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Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 07-17-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,176
Posted By Dave R
Yup, it's just fine.

Yup, it's just fine.
Forum: Boating 07-13-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,234
Posted By Dave R
I'm with you... Outside living space is abundant...

I'm with you... Outside living space is abundant on our boat and the interior spaces are bright and well-ventilated. The flybridge version of that boat has better outdoor space.
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 07-09-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,176
Posted By Dave R
I ran 5W40 T6 in my Duramax when I had it, too....

I ran 5W40 T6 in my Duramax when I had it, too. Great oil and easy Winter starts. I run T4 in my boat's Caterpillar engines though. They each take 4 gallons, they don't run in the Winter and I don't...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 07-08-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,176
Posted By Dave R
Your 4.3 is an automotive-based Chevy without any...

Your 4.3 is an automotive-based Chevy without any smog controls like a catalytic converter. If you want the best protection, use diesel oil instead of gasoline powered auto or marine oil. Non-diesel...
Forum: Boating 07-01-2021, 08:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,470
Posted By Dave R
Mine is on a 10' 6" aluminum/Hypalon RIB that I...

Mine is on a 10' 6" aluminum/Hypalon RIB that I bought new from North Atlantic Inflatables in Portland, ME (a great business to deal with). I converted it to electric start, remote...
Forum: Boating 06-23-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,470
Posted By Dave R
I have a 2004 two stroke Mercury (pretty sure...

I have a 2004 two stroke Mercury (pretty sure it's a re-badged Tohatsu) 15HP outboard on my 2020 RIB tender that runs great and planes out with two adults on board. I went with it because I already...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 06-22-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 948
Posted By Dave R
A bog like that usually means a lean mixture. I...

A bog like that usually means a lean mixture. I am with jetskier, I think you have fuel starvation issues. Don't run it like that until you address the problem or you might have issues that are far...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 06-11-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,692
Posted By Dave R
Electric drum brakes work great on a boat trailer...

Electric drum brakes work great on a boat trailer and are much more reliable and easier to maintain than hydraulic drum brakes, in my experience. The electric part is a simple electromagnet that is...
Forum: Boating 06-01-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,080
Posted By Dave R
I have a West Marine about 12 minutes from my...

I have a West Marine about 12 minutes from my boat and a Hamilton Marine about 25 minutes away. When it comes to the stuff I need, West Marine almost always disappoints and Hamilton has been...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 05-28-2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,300
Posted By Dave R
It's only necessary to disconnect the battery if...

It's only necessary to disconnect the battery if there's a load on the battery. Wires that go to switches that are not closed will not create a load.
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 05-27-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,300
Posted By Dave R
If the 12V floaded lead acid battery is fully...

If the 12V floaded lead acid battery is fully charged, and has not been connected to a charger for 48 hours, it should produce 12.6 Volts.
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 05-12-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,300
Posted By Dave R
Adding a little bottle of alcohol to a tank of...

Adding a little bottle of alcohol to a tank of gasoline that is already 10% alcohol is not going to do much, IMO. Fresh gas would probably be a better plan.
Forum: Boating 05-12-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,099
Posted By Dave R
If I was in the area, I'd be happy to help, but...

If I was in the area, I'd be happy to help, but I'm not in the area.

I recommend finding an empty parking lot a few days ahead of time and practice backing the trailer accurately into parking...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 05-05-2021, 06:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,008
Posted By Dave R
Nicely done!

Nicely done!
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 04-29-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,607
Posted By Dave R
The goal I had in mind was to test your boat's...

The goal I had in mind was to test your boat's charging system, not the battery. Charge the battery fully and then bring it to a store that sells batteries, they will load test it for you and...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 04-29-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,607
Posted By Dave R
You may not need to go fast, but most alternators...

You may not need to go fast, but most alternators do not put out anywhere near their full output at low engine RPM.

My advice is to check your battery voltage with an accurate meter before you...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 04-29-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,607
Posted By Dave R
If your battery is not providing as much power as...

If your battery is not providing as much power as you need, the problem could very well be your charging system, not your battery. Boat engine alternators are notoriously under-sized and you may not...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 04-29-2021, 06:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,607
Posted By Dave R
This^ The application is extremely important...

This^

The application is extremely important if you want to get your money's worth. If you really need extra capacity, consider adding a second battery and an automatic charging relay instead of a...
Forum: Boating 04-24-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,713
Posted By Dave R
We almost always use floating docks due to the...

We almost always use floating docks due to the tide where we boat. They are mostly not very pleasant to use (the concrete ones are good). I prefer a stable dock if there's no tide. If you are going...
Forum: Boating 04-14-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,754
Posted By Dave R
I'll re-phrase that, if a boat is making...

I'll re-phrase that, if a boat is making steerage, it will create a wake.
Forum: Boating 04-14-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,754
Posted By Dave R
If a boat is moving, it's producing a wake.

If a boat is moving, it's producing a wake.
Forum: Boating 04-14-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,754
Posted By Dave R
I pass under that bridge often and IMO, the...

I pass under that bridge often and IMO, the current and eddies there are not as dangerous as the Hampton bridge, but I may have never experienced it at its worst. There's an railroad bridge .6 miles...
Forum: Boating 04-14-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,754
Posted By Dave R
Agreed, but the objective part is precisely what...

Agreed, but the objective part is precisely what was removed from the old law; seems crazy. "6 MPH or blah blah, steerage, blah blah", was a great law since no boat produces a damaging wake at 6 MPH...
Forum: Boating 04-14-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,754
Posted By Dave R
They are not really that close together, the long...

They are not really that close together, the long lens used for that photo compresses the image. Makes a for a great photo though.
Forum: Boating 04-13-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,754
Posted By Dave R
It's a tough situation because of the possibility...

It's a tough situation because of the possibility of current, and they really have no choice but to leave it subjective.

I routinely pass under the Hampton River draw bridge and unless it's slack...
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