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    The Boatyard

    The truck brakes are applied if you let the seat flip up...……….If they are maintained. He is consistent. Probably gets a bonus for each screwup.
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    Right spark plugs?

    Welcome back Shepherd 1. Great to see you posting.
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    SSI ran great last

    last time you did a full replacement of worn out ignition parts, fuel filters ? The prop was sold as a quick fix to get the revs up. Not to find the problems. WE need all the information on the boat & engine. State it is in ? Fresh or salt water ? is the bottom hull power washed to keep it clean Have you checked in the hull for it filling with lots of water. More than a inch deep? ADDED The noise can come from the drive TILTED TO FAR UP. Drive shaft joints are at too great of a angle . That will cause bow jumping
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    My only great metal shop closed up. So I can not pass judgement anymore on strangers. I would use his place as a sounding board on any metal work. I just had a lot of freezing water damage replaced on my house exposed foundation walls. He gouged out the loose stuff & filled in the missing chunks on all block webs. Then recoated the surfaces. He then returned the dirt & stone chips to be almost perfect. I thought it would be a day. Surprise it was 2 full days. Being out of work / retired causes me not to judge distant areas. Some places NEVER HAD a great / good fabricating / repair ability. I have 2 mechanics I can trust . 1 is a neat place. Other is a metal scrap yard. Both are excellent. Short of asking locals about recent work done by a unknown shop & a SPECIFIC person in that shop ? Trades are disappearing fast in N J and N Y. I would trust you on my Chap glass work. Before many locals. Best of luck on finding good people. He will need the boat at the shop to do a excellent job. You can do a perfect looking job with the foam closed cell gasket material.
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    New owner Vortex VR2430 need assistance

    Yes Paying in full completed a binding contract...…………. Now sue them for triple damages & costs. I have a simpler way that my lawyer now warns crooks about how bad of a Pit Bull I can be. I have him write a 8 X 11 truth paper listing the bad things done to me. I stand out side the business on public property & hand them out to people going in & out. I tell the company personal to contact my lawyer for a resolution. Longest picket was about 4 customers. Easy peasy. A crook understands loss of sales.
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Go for it Hatem.
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    New owner Vortex VR2430 need assistance

    Glad I bought 2 almost perfect 2002 186 SSI with the 5.0 L. I still say. Life is a lot of luck.
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    Right spark plugs?

    II am slow to learn new things. But I switched to NGK decades ago. Reason was I CAN get a tech support person to pick a great long lasting spark plug for O B 2 stroke engines. They can be troublesome with cheaper oils. Since NGK tech walked me thru what & how to pick the right plug. Over a full summer of running WITH NO NEED for Sea Foam anymore. The 5.0L carb plugs are spotless. not cold or too hot. No more Sea Foam for it either...………..NGK makes & recommends great sparkplugs. Will be calling NGK for plugs for the new Honda. I found Champion to vary a GREAT BIG amount on quality.
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    I am referring to mounting on a Aluminum plate located UNDER the deck. The top of the windlass would be just UNDER the bottom of the deck. A hole above the windlass unit allows full manual use with cranking lever if needed. The hole in the deck is sealed with a heavy duty threaded plate flush with the deck. The anchor line can be angled with a piece of bent S S pipe / tubing. That pipe is sometimes called a hawse pipe in larger ships. Do a web search of........... Anchor Chain Hawse Pipe ............... It shows many ways . Simply modified adjustable turnbuckle to lock the anchor snugly in place. I forgot to remember the locker shape & size............ So ..........A simple flat plate of Aluminum with a FULL length hinge at the stern edge would allow it to be placed right over the hole for easy operation in manual mode when needed. Also allows the chain lock to be accessed easily. Could also put the hand crank and the splined drive shaft in a spring bracket Also. By adding a simple bracket with a hole thru it. That would allow cranking up 300' much easier. You could get a 18 " to 24" piece of drive shaft to get the handle way above the hatch . WITH THE HATCH CLOSED DURING CRANKING............. That will make cranking easier than a deck mounted with a short shaft. Meds are in me.
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    2017 337 SSX

    Check your bilge pumps for running a lot due to leaks in the drive hoses & cracks around the drives hull fastening plates. A C & generator plumbing & hoses are possible leakers. A lot of electronics can consume power. I have left the music power system on, depth finder, night lights, etc. So can defective shore powered battery chargers. A defective battery can pull all the others down if the battery selector switches are left in the ALL position. You are now a experienced boat stuck in any gear operator . Turn the ignition off & brake with the shifting engine . If you can process this problem fast enough again. The marina mechanic gets the repair bills. To reimburse you.
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    Garage

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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    I thought you had made your mind up that there must be nothing on the deck ?
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    Need help with 310 Signature! a variety of issues.

    Your boats problem is being in the WRONG marina. MOVE it anywhere else. They do not want your business. Just the big repair jobs. Then get it off their property. It is that simple. Cyclops
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    O K I would consider moving the windlass to the bottom of the upper deck. Also consider buying line only made of braided line. I did a search of the limpest line braids. They do exist. I called many retailers & manufacturers. My mind is fragmented. I can not recall the number of braids type / class of the softest line. I was doing 1/2" " diameter X 300'. I asked for a sample . It made the twisted 1/2" line look & lay randomly like steel cable. The stretch of Nylon & 1 other plastic was fantastic. Both could store wet with no problems..... There is no shock to the cleat or drive. Nylon STRETCHES a lot. If you move the winch to the underside ? Remember that you can use a CAGED ROLLER for the line to clear the cutout hole in that vertical plate. You can mount the windlass so that it is almost touching the underside of the deck. That will allow a deck hole to have access to manual operation. A plate of any material cover the opening. My 186 SSI has a small locker. It easily holds chain & 300' of 1/2" very limp braided nylon. Edit....................I was referring to mounting the windlass to a plate holding it to JUST BELOW the bottom of the main deck. You would need a opening to flip a MANUAL OPERATING LEVER. Another edit ?? There are white & grey flush threaded deck plates available. A floor drain is one type Racing boats still have them in the SPONSONS. That would allow a smooth flush deck all the time. A under deck chain prevents loss.
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Hatem Looks like you are almost finished. Question How will you compensate for loss of anchor lines storage space with the ...L... bracket so low in the compartment ? The line / chain pile up will be occurring much sooner. Or do you anchor shallow enough ? Can you just hinge / latch the seat up ? And hand control the line piling up in the locker ?
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    1992 - 2018 Comparison

    I was a bus boy at the Last Supper.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Pull all the spark plugs. Look for the odd color or chipped insulator. It could still be a bad rotor or cap. Long run of baddies in stores ? Some body has to eliminate Fuel or electrical system. What happened this week end ?
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    1992 - 2018 Comparison

    I remember the N J shore line gas wars. 14 to 17 cents per gallon. Shore bars had 5 cent beers.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Tiny band of rpms ? Vibration of electrical ignition wire getting zapped / touched to a ground point ? or even a loose connection ? Corroded connection ? Does it miss at the same speed & way in Neutral ?
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    I find if I get enough splash / rain drops. The spots disappear. WOT is good on every outing.
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    Garage

    Exchange a bunk trailer for a all rollers trailer. They are often a lower cradle in the center. A slightly larger trailer with smaller tires still rated for weight helps also. That smaller tires ? Can cause driveway dip rubbings.Ggoing in at a angle reduces the bottoming out of the trailer / boat.
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    You will use a water resistant Lock Tite on the swivel bolts ?
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Terrific D I Y Hatem. Looking forward to your stern thruster D I Y. Each year my hand eye is worse in wind conditions. A stern thruster is a must or I sell the 186 again.
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    Cover for just storing boat

    Excellent solution Jeffrey.
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    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Price of 300 to 400 hp Mercruiser with stern drive ? Compared to those 300 hp OB s ? Only long lasting OBs I know are the Hondas. They live thousands of hours in Homeland security boats & RIBs in my area
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