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    Boat Shipping Recommendation?

    I had 2 very good experiences with U-ship. One boat, one motorcycle.
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    Can a TACO pull my 244 Sunesta?

    My trailer is aluminum, double axle. It would be very hard to move by hand. Boat and trailer probably weigh 6500-7000 lbs, well within the Tundra’s towing capacity. It’s still a 5500 lb 20’ truck towing a 7000 lb 30’ plus load.
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    Trim tabs for a 256 SSI

    I guess everybody is entitled to their opinion, here’s mine. I have a 256 SSI, it came with trim tabs installed. I’m on a lake most people consider to be quite rough (Lake of the Ozarks). I rarely if ever use them. If I do it is just for leveling side to side. If I didn’t have them, I don’t think I would ever spend the money to install them. I may be fooled by the fact that I never had the boat without them, and don’t know how much they help in the retracted position. I never really have a reason to put them down.
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    Can a TACO pull my 244 Sunesta?

    To be honest, I’m white knuckles towing my 256SSI with my Tundra, even short distances. It looks like the tail wagging the dog. That’s why the boat lives in The dock.
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    Towing Survey/Question

    I can’t believe the cost of diesel fuel right now versus gas, 50% more around where I am. $1.80 for gas, $2.80 for diesel. For a tow vehicle getting 10-12 MPG that is significant.
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    Ideas remove fuel from tank

    I’m a old timer I guess, when I want to get fuel out of something I use a rubber hose and my mouth and siphon it out. Got 20 gallons of old gas out of a boat I bought last year that way, 5 gallons at a time. The taste of the swig you get in your mouth if you aren’t quick enough goes away after a couple hours and a couple beers.
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    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    You definitely used the right stuff! Ethylene glycol is highly toxic and should definitely not be dumped in the lake. It is the anti-freeze used in closed car cooling systems. Propylene glycol is also often called RV antifreeze and is non toxic. They do make a minus 50 version and a -75 version and I usually try to get the latter since it may mix with water still in the engine and be diluted a little. I have used both with no problems however in a climate where it gets below zero several days during the winter.
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    Engine Hatch Lift Actuator

    I’m in the same boat, mine sounds more like it’s full of rocks. Is the actuator mentioned still working? Does anyone else have the manufacturer/model of a suitable replacement?
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    Freezing temps, help

    Relax, it will be fine at those temps and durations. For more comfort put a lightbulb in the engine compartment or under the cover in the boat. Keep it away from anything flammable or that can melt. When the boat is in the dock on a lift lower it in the water. Water temp many places is still in the 50’s-60’s.
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    Can this vinyl be cleaned or not?

    This product from Home Depot has worked best for me after trying all sorts of home remedies, bleach, magic erasers, etc. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Mold-Armor-32-oz-Instant-Mold-and-Mildew-Stain-Remover-FG502/100628954 Works best if used in hot bright direct sunlight and left on for a few minutes. I’m sure it’s mostly bleach, smells like bleach, but has worked much better for me on seats that look just like yours.
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    Replacement Drain Plug

    I bought a replacement brass one on Amazon for $7.00. https://www.amazon.com/Invincible-Marine-BR54836-GarboardPlug-Brass/dp/B005XWELRI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1531349722&sr=8-3&keywords=Boat+drain+plug%2C+brass
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    Bimini Wobble

    I started crossing my front straps several years ago. Took care of the problem and hasn’t really been a problem to duck under them.
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    Attaching the ladder to boat

    Mine were just loose, not completely missing. The wife crawled back there and held the nut while I tightened from the top, she said never again!
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    Engine Bay Actuator Grinding Noise

    Mine has been grinding for 5 years or more, I mean deafening grinding, embarrassing when someone is around. I have tried greasing it, had no affect. I keep thinking about getting a replacement, but they are expensive and hard to find. I measured it up last fall hoping to find a suitable replacement but haven’t found one yet.
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    2006 256 Ssi

    I have a 2005 256SSI with the 6.2 320 H.P. Engine and I am perfectly happy with it. Top end is just under 50 MPH. It has trim tabs but I rarely use them (only for leveling side to side). No problems getting up on plane.
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    Pitot Speedometer

    If it’s a Mercruiser you can also disconnect the tubing on the front side of the outdrive. What you did is probably fine, most of them get plugged from time to time and need to be blown out anyway.
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    How do you clean your carpet?

    I used to clean my snap in carpet various ways, hose it down, use a carpet steam cleaner, vacuum, spot clean, etc. a couple years ago I took it out and threw it away, took out the male snaps and patched the holes, never been happier. If I was going to do anything I would put down a cushion sheet flooring, Nu Teak or similar. I’m done with carpet.
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    Bimini Top Hardware

    I have an OEM Bimini on my 256 SSI and it is indeed all stainless. I have it up most of the time and generally cruise around 30 MPH. It used to shake from side to side in moderate chop until I started crossing the front straps, X fashion side to side. Since then it is very stable.
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    A new way to drain your oil

    My Merc came with the umbilical drain hose that was attached to the bilge drain plug, it was worthless. Took hours for the oil to drain. Besides which my boat is stored on a lift and it is much easier to work from above with a vacuum pump when changing oil.
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    Trailer guide recommendations

    Same with me, they are standing in the corner of the garage.
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    264 with no trim tabs?

    I have them, rarely use them, only to balance boat side to side. I would say unnecessary but ok to have. My boating is on a large lake that is mostly rough on weekends.
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    I was recently told by a trusted marine mechanic that it is no longer recommended to run a fuel/oil cocktail through the engine when winterizing. The fuel evaporates leaving the oil to plug the fuel injectors. Causes more problems then it solves.
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    Never paid a penny for winterization or dewinterization on mine. About 2 hours to change the oil and drive lube and winterize in the fall. Absolutely nothing to do but turn the key in the spring. If you pay to have it done, and you are paying a lot, then yes, 2 engines would approximately double the cost, probably a little less.
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    New 256 SSI Dash

    Very nice! I have a 2005 with the same dash and the same issues around the screws and have also been looking for a solution.
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    Hours meter

    I had to replace my tach a couple years back, and my hour meter was in the tach. The new one had zero hours. Every time I get some service work done my shop reads the computer on the engine (Mercury) and prints the hours out on the invoice.