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    To change or not to change Impeller

    I did it in Florida....well, inspected it anyway. On the trailer makes it a little less stressful. Took me probably 3 hours, but there was a lot of learning going on. It's so incredibly tight on the port side between the motor and the raised portion of the bilge. I would bet I could do it in an hour and a half if I did it again. But since the boat mostly stays in the water, that added stress will likely keep me paying to have someone else do it.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    CORRECTION! It was Super Clean. Not Purple Power.
  3. Glad to hear. Enjoy your season!
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    Intermittent starting problem

    Sounds like the safety lanyard. Is the lanyard securely in place on the button? I believe if the switch is activated, you get no beeps and no start.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Haha...funny story! Yeah, the mechanic in Florida was the one who told me to open the plate and clean down inside. On the flame arrestor, he told me to use Purple Power (diluted). Soak it in a pail of the solution then wash it off. I also couldn't see anything in the mesh, but after soaking it, I was surprised at what all came out. Enjoy the holiday!
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    Handheld VHF radio

    Yep, that's where I keep mine too...unless I'm planning to use it away from the boat (which is legal now I understand).
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    I don't know how to do multi-quote on a single post so.... Yes, wish we were 10 again. HOW TRUE! I also disconnected the throttle arm and manually held the plate open against the spring to get down inside the throttle body. That's where most of my "gunk" was. BTW, wisdom teeth thing wasn't that bad this morning. I'm home with only some Tylenol with Codine and very little pain. The Doctor is also an avid boater and told me to get out on the lake this weekend....that I would be just fine.
  8. There is a pump under your cabin steps. This pump draws seawater from a through-hull beneath the boat and runs that water through the condenser then out the side of the boat through another through-hull. This is akin (but much more efficient) to your household air conditioner fan blowing air across the coils. When the thermostat isn't calling for cool air (if in a/c mode), the pump does not run and therefore you have no water exiting the boat. So, as Phillbo said, this system has nothing to do with your on board water system. The below diagram gives you a basic understanding.
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    Handheld VHF radio

    Agree with the ditch bag, but I wouldn't say it does NO good. I believe they all float and are waterproof, right? I certainly may be wrong.
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    Handheld VHF radio

    That's what I was going to ask! I am sure there's a good explanation. I'm dying to know, though. I do know the stickers on how to upright a jetski are upside down....for obvious reasons. Hope this isn't the same reason! LOL!
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    To change or not to change Impeller

    Yeah, most of us here (who care enough to be on the forum) monitor things close enough that we should be able to detect the need to change the impeller before it self-destructs. When we bought the boat, it was 6 years old and the impeller didn't look good, but it wasn't shedding rubber either. I would guess it was over 3 years and maybe even original (no way to know for sure). Again, not knocking changing it every couple years, and it is cheap enough, but it is certainly worth questioning.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Son is 9 (10 in July) and that was his friend and his friend's older brother. They aren't touching the helm! LOL! Yeah, I'll be fine...just bummed I scheduled it this weekend. Glad you found gunk in your throttle plate (you know what I mean...before it gave you trouble). The mechanic told me to spray the cleaner on the rag (not directly into the throttle body), and wipe it clean with the rag. Prolly wouldn't hurt to lube it like Wingnut explained. But count on buying yourself another 300 hours or so with the cleaning!
  13. WHOA! If you don't have a steady stream water coming out a through hull, you have a huge problem and you will not blow cold air!. The sump pump is what rids the bilge of any condensation. It will only run periodically when the sump is full to vacate the water through another through hull until it condensates full again.
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    Handheld VHF radio

    https://www.boatus.com/magazine/2015/december/vhf-radio-protocol.asp
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    To change or not to change Impeller

    Every one I've pulled out looks great too. I read in the Merc manual the other day (while looking for something else) that it's recommended every three years. I'm not saying annually is a bad idea, but it gives you a frame of reference.
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Yes, a bonus! And no way did I go back to THAT mechanic. This one was suggested by friends at my marina. He is awesome. Of course I haven't seen the bill yet, but I understand he's a very reasonable guy. Can't wait to go out and really use the boat. Stupid me, though...scheduled the wisdom teeth extraction the Friday of Memorial Day weekend! Maybe a little liquid therapy will be good for recovery.
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    To change or not to change Impeller

    Yep....all you Volvo guys saying how easy it is. You should see my battle scars from pulling the pump on my Merc!
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Picked it up yesterday and it runs better than it ever has. So smooth, great acceleration and hitting better speeds too, I think. Sounds like a brand new motor. And it should. New cap, rotor, wires, cool fuel, injectors. And now I am guessing a new timing chain. Still need to talk to mechanic further to understand exactly what he did. VERY happy!
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    Boating Season is Shot

    Not impacted at all. Just in the way
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    Good stuff guys. Thanks!!
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    Boating Season is Shot

    I'm 48 y/o, never been under anesthesia, and I have to have my upper (only) wisdom teeth removed on Friday the 24th. I read 1 on 350k expire right there in the chair, so it's been nice knowing you guys! I don't like this stuff (or this thread)!
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    SO.... I got back from Florida after running the boat for a good 6-7 hours with no popping. Get it back to Texas and had another marina check some things out where they reported the engine was missing pretty bad (this was the engines first run since the drive back from Florida). I didn't believe them! I got the boat back from them and sure enough, MAJOR miss. Shook the whole boat! Took it to yet another mechanic who, after a couple weeks calls me today to say it's ready to be picked up. Asked him what the problem was and he tells me it was the timing chain. I understand how the timing chain works (well, maybe I don't?), but how in the world does a timing chain cause those symptoms? Any thoughts? Picking up the boat tomorrow.
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Amen @Curt!
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Excellent post, @Curt. Couldn't agree more. Agreed, going around is a lost art. I mean that in the vein of people are more and more concerned with a violation, fuel expense, paperwork, etc. Gone (or at least going) are the days of the experienced, gray haired pilot telling folks over the PA "sometimes it's just not right and we err on the side of caution" (or something similar) and just dealing with the extra paperwork or fuel burn. Just yesterday there was a cockpit video going around the internet of a plane on short final in a severe thunderstorm. Lightning all around. Good visibility, but the runway lights went out for about a second and a half, then came back on low or med intensity (probably PCL). The caption was "go around or not?". One of the commenters said "you can always go around" and said that he would have gone around in that situation. I always thought "you can always go around" was true until I saw this video. Most pilots on the forum agreed...no need to go around; especially with that storm approaching. Approach was stabilized and there was enough ambient light. But it clearly illustrated a new generational mentality that when something fails they should abandon whatever it is that they're doing. Us older guys say "hang on...fly the #%^$&%$ airplane". The runway is still there, the plane is stabilized on approach, and there's a nasty storm approaching that may be a far worse hazard.
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    With regard to training and experience, that's been slipping for many years now. Airlines are putting pressure on schools to churn out pilots at a high rate. The older crowd of pilots have gone through a different style of training. They were trained in the military or those like me were trained by former military pilots. Today's kids are trained by other kids who just finished their own flight training. There is no experience passed on and is completely backwards. In what other safety-sensitive industry are new employees trained by new employees? Anywhere else, new employees are trained by seasoned veterans. One would think the airline-bound crews would be the same. The public would be shocked if they really understood the process. This is especially true in the foreign-trained population. These kids are trained to fly the electronics and to trust them. They lack the basic stick and rudder skills that could eventually get them out of some hairy situations. I have personally discussed this with pilots who have gone overseas to train Asian pilots. They go over for the big bucks, but usually find that the training they're asked to give is far below their comfort level and they can't wait to return stateside. Their stories are harrowing and many times they say they'll never fly the airline they just trained at. Remember Asiana at SFO?? So there is truth in the experience level. Personally, I can fly a B737. I've flown the simulators. I can start it, taxi it, configure for takeoff, and perform the takeoff. I believe I can even land it quite nicely. All if everything worked perfectly. Would I trust myself to fly a plane load of people? Of course not. Someone at 200 hours? NEVER! Twelve years ago I flew a Cessna 172 with a guy all over Florida. We flew 24 legs over 10 days down the east coast of Florida, to the keys, up the west coast and into Mobile Alabama then back. Landed at TPA, EYW, PBI, and many other smaller airports too. This pilot had received his training at a 141 school and earned his instrument rating. He did not know how to pick up a clearance at an uncontrolled airport, could not pick up a clearance in the air, was uncomfortable with any approach other than an ILS approach, would not accept a SID or a STAR because he didn't know how to fly them, had trouble filing a flight plan, and when we lost the vacuum pump on one leg, he thought we would also lose the altimeter and VSI (wrong). There were MANY other deficiencies and this was a guy who had just completed that training and passed his checkride. This "training" is happening in the US!! Today's training is becoming complacent because of the reliance on technology and the pressure by the airlines to pump out new pilots. It's going to get worse before it gets better.
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