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by MrGiggles
24 Feb 2020, 12:13
Forum: Boat House
Topic: What's a good material for deck templates?
Replies: 7
Views: 95

What's a good material for deck templates?

I've found that regular cardboard is a little too stiff to push into a contour and get a good template. I like either the thin construction paper type cardboard or poster board. You can push it into a contour and get a good crease made that you can follow with scissors. The only place that I have ev...
by MrGiggles
24 Feb 2020, 09:45
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Rod Holder Install location
Replies: 14
Views: 290

Rod Holder Install location

I use four of those for trolling. I've had them in several configurations. 1. Two on the front deck, on either side about where it ends, and two on the rear deck, just to the outside of the outboard. In this case, the front rods sit perpendicular to the boat (straight out), and the rear rods point s...
by MrGiggles
22 Feb 2020, 13:54
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Too far gone?
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Too far gone?

I wouldn't worry too much as long as there are no pinholes, and the hull is not super thin right there.
by MrGiggles
20 Feb 2020, 12:11
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Transom Live well drain needed
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Transom Live well drain needed

Well still restoring this 1997 Tracker Tournament v17. I am bolting up the new transom. On the transom the drain and the livewell bilge hole are 1 inch. Then the far left hole is the livewell drain which is below waterline. All the drains I can find say right on the description " not recommended be...
by MrGiggles
20 Feb 2020, 12:03
Forum: Motors
Topic: What size fuel line?
Replies: 5
Views: 113

What size fuel line?

Blake wrote:
20 Feb 2020, 08:09
Yeah the motor isn't sitting in front of me, that is why I was needing to but the line ahead of time. I think it's 1/4"
Yeah, typically 3/16 or 1/4.
by MrGiggles
11 Feb 2020, 14:14
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Is this a good price?
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Is this a good price?

Seems a touch high, but fair. I'd say that combo is probably about 10k brand new. If you were going to spend that much, I'd try to find a left over new 18 or 19 model. Probably wouldn't cost much more and you get the factory warranty. If you were wanting to spend less, there are loads of used boats ...
by MrGiggles
11 Feb 2020, 14:06
Forum: Boat House
Topic: How to secure deck and flooring
Replies: 9
Views: 270

How to secure deck and flooring

If you're carpeting, just carpet the panels and screw them down. You will not be able to see the screws, I have had to use a magnet to find them when removing the last deck that I made. With vinyl, you could screw it down and carpet over the top, but that is going to make removal in the future a rea...
by MrGiggles
11 Feb 2020, 13:57
Forum: Motors
Topic: 86 or 92 Mercury 9.9 Cold Start Problems
Replies: 25
Views: 492

86 or 92 Mercury 9.9 Cold Start Problems

Thanks for the input Pappy I think I've got it idling like it should now. One more question. I've been told to remove the fuel line and let it idle until it dies before taking it off the water. Apparently this is to burn all fuel in the engine to prevent from sitting in the carburetor, fuel lines, ...
by MrGiggles
05 Feb 2020, 12:57
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Keel repair (alumacraft FD)
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Keel repair (alumacraft FD)

Yep, drill holes on either side of the crack and rivet it back down. Should probably add backing washers on the inside to prevent them from pulling through, lots of stress in that area.
by MrGiggles
30 Jan 2020, 13:56
Forum: Motors
Topic: old mixed gas
Replies: 8
Views: 443

old mixed gas

Gas is cheap, outboard rebuilds aren't.

If in doubt, siphon and replace.
by MrGiggles
25 Jan 2020, 22:30
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Transom Material
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Transom Material

Exterior has the same glue as marine. The difference is that marine has no voids. I assume BCX has less voids than CDX, so that would be my choice, assuming it is in budget. There is more than 1 way to waterproof it. Epoxy coatings, Old timers formula, paint. Do some reading. Chances are it will ou...
by MrGiggles
25 Jan 2020, 20:07
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Transom Material
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Transom Material

I apologize, I'm sure this has been rehashed many times here, but I'm having trouble deciding. I pulled the transom out of my 17' Tracker, it was well overdue. It is right at 1 1/4" thick, so two pieces of 5/8 ply sandwhiched together should be just about perfect. The closest Menards does have some ...
by MrGiggles
25 Jan 2020, 13:13
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Thru hull fitting on side of boat??
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Thru hull fitting on side of boat??

I did that on a 14' Alumacraft. The livewell was just ahead of the middle bench, and I did not want a big hole in the transom, or another hose running the length of the boat. I used a bronze thru-hull, with a brass ball valve right after, in the event of a plastic fitting failure (or you wanted to u...
by MrGiggles
13 Jan 2020, 21:37
Forum: Motors
Topic: Used 2 Stroke
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Used 2 Stroke

Mercury is kind of notorious for NLA parts. Even on new stuff.

OMC is a safe bet. The vast majority of parts are available even for motors dating back to the 60s.
by MrGiggles
08 Jan 2020, 14:16
Forum: Motors
Topic: Replaced stator/trigger/flywheel. Do I need to link/sync?
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Replaced stator/trigger/flywheel. Do I need to link/sync?

Ditto, you should at least check the ignition timing. If it is even a little bit too advanced, bad things happen. Aftermarket triggers may not have the same tolerances as OEM, and adjustments may be necessary. I used an automotive timing light, run it on muffs with the fuel line unhooked until the c...