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by Jefecinco
Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sunbrella Fabric for Upholstered Cushions
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Sunbrella Fabric for Upholstered Cushions

I have not had any boat cushions reupholstered with fabric. If I were considering such a project I would be concerned that wrapping Sunbrella or any fabric over vinyl would hinder quick drying and thus promote the growth of mold and mildew. We have Sunbrella upholstered cushions on our outdoor furni...
by Jefecinco
Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Snowbirds or Boatbirds
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Snowbirds or Boatbirds

For small boats at anchor it is especially difficult to ensure the bow is in the right direction when a large wake come along. Some of the wakes arrive well after a large vessel is out of sight. If the anchor scope is short it can hold the bow down with undesirable results. A few days ago we were ou...
by Jefecinco
Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BoatLife Caulk Color 1173 Cameo
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: BoatLife Caulk Color 1173 Cameo

It is very difficult to discuss specific color matches on a forum. The deck of your boat may be more faded than is another deck. Consider buying a small tube, not a caulking gun tube, of the caulk and check it beside your deck. If it's an acceptable match go for the caulking gun size. I don't recomm...
by Jefecinco
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Snowbirds or Boatbirds
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Snowbirds or Boatbirds

The annual migration of southbound snowbirds aboard boats is well underway. Numerous vessels with northern state hailing ports or registration numbers have been transiting the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway to Florida for the past several days. Some of the vessels are large enough for comfortable living...
by Jefecinco
Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A Critical Observation About Caulking
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: A Critical Observation About Caulking

The Ace backer material appears to be made of some type of foam. I assume it's available in various diameters. It is undoubtedly intended for home projects or similar. It is likely fairly handy as it appears to be compressible and thus can be squeezed into gaps sealing them before caulk is applied.
by Jefecinco
Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: A Critical Observation About Caulking
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: A Critical Observation About Caulking

Backer rods are used to help fill gaps that would otherwise require an inordinate amount of caulk to seal. Backer material can vary depending on the gap size, shape or length. Small diameter dowels can be useful for straight seams. Flexible material is useful for curved seams and for going around co...
by Jefecinco
Fri Nov 12, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: 2022 Gulf of Mexico Trip
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Re: 2022 Gulf of Mexico Trip

We would be tempted but, alas, we've sold our 190 Montauk. I doubt or 1981 Sport 13 would be a very good vehicle for a visit to the Oriskany.

Will you be staying in the P'cola area this season?
by Jefecinco
Tue Nov 09, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Brunswick CEO Comments on CNBC re Boston Whaler
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Brunswick CEO Comments on CNBC re Boston Whaler

It won't be fun. Gecko was an apt name for that character. It is, of course, the name of a very common lizard in the South.
by Jefecinco
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Brunswick CEO Comments on CNBC re Boston Whaler
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Brunswick CEO Comments on CNBC re Boston Whaler

Interest on loans is quite low. Not much regulation on boat loans compared to home loans.
by Jefecinco
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Fall Boating in the South
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Fall Boating in the South

Typically, the bite is on when we get these abrupt weather changes. Hopefully you can "fish the birds" on the way across.
by Jefecinco
Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly
Replies: 12
Views: 2774

Re: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly

Per a Parkit email this morning there is a $200 off sale now in progress.
by Jefecinco
Wed Nov 03, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Fall Boating in the South
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Fall Boating in the South

Yesterday was a perfect Fall day in Lower Alabama. We launched our Sport 13 at high tide which was about noon. It's been a long time since we've had the 13 in the water and it was great fun running up and down the waterway for a couple of hours. The temperature was in the low 70’s with a breeze at a...
by Jefecinco
Sat Oct 30, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Spotted at the dock: NAUSET 16
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Registration Numbers

Nice. Are those NY numbers?
by Jefecinco
Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly
Replies: 12
Views: 2774

Re: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly

I've used the Parkit dolly several time over the past few weeks. It has a high or low speed setting. Use of the high speed setting is best reserved for moving a trailer in fairly open space. Low speed is better for maneuvering in tighter spaces. It handles modest slopes well. Going over a steep incl...
by Jefecinco
Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Post-2018 170 MONTAUK: Trailer Length Over All
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Re: Post-2018 170 MONTAUK: Trailer Length Over All

I failed to read your query fully. The Karavan web site may have the trailer dimensions but as I remember my last Karavan folding tongue trailer the bow of the boat extended beyond the trailer tongue hinge. The Montauk sits high on the trailer and you may need to measure your garage overhead dimensi...
by Jefecinco
Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Post-2018 170 MONTAUK: Trailer Length Over All
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Re: Post-2018 170 MONTAUK: Trailer Length Over All

I believe the Boston Whaler web site (http://www.whaler.com/) is the best source for information on the current 170 Montauk. The site should provide very accurate information on the boat's dimensions including the trailer.
by Jefecinco
Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Menemsha Refit
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Re: Menemsha Refit

What is the purpose of the laundry basket? I assume it is a temporary propeller guard to protect boats moored nearby but it appears the skeg remains exposed.
by Jefecinco
Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mold and Mildew removal on foam seat cushions
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: Mold and Mildew removal on foam seat cushions

The first thing would be to remove the inserts and completely dry them in direct sunlight. While the inserts are drying turn the vinyl covers inside out and get rid of the mold on the inside. A very weak solution of water and bleach should get the job done. Follow by thorough rinsing followed by a g...
by Jefecinco
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: FS: 1986 17' Montauk $9,750 in New Jersey
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: FS: 1986 17' Montauk $9,750 in New Jersey

Is a trailer included?
by Jefecinco
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2000 Evinrude 115 FICHT
Replies: 5
Views: 571

Re: 2000 Evinrude 115 FICHT

We owned a 1999 Dauntless 16 powered by a 1999 Evinrude FICHT engine for about ten years. The spark plugs used in that engine must be the exact type specified and they must be indexed per Evinrude specs. Damage can be caused by using the wrong spark or improperly indexed spark plugs. Use of the prop...
by Jefecinco
Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: 2021 Crooked River Run
Replies: 11
Views: 1655

Re: 2021 Crooked River Run

That was an excellent video, thanks. The run looked like a lot of fun.
by Jefecinco
Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly
Replies: 12
Views: 2774

Re: Park It 360 Trailer Dolly

Yesterday we tried the dolly for the first time. Fall is here and, although we realize hot weather will return soon, we felt fired up to get on the water. This is our favorite time of year for boating on the Alabama Coast. We connected the dolly to the trailer. It was a little difficult and will be ...
by Jefecinco
Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat for New Jersey Bays and Shore: 200 DAUNTLESS or 190 MONTAUK
Replies: 6
Views: 692

Re: Boat for New Jersey Bays and Shore: 200 DAUNTLESS or 190 MONTAUK

Boat dealers sometimes offer demonstration rides of new boats at major on-the-water boat shows. The Annapolis Power Boat Show is one such venue. This is usually limited to demonstration rides on boats not normally trailered. If a person is considering a boat purchase it is often worthwhile to attend...
by Jefecinco
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat for New Jersey Bays and Shore: 200 DAUNTLESS or 190 MONTAUK
Replies: 6
Views: 692

Re: Dauntless 200 vs Montauk 190

I believe dealers want to sell boats in unused condition. They would have to disclose to a buyer if the boat had been used as a demonstrator boat. I have bought two new Boston Whaler boats from dealers. In both cases when I arrived at the dealership with check in hand I was provided a test drive bef...
by Jefecinco
Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler warranty cover of shrinkage of caulk in caulked seams
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Boston Whaler warranty cover of shrinkage of caulk in caulked seams

Perhaps, if the boat were stored inside a climate-controlled environment free of direct sunshine and harmful emissions and the boat was used only a hundred hours per year. As previously recommended, read the warranty.
by Jefecinco
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Removing Bottom Paint
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

Re: Removing Bottom Paint

Last night watching an archived "This Old House" video episode I saw an interesting method to remove char and soot covered wood from a fire damaged home under restoration. It immediately made me wonder if similar technology would work as well for removing bottom paint from gel coat. The me...
by Jefecinco
Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Radio gets FM but not AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4062

Re: Radio gets FM but not AM

Speaking of stealing signals, when we lived in the Dominican Republic in 1983 through 1985 we could not receive any English language signals from over the air television broadcasts. We had agreed long before moving to the DR that we would not waste money on cable TV. However, we learned the price of...
by Jefecinco
Sun Sep 05, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Radio gets FM but not AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4062

Re: Radio gets FM but not AM

Villa Acuna, located across the US/Mexican border from Del Rio Texas was, if I remember correctly, the site of a 100,000 watt radio station, XERF, in the early 1950s. There are conflicting stories that the station was later authorized to transmit at up to 500,000 watts. The broadcasts were in Englis...
by Jefecinco
Sun Sep 05, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Battery in Console: On Deck or on Shelf
Replies: 8
Views: 954

Re: Battery in Console: On Deck or on Shelf

If you use AGM batteries on your boat the weight will be much higher than if you use conventional lead acid batteries. Spreading the weight on the deck as much as possible would be advisable.
by Jefecinco
Wed Sep 01, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: ROTAX Engines
Replies: 8
Views: 3874

Re: ROTAX Engines

When I fist saw the Rotax name I assumed the engines were rotary as in the Wankel engines used in some Mazda vehicles. I was disappointed to learn they were just more or less ordinary in-line reciprocating engines. The appear to enjoy reliability and weight advantages.
by Jefecinco
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2001 Dauntless 16 versus 2000 Ventura 18
Replies: 3
Views: 3485

Re: 2001 Dauntless 16 versus 2000 Ventura 18

I doubt you would experience much ride improvement. The two hulls are very similar and, I believe, have the same deadrise. The slightly larger hull and slightly more weight should result in a slightly better ride. Before moving up for a better ride ask the Ventura owner to allow you to operate his b...
by Jefecinco
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2001 Ventura 210 OptiMax Engine Failure
Replies: 20
Views: 7964

Re: 2001 Ventura 210 OptiMax Engine Failure

Now that you are replacing the part most known to fail there is a good chance you will be able to enjoy your engine for many years without another serious part failure. It is likely that Mercury has modified the compressor to make it more reliable as they have had several years to work out the defec...
by Jefecinco
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: SmartCraft Sea Temperature Error
Replies: 2
Views: 3291

Re: SmartCraft Sea Temperature Error

I was never happy with the SmartCraft gauges on our 190 Montauk. I decided to spend a few dollars, establish a NMEA-2000 Network, and connect the Verado data to our Multi Function Display (MFD). That allowed all engine and boat data to be displayed on the MFD. The data included the paddle wheel info...
by Jefecinco
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 16-foot 7-inch Hull: How Much Gel Coat Resin for Hull and Cockpit
Replies: 3
Views: 2587

Re: 16-foot 7-inch Hull: How Much Gel Coat Resin for Hull and Cockpit

Wow, what an eye catcher [the hull color in Figure 2] is.
by Jefecinco
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Hurricane Ida
Replies: 3
Views: 2762

Re: Hurricane Ida

Also a rain event in Gulf Shores, but we had tornado warnings all day Sunday and into the night. Other than losing power New Orleans seems to have fared far better than they did during Katrina. At least the floodgates held up and most of the pumps performed well as no flooding inside the protected z...
by Jefecinco
Sun Aug 29, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Hurricane Ida
Replies: 3
Views: 2762

Hurricane Ida

In Gulf Shores, Alabama, we are just getting the first of Hurricane IDA’s outer rain bands with increased wind speed. This is not a good boating day. For the past two days we have seen a steady parade of boats and large yachts heading eastward looking for safe moorings. There is an uncompleted marin...
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 28, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them
Replies: 13
Views: 4408

Re: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them

The method you used certainly looks very professional. It may not do the job better but it's always satisfying to do professional looking work. I like it.
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2001 Ventura 210 OptiMax Engine Failure
Replies: 20
Views: 7964

Re: 2001 Ventura 210 OptiMax Engine Failure

It's always disappointing when an engine suffers a breakdown. Whether it's an inexpensive problem or not the loss of valuable boating time is frustrating especially when it comes only a couple of months after a previous breakdown. It's better to put our frustration behind us and take a deep breath b...
by Jefecinco
Thu Aug 26, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Using Photovoltaic Panel to Maintain Boat Battery
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

Re: Using Photovoltaic Panel to Maintain Boat Battery

Mounting a solar charger to the float seems like an excellent solution to the panel array mounting. The charger controller may or may not be weatherproof. That would determine where and how it should be mounted. I would consider a weatherproof plastic box, also mounted to the float, for the controll...
by Jefecinco
Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Vendor to repair engine cowling, repaint, and apply decals in Michigan
Replies: 6
Views: 3297

Re: Vendor to repair engine cowling, repaint, and apply decals in Michigan

The price quoted does not seem excessive for a high quality job. To do a professional repair and repaint could require several hours of hand work, mostly in the preparation for painting. The surface to be painted must be flawless for a proper finishing job. Applying decals to a rounded surface is no...
by Jefecinco
Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Using Photovoltaic Panel to Maintain Boat Battery
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

Re: Using Photovoltaic Panel to Maintain Boat Battery

If you are using a wet slip with an electrical power source a battery maintainer connected to shore power would be a good choice. If you are storing your boat on it's trailer a boat cover would be good investment. It should keep your boat protected from harmful UV light and atmospheric pollution. It...
by Jefecinco
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Simrad App
Replies: 1
Views: 2229

New Simrad App

Simrad has released a new free app that may be of interest of those with Simrad devices aboard. The link is http://www.simrad-yachting.com/simrad-app/ and basically allows pairing a Simrad device with an Apple or Android smart phone.
by Jefecinco
Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them
Replies: 13
Views: 4408

Re: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them

The solution used in aviation applications appears to be a good one. However, it seems only appropriate to a castle or crenelated nut. Some, if not all, propeller nuts requiring a cotter pin are probably castle nuts. Many others are not. Thanks for the information.
by Jefecinco
Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them
Replies: 13
Views: 4408

Re: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them

I never understood the "why" of the method. Being a good soldier I just did it that way.
by Jefecinco
Thu Aug 19, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them
Replies: 13
Views: 4408

Re: Cotter Pins--all you wanted to know about them

During Army training as a heavy equipment mechanic, a very long time ago, we were taught to bend only one leg when installing cotter pins. We were not taught to bend the short or long leg. Probably because many cotter pins had equal length legs. You would be amazed how many cotter pins were used on ...
by Jefecinco
Thu Aug 12, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2017 210 MONTAUK Leaking Caulk Seams
Replies: 4
Views: 1980

Re: Leaking Caulk Seams

Are the seams currently sealed with silicon sealant? If so, scrape out the old sealant and clean the sealing surfaces. Reapply the sealant. To avoid the need to reseal the seams as often do a good cleaning job and use a good sealant. When cleaning the boat avoid spraying the seams with high pressure...
by Jefecinco
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Identify Boston Whaler 13-foot Hull
Replies: 2
Views: 1489

Re: Identify Boston Whaler 13-foot Hull

Post a photograph of the boat.
by Jefecinco
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1986 Outrage 18 Johnson 150
Replies: 12
Views: 3550

Re: 1986 Outrage 18 Johnson 150

I believe Yamaha acquired Stiletto a few years ago. The recommended propeller may be available from Yamaha.
by Jefecinco
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 1962 Currituck Re-power
Replies: 8
Views: 3541

Re: 1962 Currituck Re-power

If selling your Currituck is a future possibility it may not sell for as much with an engine slightly more powerful than the minimum recommeded by the manufacturer. The additional weight of a four stroke cycle engine may degrade the boat's overall performance. I understand your reluctance to put a b...
by Jefecinco
Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Sighted At Gasoline Retailer
Replies: 5
Views: 2185

Re: Boston Whaler Sighted At Gasoline Retailer

The yacht tender observed on the ICW was an Outrage 21. Sorry for omitting that information.