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  1. Hatem

    Electrical issue

    Denny, when I had my boat stored for 2 winters straight with all 3 batteries in it, I charged them up and they could only reach 11.2vt and all I got was a click like you. Tried paralleling them and the same thing. Pulled up the dually and jumped it off the batteries in the truck and the boat started right up. Ran it for a good 15 minutes and checked voltage (hoping alternator helped) and starting battery was up to 11.7vt. Still wouldn't start even with that. My new batteries are reading 13.7vts at startup. Try jump-starting the boat battery off your SUV and see if it starts. If it doesn't, then at least you'll know it's not the battery and you can move on to ground wires and even the ignition. If it does start, then it might be time for a new battery.
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    So I did exactly that. I have the plate bent to the correct shape and ready to drop it off at the welder, but knowing the radius on the bottom has now changed to a lesser curve, some of the left-over weld marks and cutoff for the original curve were possibly going to show through, I guess depending on the size of the weld. So I figured it would be easier to tackle grinding/sanding/polishing this part now so it can get the smallest bead as possible and before it gets welded and becomes a tougher and tighter corner to get into. This kit is pretty good, showed very decent results. Before with the sharper radius. After about 10 minutes with the sanding disc. Using the edge is much more effective than the pad section. Then the iodized disc. Then about 15 minutes of the rouge and buffing wheel. Results are pretty good, definitely a mirror finish. Now that I think about it, I'm gonna do the same thing with the plate now before it gets welded so there's not much, if anything, to do on it once it's welded like you said. Don't need to do much with the plate. As a mater of fact, I'm going to skip the sanded pad and just start with the iodized disk and on to the rouge compound and felt pad on that piece.
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    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    You did good, ma man. Sounds like you got it in time and it wasn't easy considering it's on a lift. It's not like you can just drain the shhttuufff right out into the lake and you took precautions to avoid that, at the cost of going through a much more tedious process of winterizing. So now you know about the plugs and the proper order of draining all the water etc., it'll go much smoother next year. We all learn by trial and error as we experience certain things in life, nothing wrong with that at all. Maybe sometime you can post a pic of the boat on the lift. lol, I find it amusing that with all the consternation we feel and endure through this process of winterizing, the stress of the concept of "FREEZING" and "CRACKING" tends to push us, more often than not, to overdo things. Nothing wrong with that in many cases, but I laugh a little at how there's this notion that -100 antifreeze is somehow a must or a better thing. I used -50 the last couple of times because I came to the realization that if you need to worry about the weather getting anywhere near -20 even, let alone-100, why do you even have a boat where you live? Maybe a snowmobile or a friggin sled would be a better choice. I think Siberia, or Antarctica, maybe, it could possibly get that cold once or twice in the span of what, 6 million years? lmfao.
  4. Hatem

    New H2O sport

    Congratz, Nice organized garage, too. Far cry from my shop lmao. Nice color, too. Are you from Iraq or did you serve there?
  5. Hatem

    Starting a upholstory side business

    How about a custom helm cover? I've been wanting to make a nice, snug-fit, custom canvas to wrap around my helm and protect all my electronics, steering wheel and throttle. Even though I have a steering wheel cover and I put a towel over the throttle and a bigger one over the entire helm, it would be nice to have a single piece that gets folded away when not in use and cover all the vital stuff I have at the helm even though cockpit cover does go over the entire thing, I still feel better having additional protection. Is that something you would take on?
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    Ideas remove fuel from tank

    Nice! done that many times myself back in the day "borrowing" gas from friend's cars because I ran out.
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    2018 World Series Dodgers vs Red Sox

    Too bad you didn't post this before the series a couple of months ago. . BoSox pretty much dominated this series, don't you think? Speaking of the NFL and dominating teams (New England Patriots!!! ), we should open a thread for that. Not too many members into it here, though. Although there's this Giants fan who's a real pain in the asss who'll probably get into it. Although his team is playing like crap as usual so...
  8. Hatem

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Very nice. built-in hardtop looks really good and you get the best of all worlds with that boat. Good size, too, right at that 35ft. I can see you on one of those.
  9. Hatem

    Ideas remove fuel from tank

    This here. Same method to pull out used oil. I did something similar with my water tank when I wanted to clean out that last 1/2" of water that sits below the outlet to the pump that you can't get rid of. Drilled a hole on top of the tank and installed a small, screw cap to open and stick the clear, plastic tube in and reach that bottom water. Electric pump worked like a charm.
  10. And this is Tupelo. Ever see this wood? It's a southern, swamp, gumwood but the other end of the spectrum. It's light as butter and the grain is practically invisible. Similar to sugar pine, but unlike pine, this stuff -- because it's gumwood -- has similar strength to hardwood yet it's very soft. Good for carving.
  11. Agree. I always enjoy seeing what others are doing on not only their boats, but with everything, even if it's not my thing. I'm somewhere in between the two extremes you listed. This was a Japanese, Western red cedar screened porch we built overlooking a small, koi fish pond. Entire structure was red cedar but the flooring was ipe. Very similar to teak. This stuff is indestructible. It's on the top of the list of hardwoods that is very stable in the harshest environment. It just doesn't have much color like teak. The red cedar is closer to the color of teak, except it's soft as butter. All of these weather to a very unattractive grey IMO. By next summer or maybe the following, this stuff that is exposed to the sun will all be light grey which is a shame that it doesn't hold that beautiful red, amberish tone. The red cedar because it's on the inside (including the ipe floor decking) will actually hold its color for a very long time.
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    Aluminum Locknut in Bilge, what does it belong to?

    Good friend of mine -- who was following this thread from its onset -- sent me these pictures of his transom mounts, actually a while ago when all the idiocy that temporarily and unfortunately disrupted the good flow of this thread was going on. It's an early 90's Chaparral with a 4.3 Merc and Alpha drive with the same difficult access to them. Figured I would post them for you as an additional reference. Good look at the captured nut, bushings between the two mount rings and of course, the bolt head, washer and spacer flush tight as they should be.
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    Aluminum Locknut in Bilge, what does it belong to?

    That is very true. If it was just allignment, the pipe should stay at the 1 o'clock position as it turns, you are correct. That's assuming the pipe is perfectly straight and is sitting right. Doesn't take much of a bend to throw that out. What type of table saw did you roll the pipe on to check runout? Was it like one of those good-sized shop table saws and not one of those little, portable ones?
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Makes sense. I'm also guessing that there are strict, operating flight rules for you guys and attempting a loop in a C-130 Hercules is bolded and underlined in the "DO NOT DO" section. Big difference between the strict operating rules you get in the US military and Russia for example. Their operating rules must be written on half a page because some of the stuff those those guys do are not seen in almost any other military in the world lol. Hope they find the rest of the fellas. In-flight refueling is not simple stuff (I know I don't need to tell you) and amazing how this doesn't happen more often. Tough break with an F/A-18 colliding with a C-130 off the coast of Japan. https://fightersweep.com/11042/breaking-us-marine-corps-c-130-and-f-a-18-crash-off-the-coast-of-japan-search-and-rescue-underway/ Update: One Marine dead, one recovering, and five still missing after Marine KC-130 and F/A-18 go down off the coast of Japan
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    Oh no !!

    That George W. Bush eulogy yesterday was incredible. If you didn't have a tear in your eye listening to that, you're not human. That front row was very interesting, you could feel the tension in the air. Despite that, it was really refreshing to see partisanship FINALLY put aside for the right reason. Something we haven't been able to feel for quite sometime. I almost forgot what it was like to not feel the divisiveness that's ripping this country apart. There was a program on HBO on the life and accomplishments of George Bush sr. and what a life and career that man had. The list of accomplishments are staggering. He's the last WWII veteran who would be president of the United States. He was also very truthful about losing his 2nd term to Bill Clinton and opened up about how devastated he was. He truly was the quintessential president.