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gorji posted 08-03-2005 09:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for gorji   Send Email to gorji  

I am wondering how easy or difficult it is to install a in line water filter for my Montauk 17? I had some water in my fuel the other day and as we all know the mercury's do not run on water. If you feel this is not necessary feel free to say as well. I must admit I've only had this problem in 10 years of boating but it almost ruined a vacation if it wasn't for a mechanic who was willing to help me.

I am somewhat mechanically oriented.

My 2nd ? is: How often do we need to change our marine batteries.

Thank you for your time.

jmontani posted 08-03-2005 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmontani    
As for the fuel line, I am not certain on which water seperator you shoud use. May want to call you engine maufacture to / marina to see what they reccomend.

As for batteries...

Typically you should get 3 seasons, + or - depending on use. The main reason for pre-mature battery failure is maintenance. If they require distilled water, keep them topped off. Check once per month and avoid overcharge. There are plenty of "smart" chargers on the market, just make sure that you have it set properly to the battery type. Also make sure that your terminals connections remain tight and clean.

There are closed cell / maintenace free batteries that do not require as much attention but run higher in cost. I have not noticed a major difference in their life span, but that may just be me.

Just my thoguths,


jimh posted 08-03-2005 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Neither of these topics are specific to post-1990 Boston Whaler boats, and you will find a lot of discussion in the REPAIRS/MODS or PERFORMANCE forum.

Marine batteries can last for ten years or more if treated gently.

If the fuel filter is under the cowling of the engine, it can be a little tricky to change. It depends on where it is on how many other hoses and cables are in the way.

If the filter is not under the cowling of the engine, they are quite easy to change. If you are talking about a canister type filter, I suggest pre-filling the new canister partially with fresh gasoline.

After changing the filter you will have to re-establish a prime in the hoses. Usually you can do this by squeezing the primer bulb until it become firm.

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