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  1. Out on the ocean all day yesterday and had a great time. We planed smoothly at 30 mph all the way up to Gloucester and got to the Blynman drawbridge to enter the Annisquam River to head up to Wingaersheek Beach. The weekend prior to 4th of July is always jammed with boats in the harbor and the river....forget about it. Every single boat imaginable from Formula 45PCs to Searays of every single type to runarounds to mahogany Christ Crafts to even a spectacular Azimut 50 flybride and everything else in between. Once you get to the drawbridge, need to wait until the siren stops car traffic (which could take 15 minutes) then wait another 10 minutes for exiting boat traffic before we're allowed to enter. Depending on what size boat is in front of you and the wake it leaves behind that ends up slamming the drawbridge walls and coming back in at you, you could have a rough go at it or you could have a relatively easy slide-through. Still, you need to find that sweet spot of speed, path and control to make it through without getting shoved into the walls. It's definitely stressful. Of course, the bigger the boat the easier it is not to be greatly effected by the wake but the smaller the boat..............................and that's what happened in front of our eyes. On the way out, we were stuck in a caravan of 20+ boats and we were 2nd in line at the drawbridge. We had to wait for incoming traffic first and lo and behold, there's a HUGE FERRY TRYING TO GET THROUGH! I swear, he must've had 6 inches on each side and he was gunning it. Left a wake that turned the boat in front of us completely around (20ft Boston Whaler) and almost shoved us into the rocks on the river's edge. While the boat in front of us was trying to spin back into forward position, had to wait for another little boat to follow the ferry, about 8 or 10 feet long with a small outboard and captained by a young grandma, her husband who decided to take all the grandchildren with them, maybe 6 of them! We watched her try to gun it after that ferry only to have the monster wake that was left behind push her completely over where she hit the right side almost head on! Saw grandpa grab one or two kids from taking a header into the mess of water when suddenly, the momentum of the smack and grandma probably keeping full throttle on the outboard just bounced back off and straight into the other side of the walls! We watched in horror. People crowded over the bridge watching this whole incident take place and finally, after crashing twice, grandma got control and eased off the throttle and propped through. Once they came by us, my wife yelled out to them to see if they were ok and you can tell, everyone besides grandpa were in shock. Felt really bad. Never seen anything like that in the past 4 years of boating. Have you? I felt really bad for grandma and you can tell everyone in that boat was shaken up really badly. You really need to understand the effects of rough water from other boats and really understand how to handle your boat and be very aware of your surroundings out there. This is the Blynman drawbridge. While really scenic and a neat place to boat through, take a look at the wake against the walls after the boat @ minute 0.30. And this is weekday traffic, so imagine 50 boats in line, one after the other from both ends. 2nd busiest drawbridge on the eastern seaboard, after one in Boca Raton.
  2. Hatem

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    So much for the concept of "never approach a dock faster than you're willing to hit it"! @SST If the video doesn't play for some reason, click on the tweety bird up in top right hand quarter and it should open up for you.
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    B.O.A.T.

    Reminds me of the harbor masters who told me my flag and pole were long gone when I dropped it at the gas dock and their little @#$%@#ty magnet didn't grab anything. They told me the current probably pushed it a mile down the river. Came back the next day with an anchor and it was right where I dropped it 2 weeks prior lol.
  4. Hatem

    B.O.A.T.

    That's what I was wondering those 25mph wind gusts must've really caught that thing just right like a parachute and sent it quite a ways. OR, did you check the pilings on your dock? Might've just rolled over and got stuck under there.
  5. Hatem

    B.O.A.T.

    It must've really gotten blown away a huge distance if you weren't able to find it. I wouldn't think that thing (even with all that wind) would go too far from the boat. Strange that you couldn't find it. Was it heavy or light material?
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    Floor replacement

    You really have no choice but to tear the plywood floor out completely, or at least as far as you can to the bow. Not an easy operation but if the plyd is already delaminating, then it might not be too resistant to remove because sometimes the water rot doesn't end at just the plywood and gets down lower, spreading into the bulkheads and the stringers that the floor is attached to. If you want to keep that boat instead of taking that other member's advice and sell it and get something better, then you need to prepare yourself to a pretty major project. Even if your bulkheads and stringers are in decent shape, replacing the floor is not as easy as it sounds. This fella is using a material similar to nidacore called CarbonCore. That's the white stuff you see in the bottom picture. However, this is a major rebuild which is far from what you will need to do (given he has basically rebuilt the entire structure below the floor ), but it gives you a good example of what you will go through if you decide to do this. After rebuilding all the stringers & bulkheads and basically the framing where the final floor material will sit on, he went to Home Depot and bought a few sheets of OSB plywood and used that to cut a template to dry-fit to shape (you can see it at the bottom of he picture under the white material) so he can use that and trace it onto the CarbonCore, which has a relatively thin backing surfaces on each side and honeycomb material in the middle. You can even see the honeycomb at the close edge. Then he'll probably laminate that surface with a few layers of laminating glass and fairing compound to strengthen and bond it to the hull side and also so that it's smooth enough to apply a sprayed-on coat of gelcaot. You could do something similar if you don't like the carpet look or apply the laminating layers of glass and fill the edge with peanut butter and then glue new carpet on. At least then you know this stuff won't rot if it gets wet. Hope this helps.
  7. Even though I've been boating for about 5 years, now, I still consider myself a newbie and hardly ashamed of it. That said, I discovered a method just last week to dry out the bilge after a rain storm if you get enough water in there that the bilge pump (which is mounted a bit too high to suck up that last gallon or two from the bottom) can't get it out, this is literally the BEST and safest way to do it without contorting yourself with a sponge and a bucket and keep filling it and emptying it out. First of all, be sure you have access to a 110vt receptacle (outlet) that is GFI (Ground Fault Interupted). I happen to have a few on my power pole at my slip. Hook up a heavy duty, light ended cord to it and make sure the cord is laying safely on the dock with no chance of it being too close to the edge to fall off. Then wrap it around a grab rail near the engine compartment/bilge so that if someone tugs on it by accident, it doesn't pull off and fall in the water. These are all simple things I've learned through many Osha classes as I am a builder by trade. Then get yourself one of these 5HP Ridgid, 4 gallon portable dry/wet vacuums from Home Depot (I have something like 8 of these they're so awesome and useful and are cheap). The only fitting that doesn't come with it that you have to buy separately is the long, skinny square tube and the round brush but they come in a separate kit. Don't FORGET TO TAKE OUT THE FILTER when using it as a wet vac. Add one or two of the flexible hose extensions before you add the two solid ones and you have all the reach you need to get every single spot in the bilge and suck it dry without bending 1 inch! Of course, check for gas fumes before turning the vacuum on to avoid the obvious and start vacuuming all the water out. Empty the vacuum as needed and in less than 15 minutes, the rain-filled bilge is dry as a bone. With the flexible hose attachments only, you can even reach way under the engine all the way back to the butt plug if the boat is stern heavy and you can't get all the water to the forward bilge. I even get behind the swim platform and the Fireboy extinguisher and all sorts of tight spaces. When done, pack everything and put it in your dock box or back in the truck/vehicle as I avoid leaving all this stuff on the boat to reduce clutter and weight. I got this idea from @SST and expanded on it a little bit, so thanks dude. And I hope this helps some of you Newbies who might be having this irritating rain water-filled bilge issue like me until you find the source and seal it up. Cheers.
  8. I have a couple of calipers. I have one that i use a lot doing my woodworking that you probably saw while turning Denny's flag pole, but I also have a much better and more detailed one I use for my carvings and such but it doesn't have a digital readout to give you micrometers etc. They should arrive Monday and so I'll do a step by step process on the mods thread. Or if @Jessedylan doesn't mind, I'll post it on this thread since it's related.
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Nice. Can you pronounce that in Arabic? lol. Their MiG-29 fleet is the older, earlier models like the As & Bs and I think they're retired them but kept the S models active but unfortunately those are still older models as evidenced by the nasty, black smoke those RD-33 engines produced at the time until the Russians finally figured out what the US and French and Brits were doing using "smokeless" engines. Not the newer MiG-29s and specifically the 29M/M2 which is the lesser variant of the newest of that line in the MiG-35. But here's the interesting part - would a low flyby like that ever be allowed by or at any US air force base? I remember back when the Berlin wall fell and everyone was in love with the other and the US sent a squadron of F-16s to either the Ukraine or one of the Russian states at the time and did a swapping of flying in the other's jet and one of the US Captains made a comment that the when the pilot did an inverted flight OVER the runway and the base itself, he was shocked that had that been done on a USAF airbase, the pilot might've been more than disciplined and might've even lost his wings. Safety standards are a lot more stricter and followed in the United States and most European countries than those buying and being trained by Russia. I thought that was pretty interesting stuff. I thought the Viggen (below) had the double delta, not the Drakken? They're both amazing and easy to confuse.
  10. That's really interesting. I guess it has everything to do with what you feel more comfortable with and are more used to doing. Drill holes all the time! The seal was the first thing I noticed since the fluid was dripping out of that location. I raised the drive and took a few more pics. Not sure if I'll be "micing" it (is that a process where you have to take them to a shop and they put it in a special measuring machine for micro measurements?), but I'll keep an eye on the fluid once the repair kit is installed. I think if it was scratched to the point where it would cause a leak, you would see an obvious scouring or some kind, right. This looks more like the seal just had enough. The other side looks the same but I figured it makes more sense to change them both. Billious of blue blistering barnacles still need cleaning.
  11. I've been waiting for a few days now since you posted that last line to see if you end up getting the same treatment as I did, but you never challenged the Fellowship of the Miserable so you were likely not to get anything, lol! Hilarious, the hypocrisy. It's also a real shame that it was done in a super vindictive way instead of proposing a counter argument that can be discussed politely and positively and people can learn. But since there is this personal agenda against yours truly, we have to deal with it and crush it. A bit of interesting information in case anyone is still interested in this topic that was actually hijacked and attempted to be destroyed for personal reasons and nothing to do with subject matter. Part of my licensing to complete my yearly continuing education certification for license renewal is that a whole day out of the five is dedicated to OSHA training and safety standards in the construction industry (sort of a refresher course and any added new safety codes and I've had my license for over 32 years and keep up with all the OSHA safety standards) and one of the oldest codes ( which is actually more of a building code than part of OSHA but for some reason almost always makes it's way into the OSHA class) that used to be a very prominent was this one: "an attached garage structure must to be 4 inches lower than the rest of the habitable house". Meaning you needed a 4 inch step from the garage to the rest of your house. The reason behind that step is to prevent gas fumes that collect low to the ground from parked cars to enter the house. So since the fumes collect at the bottom....read what causes the fumes. Floor Level Old habits die hard. Building codes used to stipulate that the floor of an attached garage be four inches lower than the floor level of the house. The rationale for requiring this little step was that it would prevent spilled gasoline, gasoline vapors, and carbon monoxide from getting inside the house. Today's residential building code does not include this requirement (presumably, cars are less likely to leak these days), which means that an entire house (garage included) can be set on a concrete slab poured at one height. So I look at it as if I have any spilled or leaking gasoline in your boat which is responsible for almost every single boat lighting up and be sure there is no spilled gas mixed with the rain water. What I have is a bit of oily water from oil change spills and very minor, but absolutely no gas leak. So the fear mongering that has permeated this thread is EXTRAORDINARY, especially the comment about the neighbor vacuuming his GAS TANK!!!! WHY THE @#$^#^ would anyone vacuum a gas tank is beyond me and the majority of reasonable people. I will leave it at that and I'm glad you posted.
  12. Thanks, Curt. I would say that replacing the knock sensors on the WS6 and discovering the completely corroded valley plate and cleaning all that mess and replacing the plate was a bit more difficult than drilling that flagpole hole, despite it being at an angle and drilling an approximately 30 degree angle with a holesaw bit into fiberglass using a jig wasn't too bad. Done a lot of crap like that through the decades but interestingly enough, I've never worked on a cylinder. Glad to hear it's relatively easy. Removing and replacing the intake manifold and throttle body (which btw I was strongly thinking of upgrading to a high performance FAST LSXR TB & manifold but just didn't want to put the $ into it at the time) was A LOT more difficult than drilling an angled fagpole. Thankfully I took a lot of pictures before dismantling because I had to refer to them as I was putting everything back together. But thanks for the advice on the cylinder work. I like the idea of a careful and soft scotch brite pad brush up and down the rods. Here is where it's leaking right at the O-ring which if you enlarge the picture, you can actually see it popping out at the bottom which I pushed in and crumbled lol but you can also see it at the top left popping out a little. Some corrosion at the around the interior edge is visible also. I'm guessing the rods are good and not scratched at all, but I'll take a closer look. I always stay away from them when cleaning and tape them when painting, but you never know. You can really see some cracking and drying out of the Orings too. Hey @Jessedylan, sorry your thread took a bit of a nasty turn. Hope you don't mind me posting about my cylinder issue. I won't reply to that last post since insulting comments like that tend to follow me every once in a while.
  13. Talking about YOU waiting 24 hours not the OP.
  14. https://www.ebay.com/itm/331837734371 That's what I ordered. Can you tell if it's a complete replacement on the interior of the cylinder?
  15. LOL! Maybe wait at least 24 hours before saying that? Yeah had to do mine after the first season I got it when it was only 4 years old. Wondering if it was like mine, mounted on the exterior of the outdrive assembly itself? Terrible design by Volvo. I slip mine in salt water every year and I can't power wash that area because of how delicate all the hoses and the gasket is, so I have to carefully and painstakingly scrape all the growth that gets on it. Sucks. Yeah, same here but now I have this leaky cylinder but I'm actually looking forward to it after the intake manifold plate and knock sensors I just did on my TA. That was quite the project but a lot of fun and I've never rebuilt a cylinder before. I don't even know what I bought TBH. I think I have to take out the entire inside of the old cylinder and put in a brand new one, not just change the gaskets and O-rings and all that PITA stuff. Glad you're back and running. When my sender went, the gasket basically went and oil was seeping out of the bottom and mostly resting on the transom assembly shelf.
  16. I'm sure you've figured it out by now but curious what was the issue? Trim sender gone bad? I currently discovered my portside outdrive cylinder slightly leaking even though it didn't show any issues during the season and you can see the seal popping out and a bit of oil spewing out. So I struggled to see whether to buy a whole new cylinder (pretty expensive) or order the repair kit which I did, for both since it was much more reasonable than buying the entire cylinder. Just gotta figure out how to take the old one apart and install the new "guts" in is what I'm guessing looking at it and getting it filled with oil. I would ask if anyone has even repaired one of these but judging by the way people responded to your question, I'm sure we'll figure it out.
  17. Hatem

    2019 is a wrap

    Nice picture. I didn't even know you posted it because that winterizing thread is going berserk and unless you quote me or whomever, won't see it unless I stumble on it like I just did. But your current pooch has an amazing smile on him, you can clearly see it in that pic of him you posted. I had no idea that dog in the gif was an Irish bulldog, just thought it was funny the way dogs behave. On my street, I stop everyone walking their dogs and say hi and pet them and tell them they're not allowed to walk by my house without saying hello and allowing me to pet them. Most are super friendly and lick your face and love the attention.
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    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Talking about a near miss on another forum on a member who was drifting and fishing and had to get out of the way at the last second to avoid a collision and someone brought up that incredible video I posted earlier that I'm sure everyone has seen already which he said it reminded him of it. I asked if anyone had any information as to where it stands at the moment. Turns out, since it was in Canada, under the Canadian Shipping Act, there were two operators in the boat that ran over the one fishing and both were fined, only. No criminal charges brought about according to the member who answered. He said he had no idea why they didn't deem it a criminal act and charged him under the penal code, which means he/they was fined a certain amount that is probably not disclosed. I'm guessing it was probably a hefty fine.
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    Yet another winterize question

    Glad to see someone else step up. Exactly. I even empty the exhaust manifolds right after engine is brought up to steady temperature using muffs and not my flushport. I do that just because I'm always using the flushport connection to flush the engine in the slip and even in the driveway. But before starting to run antifreeze through the engine, I just want to be sure the muffs are working and it is circulating and keeping the engine at 160 degrees and maintaining it that way for at least 10 minutes. 5 years on an 8.1 Doing it next week. The only drawback I see in not pulling the plugs is that if there is any sedimentation or crap or whatever (someone mentioned sand) but wouldn't you see that when changing your impeller? I don't see any sand or any foreign material in the impeller housing and let's also not forget that VPs might be different than Merurys. OP is talking about a VP 8.1. Yep. Same thing I said when I mentioned a former Sea Ray mechanic who taught me this method said they did the same exact thing when he was working for a rather large, Boston dealership. Yeah you use up a lot of antifreeze and you never keep it low in the bucket. As a matter of fact, when I end up using about 7 gallons of antifreeze before it's shooting nothing but pure pink out the exhaust, I have at least half the 5-gallon bucket still filled with AF.
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    I like it! Very realistic. I like the part where the P-51s are getting ready to take off in the video. When you first open the page and see the French Mirage 2000 wow, one of the most beautiful aircraft ever and I could never understand the dynamics of how a delta-winged aircraft with only flaps and ailerons can be that maneuverable. I mean once they ended the Mirage and started building the Rafale, at least that went to the delta-canard combo and the canards basically acted like the horizontal stabilizer which is a HUGE moveable surface that affects maneuverability. But the Mirage, without any functioning canards was quite maneuverable with just its delta wings. Granted the Rafale took maneuverability to another level, but still, amazing how the strictly delta winged Mirage was so maneuverable and that's the first one that shows up on that page in your link. Speaking of Chinese, their response to the new 5th generation fighter jet is doing rather well. I think they have 28 active J-20s already!
  21. Hatem

    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    LOL! Nice slide in there. I know what you mean, they could be props. The Iranians are quite notorious for doing exactly that. As you know quite well lol, I follow military aviation much more than civil but a funny story: you know -- and I'm sure you've heard of the Russian SAM systems the S-300, 400 and now they have developed the 500. The number somewhat corresponds with the amount of kilometers one of those missiles can bring down an aircraft. They also toute them as very difficult to defend against which is a huge reason why Turkey has ordered quite a few batteries of the S-400 which caused the initial rift between it and the US which ended with Congress denying Turkeyand from buying 130 F-35s!!! Yet they're still adamant about buying the Russian system at the risk of losing a HUGE order of supposedly the greatest fighter jet out there. I think the Turks are crazy and are playing a game of chicken with the US. Then back in 2012, the Iranians claimed they had bought the S-300 and the funny part is that they paraded one of them, and we all laughed at them because they were clearly not the real thing and total props.
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    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Well, I know for sure that the one which looks like the Reaper or Predator that they call the Wing Loong is quite operational. They've sold it to numerous countries (including the motherland which is using it on ISIS trying to infiltrate through the Libyan border and obliterating them with just the few missiles it carries). There's some great footage I have of that I'll post it when I have some time to find it. I swear you couldn't tell if it was an American drone or this Chinese one. The Saudis and UAE have also bought quite a few and their (the Chinese) are designing a UACV which will carry more hardware than the Wing Loong. Also, TP, this is a small effect of how the US (and not to get political about this at all, just an observation and you're more than welcome to reply to it) is the refusal of the US to sell any of their drones except to "certain" allies and in that region, they don't allow anything close to UAVs let alone UACVs and so these countries have been forced to look somewhere else that does not abide by those rules. There's actually a designation to that protocol I just can't think of it ATM. But, they are VERY useful for these countries that not only use them for recon, but for attacks in many isolated, desert regions. 10 countries so far have ordered them and most are using them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAIG_Wing_Loong
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    Risers *and* manifolds?

    I'm doing mine this spring also and I wish I did it last year as it showed all the signs of needing replacement, but mine is a VP so obviously a little different, but I expect the blockage to be similar at the water jackets, even though they do get hot but not enough to not enough to not be able to touch them and hold them. But man are those friggin things expensive. Not sure about your Merc, but my lowest number (including the manifold) and I have the 6inch extension kit on the between the manifold and the riser/elbow (BTW, they should just pick a name and go with it because it confuses the crap out of everything when the risers are the same thing as the elbows. My least expensive quote for the entire thing including the manifolds and gaskets and new bolts etc. was around $1,800 at Michigan Motors I believe, courtesy of @rjbergen who pointed me in that direction. I'm also in salt water for half the 9-10 years these original manifolds and risers have been on, so I have no problem changing them as I think they've done their job and then some. And, since I do actually enjoy this kind of work, I'm actually looking forward to doing it. If you want my opinion an can afford it, change it all including the manifolds. You'll feel better and get better.
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    Yet another winterize question

    Come on up, you're only in NJ, right? I'll treat you to some lobster and give you the royal red carpet treatment and you can inspect my block at your pleasure. The only hose I remove is the hose bellow the water pump to empty the exhaust manifolds, that's it. I don't mess with all those blue plugs or anything like that as a matter of fact, my boat stayed under a tent for 2 winters with the same antifreeze in it (because of surgery) using the same method and last years was the first time taking it out after those two winters and this year I hit 47 mph on the GPS which I never thought would happened in my widest dreams in a 276ssx with a Volvo Penta 8.1. Wouldn't you say that pretty much settles the case? I'd much rather do that than just empty and drain whatever and leave it. Air might not freeze but what about all the parts rusting and drying out? See, there's another side to the debate you can always pull out.
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