ahendri

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  1. Good point not very often.
  2. Ok i'm looking for some advice for all the gear heads out there. This past summer I upgraded our prop from a 3 blade aluminum to a 4 blade stainless and it make a great deal of difference in the hole shot. Does anyone have any experience with any engine upgrades to get some additional horsepower out of their 5.0l merc? I saw this Boost Chip online has anyone used these or heard of these helping?
  3. Well guys it's getting to be that time of year again. My season is coming to a close with fall activities looming it's time to get the boat winterized and put into storage. I've been doing a lot of reading on winterizing and am a little confused. Last year I stabilized the fuel, changed the oil/filter, fuel filter and lower unit oil as well as opened the blue drain valves and ran antifreeze through the engine. This is my first I/O boat as I have winterized outboards before and always fogged the carbs. With the Merc 5.0L MPI engines i'm seeing people mixing up a "Cocktail" and putting it in the fuel filter and letting that "fog" the engine. Is the correct procedure? Does anyone have a good mixture for a "Cocktail" i've never done that in the past and am a little worried I maybe hurting my boat by not doing this step in the winterizing process. Thanks in advance!!!
  4. Ok guys I feel somewhat stupid in this trouble shooting issue i have been having with my speedometer. I have tried the drill bit in the pitot hole and cleaned debris out only to find out that my speedometer still didn't work. Just yesterday when I was cleaning the boat after having it out on the water I noticed a small diameter hose that was hanging down from the lower unit. Well you guessed it looks like somehow my pickup tube split in half not sure if it's age related the tube seems pliable still never the less is split in half. How hard is it to replace and does anyone have a video on this process to see how involved it is going to be. I have a Alpha One Gen 2 outdrive. Thanks in Advance.
  5. Hey everyone, Looking for some advice on my Alpha one drive. It's a 2003 and i'm not sure what the previous owner did as far as maintenance. I have replace the impeller last season so I know that has been replace recently, but as far as getting deeper in the drive i'm not sure. How often are you supposed to look into changing the gimbal bearing, bellows etc? Are their any warning signs to look out for that they need to be replaced?
  6. Hey guys the family and I are headed down to Norfork thisFriday for the 4th of July week. I saw on the lake report that the level was 20' over normal pool. Has anyone been on the lake recently what shape are the ramps and is there a lot of floating debris in the lake to have to avoid wake boarding/tubing etc? We will be staying at the Rocking Chair resort this is our first time down there so any help would be much appreciated. Hope everyone's boating season is going well thanks for the tips in advance!!
  7. Hey guys the family and I are headed down to Norfork this Friday for the 4th of July week. I saw on the lake report that the level was 20' over normal pool. Has anyone been on the lake recently what shape are the ramps and is there a lot of floating debris in the lake to have to avoid wake boarding/tubing etc? We will be staying at the Rocking Chair resort this is our first time down there so any help would be much appreciated. Hope everyone's boating season is going well thanks for the tips in advance!!
  8. Hey guys the family and I are headed down to Norfork next Friday for the 4th of July week. I saw on the lake report that the level was 20' over normal pool. Has anyone been on the lake recently what shape are the ramps and is there a lot of floating debris in the lake to have to avoid wake boarding/tubing etc? We will be staying at the Rocking Chair resort this is our first time down there so any help would be much appreciated. Hope everyone's boating season is going well thanks for the tips in advance!!
  9. I am looking to add this same set up to my 200ssi this summer. I was looking at the templates that you put in the forum how do you know where the hole is for the esp ladder latch? It is not depicted on the diagram.
  10. Would it be better to get a 4blade 19p or stick to the 3 blade 19p for best hole shot?
  11. This is great tomnjo thanks a lot for sourcing this cover for me!!
  12. After speaking with a representative from Savvyboater the only model I can get for my boat is the semi-custom Carver boat cover. Has anyone had experience with the Carver brand? It is still made with the Sunbrella material.
  13. Ok I spoke with a person at SavvyBoater they spoke to someone at Carver boat covers to nail down a cover that will fit my boat/extended swim platform. Now my next question is which style tent pole did you go with? I am a little reluctant to purchase the vent style poles as I don't want to have to cut holes in my new $800 dollar cover to install them. Even though they would be excellent to have to cut down on mold and mildew
  14. tomnjo did they give you an option for the extended swim platform or does that 210ssi cover just fit your extended swim platform? Looking at the website you linked above I'm not sure that the 196ssi cover will accommodate my ESP.
  15. I found a website that sells the westland covers. But they only have one for the 200 sse model. I'm not sure what the differences are between the ssi and sse does anyone know?