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by jimh
Sat Jun 15, 2024 10:39 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Fitting Bimini Top to Stow Forward
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Fitting Bimini Top to Stow Forward

Mount the main hinge base for a Bimini top on a slide to allow the top to be moved to a better position for storage when the frame is folded down to horizontal. Note that MOST Bimini Tops are not folded down when not in use; they are just left folded and the frame upright. The frame is usually suppo...
by jimh
Sat Jun 15, 2024 8:52 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Crouch's Calculator Restored
Replies: 7
Views: 28305

Re: Crouch's Calculator Restored

Any weight that is on a boat affects the ability of the engine to propel the boat to a particular speed. For the speed predicting calculator to work correctly, the total weight of the boat that is to be propelled by its engine must be used as the weight entry in the calculator.
by jimh
Sat Jun 15, 2024 8:44 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Advice on Inspecting a 1968 Hull Prior to Purchase
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: Advice on Inspecting a 1968 Hull Prior to Purchase

For advice on buying a classic era Boston Whaler boat, read my advice in an article in the REFERENCE section at

Buying Classic Boston Whaler Boats
https://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/buying.html
by jimh
Sat Jun 15, 2024 8:34 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: DAUNTLESS 18 Remote Shift-Throttle Cable Length
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: DAUNTLESS 18 Remote Shift-Throttle Cable Length

Since you have access to the boat, there are already remote throttle-shift cables installed, and you want the replacement cables to be the same length, then:

Q5: why can't you just measure the length of the existing remote shift-throttle cables to discover their length?
by jimh
Fri Jun 14, 2024 3:26 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Vendor to supply 230 Outrage Full Boat Cover
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Vendor to supply 230 Outrage Full Boat Cover

I ordered the Laporte T-Top cover in "umbrella" fabric... Q3: what is "umbrella" fabric? I have never heard of this material used for a boat cover. The superior material for boat canvas for the last several decades has been the Glen Raven Mills fabric trademarked SUNBRELLA. For ...
by jimh
Fri Jun 14, 2024 8:32 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: A Scam for Boat Sellers
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: A Scam for Boat Sellers

Very good information for sellers to be wary of.

Sending $80 to Iceland because someone you have never met emails you to inform you he might want to buy your boat is not a good investment.

I used to get offers to buy items that asked about payment terms. I would insist on only gold bars.
by jimh
Fri Jun 14, 2024 8:28 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Engine Causes List to Port
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: New Engine Causes List to Port

The boat now has a list to Port when at the dock and also on the water. If "on the water" means while the boat is underway and at higher speed so the hull is on plane, a list to port can be caused by the propeller torque. This behavior is common in a single engine outboard boat with a rig...
by jimh
Wed Jun 12, 2024 1:08 pm
Forum: Introduction to the Forum Software
Topic: Montauk 17 Bimini
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Montauk 17 Bimini

You are in the wrong forum. The INTRODUCTION TO THE FORUM SOFTWARE forum is only for topics about the forum software use. Also, do not post questions in the form of a survey of who possess what knowledge. If you have an inquiry about a boat, use a boating forum. If you want to elicit replies, ask a ...
by jimh
Wed Jun 12, 2024 10:19 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: AIS Range: Reception Report
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: AIS Range: Reception Report

As often happens, the really BEST place to find out what federal regulations say is to use a source provided by the federal government. My comments above wherein I cite a non-government website for the regulations regarding what type of boat is eligible for to NOT have a FCC ship station license and...
by jimh
Wed Jun 12, 2024 8:09 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Losing Electrical Power to Helm Console After Installation of Trim Tabs
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Losing Electrical Power to Helm Console After Installation of Trim Tabs

Interestingly, the outboard engine has started every time [the helm console has lost electrical power]. This observation is useful information. The inference drawn from this behavior is that the electrical circuits related to the engine and the operation of the engine cranking motor are not affecte...
by jimh
Wed Jun 12, 2024 8:06 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Losing Electrical Power to Helm Console After Installation of Trim Tabs
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Losing Electrical Power to Helm Console After Installation of Trim Tabs

Regarding the onset of the electrical problem occurring after the installation of LENCO trim tabs by a mechanic hired for that purpose: without knowing anything about the exact circuitry of the LENCO system, the only inference that can be made is that the LENCO system required electrical power to co...
by jimh
Wed Jun 12, 2024 7:57 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Losing Electrical Power to Helm Console After Installation of Trim Tabs
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Losing Electrical Power to Helm Console After Installation of Trim Tabs

Your narrative describes an intermittent problem where power to the helm console is lost, generally associated with the propulsion engine operating. The most reasonable inference from your narrative for the cause of the intermittent loss of power is a loose connection in the conductors that supply p...
by jimh
Tue Jun 11, 2024 12:58 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2023 and 2024 210 MONTAUK Boats With Multiple Defects
Replies: 15
Views: 713

Re: 2023 and 2024 210 MONTAUK Boats With Multiple Defects

The next time I have an opportunity to drop in at a local Boston Whaler dealer, I will also take a look at the boats on exhibit to see if I notice any visual evidence of a manufacturing defect. But in all the times in the past I have looked at new Boston Whaler boats at a dealer, I have never seen a...
by jimh
Tue Jun 11, 2024 10:32 am
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: AIS Range: Reception Report
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: AIS Range: Reception Report

Another AIS Reception Report Checking this morning I found vessel STEELHEAD transmitting with Class-A AIS at a range of 21.8-miles bearing 50-degrees true. This 65.6-foot steel hulled vessel is owned by the State of Michigan and designated as a survey vessel. It has a FCC issued calling of WZH2163,...
by jimh
Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:48 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: APPRAISAL: 1982 STRIPER
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: APPRAISAL: 1982 STRIPER

The 15-foot hull has always been a popular model, and they generally remain in high demand. Two elements of this boat tend to reduce the possible appeal of the boat. The STRIPER model is a bit unusual. It seems particularly set up for angling, rather than just recreational boating. Also the location...
by jimh
Sun Jun 09, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 2022 Montauk 190 Electronics and Trolling Motor Installation
Replies: 6
Views: 2478

Re: 2022 Montauk 190 Electronics and Trolling Motor Installation

Thanks for the further information about the VHF Marine Band radio and its antenna having been installed by Boston Whaler. From what I see, the radio is mounted on the starboard edge of the console. The antenna is mounted about a foot away. The radio is clearly directly in the main radiation lobe of...
by jimh
Sun Jun 09, 2024 7:34 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Vendor to supply 230 Outrage Full Boat Cover
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Vendor to supply 230 Outrage Full Boat Cover

Most boats with a T-Top have various things like radio antennas, RADAR antennas, rod holders, navigation lamps, and so on installed on the top surface of the T-Top.

Q2: does your 230 OUTRAGE have any gear like that mounted on it?
by jimh
Sun Jun 09, 2024 7:11 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Update on 2008 SONAR Installation and New Plans
Replies: 1
Views: 82

Re: Update on 2008 SONAR Installation and New Plans

Thanks for the update on your SONAR system changes. I will add a FURUNO satalite [sic] up top for a new FURUNO autopilot. I am uncertain what you mean by a "satalite." If you meant "satellite", I still am not clear. A satellite is usually in orbit around the earth. I am guessing ...
by jimh
Sat Jun 08, 2024 1:17 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2023 and 2024 210 MONTAUK Boats With Multiple Defects
Replies: 15
Views: 713

Re: 2023 and 2024 210 MONTAUK Boats With Multiple Defects

On the WHALER.COM website I just priced a 2024 210 MONTAUK. WIth NO options the MSRP is $77,000. I can see why at that price there could be a lot of disappointment in a new boat that is delivered to the buyer with cosmetic defects that cannot be fixed, loose components, and an engine that does not l...
by jimh
Sat Jun 08, 2024 8:58 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Honda BF25 Runs Poorly
Replies: 15
Views: 2100

Re: Honda BF25 Runs Poorly

Thanks for the update.

What solvent did you use in the ultrasonic cleaner to solve this problem?
by jimh
Fri Jun 07, 2024 6:07 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Yamaha 40-HP Two-stroke-power cycle Throttle Linkage
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Yamaha 40-HP Two-stroke-power cycle Throttle Linkage

I will move this post to REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS, and you can append more information there.
by jimh
Fri Jun 07, 2024 6:03 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Engine Cranking Battery Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Engine Cranking Battery Problem

From your narrative my inference is that the problem you are having is that in attempting to start your outboard engine the speed of the cranking motor seems to be too slow. You do not actually indicate if the engine is able to start or not when this slow cranking occurs. To know if the engine actua...
by jimh
Fri Jun 07, 2024 2:57 pm
Forum: VHF MARINE RADIO
Topic: AIS Range: Reception Report
Replies: 3
Views: 113

AIS Range: Reception Report

Description of AIS Receiving Station During non-boating season I usually have my VHF Marine Band radio (Standard-Horizon GX2150) with integral AIS receiver and my chart plotter (an ancient first-generation Lowrance HDS-8) on my desk indoors. The radio and chart plotter are interconnected using two ...
by jimh
Fri Jun 07, 2024 7:11 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Yamaha 40-HP Two-stroke-power cycle Throttle Linkage
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Yamaha 40-HP Two-stroke-power cycle Throttle Linkage

The previous owner [and a male relative through his sister or brother] "tinkered" with it. I don't understand the importance of knowing the precise family relationship between the previous owner and the second person who also "tinkered" with the engine will have on your question...
by jimh
Fri Jun 07, 2024 7:02 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Yamaha 40-HP Two-stroke-power cycle Throttle Linkage
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Yamaha 40-HP Two-stroke-power cycle Throttle Linkage

Q4: What does "from this cdi" mean? Q5: what are those crudely drawn red lines pointing to in Figure 1? Q6: where is the adjustment that changes the position of the throttle linkage between cam and roller? I don't see any adjustment in Figure 1? My inference is that there is some portion o...
by jimh
Wed Jun 05, 2024 2:14 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Engine Problems 1993 Johnson 50-HP
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: Engine Problems 1993 Johnson 50-HP

Unless the owner's manual for your unidentified model year DAUNTLESS 15 explicitly mentions that there is an alarm system on the boat that is NOT associated with the outboard engine, the most reasonable cause for an aural alert to be continuously sounding is because the engine is signaling that alar...
by jimh
Wed Jun 05, 2024 1:36 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Protecting Wood From Sun and Weather
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: Protecting Wood From Sun and Weather

The best protection with regard to introducing the least amount of delay between wanting to use the boat on the spur of the moment and having to be delayed by needed to remove protective canvas from all the wood is to provide all the wood components with a very good layer of varnish. Varnish will re...
by jimh
Tue Jun 04, 2024 2:07 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

So far, I like the " shorten the tongue beam". I am worried that it will add more tongue weight, but like Jim said, all the 3 axle weight need to be checked first. To deduce the tongue weight from axle weights, you need five measurements, not three, and you have to weight the towing vehic...
by jimh
Tue Jun 04, 2024 1:11 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Source for KARAVAN Trailer Fender and Wheel
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Source for KARAVAN Trailer Fender and Wheel

http://www.easternmarine.com sells OEM parts, including fenders. I will also endorse Eastern Marine as a good source for parts for trailers. I have purchased replacement parts for my boat trailer from them. The guys that answer the telephone actually know a lot about boat trailers and the component...
by jimh
Tue Jun 04, 2024 1:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Source for KARAVAN Trailer Fender and Wheel
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Source for KARAVAN Trailer Fender and Wheel

Usually a boat trailer will have a VIN metallic stick-on plaque that may include information about the model designator used by the trailer manufacturer for that particular trailer. Having that information may make finding the correct replacement parts easier.
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 8:20 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

The trailer weight should be moderate with the aluminum construction. If the boat is unloaded, the un-hitched trailer weight can be found by moving one scale to three different points: the front dolly wheel, and each axle wheel. Many step-on scales will go to 300-lbs, which may be enough capacity.
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 5:34 pm
Forum: EVINRUDE I-COMMAND, ICON Pro, ICON Touch
Topic: NMEA-2000 Adaptor Cable for Legacy E-TEC
Replies: 0
Views: 123

NMEA-2000 Adaptor Cable for Legacy E-TEC

The NMEA-2000 connector that provides the NMEA-2000 port on the legacy (or "G1") E-TEC engines does NOT use the NMEA standard NMEA-2000 Micro connector. Instead Evinrude provides the NMEA-2000 interface on an AMP Super Seal connector with four poles. Evinrude used to supply the necessary a...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 5:10 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

If the trailer starts to drift at highway speeds you've got it loaded too far forward and it can be a real safety factor. Towing a boat trailer is quite different from towing other types of loads on other types of trailers. Generally a boat on a trailer will have a rather low center of gravity, and...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 4:55 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

About all I can gather from your recent post regarding the axle is that it appears to use a torsion bar spring. That method of springing the axles is nice as it eliminates the usual leaf spring that often is prone to rusting and failing. I still have these questions: Q2: is the trailer made of alumi...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 10:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mercury 20-HP Engine Venting Fuel from VST
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Mercury 20-HP Engine Venting Fuel from VST

Generally in any system where there is electronic control of fuel induction, the flow of fuel is controlled by some sort of electrically operated valve or sprayer, and that part of the fuel system is maintained at a positive pressure by a pump. The duration of the opening of the valve or sprayer and...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 10:19 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

But before taking a saw to the bunks or the trailer frame, get the boat in the water and have some fun. Launch and load it a dozen times, and see how the trailer rigging works out. Maybe you love the long trailer. ASIDE: two boats in the driveway at the curbside is going to attract attention from ev...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 9:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

Other suggestions: As seen in Figure 1, the height of the winch drum is tending to pull the bow of the boat downward as it pulls the boat onto the trailer. The winch drum height should be raised so that the force of the winch strap is either just parallel to the trailer frame or exerts a slight upwa...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 9:36 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

Q2: should I move the boat to sit more forward on the trailer? The boat is already too far forward on the trailer. As seen in Figure 4, the trailer bunks already extend past the transom by about a foot. The bunks should not extend beyond the transom more than perhaps an inch or two. The real proble...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 9:32 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

Q1: if I modified the trailer to have a folding tongue, what would be the drawback to this modification? Changing the trailer to have a folding tongue will probably add more weight due to the hinge, and it will probably reduce the strength. From what can be seen of the tongue in Figure 2, there is ...
by jimh
Mon Jun 03, 2024 9:30 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Trailer Adjustments to Reduce Overall Length

Q3: is the trailer made with aluminum or steel?
by jimh
Sat Jun 01, 2024 5:41 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 2005 Yamaha F90 Will Not Trim Up
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: 2005 Yamaha F90 Will Not Trim Up

To discover if there is an diode in the wiring will be quite interesting. I await your update, but I understand it may be a while.
by jimh
Sat Jun 01, 2024 2:04 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 2005 Yamaha F90 Will Not Trim Up
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: 2005 Yamaha F90 Will Not Trim Up

17newport--I am happy to see your rapid reply to my comments. Often I write a thorough reply and the originator never returns to acknowledge anything. Regarding why the trim motor is not operating in the UP mode: my initial assessment was that the UP relay was not actuating or was stuck, with the re...
by jimh
Sat Jun 01, 2024 8:48 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 2005 Yamaha F90 Will Not Trim Up
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: 2005 Yamaha F90 Will Not Trim Up

From my experience with a very old c.1987 Yamaha engine that I owned, the owner's manual included a schematic diagram showing the wiring of the engine, the wiring harness, and the remote controls. If this 2005 Yamaha F90 engine you have came with the owner's manual, perhaps there is a wiring diagram...
by jimh
Fri May 31, 2024 10:54 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: c.1970 SPORT 13 Re-power
Replies: 9
Views: 2853

Re: Re: c.1970 SPORT 13 Re-power

The Tohatsu and Mercury are the same engine as far as I can figure out. The TOHATSU engines are made in a plant in Japan run by Tohatsu. There is some odd corporate involvement of Brunswick with this plant, which allows Brunswick to assert they are making the engines in a "joint venture",...
by jimh
Fri May 31, 2024 9:30 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Owning a 2004 Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Owning a 2004 Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

Regarding the water pump impeller used by Mercury in that epoch: check for the recommended service interval for replacement of the impeller. As I recall, it might have been an annual recommended procedure.
by jimh
Fri May 31, 2024 9:04 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Owning a 2004 Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Owning a 2004 Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

I have owned mostly Yamaha engines. I think you are going to own another Yamaha. Here is a bit of background. In that epoch, c.2004, Mercury was unable to manufacture any four-stroke-power-cycle engines other than a 25-HP engine which had co-developed in a partnership with Yamaha, or their then jus...
by jimh
Thu May 30, 2024 11:15 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Specialty Marine Wood Interior for SPORT 17
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Specialty Marine Wood Interior for SPORT 17

Q2: [Should] I [infer from the lack or replies] that these kits are perhaps sub-standard or not worth the money [or] time? I think a better inference to draw from there being no replies is that no readers have purchased the specific product you are asking about. In reply to your supposition that th...
by jimh
Thu May 30, 2024 11:13 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: DAUNTLESS 18 Remote Shift-Throttle Cable Length
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: DAUNTLESS 18 Remote Shift-Throttle Cable Length

[Inferred question:]What is the length of the engine remote shift-throttle control cables on my 18 DAUNTLESS center console boat? To give an appropriate response, please answer these questions: Q2: do you have access to the boat? Q3: are there engine remote control shift-throttle cables installed o...
by jimh
Thu May 30, 2024 10:44 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Repairing Puncture In Unibond Hull
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Repairing Puncture In Unibond Hull

Based on the description that the damaged area is not normally visible, I infer that the puncture is on the underside of the bow lip. The best approach to making this repair would be to invert the hull so that the repair resin will remain in the puncture area while it cures. Of course, that may not ...
by jimh
Thu May 30, 2024 10:14 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Repairing Puncture In Unibond Hull
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Repairing Puncture in a Unibond Hull

A good method to repair damage that has created a 1 x 1 x 1-inch puncture in a Unibond hull is described in the Boston Whaler factory publication on repairs. I have reproduced this publication in HTML. You can read the factory advice at INSTRUCTIONS -- HULL PATCH KITS https://continuouswave.com/whal...