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by BigTerp
06 Sep 2019, 10:15
Forum: Electrical
Topic: extending trolling motor cables.
Replies: 8
Views: 1340

extending trolling motor cables. Cables running hot

Just joined the forum. Hello! Fairly new to owning a boat and I've already found answers to several questions here. The question now is about hot cables so this looks like a good place to start. Got a hand-me-down Trolling Motor from a friend. Took it out yesterday for a check out and the head AND ...
by BigTerp
27 Aug 2019, 08:11
Forum: Boat House
Topic: How do you screw/mount things to aluminum (such as seat base)?
Replies: 4
Views: 642

How do you screw/mount things to aluminum (such as seat base)?

For something like a seat base and really anything for that matter you need it to be mounted solidly and that usually means that you will need some kind of backing. A thicker piece of aluminum say 1/4" plate, drill through it and bolt through it using SS bolts. I am assuming you are referring to mo...
by BigTerp
20 Aug 2019, 09:46
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: To much boat for my vehicle?
Replies: 9
Views: 882

To much boat for my vehicle?

Great advice BigTerp. Additionally, I was informed by my auto insurance that if an accident were to occur and a claim was made, if it is determined that the payload capacity of the vehicle was exceeding vehicle spec at the time of accident, any claim or coverage would be denied. Usually folks just ...
by BigTerp
20 Aug 2019, 09:41
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Soft or hard cooler?
Replies: 23
Views: 1641

Soft or hard cooler?

Got my Orca 75 quart yesterday. Really nice cooler. A bit heavy at 40#'s empty, but it will serve us well, especially on our upcoming beach trip and subsequent camping trips. Lifetime warranty, so I expect it to last a long, long time.
by BigTerp
19 Aug 2019, 08:33
Forum: General Jet Boat questions
Topic: Jon boat advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1225

Jon boat advice

I run a riveted 1648 with a '94 Johnson 50/35 2-stroke. Used to get high 20's before beating the crap out of the bottom. Now get low to mid 20's. IMO, the 50/35 is bare minimum for my 1648. Previous poster is correct about getting on plane and getting there quickly. Other than that as long as it run...
by BigTerp
19 Aug 2019, 08:18
Forum: Boat House
Topic: replacing a rtted transom in a v-hull aluminum boat?
Replies: 15
Views: 3934

replacing a rtted transom in a v-hull aluminum boat?

I have a different boat, but found it very difficult to even remove the old transom without removing both of my knee braces. They were reattached with stainless bolts and nyloc nuts through the transom and then solid rivets through the hull (same as factory). I'd imagine most small tins use solid ri...
by BigTerp
19 Aug 2019, 08:10
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Soft or hard cooler?
Replies: 23
Views: 1641

Soft or hard cooler?

You really need to prechill them by adding bottles of frozen water the night before. This is what I do with mine, especially if I'm trying to keep ice for an extended period. I keep a few 2 liter bottles of frozen water in my deep freezer. Throw them in the night before to prechill the cooler. If y...
by BigTerp
16 Aug 2019, 08:55
Forum: Motors
Topic: Shear Pins
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Shear Pins

I found OEM shear pins for my 1956 Johnson 5hp on ebay for pretty cheap. That was about 6 years ago though.
by BigTerp
16 Aug 2019, 08:40
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Soft or hard cooler?
Replies: 23
Views: 1641

Soft or hard cooler?

I haven't found a soft cooler that holds ice well at all as well as not leak once the ice melts. I have a few roll coolers, but I hate them. They never roll well and I end up carrying them, so the wheels are basically useless. I got an Ozark Trail 26q rotomolded cooler from WalMart and love it. Was ...
by BigTerp
16 Aug 2019, 08:29
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: To much boat for my vehicle?
Replies: 9
Views: 882

To much boat for my vehicle?

Not only do you need to figure in tow capacity, which in my opinion at 400#'s under max is pushing it but you should be fine, you need to figure in your payload. Looks like your vehicle payload rating is 1,320#'s. Figure on 13% of the boat weight on the tongue and you've got 600#'s eating into your ...
by BigTerp
15 Aug 2019, 08:26
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Battery Mounted under deck with OUT battery box
Replies: 18
Views: 1630

Battery Mounted under deck with OUT battery box

TMO8853 wrote:
09 Aug 2019, 11:59
Do you guys see any problem with a DC battery that uses water to be installed at an angle versus sitting flat? It’s probably at a 10-15 degree angle or whatever the slope of the bow is on bottom of boat.
I'd try to get it as square as possible.
by BigTerp
15 Aug 2019, 08:24
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Hull thickness
Replies: 19
Views: 1475

Hull thickness

I have a 19' skiff with .250 bottom and .1875 sides, it is still a pretty light boat and goes well with a Honda 90, very tough, while it may be overkill for some applications given the choice I would take overkill every time. That is a rugged boat for sure. Out of curiosity what is the hull weight ...
by BigTerp
14 Aug 2019, 08:03
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Hull thickness
Replies: 19
Views: 1475

Hull thickness

LDUBS wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 22:41
MacCTD wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 19:03
.1875 or .250, preferably 5086 as well.
1/4" is getting pretty thick & heavy. I could see it for a work boat. Way beyond what I need in the lakes I frequent.
Yeah, .250 is way overkill. Guys around here that build custom river jet boats use .190 at the most.
by BigTerp
12 Aug 2019, 09:35
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Hose for bilge pump
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Hose for bilge pump

3/4” ID clear ‘water’ hose w/ white spiral reinforcements internal to the hose works and is what I use. Avoid anything ribbed or corrugated, as it robs your pump of 20% or more efficiency. I agree with DaleH. The corrugated hose that comes with bilge pumps decreases their efficiency. Here is the ho...
by BigTerp
05 Aug 2019, 08:22
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 12 volt vs 24 volt
Replies: 24
Views: 1825

12 volt vs 24 volt

Night and day over a two-blade prop, the Kippawa prop moves a lot more water. When you smack the throttle with the Kippawa you get an immediate response. The Kippawa prop does increase the amp load on the motor (slightly) and this can void the warranty (so put the OEM prop on before making a warran...