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  1. I prefer the boat completed as I paid for it. I would think a unethical place would stick it to me on money for parts that another dealer would mark up higher to install.
  2. DO NOT connect either of the positive battery cables to the switch..........UNTILL all other cables & wires are fully connected. Tape the switch ends to prevent a bumped end from shorting to a battery minus place accidently. Then put the selector switch to position ....Battery # 1. Ignition key is NOT in the key switch. Tap the battery # 1 lug to the selector switch position # 1 lug position. No sparks ? Great . Connect the cable to the switch post #1. Do the same for battery #2 cable & switch position # 2. Still great. Turn the ignition key on & off quickly to see if your gauges work O K. Do both positions separately. Then check the switch with both batteries combined.. Still great. You can start your own business.
  3. I have PRE MEASURED & specified cable lengths, gauge, colors, lug hole sizes, type of metal the lugs are to be made of. The tractor shop made them up perfectly. I specified the Tyrap sizes & amount. Plastic 1 hole cable straps. Fuse holders & fuses. There was a complete DIY parts box. & a hand drawn wiring diagram to follow. Most handy people had no problem. I provided a white old blanket to be placed under the switch to catch & prevent nuts, bolts or washers from rolling under something. I also inspected & tested the switch & all parts. Plus filing off any sharp edges of anything to be handled. Piece of cake for average car guy.
  4. In all fairness. I am a dam good industrial electrical designer & modifier if need be. So I can not be used as a guide compared to a C P A doing a DIY. The time is wide open for how long a DIY job will take
  5. If I ever added in all the time I spend going around locally plus a cut finger & a stop for lunch ?? Replace all cables as I do the job? It could be that long. 30 minutes with all the parts & tools ? Very doable. If I melt wires with a short circuit or 2 ? 4 hours.
  6. Also consider the boat as a life boat ready all the time. With at least a EPERB or equivalent device. With folding oars also in the boat. For a explosion & fire. A 30 year old Navy Seal in place of a 5 hp O B motor. One of our cruisers has & pays for him on each cruise. They have great times together.
  7. There is a far safer way. Do a GOOGLE search of................. how does a 4 barrel carburetor vacuum secondary operate It is a video by Holley. 2nd posting of the group. You Tube of 2011.
  8. TOO funny about Trumpy..
  9. Could even be a engine or engine accessory. Does it do the same vibration if driving around in F & R ? Good luck with some sharp people.
  10. You have to use very long spring lines. I use 2 old 50' ....1/2" lines of Nylon. Stern line goes to a dock cleat WAY WAY past the bow of the boat...........Bow line of the boat goes to a dock cleat WAY WAY past the stern of the boat. The very long lines prevent too loose & too tight lines with tide changes. I rig up my big fenders so they are floating HOROZONTIALLY in the water with a line on to each end. Centered against the WOOD ONLY pilings. I will NEVER tie up to steel or concrete pilings. Those are for COMMERICAL WORK BOATS & SHIPS. MY right as owner. I pick stops with great food . There is a reason most of us also drive cars. I know when to use one on a dinner cruise. All my boats have extra cleats added to make using the floating fenders a pleasure.
  11. Since it sounds like you will be doing it your self with a separate driver ? MANDATORY !! For safety. Remove ALL clothes on your chest !! ALL loose chains or bracelets !! Have hair longer than about 3" long ??? BUY & WEAR a stretchy SKULL CAP of some type !! YOU MUST do the test in calm isolated area !!!!!!!!!!!!! NO possibility of a boat wake kicking the boat into the air !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will not hear the drivers warning at WOT. You could slip or or the boat can move very suddenly at that speed. IT CAN & HAS SHOVED people into that racing drive belt. Inches from your chest / belly. I know of 1 person / mechanic that has the skin grafted on to his belly & rib cage area. Be careful............ Better yet. Have a mechanic check the secondary operation at WOT. With the hatch off. There is no " learning curve possible " at WOT leaning over that engine.
  12. Old brain forgets a lot. If you are unsure of what & how to check a USED or BRAND NEW boat .........Before paying for it in full ? Hire a marine boat surveyor / inspector. He / she will find a reject loaded boats problems. 65 years ago a new boat dealer Tuckerton, N J was taking new parts out of the new boats & selling them at a premium for repairs in another boat. Those dirtbags are still around. They make loads of money on people.
  13. There are 2 types of 4 barrel secondaries . Mechanical & vacuum. And a few odd ball oldies. Is your carburetor A true USCG marine unit ? The linkage or hose may be incorrectly hooked up. Simple fixes.
  14. Have to be VERY CAREFULL with a boat when raising the engine hatch cover !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It can be RIPPED RIGHT OFF OF THE BOAT at some speed !!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT DO IT !! I think it is time for a mechanic to check out the vacuum dashpot that is controlled by engine vacuum. Mechanic can test the unit with a vacuum pump. HAND operated.
  15. FULL TEST RIDE BEFORE ............ Giving them the balance of purchase price. Any of that you have to pay in full first baloney ?? KEEP THE BOAT !! AT that point you now know the place is going to be trouble. Dealer prep fees you paid include a final acceptance ride.