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jaybird4 posted 08-14-2006 11:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for jaybird4   Send Email to jaybird4  
Yesterday I picked up my 03 150 Sport w/ 60 Bigfoot in Kentucy, trailered it home to coastal SC and today I played hookey as I processed paperwork and most importantly gave her a good workout. Spent 1.5 hours on Black River and did not see another boat running the river(saw many tied to their docks). This boat has a 16 pitch stainless prop and literally jumps on plane. Handles like a sports car and with just 160 lb. me and 10 gals gas reached 36.5 as observed by GPS.
My only two concerns are the motor exibits an annoying whirring sound when in neutral that dissapears when placed in gear and the control is very stiff when returning to neutral from foward and when engaging reverse. Can either of these two contitions be rectified? Thanks in advance for any feedback. Jaybird4
sosmerc posted 08-15-2006 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
Congratulations...you have a great rig!
The "bigfoot" gearcase has a well earned reputation for hard shifting. It is important that the engine idle speed is set to the low end of factory spec. Also, it will help if the cables are the silver colored "platinum" series cables...they operate with less internal friction. It is also important that the cables are routed with a minimum of tight bends...and that they ARE NOT tie wrapped tightly too near where they come out of the control box...they need to have some freedom of movement just out of the control box for at least 2 ft. The standard Merc side mount box is not the greatest as far as the effort required. I wish Merc would address this...but I guess they feel it is "good enough".
I have encountered a few 4 stroke 60's that developed some strange noises...at various speeds. In most cases, the noises went away after I sprayed some fluid film up around the driveshaft where it enters the powerhead. (you can see this part of the driveshaft from the outside, and it is not difficult to get the spray up where it needs to be with a long red plastic nozzle attached to your spray can).
The 4 stroke EFI 60hp with the bigfoot gearcase is actually the first 4 stroke I have run that I felt I wouldn't mind owning. I'm an old 2 stroke guy and don't really feel "attached" to 4 strokes yet. But 60 EFI seems pretty strong out of the hole and I think would give the old Merc 3 cyl 2 stroke a run for its money on that boat.
I love the 15...my favorite Whaler.
Jkcam posted 08-15-2006 04:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
The Yamaha 90 4/stroke I owned would develop the drive shaft whine which apparently is due to a lack of lubrication on the visible shaft. It may also be that time and salt cause the sqeak/whine. It was quickly solved on my enging with a little spray of silicon, applied from time to time as needed.
Speedo66 posted 08-15-2006 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
There's a tension adjustment on the throttle/shift control of my '04 150 Sport w/ the same engine. If you haven't already checked this it might be worth a look to see if the previous owner had not tightened it too much.

Steve

mbking1 posted 08-15-2006 07:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
Jaybird

Congrats on the maiden voyage! Howe bout that handling I promised you? Very cool indeed..

Mark

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 08-15-2006 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
My sons 15' sport/60hp Bigfoot just developed that intermittant whirring/whine when in neutral. Let me know what you find out!
jaybird4 posted 08-15-2006 11:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaybird4  Send Email to jaybird4     
Hey guys, Thanks for the replys. Mark, now I know the reason you spent many hours on your maiden voyage! Where on the motor are you who have experienced the whirring spraying the lubricant? I can see the flywheel turning thru a small hole. Is this the place?
One other Question. The origional owner helped me set the boat up for trailering by raising it all the way up and then lowering down onto the tilt support lever. This is the correct towing technique for all othe outboards I have ever owned. After 500 miles of trailering I read in the owner's manual that this is the wrong method for trailering. I checked out my boat and see some fine stress marks on my transom in the gellcoat where it connects to the rear step downs. These are about 2" long on both sides. I went to a mercury dealer today and was told that I should trailer with the motor slightly trimmed up to a level that the bottom of the motor was above the bottom of the trailer. Have I caused major repair problems for my new 150 Sport? Help!!!
stiles_s posted 08-16-2006 02:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for stiles_s  Send Email to stiles_s     
FWIW, I have a new '06 150 sport w/the same engine. It's tough to get through neutral -- feels like have to persuade it a bit more than I should. I'm going to take a look to see how close to the control box the cables are wrapped.

Second, my dealer was clueless re: how to trailer the engine, and said to do it on the full tilt little support tab, even though the manual says not to. I searched on this site and found a cool little hard-rubber support that clips onto the hydraulic shaft. Works like a charm.

Can't remember the name of it, though. A quick search on something like "outboard trailer support" should find it for you.

Moe posted 08-16-2006 07:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Our dealer said the same thing. The motor rocked severely when we hit bumps and the tilt lock worked its way out anyway... it doesn't have a locking position.

I bought a Fulton shock absorbing bracket, with one end mounted below the aft crossmember on the trailer.

http://www.fultonperformance.com/model.php?group=46&subgroup=48& model=809

It works great, and is quick and easy to remove for launching.

--
Moe

sportroyalwulf posted 08-16-2006 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
There have been a number of general discussions about transom supports in the forum. I have a 2003 150 sport and I always use a support similar to the fulton model. The trailer that was packaged with the '03 changed to another model trailer in 04 or 05. I believe that the newer trailers carry the boat a little lower than the 03. If I trailered with the engine down I would have trashed the case. I always use the transom support and have no gel coat cracks or case damage. It is cheap insurance and it works very well.
jaybird4 posted 08-16-2006 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaybird4  Send Email to jaybird4     
Thanks guys for all the help. I wonder if I have caused more just cosmetic damage to my boat. I am going to look for the rubber piece that attaches to the trim shaft. Thanks again, Bob
stiles_s posted 08-16-2006 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for stiles_s  Send Email to stiles_s     
Here's the link to the discussion about the m-ywedge

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum8/HTML/002755.html

you want the "universal" wedge from here: http://www.m-ywedge.com/

I used mine for the first time this weekend and IMO the universal wedge puts the engine at a great height for trailering. The little tab for full-tilt is way too weak for trailering, IMO. Just intended for full-tilt mooring.

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