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  1. Wingnut

    VacuFlush In-Line Filter

    Pour boiling hot water on the tank female receiver fitting and move to the strap wrenc auickly. Usually works
  2. Wingnut

    VacuFlush In-Line Filter

    Both of my examples are Domeric/ Sealand, just different models. Their website has all the manuals available as free downloads for their entire line-up
  3. Wingnut

    VacuFlush In-Line Filter

    Some Vacu-Flush systems have an actual holding tank which is vented to atmosphere, and the vent filter is a nice addition as it helps to control odors. On the smaller Chaps, there is no waste transfer pump and Sealand uses a reinforced holding tank that doubles as the vacuum accumulator. I prefer this system as the vacuum pump moves air only and never sees waste. Secondly, all accumulated waste is stored under vacuum which inhibits bacterial growth and eliminates odor. These systems are easy to identify as the small vacuum pump is mounted to the top of the vacuum tank. The limitation of these systems is the distance between the toilet and holding tank itself, and as the boats get bigger, Chap switches to the more conventional in-line waste transfer pump with duck-bill valves and in line vacuum accumulator. If your thru hull vent line runs to a filter, or tank then you have the conventional system,. If that vent hose runs from the discharge side of the small vacuum pump, then you have the hybrid. W
  4. Wingnut

    F150 going electric?

    There was one at the Annapolis boat show last year. 90 minute range
  5. Wingnut

    New graphics

    You always have the option of replacing exactly what you had with paint. Any clear coated polyurethane enamel will work and last forever. You live in a hot bed of custom paint shops and your existing graphics are pretty simple so it wont cost you a fortune. W
  6. Wingnut

    F150 going electric?

    My little Jimmy gets 19.96, 19.94, 19.98, but just refuses to give me a 20 MPH. Now, hook up the boat and it drops to 10, but I don't know the boat is back there until it's time to stop. Like the saying goes, if the brakes don't stop you, something will. W
  7. Wingnut

    F150 going electric?

    I have a friend in North Jersey who has a Ford F-350 with the International Navastar diesel, 4 wd, extended cab, and as near as I can figure the heaviest thing he puts in it is his lunch bag. He's ready for anything though. Ha... W
  8. Wingnut

    F150 going electric?

    Makes you wonder how they will rate towing capacity, as you know pulling a trailer will drain that battery in a hurry. W
  9. Wingnut

    F150 going electric?

    I thought the same thing with 800 Volts DC. Even the rescue crews needed to learn where the primary cables are located so the jaws of life don't turn into the path to ground. It's a brave new world out there. Direct injection gasoline engines so common now too with mechanical fuel pumps running at up to 10,000# of pressure, and situated dead center on top of the engine on some models. W
  10. Wingnut

    H20 Fuel Vent Fix/Problem

    And back to aluminum fuel tanks to operate at slight positive pressure. Yikes...
  11. Wingnut

    Trim tabs for a 256 SSI

    1212E's 12" x 12" planes with shortie actuators, and Euro style rocker switches. Avoid any tab with down turned outer edges, as they are ill-advised on canted transoms such as ours. I had mine powder coated black before install. You can also use their electric actuator based units and save some money, but I prefer the hydraulic. https://www.hodgesmarine.com/Bennett-Bolt-1212ed-Electric-Edge-Mount-Limite-p/benbolt1212ed.htm https://www.hodgesmarine.com/BENNETT-TRIM-TAB-KIT-12-X-12-W-EURO-ROCKER-SWIT-p/ben1212e.htm http://s526.photobucket.com/user/wingnutmfs/library/BoatDump
  12. Wingnut

    Trim tabs for a 256 SSI

    My 256 needed them as those hulls tend to be a bit bow lite with the 496 and Bravo III, and the only way to keep the bow planted on less than a perfect day was to add speed, which was fine if the seas were uniform. In a confused sea condition, you really needed to keep a watchful eye, looking out for that odd-ball wave that came from another direction, or was larger than average. The biggest difference I noticed was the increased confidence gained as they stabilized the ride just enough even when not deployed. On a nasty day, the adjust-ability allows for adaptation to all but the worse sea conditions, and being able to stay on plane at speeds under 20 mph is a big plus both in rough conditions and at night. Side leveling is a nice addition too as guests never seem to understand the need to comprehend weight and balance. Get the tabs mounted outboard as far as possible, call Bennett and swap out the standard cylinders for the shorties (free exchange), and enjoy your new and improved ride. So many here have upgraded and I've yet to find anyone who regretted the retrofit. I've been using Bennett's for many years and have likely done something north of 20 installations and have yet to have a failure. W
  13. Wingnut

    Trim tabs for a 256 SSI

    So sad, and such a great loss to both our forum and Bennett Marine. W
  14. Wingnut

    Trim tabs for a 256 SSI

    Your issue is the distance available from the bottom of the swim platform to the boat bottom. You want the tabs mounted outboard as much as possible to gain hydrodynamic influence and to minimize creating any turbulence within the prop pocket. I would use the Bennett 1212E's with the optional shortie cylinders. Send a message to Tabman on this forum and he will hook you up. They have first rate customer service. W
  15. Bilge heater for sure. Even if you drain the block and manifolds each trip, you still end up with water laying in the bilge that could freeze and do damage to bilge pump base, float switches, or even the hull itself if it finds a small crack in the liner material. W