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  1. I don't care for ether brand, but thats why I said "you may what to that route." It would be a savings in $$ and time to rewire it.
  2. To me, the gelcoat is not a deal breaker. That part is easy to fix. I boat in salt water and I too have a closed system. The advantages of a closed system is that it is very easy to winterize the engine. It takes me about 30 seconds, engine runs at better operating temp, no air gets into the block which promotes rust build up. My boat is now 6 years old, and maybe in 2019 to 2020 I may have to replace the risers. As to the blistering of the drives, I really don't think thats from the salt. I have twin engines and no blistering on both drives, but I do paint them every year. The biggest thing is that you use the right anodes in the heat exchanger and the drives for the type of water your in.
  3. I had a Lowrance and a Raymarine to see what I was missing. RAN right back to Garmin. But the structurescan hd module is from Lowrance. So you may want to go that route.
  4. Yes!! So very true........ It would be a labor of love!
  5. You need to use a non-copper paint on the drives. I do it every year and it will last up to Sept. with 2 coats.
  6. so very true........... I am sure its there for a reason and not a good one. The price to get rid of a "bad" boat is higher than what the boat is worth. To cut it up, dispose of any fuel and oil properly cost $$. What some people have done is grind the hull #'s off and sink there the boat.
  7. Don't forget the fuel filter.
  8. Lets step back? Someone said dry wight is 10,300lbs. The trailer must be about 2,000 lbs if not more. Add fuel, water, and gear about 700lbs. Two people in the truck, 350lbs. So the truck must be able to tow at minimum 11,550lbs To be safe, lets say 12,000lbs. This is just a good guess, so the homework must be done.
  9. I did not get it. Remember, it will not cover what they call wear items. You need look and see what items they are. In my case, my port engine's raw water pump bears were going bad. After one year, it would not be covered even with the extended warranty. For me, I can replace it on my own so it was no big deal.
  10. Is there an error code?
  11. Now thats boating!! Top speed 5 knots............
  12. No, there normal threads. I would take a torch to it. Just for about 30 seconds, that will expand the prop a little.
  13. You asked a question, and in trying to stay away from " method itself - and it was asked not to be twice in bold". That at times is hard to do because it can raise other questions. I did say "forgive me" but as some one else said, you knew it was going to happen. I don't think anyone was try to sway you away from your method. Anyways, good luck..........
  14. What comes to mind for me, that is has never been bottom painted. I would check for blistering and moisture content of the hull.
  15. Well, to get back to the point. As some has already mentioned. Without draining the block you already have about 3 gal of water in your mix. SO you could use -100 if your worried about it. More $$. Or just use one or 2 gal of -100. I have never done it that way, but I would like to see what the temp gauge is reading after 5 or 6 minutes. One thing to remember, when water freezes it swells. When AF freezes is shrinks. So even a small mix is not a bad thing. But, 2 or 3 gal of water with -50 AF could be. But you must be using 6 or 7 gals of AF just to keep it flowing? Forgive me!! I just would not do it that way. Nothing wrong with it, provided the mix is right and using more AF than needed.
  16. Yes to above!! Just an FYI - The reason for doing it that way is because your bypassing a closed thermostat. Other wise you would need to warm the engine up. Make sure you buy the AF made for engines. I would leave the AF in and not drain it. This will slow down the rust from building up inside the engine. A closed system is so mush easier. I just connect to the flush port and when the AF comes out of the exhaust. I wait a few seconds and shut the engine off. It takes about 30 seconds to do and no taking off of hoses.
  17. Open or closed meaning............. Do you have a heat exchanger with antifreeze or is raw water going though your block?
  18. You could use a J1939 to NEMA2k gateway. In other words, tap into the engines computer from the back of the tech. Than display it on a GPS or gauge that is NMEA2k.
  19. Do you have a open or closed system? Would not want to tell you the wrong thing..........
  20. Could one be a cored hull and the other not??
  21. There is no such thing as a "windless anchor". The anchor you need would all depend on the type of bottom you are anchoring in. Along with size of boat, lake or salt. You just need to match the chain to the windless.
  22. Its most likely behind the AC panel. Its about 8x8x3" in size. Or you could trace the shore power going into the boat. It is in line with the shore power connector and the panel.
  23. Generally speaking, boats with flybridges have more advantages and less disadvantages. Meaning, some offer two helm stations. Some offer one giving you more cabin room. Yes, there more top heavy and feel the boat rocking more from the flybridge. But their heaver boats with a larger beam. It may give you a 360 deg view around the boat as you are looking more down and less in your way to see around the boat. Now just going into the 35 to 40 footers give you so much more!! More space, fuel, can care a dinghy, a stove to cook, a freezer and bigger fridge, more range between refueling, may even offer better MPG. But there generally a slower.
  24. The data is read from the engine computer's. As you say, "attach directly to the current on-board gauges if those gauges aren't working properly (like your trim tab gauge for example) the data won't be displayed on the Garmin Head Unit." My tech is broken and I can still read the info. Not a flat out true statement. If my gauge wiring was to short out (an open we don't care), I can reach in and disconnect the four wire feed computer coming from the engine compartment to the gauges and still read info from both engines on my GPS. I would not worry about it. Who is doing the work and how much is it going to cost you? This info is from the dealer, yes? For 175, the gateway if giving me more info than I need. "Thats a good thing" All I did was reach in behind the helm, disconnect the wire from the tech which come directly from the engine's computer. Than the gateway plugs into the tech and the wire from the computer plugs into the gateway. The gateway than plungs into my NMEA2k network. In 10 mins, it was up and running. Remember too, its the sending units (oil temp, oil pressure, water temp, and more) giving the info to the computer. If the gauges fail, the info is still being read from the computer and being sent out. If the sending units fail, thats different, but how often does that happen. Not very............ OK, each there own and enough said. If you need help with the gateway, let me know.
  25. "No, I'm not using bottom paint." Please, tell us how you really feel........... Now don't hold back now, ya hear.