Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by gr8lakes

  1. gr8lakes

    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    Good point. Im not qualified to say if this gap is a manfuacturing defect (could be), design defect (didnt handle loads under normal use,), or shipping damage (from Nashville?), or storm damage, but it doesnt look right.
  2. gr8lakes

    LED Lighting -Potential interference of VHF

    One or both of these two: Yuiip Mini G4 LED Light Bulb 12V 1.2W... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WRS71VZ?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf KINDEEP G4 COB LED Bulb, 1W (10W... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XTMYQTM?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
  3. gr8lakes

    LED Lighting -Potential interference of VHF

    LED interference - it's true! Replaced all the cabin lights with LEDs. Last week: --LEDs on, poor TV reception --LEDs off, TV reception restored.
  4. gr8lakes

    Steady Beep/Alarm 2016 Mercruiser

    Get the VesselView Mobile from a Merc retailer. Read the codes on your phone.
  5. gr8lakes

    Right size engine for 330 Signature

    Ive ridden on a 330 with twin 5.7 pentas and I dont remember any issues getting on plane with a similar load. I/Os with 2 props per drive have better thrust (duoprop or bravo 3). I suspect that 496s will be thirsty, heavy (dragging the stern), and tighter to work on, but Im not really sure. Get a test drive.
  6. gr8lakes

    Water getting in my chaparral horn.

    Some day there may be a situation where you really need a horn to prevent damage or loss of life (inattention on another boat, etc.) Or if you have a captains license, you may be required to use it at times (passing, etc.)
  7. gr8lakes

    Water getting in my chaparral horn.

    Love the air horn that came on my Sig 290 Very satisfying. You can buy these as new old stock for 99 deer all in, well worth it
  8. gr8lakes

    Voltage issue

    Bring the battery to any of the Autozone or similar placea, they will load test it for free.
  9. gr8lakes

    Serpentine belt

    Mechanical engineer/car restorer co worker says: 1) Most modern engines have an automatic belt tensioner, and 2) There really shouldn't be any pulley wobble at all.
  10. gr8lakes

    Oil Analysis

    My flying club used to do this routinely on our Cessna 172s and 182s. (Flying club defunct now). Value: maybe it depends on the boat: engine replacement on my Sig 290 would not be a cheap affair, and Id hate to have a problem while extended cruising on the great lakes. I got the Blackstone test kit when I first got the boat but never executed. Would be smart to do prepurchase, regardless of vehicle.
  11. gr8lakes

    Oil Analysis

    What vendor do you use, CAT?
  12. gr8lakes

    Serpentine belt

    Hatem, Consider carrying a new spare belt (in a plastic bag), a socket breaker bar, and instructions for changing if you dont get it fixed. It can be a DIY to get home. Flaking must be worse than belt dust, which you may first just think is dirt. See if the belt is too loose (slips), is misaligned between pulleys (when viewed from above), or any pulleys wobble unreasonably. See if you can compare to your other engine if you have one, or to one on another boat. Easy for me to say, but I dont have a good eye for it. Belt may be a different p/n whether you have power steering or not, check the number printed on the belt to make sure its a correct OEM part. Note that water pumps are a wear/inspect/replace item. Some extreme long distance cruisers carry both a spare new water pump AND the water pump pulley to replace, but this is a bit much for local pleasure boating.
  13. gr8lakes

    Kohler 5E Generator Help

    +1, Fill with gas first. Genny is designed to stop when fuel runs low but not empty, to leave gas available for engines. Beyond that, then try running it with no load for a bit. Exhaust water likely will not be a steady stream, and I think thats normal. If it hunts or dies only when loaded, but gas is filled, report back. PS - If you cruise, Kohler sells a nice spares kit, all spares in a little white box.. Manuals are cheap, one for the genny and one for the internal Kawasaki motor. Beats waiting for parts to be delivered.
  14. gr8lakes

    Boat Starts Hard After Long Runs

    When key is off, turn key to on and let sit for a minute before you turn key to start. This might let the fuel pump run and prime appropriately.
  15. gr8lakes

    Help identifying what switch is for?

    Engine kill switch lanyard? Picture, please.
  16. gr8lakes

    Any opinion on Mantus Anchors?

    Thanks for this. Speaks well of the Ultra, I'll take a look and compare.
  17. When you changed the impellers, were there any missing vanes, or have you had any overheat situations since? Do you know when both engines started running cool during normal cruise? e.g. was it only after dealer changed both thermostats (or impellers) Is it possible your outdrives ate any sand/pebbles, or had little zebra mussel clusters on your outdrives or in your sea strainer? If you have a sea strainer, have you checked for debris or cleaned it? Do you have fresh water cooling or closed (e.g. do you have a coolant tank/is your engine cooled by raw sea water or circulated coolant) ? -- It's interesting that both engines run cool, and that both run warm at first. Here's my limited understanding of some of the things that can cause engines to run cool: Gauges Sounds like you eliminated the bad gauges issue with the IR gun. Bypass Channel It's my understanding that some Volvo's engines have a "bypass channel" with is a small (smaller-than-pencil diameter) internal channel within the thermostat housing, a 10 lb. piece of metal bolted to the engine block with hoses coming out. It's easy to access. There are many reports that this channel gets blocked with debris of different kinds and for some reason makes the engine run cool (perhaps due to high pressure forcing open the thermostat but that's my uneducated guess). It's possible to remove the thermostat housing and locate and snake the channel. Worst case, you can replace the housing. Thermostat Thermostats can be bad out of the box, or can go bad from age or debris. The gold standard method of testing is to put in a pot of water with a thermometer and while slowly heating, verify the opening temperature. It's possible that debris (like from bits of impeller, etc.) can get stuck in an open thermostat and keep it open, causing your engine to run cool. If you don't trust the dealer, you can get a thermostat kit yourself, verify that it's the right part, and change it yourself or have a different mechanic do it. Verify that the thermostats are installed correctly (not upside down, though you can't do that on my Mercs), and that any orings or sleeves are correct and in good condition. You'll be looking for things that could allow water to flow or not flow around your thermostat. You could start on just one of the engines to start. On my Merc, it's not possible to install the thermostat upside down, but there is a little bit of art in using the right amount of sealer so as not to cover the brass rivets intended to keep continuity between the block and tstat housing. Changing the thermostat can be a DIY project if you want it to be. Use only Volvo parts. Be real sure if your tstat should be 140 or 160. You could check with a different dealer for parts, maybe our own NJ Chaparral dealer here. Sender On my Mercs, the housings have two sensors, a high-high alarm switch which can activate a warning, and a temperature sender, which senses and sends the temperature to the computer. The sender can somtimes go bad, but not as often as thermostats. Make sure the dealer reconnected the temperature sender plugs, lest the computer have to guess about the temperature. It's very easy to test the temperature sender with a volt meter for resistance when cold and hot: set to ohms, and measure resistance between the two leads when cold and when hot and engine not running, and compare to specs. Also, on my Merc the sender gets continuity via the block and the thermostat gasket to the housing; so, in additional to measuring ohms, measure voltage between one end of sender, and a good ground on the engine, and see if the voltages change and meet specs. If there is no voltage (as opposed to zero), there may not be continuity to the block. Mixture, Computer There may be certain conditions where the engine computer adjusts settings (mixture, timing, vacuum etc.) that may make the engine run cool. The engine computer may have different programs it runs when it senses cool or warm engines, or when it first starts up (cold engine program). I can't offer much advice here. I'm assuming that your engine is running well (gas mileage not changes, not smelly, no soot) but if it's not a tune could be in order. May be unlikely if both engines show the problem . I would start with ensuring the bypass channel's are clear, and that the thermostat's are installed correctly with the right new Vovlo parts. However, I'm not a mechanic; maybe our user Wingnut has some better ideas. References below are not all from your same engine: http://www.marineengine.com/boat-forum/showthread.php?84384-50-GXI-running-too-cold-while-on-plane-ok-at-idle http://www.marineengine.com/boat-forum/showthread.php?170491-Volvo-Penta-43-running-cold https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/849782-volvo-penta-5-0-gi-running-cool.html http://www.marineengine.com/boat-forum/showthread.php?170223-Engines-running-cold https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/57880-4-3l-volvo-penta-runs-cold https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/257054-2000-volvo-5-0-gl-running-cold https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/10270617-engine-running-cool-kinda https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/245284-volvo-runs-cool https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/408551-4-3gl-volvo-penta-runs-cool https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/530470-running-temperature-on-a-volvo-penta-5-0l-gl https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/8019764-4-3-normal-temp-at-idle-cold-at-high-speed https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/363316-what-is-normal-operating-temperature-5-7-volvo https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/8019764-4-3-normal-temp-at-idle-cold-at-high-speed https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-repair-and-maintenance/volvo-penta-i-o-inboard-gas-engines-outdrives/333919-volvo-5-0-running-cold http://www.marineengine.com/boat-forum/showthread.php?412878-1993-OMC-Volvo-Ford-5-0-FI-overcooling-Stays-in-limp-mode-when-water-is-too-cold
  18. gr8lakes

    Any opinion on Mantus Anchors?

    My Delta 22 on rhe windlass works good, but comes loose when wind direction changes. Its stressful when the wind is shifting and so the boat is too. Takes about a boat length to reset each time. I studied anchors a lot just recently, and will go with a Mantus, because I want it to reset in one anchor length if it comes loosr and I'm parked around other boats. Plow anchors plow, so dont go too small. Im not crazy about the nuts, and the sizing is not easy: Im supposed to print out PDFs from their web site and tape onto cardboard? (If anyone knows whats the biggest Mantus that fits a 05 290 Sig windlass setup, let me know.) But the shape is a little different from the Rocna, and I think it might hold better. For a secondary/storm anchor, I have a Fortress. Light to carry/stow.
  19. gr8lakes

    Vessel view mobile on 5.0mpi

    It might ... Really, best way is to call (or email) Mercruiser support with your engine serial number and ask if your engine supports vessel view mobile. Just google for the phone number. They are very easy to talk to. The serial number is on your flame arrestor cover on a label on the top of your engine, you can read it really easily.
  20. gr8lakes

    Vessel view mobile on 5.0mpi

    PS it might actually look purple: a 10 pin connector with basic weather cap. Older boats like ours usually didnt include the yellow terminator resistor (859318T1) you need but just had a "weather cap". Lots of good info in this long thread: https://rinkerboats.vanillacommunities.com/discussion/5107/super-cool-new-mercury-app/p15
  21. gr8lakes

    Vessel view mobile on 5.0mpi

    It may not have a yellow terminator plug on it yet. Look for what socket fits. In my experience, Mercruiser provides very good tech support by phone or email when asked about smartcraft hookup (or other topics).
  22. gr8lakes

    New upholstery estimate

    Ask around your docks, get more than 1 quote. Quality and price will vary. Visit the shop, see the work. Marine uphostery is made with unicorn antlers and rainbows, pricy. 3-5 thousand deer sounds about right. If you remove the cushions from the boat yourself, and name drop "Spradling vinyl", the price may ease.
  23. No issues. Programmable for any battery type: agm, gel, std, etc. Love the automatic instantaneous display of current draw in amps, very useful. I dont remember if its a regen charger, like my portable DieHard charger that can bring batteries back from the dead by desulfating the plates.
  24. I've been on cruiser boats of friends and dock neighbors where there was a smell and obvious mold issue. Carpets can get wet and then closed up, leading to issue. Wet bilge might not help. Under floor shower sump area may not dry out nicely and mold instead. One boat at our marina smelled so bad thay every time we walked by it we had to hold our breath. To mitigate humidity, some boats run the on-board AC dehumidifier at the dock while theyre not there, but what if strainer gets clogged. My neighbor has a small plug in solid state portable dehumidifier (eva dry).
  25. gr8lakes

    Steel bottom houseboat Houseboat Allatoona

    Time to set up your own marina.