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  1. dh20

    Depth Alarm Going Off Randomly

    Depending on weeds and seaweed...mine will sound also... is this the case for your local waters?
  2. Hi all, What do you consider high hours... would you consider buying a ten year old boat with 1000 hrs?... I'm guessing that 500hrs and 1000hrs are significant milestones... Let's keep the variables simple - Documented maintenance has been performed and mechanical inspection have proven satisfactory. When do you consider engine hours too high? What is the life expectancy of an Merc V8? What would you have your mechanic inspect beyond: compression , exhaust colour, risers , gimbals, manifolds etc? I'm looking at a fresh water 270 with almost 900hrs over 9years (seasonal use)... boat is in great condition. I've always sold my boats around the 500hr mark because of perceived depreciation beyond this milestone. Curious to learn what others think.
  3. dh20

    time to move up... engine(s) question

    thanks for all the comments...like many of you I know there is no perfect boat... and I spend countless hours considering the options. If money was no object I'd have a Hinckley picnic boat.. but now I maybe reconsider my plan mainly because of where I boat.... the dreaming continues... but I feel more educated.
  4. I'm looking to move from my 256 SSi to a cruiser... probably under 30FT... I was considering a single engine... but after reading many posts about the 285 SSX being under powered with a single 496 Merc... now I'm considering something perhaps a bit smaller... what's the rule of thumb when you should consider having twins... it is tied to weight?, cruising speed?, performance? I agree with the added value of security and easy of maneuverability with twins... and haven't ruled it out. This also makes me wonder if moving to a cruiser/trawler with diesel make more sense... perhaps having a hull designed for 8-12 knots that sips fuel is more practical... Anything you can share would be great - from personal experiences etc. thanks
  5. dh20

    Replacing Trim Solenoid (Way in Back!)

    Thank you.. !
  6. Trim clicks once but won't go up or down... I read in a much older post about a solenoid on the engine (slave) could need replacing as it's rare that both UP and DOWN solenoids would fail at the same time..... does this slave have anything to do with TRIM or more for starting? I've purchased new solenoids - I'd love to solve this problem asap to get back on the water.... Anything you can share would be great thanks
  7. dh20

    Replacing Trim Solenoid (Way in Back!)

    I seem to have the same problem... trim clicks but won't go up or down... In wingnuts, reply he mentions a Main solenoid under the cover... does this have anything to do with TRIM or more for starting? Also... what are the odds that up and down would fail at the same time. it's a long weekend and I've purchased new solenoids - I've love to solve this problem asap to get back on the water.... anything you can share would be great.
  8. Can someone confirm if a heat gauge is part of the instrument panel on a 206 SSi... also do all Mercruisers have guardian mode as standard feature.. (not just the alarms) but the reduced power feature should something go wrong. Thanks
  9. Morning, Tomorrow I tackle flushing the engine coolant on my closed system, 2007 , 496. I've learned two drain plugs exist on either side of the engine block above the oil pan need to be removed.. I 've seen manual schematics but if you can share a picture that would be helpful or something a bit more descriptive. I haven't found any Youtube examples of changing coolant, most describe working with muffs for winterizing. Coolant to use dexcool 50/50 mix with water... (I'm in Ontario, Canada - very cold Winters.) I need help with. 1. confirming drain plug locations (pictures if possible) 2. Youtube video describing the process if you've seen one 3. Where do I refill the Dexcool - into the overflow reservoir or other? 4. engines specs suggest 19 quarts, is needed, can someone confirm? 5. Any other general tips or tricks. Since I've owned the boat (5 years) the coolant has never been changed and I'm not entirely certain what was used prior so best to change. Cyclops2 has provided great details, and the benefit of a forum is to gain knowledge from others also. thanks for everything! Dave
  10. dh20

    18 month old fuel advice

    2007 - 256 SSI - 496 Merc I stored my boat in September of 2016 with a full tank and fuel stabilizer. What, if anything should I expect after having it sit for a season by way or eliminating any bad fuel etc... It's not like I can empty 60GL so wondering if I need to add something to the tank to avoid potential condensation or how can I reduce the risk of bad fuel after sitting for 18 months? I trailer the boat so there could be 10% ethanol in the tank as I fill up at gas stations rather than the marina. thanks
  11. I have wet carpet after every rain fall under the seat storage where the battery switch is located. The boat is store on a trailer with a mooring cover and water seems to find a way in. I've searched and can't find the source. Only the floor seems wet.. the hull side stay mainly dry.... Has anyone else solved this mystery or have any ideas.
  12. dh20

    Pics Of BBQ

    I have the same BBQ and setup... This is what I've learned; Wind plays a huge role in my cooking success and the fuel level in the canister once I reach the last 1/4 the flame strength seems weaker and i'm impacted by wind and left having to restart the BBQ often. I generally have a minimum 6 people on the boat and cooking fatty foods can get messy with lots of grease falling on the swim platform (drip pan catches some but not all). In an effort to stream line food prep and cooking for 6, many have two of something I've begun cooking food at home on the BBQ and using the boat to simply reheat food. For me this has made life simple. Also I store the bbq while underway once safe to do so.
  13. dh20

    New 337 SSX

    The right setup is a given... I don't think anyone would argue that... My concern is more around the proper ramps to launch from. I trailer a 256 and in my area and within 100km radius few ramps can accommodate much over 22ft well.
  14. I have the exact same issue to tackle next season now that she's wrapped for the Winter... Great Post.... I'm also interested in finding a better way to limit the wind and vibration on the supports.
  15. I'm looking for a way to support my bimini top. Today my rear bimini is stored in a sock that's attached to the radar arch with a few turn button snaps (when not in use). I've always suspected that there was too much weight on the straps and while highway driving concerned that wind resistance may cause a snap to pull out. To help reduce the weight and secure it better I started to tie rope around the arch and I've had some success but limited... wondering if someone else has discovered a slick approach to solving this. Here are some pictures to help better understand...
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