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  1. There is an app called NOAA Weather Ships, it shows data received from ships currently at sea, Its more of a novelty since the ships are so spread out, but sometimes you get lucky and find ships are in your area. Hopefully more ships will start reporting to cover more areas, the data they report are wind speed and direction, air & water temp, and wave heights I included the Apple App Store link below NOAA Weather Ships by David Gross
  2. I have the same set up on mine. Previously when I extracted the oil through the dipstick tube I would open up the oil pan hose and I was still getting almost a quart out of the hose that the dipstick tube didn't pick up. Now I just connect my new pump directly to the oil pan drain hose and there is no residual oil left in the engine
  3. I've been boating in the Sandusky area for almost 15 years. I had A Four Winns 245 Vista with the single OMC I/O and there were days where going out was definitely not an option. With a single engine the boat tends to rock more since most of the weight is right at the center of the hull. As you know Lake Erie in this area is really shallow and the waves drop on the backside very sharply which will make your boat ride very uncomfortable with waves anything over 3 feet. One of the biggest problems with the area being so shallow is boat traffic. Sometimes fighting the wake from all the boaters in Sandusky Bay gets pretty treacherous. During the week it's actually pretty nice when there's no boats out but come the weekend it's crazy out there. It's very rare to see rolling waves here that you can ride up and down without getting your teeth knocked out. My 310 is much more stable with the wider beam and twin engines spreading the weight further out from the center of the hull. But I still will not ago out when there is anything over 3 to 4 foot with the 310, it's not worth stressing out the hull taking that kind of a beating. I have been out in 5 to 6 footers in 24 foot deep v center console and that boat handled the waves pretty well, I was pretty impressed, much bettter than my Four Winns. So it all depends on what type of boating you want to do and if you are trailering or keeping it in a marina.
  4. I have the same drive showers on my Bravo III drives. My drives don't steam anymore when I come down off plane, and after the first season I could tell a huge difference in the lack of mineral buildup. My feeling is if the drive is running cooler, then that is less wear and tear on it. I highly recommend them.
  5. Did you check the hoses for the head? A friend of mine had the same issue and the odor was permeating through his hoses. To check them, he was told to wear rubber gloves and squeeze all the hoses to and from the holding tank (don't forget the pump out hose) for a minute, and if the gloves show signs of any moisture, the hoses needed to be replaced. The smell on the glove will be disgusting so don't touch anything after performing the tests or you will create a lot of extra cleaning work for yourself.
  6. Make sure when you are working on it you lay down a towel on the fiberglass edge that you're leaning on otherwise you will get some nasty skin irritation from the fiberglass.
  7. Mine seems to be around 3400 to 3600 rpm to keep it on plane. Around 25to 27 mph, but that depends on how rough the lake is.
  8. If you have a storage locker in your aft cabin, when you remove it, it gives you direct access to the vacuum pump assembly. That way you don't have to remove the hot water tank.
  9. I have the same issue with my Sig 310. Not sure if the electronics on the helm cause problems or the mass of wires behind the dash blocking it.
  10. I had the same thing happen on one my drives last season after the marina serviced them. When they put the o-rings on the end of the housing during reassembly they lather the o-rings and the area around them with grease. They do it so the o-rings don't move while they bolt it back together, and the grease also helps prevent the two mating surfaces from seazing to each other. Little bit of brake cleaner will cleaned it up.
  11. I clean mine out every year, with my wife and daughter showering it gets clogged with hair. Don't make the same mistake I did and start pulling on the pump before unplugging it. You will get a nasty shower with all the accumulated slime in the sump box. Murphy's Law, it will only come on after you have removed the discharge end of the pump from the hose spraying water everywhere.
  12. Lew, Sorry it took me a while to respond, I thought I subscribed this thread, I guess it didn't take. I noticed when I took the pic, my ahesive is starting to loosen up. Guess it's time for an new strip of weather stripping. Not bad for two years of abuse.
  13. I used a piece of L shaped foam self adhesive weather stripping. I cut it long enough so the ends touch the door when it closes and as far back as possible. It is going on its third year.
  14. I battled this problem with my 9'6" inflatable (not a rigid hull) with a 4 stroke 8hp Merc outboard. I didn't want to install a Davit system because we like to spend a lot of time on the swim platform and didn't want someone getting snagged on the hardware. I added cleats on the swim platform and tried to tie it to the transom, it was too bulky and couldn't get it to stay tight, plus the rings would mark up the fiberglass. I also tried leaving the aft of the inflatable in the water and just tied the bow on the swim platform ( with the motor off) it was too much pounding and I was scared of damaging the inflatable. Finally we decided that we would store it on the bow. We always take the motor off anyway and lay it on towels in the cockpit. My wife and I bring the inflatable to the port side of our boat, facing the inflatable the same direction as the boat. I put a rope on the outer (port) tube as close to the transom as possible, and she has the bow line. When I pull my rope up, it tips the inflatable on its starboard tube, which drains the water out, then we just pull it up over the bow rail and strap it down upsidedown on the bow. Visibility is only an issue when you get the bow rise while getting up on plane, but my wife is helping me watch out for other boats until we get up on plane. Then it's no issue to see over it. When we get to our anchor spot, we put a rope on the starboard tube near the transom, hang the inflatable on the port bow rail upsidedown, as I push it over, I keep a little bit of tension on the stern line (which causes it to rotate) and it lands right side up every time. It's a little bit of work on our part but with a little bit of practice we have it mastered. Oh and by the way, I always tie a tether to a main cleat from the motor while taking it off the inflatable just in case I lose grip or my balance. If it falls in, I can just pull it out of the lake with my safety line.
  15. What about drilling the hole out and installing a Helicoil. We used to use these on exhaust manifold bolts, spark plug threads and anything else that stripped out.