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  1. KDV

    Transom Seal

    Good points. Actually did replace both steering pins using those kits about 3 years ago because there was evidence of water getting in there and some corrosion on the pins. Used an endoscope camera to verify the water intrusion. All bellows were replaced at that point and further endoscope imaging showed the bellows areas to be dry as a bone after the job was done. So at least that is a positive... As for water ingress into the transom...I’m planning to check the transom area with a moisture meter in the spring after it has had the opportunity to dry out completely over the winter and se
  2. KDV

    Transom Seal

    That does sound very involved and labour intensive. Thanks for the feedback. I guess I’d better start saving my pennies...
  3. KDV

    Transom Seal

    Yes. Now that you mention it, a number of years ago we stuck a rock about the size of a minivan with the port drive. Both drives were trailered all the way up as we were just “crawling” into the bay at my in-laws place where we used to dock. It was very high water in the spring and the homemade markers we used were temporarily submerged. With the drives all the way up there was no evidence of physical damage like you would expect such as an oil slick, skeg or prop damage or vibration. I’ve even done pressure and vacuum tests on both drives to ensure the seals were still intact and bot
  4. KDV

    Transom Seal

    I’ve had water slowly seeping in on back wall of the port side visible when you look under the motor. My mechanic figures it’s a transom seal. Anybody here have experience with replacing those on a 2005 Chap 270 Signature with twin 4.3’s and Bravo 3’s?. Wondering what’s involved (time & materials) and if there are any “trap doors” I should be concerned about falling into? As always, I appreciate any and suggestions. Wingnut??
  5. A flexible grappling tool (or magnet for non-stainless items) for picking up those items that inevitably fall from your grip and land under the geographic center of the engine(s) Spare prop & prop wrench (in case you need to change a prop) Mask & snorkel (see 2 above) Battery operated LED lights in the cabin so you don’t need to run your batteries down 12 volt “pigtail” to test house battery through the 12v socket (using multimeter) Floating ramp (wooden or modified ATV ramp with a pool noodle strapped to the underside for buoyancy). I hook one on to my s
  6. I think Phillbo may have a valid point. I’ve been told by a mechanic that if I needed to change the raw water impeller (4.3 L Mercruiser) I would have to pull the boat or risk filling the bilge with water and flooding it once the water inlet hose is removed. I would imagine other disconnected hoses could pose a similar risk?
  7. Have you taken it apart to inspect it yet? My 270 had the same issue and I took it apart to discover that the throat of the horn and part of the diaphragm was blocked with some kind of hardened mud by insects trying to make a nest. I cleaned it up and it seems quite a bit better.
  8. You are correct and I misinformed. CO is indeed lighter than air. However, this is what likely allows it to get trapped and accumulate under the solid swim platforms I would guess?
  9. With a boat that size, I would guess that are you are only trailering it once or twice per season - upon launch and again for winter layup (if needed). If you don’t plan on towing any faster than you would drive it on the water, then you could probably keep it up for a short distance. Otherwise, I’d do what others here recommend and either remove it or wrap it around the frame and zip the “boot” around it during transport. I zip mine into the boot for the once or twice a season I need to trailer it.
  10. KDV

    Guide post

    3M or McGuire’s oxidation remover & wax is perfect for removing scuffs. Finish up with a good coat of wax when done. As for docking, I once read that docking is best described as a “controlled collision” so don’t be too concerned about not being perfect. I used to have a 26’, single engine Doral Citation with an Alpha drive and could dock it like nobody’s business in what was a nicely protected bay. Moved up to my 29’ Chaparral Signature with twin Bravo III drives and it took me 2 full summers before I finally learned how it responds to the wind and waves around our new slip. I al
  11. Confirm that the swim ladder is up and stowed away and not hanging down and hitting the prop ... especially if the drive is trimmed right up or in the trailer position. Unless of course, you hear it when turning in both directions lol!
  12. I’ve read in a boating magazine of people succumbing to CO poisoning after swimming. The boat had just shut off the engines and anchored in deep water. A passenger jumped into the water to swim and, while reaching/lunging for the ladder as they attempted to reboard the boat, they took in a lungfull of the CO from the exhaust that had accumulated (naturally) under the swim platform and died! The article I read further warned that it can also happen near docks when boats are idling! CO is heavier than air and will accumulate under a swim platform. Never jump in to swim immediately after a
  13. Hi Jamie, I’m not a marine mechanic but my understanding based on what I’ve read online, is that the High Performance is typically used for outdrives (like your Alpha and my Bravo 3s) while the premium is used in outboards. Here’s a link to Mercury’s website explaining this: https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/ca/parts-and-accessories/mercury-marine-products/precision-lubricants/gear-lube/
  14. I hear you and I know several people who do the same as you. However, I would still would rather take the chance of melting a $30.00 generator impeller because I forgot to open the seacock. To me, that’s better than counting on a bilge pump that could fail due to a drained battery caused by a constantly running a bilge pump while I’m away, resulting in a sunken boat at the dock. We don’t have the luxury of shore power to run a battery charger at our dock. All I have are solar panels to charge them. So you can understand where I come from on that lol. Besides, the impeller replacement is
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