump runs almost constantly. Last year I replaced the stock scuppers with T-H Marine Flow Max scuppers:

What's neat about these is the clear lexan housings twist off for cleaning. Another benefit is that you can remove the housings and insert a standard 1" drain plug, totally eliminating any water entry, which I do when overnighting. IMO these lower scuppers are pretty much useless. Any water that finds its way beneath the stern jump seats comes from leaking scuppers! Why not just have any water that might find its way in there just drain into the sump?

Interesting use of the foam weatherstripping for the fishbox lids. I had considered this, but thought you would need some type of latch to compress the foam for a good seal. Several years ago I installed manual bilge pumps in the fishboxes which work well for emptying them when at rest. I plan on replacing these with automatic pumps in the near future.

Mods/updates - where do you want me to start?


gimcrack225 posted 06-03-2004 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
On the subject of Walkaround mods...TRIM TABS...Would you be able to send me some pix of the trim tab mount on the transom of your WALKAROUND 21. I am not interested in starting the trim tab tab debate again, I just want to know you positioned the tabs.
Completed installing Garmin 2006 Chartplotter Gps and sounder. I've got all sorta trips pre-programmed and the boat isn't even in the water yet. Very slick. Decided against radar - expensive and overkill for me. If there was an easy place to mount the dome I probably would have been tempted by a GPS Chartplotter with radar overlay like the new Garmin or Raymarine. By the time you get all that radar overlay equipment modules and necessary supplemental flux gate compass to align the overlay, you're in for about 5 thousand bucks.
I also bolted on an OMC Kicker Bracket to the starboard transom. The imbedded 3/8" aluminum mounting plate in the transom made it a nice job. Thanks to Chuck Bennett for the transom plans. I have a feeling that mounting the bracket low enough to use a short shaft 9.9hp motor might dunk the bracket in the water too much. Further, I'm not sure if there will be conflict between the trim tabs and the kicker. I'm running out of real estate on my transom with the swim platform on the port side and the transducer also on the starboard side.
The last thing left to do is the Jabsco washdown pump. I will need to put in a new thru-hull. The garboard drain plug really isn't meant to use for a tee to the washdown pump. A friend suggested mounting the pump and dangling a piece of intake hose overboard when I want to use the pump. There are a lot of believers in the philosophy of 'the fewer thru-hulls the better.' My friends sloop has sunk twice in the Bahamas because of hoses that have popped off of thru hulls. Of course that particular friend never took the time to periodically inspect the hose clamps.
Maybe next season I'll do a new cockpit snap on cover, a new fordeck cushion, fresh water tank and shower and aft cabin.
Good boating

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