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  1. Denny

    Winter Woes

    Sorry for posting this directly to here, but I got a fatal error that said that this file was too large to post in boat Talk. So I thought that I would try it here, and it went through. Any input as to why one place said no, and the other said yes? And the multiple posts. Do not have a clue how that happened. 9 degrees with a wind chill of -10 to-25 today. There would be white caps on the lake, if it weren't frozen. Somehow I like my 2nd picture of a few months ago over the one that I took today. For you boaters out West & down South, and in other warm 12 months a year claimants through out the world, that white stuff on the ground is snow. Denny.
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    Trim tabs for a 256 SSI

    My Bennett's are also flush mounted, like you say Hatem, they are part of the hull. In my case they add length. mine are 18" wide and 12" deep. Because of my slower speeds, mine are all the way down and I adjust the list from there. The higher the speed the more I raise them. I normally cruise between 2600 & 2900 rpms, which is my comfort zone. Denny.
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    Trim tabs for a 256 SSI

    If you are always going fast, you don't need them. They are a must if you are trying to control your ride at slower speeds, or with more weight, or leveling or balancing your load. Rough water, slow down, drop her nose, and she rides like a Cadillac. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

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    Bow Running lights flicker on then go off

    Start wiggling wires. Denny.
  6. +1 on the heater. Denny.
  7. Clean and dry everything, then take some (good automotive grade) 3/4 or 1& 1/2 inch masking tape and run it along where the frame meets the boat, then run it where the frame meets the rubber seal and where the rubber seal meets the glass, do not over lap any of the taped areas. Once you are sure that all areas are sealed, start running your water ( do not use a nozzle) let it run slowly. Starting at the lowest point, run it along that seam, once you are sure that no water is coming in, go to the next highest level, and so on. Now if you have not seen any water, the next step is to pull the tape off on the lowest level and run the water on that seam. No water, go to the next highest seam, remove the tape, and so on. By doing it this way, you will pin point exactly, where it is coming in at. 2 things, always start at the lowest point of every seam, and only use a very small stream of water, and (go slow). That way the person inside of the boat will be able to pin point exactly where the leak is. This is how we found leaks when I was in the automotive trade. Denny
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Tacking it in place at several places will act like a jig and hold it in place, the more spots you put in the better. If he starts at one spot and runs the weld like closing a zipper, he may have a good chance of warping it. When ever we had to weld something solid, we would bounce around between the spot welds, from one side to the other, so as to balance the heat. Some times we would cool it as we welded, with either a squirt bottle with water or a wet rag in a bucket cold water. Check with your guy, if he is good, he will know what could happen and know how to prevent it. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    Ok, I see you are out of room. 2 questions, first is your dingy a hard bottom, second will it set on your s.platform without any extended support? Do you have any photos of both, and maybe showing how it would set on the boat? Denny.
  10. Go to the boat shows, or look at other peoples boats and see what they have done, believe me when you do the old light bulb will light again. Half of my projects, I came up with, the other half, I modified something that was already done to fit my needs. That is how I built this, smaller version of a larger one. Denny.
  11. Nice, it's all about convenience, and creature comforts. And it always fun to create and modify. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    I assume that you have a built in s. platform, and you are aloud a 3 ft extension from that? If so I believe that my extension is around that. If you like I can check it out and get you exact measurements. Denny.
  13. New tires for her trailer, cleaned and hand packed bearings, adjusted brakes (drum brakes), chanced oil & filter, fuel separator, spark plugs, and greased all zerks on outdrive and steering rack. No lub change for lower unit this year, only 30+ hrs this year, will change next year when I put in a new impeller. All that is left is a light fluff and a buff, a little touch up paint on a few of her boo-boo's. Adding a little more canvas to her over the winter. Things are looking a lot brighter, Cleveland boat show 17-21Jan, and Detroit's 16-24 Feb. So what if we still have 2.5 months of winter. It's like the holidays, in the blink of the eye, spring will be here. The key to it is to stay busy, and don't be a clock watcher. Happy New Year to all, and above all be safe out there. Denny.
  14. No connecting rod between out drives. Or at least none is visible. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    Way back in the late 60's early 70's on my 15 ft Mark Twain, I did fly the marine version of the US flag on my masthead light pole. That makes more sense, I thought that it was a little skinny LOL. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    Thanks for the kind offer, I'm just not sure where I would mount it and what colors I would fly on it. Not sure what you mean when you say the base is 1/4 inch. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    No flag pole, and no colors to fly. When I belonged to a club, I did have a club burgee, but I only flew it when I was tied up, and then I just hung it from my antenna. Next to my shop is a lumber place that specializes in all kinds of wood, and one day he showed me some of that purple heart, WOW, what a beautiful piece of wood, if you do, pictures please. As I see it the only bad thing is, it won't match the resteration. Denny.
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    Understanding propellers and labbing, a PSA

    I talked with my prop guy this morning. He said that labbing is mainly used for high performance boats. And that by thinning the blades they loose their strength, depending on how thin you make them. And if you should hit It, there may not be enough material left to repair it. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    That is an underwater light, I have another one on the port side. It is really neat when you can take an idea and hold or look at the finished product, if it works out, send pictures. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    That pin is spring loaded, believe me, it will not come out, and I always make sure that the long end is pointed down. Denny.
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    Latest boat video....

    Friend of mine once told me, take all the pieces in your boat, 23ft- 25 ft- 27 ft, or what ever size, shake them up, and pour them out, and you can only come out with limited variations in the space you have to work with, unless you add or remove pieces. And I do not want to talk about adding pieces LOL. Denny.
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    Latest boat video....

    She is a grand old girl, may you build many happy memories with her. And as the sailors always say, may the wind always be at your back. As a mater of fact, I'm not a sailor, but I do use that saying a lot. Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    The poles do not interfere with the outdrive in any way. There are permanently mounted brackets on the transom, and a S.S. tube mounted on the under side on each end of the S. platform, to receive the upper main frame. The upper frame actually looks like a rectangular box with 2 arms sticking out of it. All is held together with removable pins that are attached to the poles with lanyards. Originally there were only 2 poles, but they were not strong enough to hold the weight, so now there are 6, and 2 J shaped hooks (that I made out of 1/4 in. flat steel plate, and had them chrome plated) mounted on the bottom side of the S. platform that hooks on to the center of the front upper bar. The tubes and fittings are all S.S. and the covering is Sunbrella. I can walk on it, it is like having an extended S. platform, just not as pretty. The reason for the S.S. chains in the other photo, is to hold the bars up in place to make it easier to hook them up. This photo is of the original design, it crashed and burned a couple of times. First came the idea and then came the work in progress. That is the way that I have always do it, don't know of any other way. Denny.
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    Understanding propellers and labbing, a PSA

    What is labbing? Denny.
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    Towing a Dinghy

    A little over the top, but I designed this for mine.
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