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mtn
mtn MegaDork
7/5/23 8:11 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) :

Johnson had 4 strokes that were made by Suzuki. And I think that small evinrudes (and Johnson's) at the end were made by Tohatsu. Just something to keep in mind. 

Sonic
Sonic UberDork
7/5/23 9:29 p.m.

Finally got the boat in this year.  

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/5/23 9:52 p.m.
11GTCS said:

In reply to adam525i :

So of course it’s been raining, humid and dead calm ever since she got launched. Lol.  I did get her off the mooring today for a bit, light air out of the SE and mid 80’s which is not usually a winning formula up here but sail we did.  

Here we are after tacking out of the small sheltered cove where my parent’s place is.  First time underway with her new sails and first sail since 2013.   Sorry for the picture quality, my wife took this with her phone and I cropped it as much as I could.  We’ll work on getting some real camera pictures.  

 

Looks like a beautiful spot to sail! 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/17/23 6:49 p.m.

The boat was running like crud, so I did a tune up.I think I'm going to flush the gas tank again, too, as the fuel/water separator had more water in it than I'd like.

May be an image of boat and text

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
7/17/23 8:16 p.m.

In reply to 11GTCS :

Seeing that you have been out for a sail is great, any picture is a bonus.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/17/23 10:01 p.m.

I used to build kayaks, but otherwise am fairly ignorant on the subject of boats. Can someone explain to me why a craft of this size needs 1800 HP worth of outboards?

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/17/23 11:06 p.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

tiny peepee devil

VolvoHeretic
VolvoHeretic GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/18/23 12:04 a.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

90 mph?

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/18/23 12:58 a.m.

In reply to VolvoHeretic :

Will a boat of that design go 90 MPH safely?

mtn
mtn MegaDork
7/18/23 2:16 a.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

"Boat", "90mph", "safely". 
 

Pick 2. 
 

EDIT: There are safety reasons for wanting that much power though. If you're in an underpowered boat and caught in some bad E36 M3 (YouTube Haulover inlet), having that much power would make it easy to basically power through/over anything that the hull itself can handle. 
 

yeah, safety. That's the reason. 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/18/23 11:38 a.m.
mtn said:

EDIT: There are safety reasons for wanting that much power though. If you're in an underpowered boat and caught in some bad E36 M3 (YouTube Haulover inlet), having that much power would make it easy to basically power through/over anything that the hull itself can handle. 
 

yeah, safety. That's the reason. 


Safety through redundancy. If they're going offshore constantly, there is nothing wrong with having n+2 motors with enough power to move your boat.

MattGent
MattGent HalfDork
7/19/23 12:38 a.m.

We have a boat that goes 90 relatively safely.

That boat won't do 90.  It has big motors because the owner can afford it, and the boat is crammed with expensive and heavy features.  In SE Florida rigs like that are commonplace.  People have more money than they know what to do with.  We took 20 people scalloping on my friends boat with 3X 300s.  It won't plane off on 2.

11GTCS
11GTCS Dork
7/22/23 9:41 p.m.

Well it took until July 22 but we had some E36 M3kicking thunderstorms last night that brought in a lower dew point and westerly breezes so today was the day.

I’ve had her for 40 years and she’s older than me!  Not bad for going on 70 years old.  I should rename her “Cougar”. Lol. 

11GTCS
11GTCS Dork
7/22/23 10:32 p.m.

Also pontoon boats and those who drive them are the marine equivalent of Nissan Altima owners.  Fight me!  LOL. 

mad_machine
mad_machine GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/30/23 4:09 p.m.
11GTCS said:

Well it took until July 22 but we had some E36 M3kicking thunderstorms last night that brought in a lower dew point and westerly breezes so today was the day.

I’ve had her for 40 years and she’s older than me!  Not bad for going on 70 years old.  I should rename her “Cougar”. Lol. 

She looks great and beats my GP14 for age. My boat is 60 next year.

1SlowVW
1SlowVW Dork
7/30/23 7:42 p.m.

Lots of work to get this ready to go in 2 weeks for our local fun run. Steering is still wonky transom needs raised and a hole in the tunnel needs a better solution that tape. But the 20-20 paint job will be easy to ID from the beach. 

Crxpilot
Crxpilot HalfDork
7/31/23 1:32 a.m.

NMNA but fun to consider https://renebates.com/a_list_2.php?id=144&cat=all

City of Miami Selling: 5 Seized Boats

porschenut
porschenut HalfDork
7/31/23 8:19 a.m.

My sailboat.  The hobie TI is actually the first one, now have a red '16.  Absolutely the most fun in medium winds. 

1SlowVW
1SlowVW Dork
8/14/23 8:06 a.m.

I was in team, let's not burn the old race boat. But I was outvoted. I did make sure all the steering hardware was salvaged before the final event. 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/22/23 1:13 p.m.

We had an aggravating trip to the beach boat wise. The tides and weather didn't cooperate well, so we could only get out a few times, and there was an ongoing list of things that went wrong.

1. The winch handle sheared off when we were launching the boat. It was old and metal fatigue caught up to it. Vice grips to the rescue!
2. The boat, which had been acting fine, suddenly decided it didn't want to rev above 2500 RPMs. We puttered around anyhow.
3. I left the battery switch on and ran down both deep cycle batteries and had to throw it up on shore power to charge them back up.
4. The live well was wonky from not having been used for a while. It eventually sorted itself out.
5. The bilge float is a bit sticky, but operational.
6. When we hit the first good fishing spot, we threw the anchor overboard only to find that it wasn't tied to anything. Big whoops, 100% my fault. Fishing without an anchor doesn't work well.
7. Given how poorly the boat was running, the fact the anchor was now in the ocean, and the weather was looking worse for the next few days, we decided to take the boat out of the water. It ran *perfectly* on the way back to the boat ramp. *sad trombone*
8.  While getting the boat on the trailer, the new winch slipped the gear, and we had to take it apart and realign it. During this, it seems that the newer unit had thinner sheet metal, despite having the same load rating. I'm going to have to cobble together a functional, strong winch from the two units.
9. One of the turn signals on the trailer decided to die. Luckily the brake light on that side still worked.

So... yep. Typical boat ownership. We still had fun, though. It's always great to get together with my brothers and sister.

May be an image of 4 people, people fishing and boat
 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/24/24 4:10 p.m.

OK, it's about time for the boat stuff to begin again.

I've got "clean the boat, attach the new anchor, check the bilge and electronics, and flush the fuel" penciled in as a floating tasks for weekend projects. 

I've also got "finish gutting the project boat" as an item with lower priority.

EricM
EricM SuperDork
2/24/24 5:08 p.m.

 

Launching the 31 footer in the early 2000's.  It's in a barn now in Winnibago, Illinois. My father is over 80 years old, it probably won't be put in again by anyone in my family.

 

This is in Milwakee.

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/25/24 10:52 a.m.

Am I insane or super crafty? Time will tell.

A boat repair shop closed down and the property it was on was bought out by a developer. They posted this on FB Marketplace:


Things happened, and I found myself out at the property. There were a bunch of boats in various states of disrepair and abandonment left on the property, and were indeed giving most of them away.

 

I spotted this. Yes, it has a hole in it. Given how thin the fiberglass is there, I'm not surprised. BUT! It has a 2001 Mercury 25 HP 4 stroke engine and controls hanging on the back. And, the most important part- FREE.

 

Product photo of 2000 Multiple multiple

 

I went home, dumped my current small boat project off of the trailer, high tailed it back there. After shoveling out the muck that had collected in it and draining out a bit of water, I cleared a path between the other boats wide enough to get it out using my off-road recovery gear. 

I managed to get it out in the open to load it on my trailer. Here it is coming home. Yes, this load job isn't the best.

May be an image of text

 

I'm not sure if this is going to replace my current small boat project or if it's just going to be an engine donor.  I'm probably going to start a build thread for the boats and see what happens once I get further into it. My main concern is that this should probably need and have a title, and obviously I don't have one. if it needs a title, getting one will be a process. The other boat is old enough it doesn't even have a hull ID number on it, and wasnever titled. 

dculberson
dculberson MegaDork
3/25/24 12:58 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) :

That was a heck of a deal!! Good job jumping on it. 
 

Oh, our local boat office was super helpful when it came to getting a HIN on our canoe. They were able to handle it all through photos and email and they mailed me a HIN plate to rivet on. Drop yours a line they're mostly nice people who want to help. 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/8/24 10:43 a.m.

Did a minimal bit of work on the free boat.

I gave it a good looking over and found that:

  1. The wiring harness was unplugged from the engine
  2. There was no oil cap for the engine.
  3. There is no key, but I knew this already.

In prep for ordering a new lock cylinder, I took apart the control box and found that the hot wire connection inside the box had come apart. I wonder if that's how the boat wound up at the boat repair facility in the first place. I ordered a new lock cylinder, an oil cap for the engine, bought a battery and picked up a fiberglass repair kit.

I may have to kick this out into a build thread.

I'm also debating if this boat is going to replace my 20' Key West. It takes up way less room, can be towed by a smaller vehicle and holds the number of people that I usually have fishing (1-2) easily. Really the only time I need the bigger boat is when we're at the beach and have 4-5 people out at a time. 

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