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Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 10-17-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
If there was any sign of water in the old gas, I...

If there was any sign of water in the old gas, I bet the check valve ball is rusted and sticking in place.
Forum: Boating 10-17-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
Posted By Dave R
What type of boat are you looking for?

What type of boat are you looking for?
Forum: Boating 10-16-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
Posted By Dave R
If you are looking at stern drive boats, expect a...

If you are looking at stern drive boats, expect a massive discount on one that was kept in salt water. Stern drives and salt water are a horrible combination, IMO, unless the boat is trailer or rack...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 10-14-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
It's either a clogged vent on the fuel tank or a...

It's either a clogged vent on the fuel tank or a clog blocking fuel from flowing from the pickup in the tank to the bulb. The clog cannot up downstream of the bulb.

Assuming it's not a clogged...
Forum: Boating 10-11-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,568
Posted By Dave R
My first boat (a poorly made and poorly...

My first boat (a poorly made and poorly maintained "bargain") taught me to buy nothing but well-maintained older cream puffs. My fourth boat is my third cream puff and it's been great.
Forum: Boating 10-10-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,568
Posted By Dave R
My guess is that that marina never wants to see...

My guess is that that marina never wants to see your boat again and are perfectly happy to eat the cost of the unnecessary fuel pump. They also have no desire to remove it since it is of no real...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 10-10-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
As far as I know, the charging system on that...

As far as I know, the charging system on that engine is unregulated, so 16 volts is probably normal if the battery is charged up fully. It will be a lot lower if the battery is discharged. If you are...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 10-09-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
Not even close. The next thing that comes up just...

Not even close. The next thing that comes up just means you get to learn something else and maybe get to (justifiably) buy more tools. It gets easier and easier the more you do it.

One of my...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 10-09-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
That's great news. For me, there is a tremendous...

That's great news. For me, there is a tremendous satisfaction in being able to fix something and even more satisfaction in being able to teach someone else to fix something. This is the BEST part of...
Forum: Boating 10-06-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
I have been following Searching for C-Shels for a...

I have been following Searching for C-Shels for a long time, but I must say that we picked the Tollycraft 44/45 as our next boat before we knew about C-Shels. Sheldon and I communicate frequently and...
Forum: Boating 10-04-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
Thanks, we like the lines too, but it's not for...

Thanks, we like the lines too, but it's not for everybody. I overheard someone talking about it being "too "oceany"" once, while it was being compared to a more sleek design (that looked like giant...
Forum: Boating 10-04-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
Nordic Tugs and Back Cove boats are quite...

Nordic Tugs and Back Cove boats are quite different in purpose and function IMO. Back Cove boats are not really designed as a live aboard, and are really high-end cruisers meant for long weekend...
Forum: Boating 10-04-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
It's a Tollycraft 44 CPMY with twin CAT 3208TAs....

It's a Tollycraft 44 CPMY with twin CAT 3208TAs. We fully intend to take it to the Caribbean for the reasons you have stated. Our boat has already been there before for a 7 month stay with a previous...
Forum: Boating 10-04-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
This was our first year in a coastal slip as...

This was our first year in a coastal slip as well. We had done quite a bit of ocean boating previously, but always in a trailered boat.

We miss or Winni friends, the warm swims, and all the...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 10-03-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
I doubt it's the primer solenoid, that would...

I doubt it's the primer solenoid, that would affect all three carburetors and it cannot force fuel into a carburetor (it's just a valve that lets extra fuel in when the engine is so cold that the...
Forum: Boating 10-02-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,409
Posted By Dave R
Good advice there.

Good advice there.
Forum: Boating 10-02-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
I have no idea but I do know that municipalities...

I have no idea but I do know that municipalities release waste water into the lake so I would not recommend it without filtering. That said, even if no one released waste water into the lake, I would...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 10-02-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
I do not understand where the gas was pouring...

I do not understand where the gas was pouring from based on your description, but it sure sounds like nothing more than a sticking float in the carburetor that was dumping fuel. If I am right, the...
Forum: Boating 10-01-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,409
Posted By Dave R
I had two boats with stepped hulls and the single...

I had two boats with stepped hulls and the single prop one liked plenty of trim with the a high lift 4 blade prop. The one with a Bravo 3 liked about 20% positive trim but was not very sensitive to...
Forum: Boating 10-01-2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,409
Posted By Dave R
I would try a set of Hill Marine 4x4 props and...

I would try a set of Hill Marine 4x4 props and see if it helps. the downside of not being able to trim up is poor fuel economy. Maybe the extra stern lift of the 4x4s will keep the boat from ever...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 09-30-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By Dave R
I suspect the VRO/Fuel pump might be bad based on...

I suspect the VRO/Fuel pump might be bad based on your description, BUT low compression on the cylinder that provides the pulses to operate the pump may be the real problem. Check compression again...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 09-30-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 857
Posted By Dave R
Since you wrote "INEXPENSIVE" in your original...

Since you wrote "INEXPENSIVE" in your original post, don't buy an AGM battery. They are awesome, but the benefits they offer will likely be irrelevant for your application thus they are not worth...
Forum: Boat Repairs & Maintenance 09-30-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 857
Posted By Dave R
AGMs are lead acid batteries too, but they are...

AGMs are lead acid batteries too, but they are different than the more common FLA (flooded lead acid) in that they are maintenance free and don't like overcharging (which is something you should...
Forum: Boating 09-26-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
We anchored in Red Rock Bay. It's a big but...

We anchored in Red Rock Bay. It's a big but protected area about 20 feet deep. It's also surrounded by state park land on three sides, so there are no (or very few??) homes on the nearby shore. This...
Forum: Boating 09-26-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,175
Posted By Dave R
I have spent a few nights and several 1/2 days...

I have spent a few nights and several 1/2 days tied up at Burlington City Marina. Had a great time. The proximity to the bus station makes it a great stop for someone traveling by boat. It is a...
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