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About TexasPilot71

  • Birthday 02/09/1971

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  1. TexasPilot71

    PSA: Buy the correct batteries for your boat!

    Just this past Saturday, I replaced my starting battery with this: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/marine-and-boat/starting/bci-group-27m/sli27ma Two weeks ago, I replaced my deep cycle house batteries with these: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/marine-and-boat/deep-cycle/bci-group-27m/sli27mdc They're supposed to be good batteries made by East Penn (a.k.a. Deka). We will see...
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    Jayne's Fighters Anthology

    Worth it!
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    Jayne's Fighters Anthology

    Am I the only other one here who remembers this? I had a copy of it (Anthology). It was a good combat sim back then, but you should check out DCS (Digital Combat Simulation) by Eagle Dynamics. https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/ This is a fantastic sim if your PC can handle it. I fly it with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset. Talk about immersion!!!!! The F/A-18C is just incredible. The A-10 is pretty fantastic, too. They're coming out with an F-14 soon. This is how I do winter
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Nah, these days they wouldn't have chutes on unless they were expecting to jump. I would imagine after the blade departed (and then impacted) the aircraft, it was out of control and with all the Gs there's no way to put on a chute. Sad indeed.
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    Oh no !!

    Agree completely! He was quite a man. Somebody we should all strive to be more like.
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    Mercs Winterized - Need Advice on A/C and Genset

    On my a/c there is a strainer under the steps where the pump also resides. I simply pour into the strainer and it feeds the a/c quite well. It may be slightly higher than the pump, so maybe that's why.
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    Mercs Winterized - Need Advice on A/C and Genset

    That's how I winterize both the a/c and the genny. Pour antifreeze in the strainer and let the system run it through.
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    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    Did you let the engine get up to operating temp before switching to antifreeze? It is necessary to ensure the thermostat opens before you run the antifreeze. Especially in the north.
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    Need help with 310 Signature! a variety of issues.

    I have a few thoughts. As jeffk said, some of this is simple stuff you can do to save a ton of money. Others, you can also do but it will cost some $$. For instance: Easy / save $$ items: bilge pump/float...change them out. Buy at West Marine or even off Amazon to save $$ clean the mold off the a/c return vent. compressor will be more complex, but look for codes and do your research. Might be simple fix. rear storage hatch...find part numbers and order new latch engine hatch...takes an hour? Have somebody assist the hatch by lifting up on it while actuating the motor. This will prevent the overload situation and breaker popping. Batteries probably weak. If you're hooked up to shore power and charger is running, it might not pop the breaker and open faster due to the additional voltage/current (ask me how I know) water system can be sanitized screw holes can be reinforced Other items that are relatively easy but cost some $$: One fix for the gauges (including fuel) would be to eliminate all of them in favor of a VesselView system. These run off the diagnostic port on the motors and act as engine gateways as well. This eliminates most of the wiring harness that may be compromised. You would have to run a new cable from your diagnostic ports to the helm bypassing everything else. Add a NMEA 2000 network to network everything including the new radio remotes (and head unit) that you can swap out for a very nice upgrade. GPS and VHF will likely need to be replaced due to being out in direct sunlight and not working. These can also be added to the NMEA 2000 network for added capability. A good mechanic can get your generator running. Likely electrical (relay, sensor, etc.) I can't help with some of the other issues, but everything above should only run you $3k or so if you do most of the work. The shore power issue may be your biggest issue....don't mess with that. Get it repaired correctly. You'll end up with a much upgraded vessel. Good luck!
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    Good point. Here's a link to some details on this topic. Supposedly the product represented here is safe for coral. https://www.rawelementsusa.com/pages/environmental-impact
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    What is this "test button"? Is it on the injector itself, or are you talking about a piece of diagnostic equipment? I do get 43psi at "key on".
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Thanks. Is there any way to test the coil or the crank position sensor? How about the injector test? Pigtail? Merc hand held? Never heard of them.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Last weekend I replaced cap, rotor, plugs, wires, and fuel filter. No better. This past weekend we hooked up a pressure gauge and got normal readings while the engine was "popping". The plugs I removed last weekend all look good except a few looked like they might have been running a little lean (grey color...not more "burnt" like the others. They were only about 18 months old. Mechanic looked at them and agreed.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    No popping in neutral. And after riding with my mechanic yesterday, we discovered it’s popping even above the original 3600-3900 band Where I heard it. So anything above about 3500 RPM under load will produce the popping.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Fuel pressure is good. No obvious vacuum leaks. Leaning toward a bad tank of fuel. Going to install a fuel/water separator filter, maybe hook up a fresh outboard tank of fuel and see if it doesn’t clear up. If not, then next steps will be injector cleaning.