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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!
  16. Thanks for the helpful responses. First lesson learned is that from this point forward my wife will be referred to as "the Admiral". "Toddler" and "Escape Plan", I think your process will probably end up working out the best for us with me backing the trailer down the ramp and the Admiral launching and landing it. It sounds like we just need to get out and practice. I know that I definitely need practice going backwards with the trailer. When my dad and I pulled the out of the lake a few weeks ago I'm pretty sure that I did an "S" pattern all the way down the ramp...it was more difficult than I thought it would be. It didn't help that the lake level is still way down so the ramp was probably twice as long as normal. It was a little more embarrassing than I thought it would be too...even though it was cold and rainy there were still quite a few bass fishermen out there who I'm sure got a good chuckle. Oh well...looks like I'll be spending some time in a parking lot this weekend!
  17. Hello all, my wife and I recently purchased a 2003 Sunesta 223 and although we aren't totally new to boating, we are both new to boat ownership. The boat was previously owned by my father and it was always moored at the lake...so going out on the lake for the day was as easy as just walking down to the dock, starting it up, and backing it out of the slip. Now that the weather here in northern CA is getting warm, we are looking forward to taking it out for the first time ourselves but it is no longer moored at the lake and I'm just a bit nervous about launching it from and retrieving it back onto the trailer for the first time. I have ready many posts in this forum and I have watched many videos on youtube but I'm still wondering...just how difficult is it? I don't expect that launching it will be too much of a problem, it's retrieving it that makes me a little nervous. The trailer has those two vertical "guide bunks" on the back end so I'm hoping that those will help to give me a target to aim for and then guide me onto the correct position on the trailer once I get the boat between them. What I'm not certain of is the part of the whole process that my wife is going to be capable of or comfortable with performing. I may have to dock the boat, go get the trailer and back it down, walk down the dock and switch places with my wife, drive the boat onto the trailer and have her winch it up. Is that "acceptable"? Are other boaters going to get upset if it takes us a bit longer than normal our first few times? I would really like to go out during the week when it isn't busy to practice launching and retrieving but I don't see that as being an option since my wife and I both work M-F. Anyway, I've heard many stories (and have even witnessed a couple myself) about people with short fuses at the boat ramp and I want to avoid that at all costs. I've read enough to know that I should load and prepare the boat in the parking lot before I even get in line for the ramp, don't forget the drain plug, trim down after backing the boat into the water, trim up before pulling the boat out, etc...I just want to have peace of mind about the actual launching and retrieving parts of the process. Any tips or words of encouragement would be appreciated. Thanks!
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