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nickbailey

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About nickbailey

  • Birthday 02/15/1952

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    Playa Blanca Lanzarote Canary isles
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    boats, skiing, golf

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  1. Thanks Guys, my email is nick.bailey159@gmail.com What is a PM (maybe being real thick here?) Nick
  2. I have just fitted a bespoke 380 bhp V8 and she now gets out of the water a dream. Still running in but expect 40 mph perhaps. As motor differs from the original Mercruiser there are some wiring differences and my electrician is struggling with the some of the connections to gauges, (tilt, oil), alarms etc.. He has asked for the wiring schematic for the boat but these earlier models don't seem to include it in their owners manuals. Can anybody help with a link to such a schematic?
  3. Have just fitted a bespoke 380 bhp V8, now gets out of the water properly!

  4. No my fuel tank as well as waste tank is rotten. The aluminium is shot. It appears the boat has to be virtually destroyed to get it out which makes no sense. Lousy design. Short of scrapping her, which is not an option as just had a brand new engine installed, can anyone help with an alternative fuel arrangement? Nick. Signature 24 2001
  5. This topic is very close to my heart as just had the distasterous news that my gas tank is leaking and the mechanic says it is virtually impossible to remove without destroying half the boat, if it doesn't blow up meantime! What a terrible design an aluminium tank sitting half in the bilge extending right under the cabin requiring extensive cutting of the structure as well as removal of engine and all of the ancillaries in the hull close by, to enable its replacement. Wrong design, wrong material, all wrong. Apart from us being nearly killed I now have a boat all but valueless as the cost to repair may be uneconomical, made worse by the fact I have just spent $15000 on a new engine. On inspection of the waste water tank, same manufacturer, this is also scrap by corrosion. Anybody out there with similar experience and will Chaparal help us? Canary Islands, Spain.
  6. This topic is very close to my heart as just had the distasterous news that my gas tank is leaking and the mechanic says it is virtually impossible to remove without destroying half the boat, if it doesn't blow up meantime! What a terrible design an aluminium tank sitting half in the bilge extending right under the cabin requiring extensive cutting of the structure as well as removal of engine and all of the ancillaries in the hull close by, to enable its replacement. Wrong design, wrong material, all wrong. Apart from us being nearly killed I now have a boat all but valueless as the cost to repair may be uneconomical, made worse by the fact I have just spent $15000 on a new engine. On inspection of the waste water tank, same manufacturer, this is also scrap by corrosion. Anybody out there with similar experience and will Chaparal help us. Canary Islands, Spain.
  7. Help! Just replacing the engine in my Signature 24 and only just noticed fuel in the bilge. Strange as not found before until boat was lifted? Q. Is their a drain somewhere to access that may be leaking or is the tank just plain corroded and needs replacement? It appears to be aluminium and under the waste and fresh water tanks ie quite inaccessible. It appears to be built in the boat! Q. Can it be taken out fairly easily if needs be Q. Are replacements available preferably in plastic or will it be easier to invent a new fuel storage system altogether? There is quite a lot of room in the engine bay. Anybody out there experienced same problem with this model? Thanks guys, this is the fourth trip out to Canaries and really need to get this junk back in the water!
  8. Thanks Shep (is that your real name?) Not sure about the shield over the fuel filter, I will ask my buddy there to take a look. What is the relevance of this, do we need to take apart and clean out? Would this cause my symptoms and engine not starting when hot. Plus safety mode on revs or whatever it's called? Just wondering now what the mechanic has ordered in terms of sensors, perhaps I am being wound up? It's late here now so signing off but thanks again, Nick
  9. hi First Sea Lord Thank you so much you've clearly gone to a lot of trouble. My big problem is I am 1500 miles away from my boat and cannot get back until end of this month. However, the engineer in Lanzarote (Spanish Canary Island) assures me, as far as I could understand, that his diagnostic gadget showed a dodgy sensor (water flow?) that can limit the power and instigate a limp home type of mode? Is that possible? The alarm you describe sounds when first switching on the ignition but never again after that, even when trying to get on the plane at WOT. Engine always starts first time from cold and sounds really sweet. However, does not when hot! Let her cool for 1/2 hr and off she goes. Recent service, new oil, plugs, battery etc. Made no difference. Even tried some 20 pitch props (instead of the 24s fitted); again no difference. I have a copy of the boat manual here in UK and it quotes Serial No: OM064990 and Transom No: OM248949 thanks again, I wonder what parts the Spanish guy has ordered?. All very frustrating as I bought the boat over a year ago and have trying since to get her right. Nick
  10. Thanks for that, I appreciate it may be a bit underpowered but when I first had her she planed OK. I am lucky to get 2500 rpm at WOT. The power is definitely down and need to find out from someone what this safety mode is that limits the power when there is a problem (ie low water cooling flow??) Nick
  11. Guys. Thanks for all the advice, weve fitted the electrical isolator and sorted the gauges etc but we've still hit a wall on the most important issue - engine power! We eventually found someone on the island with a diagnostic tool & the engineer now suggests we have a dodgy water flow sensor causing the engine to limit power, explaining fuel smell at WOT and not getting on plane. Going into troll mode?? Also she wont start when hot. Cool down and hey presto, no problem. What is a water flow sensor (I guess cooling water) and does anyone know about these? Engine is 5L EFI 2001
  12. Hi All, well the plot thickens. I have tried and tested everything suggested (incl.fuel pressure) and got nowhere as yet but something that hasn't yet been mentioned is Troll mode or safety mode i.e. the engine management detects a problem and shuts down 2 cylinders (spark) thereby limited the RPM and power (that would explain the smell of fuel at WOT trying to get her up?). She runs beautifully at low revs up to about 2000 rpm. Another symptom is she wont start when hot. Leave for twenty minutes and fires up first time. It has been suggested elsewhere that the WATER FLOW SENSOR may be faulty thereby limiting power. All else seems to be in excellent order and engine has only done 500 hrs. Does anyone know about these sensors and could this be the key ? I am getting a bit desperate now especially with lack of proper engineers where the boat lies (Lanzarote)
  13. great to hear a happy ending! I was searching Fuel pressure for my EFI and came across your story. I hope I have the same luck soon. I've had the Marina in Playa Blanca farting around with our boat for a year now and she just wont get on the plane now (used to) and at WOT she lugs, smells of fuel (like the choke was out) but lacks power above about 2000 rpm. Engine is sweet at low revs and have checked all usuals like compression (great), plugs (new), batteries (new). My Merc dealer in UK (but boat is in Canaries 1500 miles away) said first check the fuel pressure ! That will be the next job if I can find a man that can? Experts out there are few and far between. Wish us luck. This is driving us crazy as its a long way to go to a boat you cant trust to take too far anymore. Nick
  14. thanks Guys will follow up on the fuel pump issue and try everything Baum suggests, maybe including buying a bigger engine!
  15. thanks Richard engine appears sweet, new plugs, full compression test A1, no misfires. Relayed this to the UK agent and he said fuel (over) pressure could be the key but what is that and what controls it?
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