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  1. cyclops2

    Fresh water guy looking to the Bahamas??

    I did a web search of...…………. Bimini crossing groups ………….. interesting prep work to be done Arrange for a dock space / slip ahead of time. Prices.
  2. cyclops2

    volvo penta engine stalls

    FOrgot……….. Year make of engine, size ? Carb or F I ? . How long has this problem been building up to be this bad ?
  3. cyclops2

    volvo penta engine stalls

    Paint chips in the fuel pump insides ? again ? Still a problem ?
  4. cyclops2

    Stock Transducer

    If you do a OUTSIDE THE TRANSOM MOUNT ? You can drill WAY up high . No leaks or sinking worry. Call the F F companies for help. The transom mounted ones have a friction mount to allow the transducer to be kicked up if hit by floating junk. New cords & plugs are very small now. The bass fishing boat forums have lots of experienced members that can help you with years of F F experience on the good units today. I use www.ultimatebass.com post in the...……...DOCK TALK section. save you time holes & money. Lots of changes & features to decide about before buying a unit.
  5. cyclops2

    Stock Transducer

    Call the dealer ? Need make & model of boat depth finder. Then call company for what will match up. Companies many different transducers now. I leave boat depth finders set for low depth alarm only. Then buy what F F I Like & use a transom transducer setup.. I wire ALL fish & depth finders ONLY to the IGNITION ..ON... sside of the key switch...………………..No dead batteries a week later.
  6. cyclops2

    I found stuff in my bilge that I don't recognize...

    Looks like a typical collection of findings. Of a yard boat with no cover. In a marina.
  7. cyclops2

    All Original Boat - 16 years later

    I have 2....2002 186 SSI 5.0L …………. NO money spent on worn out parts. None. ………...Oil gas air in trailer tires. Chap & Merc did a fantastic run of that series.
  8. cyclops2

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    My safety level calls the Black Pearl a possibly worrisome cruiser. Storm conditions ? It still looks like a large Chinese Junk under full sail
  9. cyclops2

    New motor start up

    Vonshep advice of just cranking for 10 or so seconds is standard practice 0n a complete engine rebuild. A good engine place always does that to prevent D I Y problems. That test can reveal any missing oil gallery plugs. Like low oil pressure. STILL MAKE SURE the water is flowing to wet the pump impellor.
  10. cyclops2

    New motor start up

    You are taking on a lot of D I Y responsibility. who is doing the dry testing of all the sensors / computer ?
  11. cyclops2

    New motor start up

    A way to be sure the passages in the block are filled completely...……. Remove the thermostat BEFORE filling the block with water. Put the thermostat cover back in place snug the bolts. Run the water in from where ever you choose. after water runs out the prop for a minute. Stop filling. Put the thermostat back in. Gasket may be unuseable. Replace if needed. I remember Wingnut saying some thermostat housings ………...HAVE 2 tiny pins between the housing parts. Be careful to get them back to the way you found them.
  12. cyclops2

    New motor start up

    Be ………...EXTREMELY …………..CAREFUL about what position the flushport connections are in !! Also that the connections have NO NO air leaks. I remember a poster having a loose connection that allowed air to get sucked in somehow ?? Any way Be careful if you have caps & gaskets to seal completely.
  13. cyclops2

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    I have seen new boats with below the waterline bilge SCUPPERs get the rubber flaps held open by Zebra Mussels. Over night the boaut had water up to & over the floorboards. New boat dealer said it is a common problem in our waters. I believe it is the Trophy line of small centerline console boats. I alerted a boating friend quick enough for him to start the big O B and get on plane to empty the load of water thru those nasty scuppers.
  14. cyclops2

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Overpowered boats with big motors will fill up on some steep enough ramps. My 16' Lowe aluminum with the old 1986 30 hp ..... WILL WILL .....pour water into the stern if backed in ................WITHOUT ...............no one seated in the bow seat. Boat is rated for 30 hp. It is a short shaft 15" transom. takes water in easily from excessive boat wakes.
  15. cyclops2

    New motor start up

    I have no experience with a dry virgin. But I would expect whoever install;ed the motor would know that for sure. If not ? Put the garden hose on the clamp on earmuffs and fill the engine for several minutes to allow the tiny bypass hole in the thermostat to fill the block.......... Just like if you had backed it into water at a ramp & dock.. Idle is all you should do for a minute or 2. That will prime the pump & allow it to ram solid water thru the engine. NO dry test firings to make sure it starts !!!!!!!!!!!! Some lower drive unit pump impellors can soften in seconds that way. Outboard lower unit water pumps have to be treated that way also. I ruined at least 2 impellors that way over my lifetime.