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About mpm330

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    Retired Admiral of the United Texas Fleet
  • Birthday 03/17/1948

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    Lake Lewisville, Texas
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    Goes without saying that I love boating. Also love travel and scuba diving.

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  1. mpm330

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    What year is your 330?
  2. mpm330

    Winterize in TX or??

    For one thing is is more concentrated. It was designed for marine use and will last up to 12 months.
  3. mpm330

    Winterize in TX or??

    1. Draining the engine should get the water out, but some like to run antifreeze thru the engine. The antifreeze does add extra protection. 2. I use Stabil Marine in my boat all the time and have never had a problem with the gas. There are two schools on tank full or empty, I fill mine before winter with the correct amount of Stabil. 3. The school of thought is to change oil (engine & out drive) in the fall. It removes any moisture and acid that might be there. Having moisture in the out drive can be really expensive if there is a hard freeze. Most of the time the Dallas area doesn't get cold enough, but a few years back it did and there was a lot of people that wound up with cracked blocks
  4. mpm330

    Which Battery Charger

    Trying to decide on new charger for the bow thruster battery. The ProMariner that has failed was a 1220i and I could go with a 1220p (20 amp), but seems to be over kill to me. I was thinking on going with the 1210p which is 2 battery 10 amp charger. The 1210p is about $70 less. The charger is normally not on when the bow thruster is being used, so it purpose is to recharge the battery once docked. It has several days to do that most of the time. I am having a hard time paying the extra money.
  5. mpm330

    Fall Maintenance

    For Sept. & Oct.we have over two feet of rain so far. Lake was down 3' before Sept. and now it is 6' over normal. Planned maintenance will have to wait for lake to go down at least 4.5'.
  6. mpm330

    Fall Maintenance

    I scheduled having my fall maintenance done back at the first of Sept., two months of recorded rain fall and looks as if it will have to wait. I think they are going to do the oil and filter changes, but the out drives, bottom, and waxing will have to wait. The boat ramp where they would pull the boat out is several feet underwater. Also the walkway to the dock is floating in about six feet of water. Access to the dock is by boat only, what a pain in the butt.
  7. Take the gas cap off and there should be a small vent opening and it should be at the top. A give away that the filler tube is upside down is that the word gas on the cap is upside down when tight. Also check vent line from gas tank to filler tube to make sure there are low places, should be a straight shot to tank.
  8. Also make sure the vent is on the top of the fuel fill port. Sometimes they are installed upside down and this causes slow filling.
  9. mpm330

    Zinc Annodes and Antifouling Paint

    Our experiences will all be different. In my case the boat sits in the water all year. Also the water gets very warm which has an effect. I get about 3 years out of the anodes and 4 to 5 on the bottom paint. This time around on the bottom I may have to have it done in 3 since the paint was crap for keeping growth off. The boat is pulled at least 2 times a year and everything is inspected.
  10. mpm330

    Gear lube for alpha drive.

    Quicksilver High Performance Gear Lube, I wouldn't use anything that is not formulated for Merc. Walmart carries it.
  11. mpm330

    Cabin Heat during Winter Question

    I assume that your boat is sitting in the water for the winter. I don't do what would be winterizing with antifreeze in the water system in the cabin, so what I do is turn the cabin heat on if it is going to freeze. The lowest it will go is 65, which will keep water lines from freezing. I do empty the lines, water heater, and tank. I don't leave it on all the time just if we are going to have a freeze. Where you are it gets colder than were I am, so I would probably run the antifreeze through all the lines. With the cabin heater you can run into problems if the water in the lake freezes.
  12. mpm330

    Alpha or Bravo Drive

    Bravo drives the water pump is located on the right side of the engine. Alpha drives the water pump is located in the out drive.
  13. mpm330

    Bow Thruster

    The bow thruster was an option on the 09 330. It is a nice feature when docking.
  14. mpm330

    Bow Thruster

    Look on the Lewmar website.