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  1. paulswagelock

    Props on Bravo lll

    You are pitched correctly if you are hitting 5000 rpm. Only 2 choices for bravo 3 really, Merc and Hill marine. Your boat isn’t really Hill’s sweet spot. If you want a bit more hole shot, the new Merc B3 props are a 4 blade/ 3 blade combination. That in a 26 pitch is about as good as you will get.
  2. paulswagelock

    Holding Tank Question - NEW

    The key on my vacuflush system is only used to turn the vacuflush system on and off since I do not have overboard discharge. If you have a macerator, there is a second key position which enables it.
  3. paulswagelock

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    This is still a risky method. You won’t know if the tstat stayed open. The only guaranteed way is to drain the block first and suck af only back in, or drain and pour it in, or remove the tstat and do your method, or run it on af as you collect and recirculate it for several minutes until the temp overshoots the tstat rating and remains open. your boat, but Russian ruelette to assume tstat is open and remained open.....
  4. paulswagelock

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    RV AF does freeze solid. However, it does not expand when it freezes down to the stated protection point (-50 for example). It will start to slush around 12 deg (-50 rated) for example. So -50 will slush at about 12, freeze around 5-6, but not expand enough to do damage in copper pipes to -50.
  5. paulswagelock

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    What you should really do (next year) is drain the block, manifold, and any auxilliary coolers by pulling the drain plugs, cleaning them out, removing the correct hoses, etc. Once emptied (should get 2-3 gallons) then you can run just antifreeze on the muffs to fill it all back up (again, 4-5 gallons before it comes out exhaust). Running it on a hose, then switching to AF, you never know if the tstat opened, and if not, all the AF bypassed the block and went right out the exhaust. This year, drain it all as described above, pull the hoses off and pour it into the block and aux coolers.
  6. paulswagelock

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    Walmart brand stuff is flammable, so I shy away from it.
  7. paulswagelock

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    As long as it was Propylene Glycol and not the Walmart brand which is ethyl alcohol based, you used the right stuff. It likely does not have the corrosion inhibitors but for a winter layup it is fine.
  8. paulswagelock

    Which Battery Charger

    Is this charger dedicated to the thruster battery(s)? If so - move away from a dry mount power supply capable model since you do not need that capability. Is it one bank of batteries? I single bank wet mount capable would work perfect in that application - Prosport, Powermania, Guest, Dual Pro, etc. All less than or around $100.
  9. paulswagelock

    Orange tint on seats

    If it is orange/tan not pink, Avobenzone in spray sun tan lotion is a big cause. It effectively cause rust when moisture contacts it.
  10. paulswagelock

    Winter Storage Options

    Bald Mikes . com has custom fit covers pre-made by Taylor and another manufacturer. If they list one for your boat it will fit perfect.
  11. paulswagelock


    Isn't this from 2008?
  12. paulswagelock

    Very happy with Brunswick Product protection

    Great to hear when manufacturers honor warranty claims.
  13. paulswagelock

    Winterizing a 496

    Good point, the document does not say. At 40 minutes per gallon at idle, that is still a pint every 5 minutes. Spin up to high idle and that would still clear a cool fuel module which appears to be less than a pint every 5 minutes.
  14. paulswagelock

    Freezing temps, help

    The season extender drain will help your situation. As mentioned, dipping into the low 30's overnight won't damage anything. Look at the hourly forecast, how many hours are actually below 32, and by how much? If it is dipping to 31 from 4-5 AM for example that is a non issue. The other way is to run it on muffs until it comes up to full temperature to get the engine hot late evening before the temps dip, then drain.
  15. paulswagelock

    Winterizing a 496

    Work backwards. 496 burns approximately 3.6GPH at 1300 rpm so 460 ounces per hour. That is 38 ounces in 5 minutes, or more than a quart every 5 minutes. As long as your fuel line from the temporary tank is not too long, you absolutely empty a cool fuel canister and are burning the cocktail in 5 minutes.