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  1. Well, it is what it is - bust out another thousand. The lower shift cable was giving grief (that's why it died everytime we put it into forward). So I picked one up locally for 76 bucks, and a fuel filter too. Pulled the outdrive to replace the cable and low and behold, the drive splines on the engine side are toast. Nothing but metal shavings in that hole... Got a line on a couple of pro mechs that can do this, then again I've been looking online at what it takes to do the repair.; Might try to do it myself, lift engine out etc... The coupler is only $300 or so, but alignment is key and is the #1 reason why these things fail from what I've discovered. Buying that too... alignment tool. Best guess is that engine mounts have failed and no longer do the job, which is why it failed in the first place. Pulled the fuel filter yesterday and it was clean. Gonna have to replace the fuel pump next. Carb is good now. Take care all.
  2. Port Royale is ok. Lots of boats (houseboats) there, but a lot less of the crap waverunner traffic you usually get down south like around the buford dam area. Lanier can be a guessing game and some times is like spaghetti junction at traffic time mostly. Nothing surprises me anywhere on this lake. Ymmv. Cheers.
  3. Finally got around to getting this boat ready to go on the water (hoping this week). The PO had stored it with a full tank of gas 2 years ago, (about a year and a half before I got it). The carb was clogged big time and it was flooding the engine - I got a carb kit from carbjunkies and rebuilt that thing. Engine runs and sounds like new, (even with 2yo gas that had storage additives). Shifting is bad. Put it into forward gear in my driveway, and the engine dies. Put it into reverse and nothing happens, the prop is still dead. From what I've found online the lower shift cable has to be replaced on this old 828 drive train. Ughh... well, Guess I'll get it done in a couple of days. I hate these things when they're broke.. but love them when they're being fun on the water. Update, now the engine is not getting any fuel, my immediate guess is the old fuel has screwed the big fuel filter, and perhaps even the fuel pump as the carb is dry as a bone. That little 305 v8 sounded great while my son and I were troubleshooting the forward / reverse issue. Oh well, take care all. :^)
  4. Nah... we'd say something like the cleat aft on the port quarter, or some other variation. I think the term abaft has been less and less used as the navy aged. I've never heard it used outside of the context of 'abaft of the beam'. Kind of like the term 'wheelhouse', is never used in favor of 'pilot house'. I was an operations specialist. The guys that sit in the dark and stare at computer scopes, push buttons, launch weapons, coordinate the tactical ops between ships, grow fungus, among other things, paint, clean, go punch drunk after two months at sea, etc.
  5. got any photos of the whole boat? Looks great!
  6. Yes I agree, they are. However according to the lady at the prop shop, this is a 'press-in' type and you need a big press to do it, which I don't have. I gave up on this thing after a few whacks with a 20 pound sledge that slug wouldn't budge! I opted to have them recondition the thing since the blade edges had a few dings and was looking rather ratty. So for 230, I'll have my ss prop like new. The lady there knew more about props than I know about boats! http://www.purepropeller.com/ Thanks all!
  7. unless you've got water-tight compartments to keep you afloat, I'd stay in port and not risk it. ie, if you have to ask the question in the first place, it's probably not a good idea. Never mind... lol. 2 cents.
  8. 79Chaparral


    Bow view, need to work on that wood!
  9. Chevy 305 in mint condition.
  10. This interior for an old boat is fantastic.
  11. Yeah I agree.. there's no way that slug is coming out using the tools I got. It needs a press. Hammer ain't gonna get it done at all. And cyclops with much appreciation for your advice, it appears that the spline patterns are imbedded in the rubber core of the hub. There were no metal shavings or anything else on the spline once I got the prop pulled off. This is a very old but really nice boat. I think they hit a log or some heavy duty debris in the water last year (which is why it was put up in the first place). The prop nut is one of those things that has resistance all the way off the shaft, and it's made of brass. It's a pain to remove. Reminds me of Volvo lug nuts. Thanks for the advice from everyone. :^) I just hope I don't need to spend 400 for a new prop and the hub will come out without a lot of problems.
  12. Aren't there any ex-navy or ex-coast guard people in the forum here? Fwiw, the term abaft, when I was in the Navy in from 1979 - 1993, was used to reference 'abaft of the beam' verbally. (In other words, 'back aft, past amid-ships'). Never heard it used on it's own. Cheers.
  13. That vessel had all it's watertight doors locked down. No need for a bunch of bilge pumping... Maintenance and upkeep on a boat like this is numero-uno in getting through conditions like this.
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