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by porthole
Sat Jun 15, 2024 10:10 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: AIS Range: Reception Report
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: AIS Range: Reception Report

Do you have any of the virtual ATONS broadcasting AIS from land based stations in your area?
by porthole
Wed May 15, 2024 1:28 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Engine Safety Shut Off with Wireless Sensors
Replies: 21
Views: 3665

Re: Engine Safety Shut Off with Wireless Sensors

My Fell MOB fob will not shutdown the engines with either spray or heavy rain, nor will it shut down dropped into the wash bucket. As to leaving someone stranded, there is a bypass dongle that simply plugs into the harness to allow engine starting for a system failure. I am on my second installation...
by porthole
Mon Mar 11, 2024 11:18 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Plans for 1984 SPORT 15 Modifications to the Interior
Replies: 3
Views: 1059

Re: Plans for 1984 SPORT 15 Modifications to the Interior

ASIDE ON NEW TOPIC OF RE-POWERING ...I plan to re-power [the 1984 SPORT 15] I had a CENTER CONSOLE 15 that I re-powered with a HONDA BF50. Although the HONDA outboard was super economical, ran with low noise, and didn't stink, the boat was under-powered. The HONDA was a great overall upgrade but dis...
by porthole
Sun Mar 10, 2024 9:59 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Refurbishment: 1992 E-Z-LOADER
Replies: 25
Views: 12803

Re: Trailer Refurbishment: 1992 E-Z-LOADER

Since you are only launching in freshwater, if the trailer were mine I'd probably just get replacement drum kits. I know for RV's when you find the kits they are significantly less then buying components. Using my current trailer, I brought the boat home from Fort Myers with questionable tires and n...
by porthole
Fri Jan 05, 2024 11:23 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1987 SUPER SPORT 15 Interior Refurbishment
Replies: 4
Views: 1518

Re: 1987 SUPER SPORT 15 Interior Refurbishment

Q2: can I just go to a hardware store [with the original hardware and buy new replacement stainless steel hardware by] matching up piece by piece? I would not purchase any 'hardware' from a hardware store if you can avoid it. Either a marine specialty store or a trusted online vendor. i have purcha...
by porthole
Fri Jan 05, 2024 11:01 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: RADAR for 17-foot Skiff
Replies: 3
Views: 1530

Re: RADAR for 17-foot Skiff

I am contemplating installing a RADAR on my Montauk 17... Any advice and recommendation will be greatly appreciated. Q3: Do you have any multi-function displays on the boat now? If so, I would start with the same brand in your search. [Moderator's note: this thread was begun over a year ago, and th...
by porthole
Fri Aug 25, 2023 1:45 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Re: FUSION MS-205 Radio Creates NMEA-2000 Power Trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 3053

Re: FUSION MS-205 Radio Creates NMEA-2000 Power Trouble

The NRX term I used for searching [led me to] this link. https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=rESkyLu9o576lsGDTgrDF8 Fusion Devices Powered by a NMEA 2000 Network All Fusion stereos and some Fusion remotes must be connected directly to a power source with their own power wires in order to receive p...
by porthole
Fri Aug 25, 2023 10:14 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Re: FUSION MS-205 Radio Creates NMEA-2000 Power Trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 3053

Re: FUSION MS-205 Radio Creates NMEA-2000 Power Trouble

A newer version of the same FUSION entertainment radio apparently has a NMEA-2000 power insertion ON-OFF menu item. The in-line power isolator gizmo was a much less expensive option than a new entertainment radio. If you were following on THT someone mentioned an obscure term, which was the clue I n...
by porthole
Thu Aug 24, 2023 2:15 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Re: FUSION MS-205 Radio Creates NMEA-2000 Power Trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 3053

Re: FUSION MS-205 Radio Creates NMEA-2000 Power Trouble

My recent experience with problems caused by a FUSION MS-205 radio feeding power to the NMEA-2000 network--even when the radio was powered OFF--might help someone in the future. The electronics on my boat associated with the NMEA-2000 network are Simrad EVO3 and NSX multi-function displays, an autop...
by porthole
Fri Feb 10, 2023 1:03 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Volunteer in New Jersey to Assess Boat For Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 2302

Re: Volunteer in New Jersey to Assess Boat For Sale

I used to live in Wall, you might want to specify a better location. Travel distance from one end of Wall to the other end of Brick is over 30 miles.
by porthole
Wed Jan 04, 2023 12:17 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Source for Rebuild Kit for Ritchie Compass
Replies: 6
Views: 1580

Re: Source for Rebuild Kit for Ritchie Compass

Q1: Where can a rebuilt kit be found to rebuild an original Ritchie Red compass from a 1961 NAUSET 16? Q2: Can another compass be fitted to the original housing? Ritchie no longer supports this model. Did you call Ritchie? My current boat has a small compass that failed last year, it is no longer m...
by porthole
Wed Jan 04, 2023 12:11 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: The Winter Solstice, and Fun with Math
Replies: 2
Views: 1417

Re: The Winter Solstice, and Fun with Math

Is there a similar formula to locate the degrees relative to the viewer at a set elevation? I mentioned to buddy that I'm watching the sunset location change from our front porch - he challenged that the sun always sets in the west. My porch faces due west, using the same relative elevation (just ov...
by porthole
Wed Jan 04, 2023 12:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat Weighing Method
Replies: 3
Views: 1279

Re: Boat Weighing Method

I use CAT scales several times a year for our truck and 5th wheel camper. My F-450 is capable of towing quite bit but I know my 5th wheel is usually close to or at max GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating). At 21,000 GVWR I like to know where I'm at. I'd recommend a CAT scale to find out the weight of ...
by porthole
Mon Mar 28, 2022 12:12 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Short Film: SUPER SPORT 15 Underway
Replies: 11
Views: 2127

Re: Short Film: SUPER SPORT 15 Underway

Great video.
What year Whaler?
I had a 1983 15 Sport center console, sill is/was my favorite of 7 boats.
by porthole
Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Blue Top Legend
Replies: 12
Views: 5771

Re: Blue Top Legend

The girls with the old boat--get real dicey around 40 seconds.
by porthole
Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:30 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Blue Top Legend
Replies: 12
Views: 5771

Re: Blue Top Legend

Typical outgoing tide in my Inlet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDGtozbbXUk
by porthole
Mon Mar 21, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Blue Top Legend
Replies: 12
Views: 5771

Re: Blue Top Legend

I have been following the Haulover channel since the beginning. The girls no doubt took the video popularity of the many showcased inlet crossings by the "Red Top Legend" (RTL), an older gentleman with an 18 Dauntless, and the girls are capitalizing on it for their 15 minutes of fame. The ...
by porthole
Sat Mar 19, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Refurbishment: 1992 E-Z-LOADER
Replies: 25
Views: 12803

Re: Trailer Refurbishment: 1992 E-Z-LOADER

I did more than 23-years working part time with the local TowBoatUS. We used a Wichard Stainless Steel Mooring Hook and retainer [linked below] on all the towboats to grab bow eye of a boat we were going to tow while out on the open water. mooringHook.jpg https://www.westmarine.com/buy/wichard--stai...
by porthole
Sat Mar 19, 2022 12:01 pm
Forum: Introduction to the Forum Software
Topic: How to Edit a Post
Replies: 2
Views: 8553

Re: Can't Edit Post

[The following question was moved from a boat discussion to the INTRODUCTION TO THE FORUM SOFTWARE forum, and appended to this existing discussion about How to Edit a Post--Moderator]

I tried to edit my post. Did we lose the ability to edit our posts?
by porthole
Sun Mar 13, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat Lift: an unusual design for a Boston Whaler hull
Replies: 7
Views: 1890

Re: Boat Lift: an unusual design for a Boston Whaler hull

The link Phil provided has a video of cable management. Nothing new there, but a very neat way to hide the motors and cable rollers on traditional lifts. The deck lifts are using hydraulic rams pushing/pulling cables and using directional change pulleys. Exactly like some FD aerial ladder trucks. Co...
by porthole
Sat Mar 12, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat Lift: an unusual design for a Boston Whaler hull
Replies: 7
Views: 1890

Re: Boat Lift: an unusual design for a Boston Whaler hull

When I was researching boat lifts, I saw many pictures of deck lifts like the ones shown above, but almost all were lake boats. That Boston Whaler OUTRAGE fireboat looks like it is supported in the normal two bunk arrangement, maybe the keel has some weight on the platform but I would think that wou...
by porthole
Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:01 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer for 17 Outrage
Replies: 17
Views: 5422

Re: Trailer for 17 Outrage

MarkCz wrote:The LOAD-RITE 5-STAR model galvanized trailer had four cross members, and they were welded [to the longitudinal or side rails or frame]. The joints of three cross members to the side rails were failing; I had them rewelded.
Did you contact Load-Rite about this?
by porthole
Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: SeaDek Helm Pad
Replies: 5
Views: 2701

Re: SeaDek Helm Pad

jimh wrote:
porthole wrote:a pad…was comfortable to stand on…
At two inches thick it may provide resilient comfort--but was it a trip hazard?


No hazard at all.
by porthole
Mon Jan 03, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: Introduction to the Forum Software
Topic: Adding Image to Post
Replies: 13
Views: 67714

Re: Adding Image to Post

See above where the allowed file formats are explained. The file format you tried to upload cannot be hosted by the website. Further, there is no point in the website hosting a file in that format because there are no web browsers that support that format, so no one could see the image. All the .he...
by porthole
Mon Jan 03, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: SeaDek Helm Pad
Replies: 5
Views: 2701

Re: SeaDek Helm Pad

I used a pad [see hyperlink below] with my 1997 17 Outrage and my 1999 21 Outrage. The pad worked well and was comfortable to stand on, using snaps to hold it in place. My current boat rides much better so I no longer use it. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/taylor-made--helm-cushion-mat--18603977
by porthole
Mon Jan 03, 2022 1:40 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: A Nice Day for a Ride
Replies: 1
Views: 1735

Re: A Nice Day for a Ride

My favorite of seven boats so far was my 1983 SUPER SPORT 15.

I repowered it with a Honda 50, which turned out was a bit underpowered. The SUPER SPORT 15 was a boat that inspired awe. I had a 28-gallon fuel tank; the boat could be run almost all season with refueling.
by porthole
Mon Jan 03, 2022 1:38 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: EPIRB and SARSAT: Next Generation MEOSAR
Replies: 3
Views: 13947

Re: EPIRB and SARSAT: Next Generation MEOSAR

jimh wrote:...in the event of a missing ship, plane, or person, the return link can be used to force activation of the beacon transmitter.
How is this possible if the beacons are not activated until a float free event (sinking) or manually turned on?
by porthole
Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Brunswick Acquires RELION Battery Company
Replies: 1
Views: 3349

Re: Brunswick Acquires RELION Battery Company

Brunswick purchasing Relion will hopefully boil down to better pricing for consumers. Construction; when I researched LiFEPO4's for my RV I came to the conclusion that all the domestic LiFePO companies operated the same way. USA engineered and assembled from globally sourced components. All the indi...
by porthole
Sat Nov 27, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Super Sport 15 Trailer
Replies: 21
Views: 7665

Re: Super Sport 15 Trailer

Since guideposts came up - my 2 cents. I did not have them on my 1983 15 SS Loadrite bunk trailer. That trailer was ordered new and they were not optional at the the time. I did not see a need for them. I also ordered a new trailer for my 1997 17 Outrage. For that trailer I did add the guideposts bu...
by porthole
Sun Nov 14, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Super Sport 15 Trailer
Replies: 21
Views: 7665

Re: Super Sport 15 Trailer

Sport_15_CC_Whaler_05_copy.jpg
Fig. 4. SUPER SPORT 15 on LOADRITE trailer.
Sport_15_CC_Whaler_05_copy.jpg (171.17 KiB) Viewed 7042 times


Note:I no longer have this boat.
by porthole
Sun May 30, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BoatUS Discount at COSTCO
Replies: 4
Views: 5596

Re: BoatUS Discount at COSTCO

The BoatUS discounted price in New Jersey was much lower. It was $114.99 with a $25.00 discount for a total of $89.99 That's the least expensive price I've seen for as long as I can remember (I started part time with BoatUS in 1993). What is not detailed in the Costco item is if it includes basic Bo...
by porthole
Sun May 30, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: USCG Notice to Mariners SpaceX Crew-1 Splashdown
Replies: 3
Views: 3232

Re: USCG Notice to Mariners SpaceX Crew-1 Splashdown

I found it interesting that our federal government and NASA could not give us a detailed time and location for the china rocket crash back to earth yet this SpaceX crew return was so accurate, even after being delayed a day or so due to weather that the small boat crews were on scene of the splashdo...
by porthole
Sun May 30, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Fuel tax rebate for boaters
Replies: 2
Views: 3277

Re: Fuel tax rebate for boaters

We have this in Delaware. So far it has been a 'groundhog day' of trying to get anywhere with the state for the refund.
by porthole
Sun May 30, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: The Non-Cruise of 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 6533

Re: The Non-Cruise of 2020

Our current boat is a non stay aboard and that has really limited cruising.
by porthole
Sun May 30, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Cleaner for Clear Vinyl Windows in Boat Canvas
Replies: 4
Views: 3389

Re: Cleaner for Clear Vinyl Windows in Boat Canvas

Does "PLEXUS" mean PLEXUS–Plastic Cleaner Protectant & Polish, as sold, for example, at WEST MARINE: https://www.westmarine.com/plexus This is the product. I have used it for many years on boat isinglass, the windshields on my Whalers ad motorcycle windshields and helmet visors. It is...
by porthole
Sun May 30, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Destroyer Steering Wheel Dimensions: Five Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 5063

Re: Destroyer Steering Wheel Dimensions: Five Questions

Raaaaay wrote:Q1....Destroyer-type steering wheel for a 1989 17 SSL

Where do you live? Did you find one yet? I have a five-spoke original.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/515072303178725
by porthole
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: youTube Presentation Show Inverted and Adrift Boston Whaler Boat
Replies: 3
Views: 3597

youTube Presentation Show Inverted and Adrift Boston Whaler Boat

A youTube presentation appears to show a Boston Whaler boat inverted and adrift at an ocean inlet:

https://youtu.be/CZwAEvnSql4?t=353
by porthole
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Crouch's Calculator Restored
Replies: 7
Views: 28305

Re: Crouch's Calculator Restored

jimh wrote:I assume you had good figures for HP and LBS.
I used educated guessing and advertised numbers. The boat is equipped with twin Yamaha F115. The advertised dry weight is 4,900-lbs. I estimated with 40-gallons fuel, other ancillary gear, to get a total of 5,500-lbs.
by porthole
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Future of Marine Charts in USA
Replies: 23
Views: 18087

Re: Future of Marine Charts in USA

I don't know if this is new or not, I just started receiving LNM's again. 5th District LNM: 09/21 CANCELLATION OF NOAA PAPER AND RASTER NAUTICAL CHARTS The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is undertaking a multi-year program to end production and maintenance of its suite of ove...
by porthole
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Crouch's Calculator Restored
Replies: 7
Views: 28305

Re: Crouch's Calculator Restored

Interesting, I no longer have any of my Whalers but I did try the calculator with my World Cat. Using the recommended coefficient of 200 (Long and narrower hulls with with flatter running surfaces may have a higher hull factor coefficient, perhaps 200 or higher) I came up with a theoretical speed of...
by porthole
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Safety Lanyard Poll
Replies: 21
Views: 18597

Re: Safety Lanyard Poll

jimh wrote:
porthole wrote:I voted never, but that is because I have installed Fell Marine MOB's on two different boats...


I altered the poll question to refer to an "engine cut-off link", so your device is covered by that nomenclature.


Changed my vote.
by porthole
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Safety Lanyard Poll
Replies: 21
Views: 18597

Re: Safety Lanyard Poll

I voted never, but that is because I have installed Fell Marine MOB's on two different boats now.

If you were to include wearing the Fell Marine FOB I would change my vote.

Although I will admit I don't wear it 100% of the time, but I probably do wear it 90-95% of the time.
by porthole
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Brands; Trailer Brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 5042

Re: Trailer Brands; Trailer Brakes

I've been using electric over hydraulic disc brakes on RV's for over 10 years now. I'll never revert to the older types. When I redo the brakes on my current two-axle 23- to 25-foot trailer, the brakes will be all stainless with an electric over hydraulic actuator. The only advantage I see with the ...
by porthole
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Urgency to Change to Bunk Trailer from All-roller Trailer
Replies: 38
Views: 13200

Re: Urgency to Change to Bunk Trailer from All-roller Trailer

Somewhere on my many stored files I have blurb from Boston Whaler about bunks versus rollers. Rollers were not recommend because the hull strength is partly due to the bonded foam and the rollers concentrated weight can cause the bond to fail or have divots form on the hull or both.
by porthole
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Urgency to Change to Bunk Trailer from All-roller Trailer
Replies: 38
Views: 13200

Re: Urgency to Change to Bunk Trailer from All-roller Trailer

I have ordered two new trailers from LoadRite, first for my 15' SS and then for a 17 Outrage. Each time the dealer ordered a "Whaler" specific trialer. The 15' SS trailer came with bunks and fore/aft keel rollers. The 17 Outrage trailer came with bunks only. I did add fore/aft rollers for ...
by porthole
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Fell Marine MOB Engine Shut-off
Replies: 21
Views: 32148

Re: Fell Marine MOB Engine Shut-off

UPDATE: In Fall 2020, I installed another man-overboard (MOB) kit. I now have the MOB+ on my new to me boat with twin outboards. The installation was much the same as above, but I did have to add the $20 twin engine wire harness adapter. The operation of the new device was as flawless as my previous...
by porthole
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly
Replies: 12
Views: 6854

Re: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly

Butch, have you had a chance to use the Parkit yet?

And I see you are in Gulf Shores. I got to spend March and April there in 2019. Great place to winter.
by porthole
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Boaters Rescue Two from Offshore Boat Fire
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

Boston Whaler Boaters Rescue Two from Offshore Boat Fire

Last week off the coast of Virginia there was a serious boat fire. Fortunately for the crew of the burning boat VIXEN, the only boat within 25 miles was a crew out fishing for the day [on the Boston Whaler 345 Conquest WEEKEND WARRIOR]. A youtube video: SKIP THIS LINK AS ALL THE IMAGES ARE ALSO IN T...
by porthole
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 12507

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

If nothing else, maybe the above link will save someone from having to R&R and send out a radio at a cost.

And I presume that if I ever do decide I need a license to visit foreign ports, I will be able to assign the existing '0" number to a new license.
by porthole
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems
Replies: 12
Views: 12507

Re: GARMIN: DSC Radio MMSI Reset and other problems

SUCCESS ! Since the original MMSI number was issued with the previous owner's ship's station radio license and starts with 367 and ends with 0 it complicates things a bit. The Number was originally issued by the FCC. The original owner did cancel it through the FCC. Calling the FCC only resulted in ...