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by maintenanceguy
31 Mar 2020, 20:47
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Ideas for a console
Replies: 16
Views: 172

Ideas for a console

I've always thought these were pretty interesting: https://www.boatstogo.com/central-console-inflatable-boat.asp They're made for inflatable dingys but something could be made for any jon boat. A Harbor Freight hydraulic tube bender and a couple of lengths of aluminum tubing and you'd have something...
by maintenanceguy
31 Mar 2020, 20:34
Forum: Electrical
Topic: I think I'm done with Minn Kota
Replies: 4
Views: 70

I think I'm done with Minn Kota

Just curious where you're buying them. I don't know anything specifically about Minn Kota but Walmart (and maybe other big retailers) tell manufacturers what they'll pay for products and manufacturers will often make a cheaper version of the same product. Same model number, same SKU number, but made...
by maintenanceguy
31 Mar 2020, 09:19
Forum: Motors
Topic: downside of a long shaft?
Replies: 13
Views: 213

downside of a long shaft?

There are short shafts, very short shafts, long shafts, extra long shafts, and all manufacturers are a little different in shaft length. But... in a 9.9hp, a short shaft is usually pretty close to 17" and a long shaft is usually pretty close to 20". A 3" rise should get you pretty close to what you ...
by maintenanceguy
29 Mar 2020, 16:56
Forum: Motors
Topic: downside of a long shaft?
Replies: 13
Views: 213

downside of a long shaft?

I don't see any downside. Looks like it only sets your outboard back about 3". That wouldn't worry me.
by maintenanceguy
29 Mar 2020, 06:46
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: Selling boat question
Replies: 23
Views: 943

Selling boat question

Can I make more money selling as a set or separately? Am I upgrading electronics or can I reuse what I have? And, most importantly, how much of a pain in the back side will it be to remove everything and have to deal with multiple buyers. Unless I had some really high end electronics on a really che...
by maintenanceguy
28 Mar 2020, 12:47
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Compass necessity?
Replies: 12
Views: 145

Compass necessity?

I have a gps/chart plotter mounted on top of my side console. I also keep a paper map and a compass in my emergency kit. It's awfully easy to get lost in the winding salt marsh creeks where we crab and fish. It's miles and miles of twists, turns, and side creeks that all look exactly alike. I really...
by maintenanceguy
27 Mar 2020, 18:12
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: Stay at home order
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Stay at home order

I'm now officially working from home and I'm putting in a few hours each day but the emails have slowed to a trickle, I get a couple of calls a day, and with the rest of my building home, there just isn't 8 hours of work to do each day. Trimmed fruit trees and grapes today, got the mower running, cl...
by maintenanceguy
21 Mar 2020, 11:05
Forum: Boat House
Topic: are you Locked down? lets see your projects...
Replies: 19
Views: 355

are you Locked down? lets see your projects...

I've been working on my Topper 1236, "Picture Heavy" installed a hatch in center seat for 29 series battery, mounted a control / switch panel with outlets, pvc conduit down the sides for wiring, added 4.5 x 4.5 2-gang outlet box to house 6-fuse panel. Front Seat Box USB port and led illuminated shu...
by maintenanceguy
21 Mar 2020, 11:04
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: Stay at home order
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Stay at home order

Apparently our governor is making an announcement today - I suspect we'll be told the same thing. I was already told to bring my laptop home from work and we've been having lots of tele-meetings over the last week. We've all been in our offices but haven't gotten together for face to face meetings. ...
by maintenanceguy
20 Mar 2020, 07:22
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: Corona Virus
Replies: 26
Views: 327

Corona Virus

I don't know if we're over reacting or not. I hope we're not because the economic impact is hurting a lot of people. There are a lot of people out of work because of this and I'm worried that we're doing damage to the economy that will take a long time to recover from.
by maintenanceguy
20 Mar 2020, 07:20
Forum: Motors
Topic: Mounting help for Mercury 60/40 Jet
Replies: 7
Views: 91

Mounting help for Mercury 60/40 Jet

You may be right. I've owned a 40ph mercury that had clamps. I don't know what a 40/60 would have.
by maintenanceguy
19 Mar 2020, 18:14
Forum: Motors
Topic: Mounting help for Mercury 60/40 Jet
Replies: 7
Views: 91

Mounting help for Mercury 60/40 Jet

For the test, you can just tighten the transom clamps to mount it temporarily. I would definately bolt it but I wouldn't worry about it until I got it home - unless you were going to tow the boat home with the outboard installed. I mounted my 40hp outboard with 3/8 stainless bolts with oversized was...
by maintenanceguy
15 Mar 2020, 06:23
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Bow storage recommendation
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Bow storage recommendation

That's a bow roller for the anchor - an unusual thing to have on a small aluminum jon boat. I'm sure it was an after-market add-on. If you're doing a real restore, you'll probably want to take it off. If you like it and want to keep it, every one I've ever seen was left stainless and not painted. It...
by maintenanceguy
10 Mar 2020, 18:53
Forum: Wanted
Topic: 1980s model Yamaha 25/30 parts
Replies: 3
Views: 24

1980s model Yamaha 25/30 parts

I've got an older Mariner outboard made by Yamaha. I've bought parts at Crowley Marine online.
by maintenanceguy
04 Mar 2020, 22:21
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Aluminum brazing rod?
Replies: 7
Views: 223

Aluminum brazing rod?

I've used the Hobart aluminum brazing rod to fill holes that were worn in corners of an aluminum boat hull. It worked very well. I've done a lot of brazing of cast iron with brass rod and a lot of brazing of copper tubing with 5% and 15% silver solder. The aluminum brazing rod was harder to use but ...