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  1. Badger

    Boat purchase showing protocol question

    X4. Walk away from the broker and that boat. The broker may not be crooked... but he's definitely not acting like your advocate here.
  2. Badger

    RPM not steady at over 3600

    '96 2330 SST.. 5.7 Mercruiser, Alpha One Gen II. Engine rebuilt top and bottom at 900 hours (2014). Now has 1312 hours. I think the carb (Weber/Carter 4 barrel) is original and nothing was done to the carburetor at the time of the rebuild. The boat has run perfectly since the rebuild, but last weekend when I opened it up to 4000... RPMs would not hold steady. Every so slowly and slightly... down to 3950, then back up. After this fluctuation happened over and over for about a minute, I pushed the throttle forward.... didn't bog... but didn't speed up either. Then suddenly the RPM and speed would go up, but again not hold steady. This problem only happens above 3600 and it "feels" like a gas supply issue. No popping, no backfiring. The engine doesn't die either. I can cruise at 3400 (about 30mph) all day and there is no change in rpm or speed... 3400 is my usual cruising level, but I will typically take it up to 4000 to 4200 for 5 minutes each time out. No problems until last weekend. My mechanic is great, but can't get to the boat for 10 days. In the mean time, I'm on the boat every 3rd day or so... so I'm kind of curious if any of you might say... ah HA... I had the same problem. I'll probably wait for the expert, but I might change the fuel filter and or the anti-siphon valve in the mean time.
  3. Badger

    Material of Dash Console of 1998 Sunesta 232

    "Padded Dash Filler"... followed by sanding.... and then vinyl paint. Tedious job, but I believe SEM products has some chap colors.
  4. Badger

    Cell phone boosters for the boat?

    Satellite internet hotspot device?
  5. Badger

    Screwed up today, have a question.

    My speedo tube pops out 2 or 3 times a year.... usually when I trim up to beach the boat or remove kelp by hand. Diver cleans hull every month... and pops it back in for me if he notices it unplugged. I'm guessing the tube has lost flexibility because it's 20 years old.
  6. Badger

    Need Some Info

    "About 15 minutes in I get a terrible noise like something slipped/grinded" Seems to me if you consider the terrible noise.... it might be something more than a bad tach. Hard to speculate without having heard it though.
  7. Badger

    Let's have a happy thread !

    Yup... we'll be either in Glorietta bay or off the bow of the Midway.
  8. Badger

    Let's have a happy thread !

    Congrats! How bout that.... I'm retiring tomorrow!!! We'll be on the boat Sat thru Tuesday. Fireworks on San Diego bay. I love the crowds.... well except maybe the jet skiers buzzing around from all directions.
  9. Badger

    Please learn from my mistake- Survey.

    +1. Hang in there. These unforeseen.... sudden.... and expensive ... events will happen with boats. It can get you down, especially this time of year. Hope it gets fixed quick!
  10. Badger

    not comfortable with estimate

    At $400 I'd say they're making money on that alternator (not a crime)... unless that includes a new belt. Shouldn't take more than an hour, but get ready for two.
  11. Badger

    1998 200LE

    Actually the $1,500 was the labor. I bought the carpet thinking originally thinking I'd do it myself before I got his estimate. The carpet was $450... 25 yards of outdoor type. "Shaw" was the brand.
  12. Badger

    1998 200LE

    Just had my '96 2330 re-carpeted. I had it done by a guy (independent) that specializes on marine carpet & flooring. The carpet job was about $1,500 which I thought was fair... as there are a lot of carpeted areas (including the sides, various compartments on this boat). He also built me a new ski-locker hatch for another $200.
  13. Badger

    Backfire at full throttle

    I had this problem two seasons ago.... right after a full engine rebuild. It ended up being the (original) rotor. I believe mechanic replaced cap and rotor to fix. Also tweeked the timing a bit as I recall and all was good.
  14. Badger

    shout out for your city, state .

    San Diego. Have to represent the west. Only two so far west of the Mississippi? Me and PY.... unless I missed someone.
  15. Badger

    Do you keep a spare key on your boat?

    Key always in the ignition. Spare in the glove box and another at home...