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  • Birthday 07/08/1982

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  1. This is true but when something happens in the middle of the summer and you want your boat back ASAP your dealer is going to tell you 4-5 weeks when a lot of us only have maybe 16 solid weeks to begin with. Finding an independent authorized Volvo mechanic is certainly more difficult than an authorized Merc mechanic. With that being said, I do like the new Volvo engines and would def consider one but maybe check mechanics in your area outside of the dealer first.
  2. That is the smallest engine available for the 237 and not even the duoprop, I would probably pass. And with that engine and no trailer it better have every single other option available for that price. The SSX will be a better built boat with nicer finishings and quality than the ssi. It’s a difficult time to be buying a boat though so you may have to make some sacrifices. Between factories being shut down and people buying boats like crazy to help them social distance while still having something to do inventory is very light and discounts are harder to come by than normal. Good luck. If you can post the build sheets from both and that may help with some recommendations. A new trailer for your SSX will probably cost around $4k if you need it and that helps with your decision
  3. brclark82

    Head seacock

    Sink in the head?
  4. There is a bungee with a plastic ball on it that you wrap around the steps when they are collapsed to keep them together. Sometimes that plastic ball sits in top on the steps instead of under them or in between them. Check that, if it isn’t that simple ask your dealer.
  5. Any harm in running your tabs fully down for an extended period? The main channel of LOTO is rough this week and sometimes I’ll cruise at around 30 mph with the tabs all the way deployed for 10 miles or so at a time. As I was coming in last night and still getting somewhat beaten up even with the tabs down I was thinking to myself that a 6000lb boat cruising at 30 mph for an extended period of time has got to put a serious amount of stress on where those tabs are installed in the transom. Just curious what your thoughts are.
  6. In case anyone happens to be searching for this same issue and wants to know how it was resolved it was a bad lower bearing in the water pump.
  7. How can you still be discussing bellows when this is your golden opportunity with call girls
  8. When I had an H2O a couple years ago I just about bought these but they were out of stock and then I never did. I’ve heard they work great especially on smaller/lower profile boats like wake boats
  9. Including you evidently... I said stuff you think most people may not know about. I don’t keep much more on board other than required plus a first aid kit, would love to know of there’s something out there I’m unaware of.
  10. I believe somewhere on your simrad you should be able to look at engine faults and it will give you more info. If not you will need to either take it to someone with a code reader or get your own (I recommend vesselview mobile). The number of beeps doesn’t tell you much other than something minor is outside expected parameters and you should have it checked before it becomes more serious.
  11. I thought it would be cool to start a thread if your favorite accessories or gadgets that maybe not everyone knows about. It seems like anytime I’m on a friends boat I find something cool I’ve never seen before or thought about. I’ll start with the Danik Hook. It has been around for a few years but I have found many uses for it. I have both the plastic and the stainless versions. The most handy use I have found for them is fender lines, especially for quick trips to restaurants etc. I have little kids and my wife is usually tending to them so it’s up to me to place the fenders, get the dock lines ready and maneuver the boat anytime we pull into a slip anywhere and these things save time and make sure the fenders are at the right length every time. Plastic: https://www.amazon.com/Danik-Hook-Composite-Fender-Black/dp/B07B5J7N2H/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=danik+hook&qid=1592857994&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&smid=A3A1EL7SQWMCBR&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFNQVY3STc1QkUzUlEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAxODgxNTlQR1ZWSTVMWldDSDAmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDYyNDcxNzNSUVRXTE1UQ1JaN00md2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9waG9uZV9zZWFyY2hfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== Stainless: https://www.amazon.com/Danik-Hook-Stainless-Knotless-System-Personal/dp/B00JGZGTDC
  12. I will come back here and post my finding when fixed as I find it useful for people who are searching the forums but here is what I have found so far. I got a Vesselview mobile for Father’s Day and when I connected it the cheap Chinese sensor I bought off amazon was showing 40 psi water pressure with the engine off. I put the original Merc sensor back in that I thought may be defective and it showed 0.1, so it looks like the replacement sensor was DOA. I won’t be able to take the boat out and see what readings I’m getting before the mechanic gets it but here is my guess what happened. I sucked some mud/rocks in my water pump and messed up my impeller. It wasn’t too bad at first so it just shows me the low block pressure warning but temps are fine. That’s what the sensor is for, to alert you before it turns into a more serious problem. I replace the sensor with a knockoff and it reads 40 psi high, so when I test it I never get the low pressure alarm again. The more aggressive testing further degraded the impeller and temps start to rise. I’m guessing the mechanic will find a bad impeller, replace it and fix the issue. Fingers crossed
  13. Well I was trying to diagnose this myself and see if could repair it becuase all the mechanics around me were booked until mid July and we take a 10 day vacation starting at the end of this week. Luckily I found a guy to squeeze me in this Friday so fingers crossed he can get it fixed that day.
  14. Ok so new information It seemed likely that a bad water pressure sensor caused the issue so I bought a replacement and changed it out myself. I did buy the cheap $30 one of amazon instead of the Merc part since this was just a test. Upon starting the engine I got 6 beeps but no information on the smart gauge. Let it run for a couple mins and decided to run it. Ran it for 15-20 mins with no alarms and temps in the normal 145-15” range. I ran i hard, WOT, hard turns etc. No issues. I pull back into marina and as soon as I get off the throttle, the same 6 beeps again. Then the temp start creeping up until they hit 195. Around 200 I got one long beep. I shut the engine down while I waited for the trailer. When I restarted the engine I got the same long beep and the temp was still around 200, the guardian system kept me at 10% power becuase I couldn’t give it any power to load on the trailer. Could that be the impeller?
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