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mrhodes916

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  1. Thanks for the replies, I will look into both suggestions.
  2. I'm looking for a black OEM replacement cockpit cover for a 2003 Sunesta 223. I believe the original was Taylor Made and the part number is 59690008061. Any suggestions for an online store? Thanks.
  3. I did what is pictured below (from calatanc's previous post) where you shove the end of each plug that has the PVC coupler on it into the hoses. The only difference is my plug that I used for the intake hose had a ball valve on the end of it instead of a cap (pictured above in my previous post). Valve closed...no water running out of the intake hose. Valve open...water starts to flow out of the intake hose but you can then put your mouth on the ball valve and blow the water back through the hose and out the outdrive. This reversed the siphon and prevented water from flowing into the bilge when it came time to pull the plug and re-attach the hose to the water pump. Sorry, I should've taken a couple of pictures as I was doing it. I hope this makes more sense though.
  4. Doh! Maybe I should be posting in the newbie forum instead...
  5. Just wanted to give a quick update in case anyone finds this information useful for themselves in the future...I replaced the seal in the raw water pump this weekend while my boat was still in the water and it was a breeze. I borrowed from a couple of different ideas and I ended up making plugs out of PVC very similar to what "catalanc" posted above. The only difference was on the plug for the intake hose I used a ball joint instead of a cap (see the image below). Once I removed the intake hose from the pump and plugged it with the PVC, I was able to open the valve on the ball joint and actually blow the water back out through the outdrive to reverse the suction as suggested above by "Stimpy". When it was time to put the intake hose back on the pump I removed the plug and there was no water flow at all. The initial flow of water out of the intake hose wasn't as strong as I was thinking it could be but nonetheless it was nice to not have to worry about any water at all when trying to re-attach it to the pump. Anyway...leak fixed and hopefully no damage to the bearing. Thanks again for all the insight.
  6. Thanks for all the great info and pictures!
  7. This past weekend I noticed that my raw water pump has started to slowly leak from the weep hole on the bottom of the pump. I'm hoping that I caught it in time that so that this weekend I can attempt to just replace the seal inside the pump. My question is, can I do this while my boat is in the water? I'm not too concerned about the flow of water when I remove the intake hose because I bought a cheap plug to put in the hose and plug it up. My concern is when it comes time to put the intake hose back on the pump. How easily do those hoses "slip" back on the pump? It doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of slack in the hoses to play with. How much water will be flowing out of the hose and into the bilge while I'm trying to re-attach it? Am I just asking for trouble by trying to do this job in the water?
  8. I originally posted this in the "Newbies" forum but it was suggested that I try this forum instead: "I bought a 2003 Sunesta 223 with a Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi last year. It used to be that when I turned my key to the "On" position I would get the two or three loud beeps (sounded like a smoke alarm), and from what I have researched was probably the "engine alarm system" testing itself. However, I no longer get the beeps when I turn the key on (not exactly sure when this behavior changed). Just to confirm...was I supposed to be getting the beeps in the "On" position? Now that I'm not, is it most likely a fuse/breaker/wiring issue? Thanks in advance."
  9. Thanks for the info, Richard. When I get a chance I'll dig around a little more and see what I can find. I might try posting in the other forum as well (if it isn't against the rules?).
  10. We love our 223, jmiska! My dad owned it previous to us, and I always looked forward to when he would take us out. We were never really in the market to buy our own boat but there came a time when he needed to get rid of it and he made us an offer that we couldn't refuse. It's perfect for our family of 5....spacious and versatile. Last summer was our first year owning it so much of the summer was a learning experience...towing, launching, retrieving, etc. This summer we'll be a bit more comfortable with it so we're really excited about getting back out on the water.
  11. I bought a 2003 Sunesta 223 with a Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi last year. It used to be that when I turned my key to the "On" position I would get the two or three loud beeps (sounded like a smoke alarm), and from what I have researched was probably the engine alarm system testing itself. However, I no longer get the beeps when I turn the key on (not exactly sure when this behavior changed). Just to confirm...was I supposed to be getting the beeps in the "On" position? Now that I'm not, is it most likely a fuse/breaker/wiring issue? Thanks in advance.
  12. Sorry for the duplicate posts...got an error on the first one and didn't think it posted but now I can't seem to figure out how to delete the duplicate.
  13. Does anyone know off hand if the blue auto antenna wire on the JBL MR5 stereo can be used as the remote power input for an amplifier? Is power supplied on this wire whenever the stereo is on or only when the radio is selected as the mode? I know it's simple to test with a multimeter but our boat is still in storage for a few more weeks. Thanks for any info you might have.
  14. As far as backing the trailer goes...the first time I did it a few weeks ago I was aware of the little trick of putting my hand on the bottom of the wheel but I assumed that once I got my truck and trailer lined straight up with the ramp that I could just hold the wheel steady and it would head straight down the ramp. Obviously I was wrong. So can I assume that I'll be making small corrections with the wheel back and forth the whole time I back down the ramp? I'm sure I'll figure these things out for myself when I go out and practice but knowing what to expect ahead of time will help. Thanks again for all of the responses.
  15. "nkdenton"...great information! Thanks!
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