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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.
  2. Went out today and came back after some experimenting with a strange popping sound. Happens between 3600 and 3900 RPM most notably when reducing power. I’m thinking a cylinder is missing but it is fine below 3600 and above 3900. Any thoughts? Video below.
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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

    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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    Boating Season is Shot

    I live in Allen and work in Addison. Seriously, let me know if I can help in any way. You've helped me out here a lot.
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    That's how I understand it. But because MCAS procedures weren't taught is why we're here.
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Watch the news next week regarding this. Can't say more, but watch Wed/Thu timeframe. Should be entertaining.
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    Boating Season is Shot

    Oh, man. Sorry to hear! Texoma is up too. Looks like it should settle down soon. Boat is in the shop for more engine problems. It developed a VERY severe miss after our Florida trip in March. I've given up and will let the professionals figure it out. Happy to help you with anything you might need over the next 10 weeks. Get better soon!
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    Installing SiriusXM Tuner

    This? https://www.amazon.com/Metra-40-SIRXM-Satellite-Antenna-Adapter/dp/B01ECPO41E
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    I was more offended to day. By Home Despot.

    Ha! Truth!
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    Plug, What Plug?

    I made that mistake in my younger years. I was about 25 years old (maybe younger) and took my dad's Bass Tracker out for a spin. Wife and I launched it, she parked the truck, and I tooled around waiting on her. Now, this was a boat you could put the plug in from the bilge. Unfortunately, I had placed the plug on the gunwale and of course it was now at the bottom of the lake. Don't remember all the details, but I beached the boat, turned the bow into the waves and had the wife stay there holding the bow into the waves while I retrieved the truck and trailer. By the time I got back, the bow was on the beach and waves were crashing over the stern (filling the boat). I put the trailer in and started bailing the boat. Once it would float again, I took off, got on plane, and allowed the remaining water to exit the drain hole. Can't recall why, but I couldn't get the boat on the trailer. Something to do with the ramp. Random camper saw my struggle, asked the wife for my keys, took the truck and trailer to another steeper ramp. Anytime I slowed down, water would again enter. I slowed down to load the boat, and about 100 yards from the ramp...motor dies. Water starts coming back in. I am panicked now, but finally got the motor fired up and had to gun it onto the trailer loaded with about 1,000lbs of water. Almost lost my Dad's boat that day. I am hopeful that experience will last me a lifetime! So far, so good!
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    Bottom Paint Questions

    Remember, I'm not comparing unpainted to painted. Just saying that my experience with a painted hull was such that if you let the paint "go" it can eventually erode your speed considerably.
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    Bottom Paint Questions

    Bottom paint WILL slow you down. I have a heavier boat than yours (with more surface area...more drag). When I purchased the boat, the older bottom job needed refreshing. But before I spent money on a new bottom job, I was trying to troubleshoot performance issues first. Mechanic went through the boat and nothing seemed to work. I finally accepted the slow planing time and slower than anticipated top end speed. Next season I had the bottom stripped and repainted. It looked SO nice! Took the boat out on the water and found that I picked up around 10 MPH! Point is, as the bottom paint ablates you will lose even more speed. Keep the bottom refreshed and you'll keep as much speed as possible but certainly lose some MPH over a clean, non-bottom painted boat.
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    JBL Stereo Replacement Questions

    Yes, ACC, not AUX. My bad there. Surprised you have missing breakers. Odd. My run was much shorter than yours, and certainly different. I ran the "backbone" from port to starboard in the engine compartment, then branched off from there. My galley is on the port side, so I ran a branch from engine compartment to galley with fish rods. On the starboard side, I simply ran it through the gunwale to the helm. This way I didn't have to go from helm to galley which would have been a nightmare! But now I have endless connections at the helm and can even add a couple in the galley if I should ever need to do that. Of course, the engine compartment has a plethora of possibilities too for sensors and other NMEA accessories if ever needed (oh, I did run one a transom remote for the Fusion back there too).
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    JBL Stereo Replacement Questions

    Hmmm.....even my small boat has a circuit breaker for each aux switch. I also used one of those for the NMEA power. I only wish I could find a switch cover that is representative of a network. Mine still says "Aux". Yes, I also have a terminal block in the helm. On the starboard side (of our boat), there is a capped PVC pipe. I couldn't easily remove mine, so I simply snaked the cable up the gunwale removing speakers to gain access to guide the cable. If you have a PCV pipe you can use, that would be SO much easier. Be careful to seal if you can so that any CO or other gasses can't make its way to the cabin. Good luck! And let me know if you have any other specific questions!
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    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Sounds like they saved it... https://kfor.com/2019/04/17/photos-pontoon-boat-dangles-off-side-of-north-carolina-dam/
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    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Haha...yeah, I saw that one on facebook as it was unfolding. Should have seen all the (good) suggestions on how to rescue it. Sounds like it came untied from its slip somewhere upstream. Never heard if they "rescued" it or not.
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    Fresh water guy looking to the Bahamas??

    It kinda surprised me that Navionics uses statute miles. Of course that's the web app. On the chartplotters and their phone/tablet apps, you can change it to nm. Most commercial marine applications use nm. The primary reason to use nm is if you're discussing speed in terms of knots which is far easier to calculate than converting back to sm. I'm accustomed to knots and nm because almost all of aviation is referenced in knots and nm. But of course, that's just me.
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