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About TexasPilot71

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  1. TexasPilot71

    Always a little water in bilge

    I think it has more to do with the hatch than anything. We all have Chaps, but different models have different hatches. Also, those that stay in the water are bound (in most cases) to get a little water in there. If you trailer, you have the benefit of starting the day with a dry bilge. That helps a lot, I would think.
  2. TexasPilot71

    Weight of 240 Signatur

    My 250 with fuel, water and gear (and radar arch) is right about 8,500. With trailer I'm right at 10k. I bet the 6,826 above is about right.
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    Oil filter-Which way to turn to get it off

    Good stuff. Another trick would be to cut the end of the tube at an angle so that when it hit bottom, you wouldn't have to pull back as the tube would draw from the side. Regardless, we're making this much more of a science than is required IMHO. Good luck with the polishing! Fun!!
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    Oil filter-Which way to turn to get it off

    I am by no means an expert, but I had similar concerns when I first purchased and started using an extractor. I was convinced I was leaving a quart and a half behind. I would speculate that with the longer extension, you quite possibly could have curved the tube and it may now be above the bottom of the pan. I remember feeding more than the dip stick length of tube in there and sucking air earlier than anticipated. I ended up pulling it out, measuring off the length of the dipstick on the tube and ensuring I only put that much in there...that ensures you are at the bottom of the pan or at least where the dip stick stops. Then, based on feedback from this forum, I got smart and made up a threaded attachment that I now simply screw onto the dipstick tube and extract the oil THROUGH the dipstick tube. No more sticking a tube down the hole. There are lots of photos and descriptions on the forum. I still don't get it all, but I feel confident I get most.
  5. TexasPilot71

    Oil filter-Which way to turn to get it off

    Just remember to put the new one on only hand-tight ( I recognize you said last time it was just snug) and rub some fresh oil on the new O-ring. You got the old o-ring off, right? You never get all the oil out. Did you warm it up first? That helps get it out and puts any "junk" in suspension for better extraction. If you did, you're probably just fine.
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    Fuel economy 2003 Signature 320 with 350 Mag

    I know your question is more in regards to speed, but GPH can be found here: https://www.boat-fuel-economy.com/mercury-mercruiser-3.0-181-fuel-consumption-us-gallons
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    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    Try this again... https://www.google.com/search?q=mercruiser+junction+box&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjdoLfD9vrjAhUO96wKHfWgAK4Q2-cCegQIABAC&oq=mercruiser+junction+box&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-img.3..0i24.38093.39741..40248...0.0..0.83.753.12......0....1.........30i10.7c_L2XyeAmo&ei=aBhQXd3ME47uswX1wYLwCg&bih=543&biw=375&prmd=ivn&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS777US777&tbs=ircm%3Ap&hl=en-US#imgrc=Qy81tJcZfnKe8M
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    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    No, I don’t think I have any pictures but they wouldn’t help you anyway. I think my connection was a 15-pin connection (Mercury). Here’s a link: So Mercury and Volvo obviously use different busses but it sounds like the same concept. How to mate your cable to the VOIDA? I have no idea. Would think Volvo would help you though
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    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    No, no worries on more photos. I just want to hear that you got it working. It’s a great feature. I may have misspoke about the Deutsch connectors. Whatever they are, it seems you’re plugging the VODIA into the source of engine information. I don’t have Volvo so I don’t know what is available. Sounded like you had that solved. In my case, I didn’t have a junction box at the helm, so I ran a cable from the diagnostics port on top of the engine, up the side of the boat to the helm. I then added a junction box and moved the terminator from the port on the engine to one of the ports on the junction box. From there, I plugged in the VesselView which acts as the gateway. There is a N2K port on the VesselView which I ran to the backbone. There is another run from the chart plotter to the backbone. And wallah! Little more involved than you’re doing which is great. If I had the junction box at the helm already, that would be more in line with what you are doing. Substitute VOIDA for VesselView in my case. However, in my case the VV displays everything and is awesome. But I do not have Bluetooth capability like you will. I can install a VesselView Mobile to one of the other junction box ports if I want that. But of course I’m selling the boat. :)
  10. TexasPilot71

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    That’s a long post and I’m on my phone so I wont quote your reply @Hatem, but I do take your response as you intended. No ill feelings here. You explained it well. I’ll just say that even in those photos, I don’t see a N2K backbone. I’m not arguing your point but simply wanted to provide some thoughts IN CASE you run into the problem I was trying to describe. It took me a while to understand the exact same issue a year or so ago when I added the same capability to my chart plotter. On your hand written diagram, you show the VODIA connected with an extension cable (that’s what’s in your photo) to NMEA2K and your plotter. I’m simply saying you will likely need a N2K backbone to accept the signal from the VODIA and send to your chart plotter in that lower right plug you show on your chart plotter. That’s the exact same way I had to connect mine. I too thought early on that I could bypass the backbone. The backbone has to have 12v power into one of its tees as well. And, both ends of the backbone have to have a terminating resistor. None of that is in any of your photos. Now, I’m happy to be proven wrong. No ego here. But wanted to get you something to go by in case you see the same issue. If, indeed the VODIA can plug directly into your chart plotter, you are saving some work. And I hope that’s the case. All this I have written is “just in case” and is what is trypical in other installations. Best of luck! Wish I got up your way from time to time, but it’s been years since business took me there. Best!
  11. TexasPilot71

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    That EasyConnect looks cool! It will do both bluetooth to your tablet/phone and connect to a NMEA2000 network (N2K). But the second picture of the cables in the bag is not a N2K backbone. You'll need a properly powered and terminated backbone (plus a tee) to plug the EasyConnect into. Assuming engine information is provided by whatever you're plugging the EasyConnect into (deutsch connector), then the engine data will be available to the N2K which will plug into a tee on your N2K network. I do not believe you can connect the N2k connector on your EasyConnect directly into your chartplotter's N2K port. I believe you'll have two male connections and they do that because you need the powered and terminated network. Still, it's a better solution than I had when I added this functionality to my Mercruiser system. I had to run a data cable from the engine to the helm, then use the VV4 to act as a gateway to the N2K network then into the chartplotter. VERY interested to see how this works for you. And remember, if you indeed do need to add the N2K system, there's SO much more you can do with that!
  12. TexasPilot71

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    Check your chart plotter documentation. On my Raymarine (and likely on your Garmin) there is a screenshot capability. Saves it to your installed SD card. There's not much to see under my lake waters, but I'd be learning how to use it and using it frequently if I boated up your way.
  13. TexasPilot71

    Duplicate ignition key

    This thread has your answer. See the second post. Unless I'm misunderstanding your question??
  14. TexasPilot71

    Can't put fuel in tank after a day of boating

    I have a similar boat and had exactly the same problem, but it didn't matter whether it was warm or not. Fuel would gush out it when I came within about 15 gallons of max capacity. The vent hose was below the filler hose (and I believe it also may have been wrapped around it). Corrected it and haven't had a "burp" yet.