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    Dawsonville, Ga on Lake Lanier
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    Fishing, Boating, High End Audio

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  1. Wolfsong

    Bravo III No Bueno!

    Thanks for all of the replies. 6 days until she is hauled out for inspection. Will post an update as soon as we have information.
  2. Wolfsong

    Bravo III No Bueno!

    Wingnut. Will check the lower cable play and pm you for the b3 manual Thanks.
  3. Wolfsong

    Bravo III No Bueno!

    Ooopps, forgot to mention the gear oil reservoir overflowed a bit. Still full of gear oil. Same gear oil that has been in it for over 100 hours of operation. No water in the gear oil reservoir. Shift cable moves the same as the Port motor ( visual inspection only ).
  4. Wolfsong

    Bravo III No Bueno!

    1999 2835 SE with twin 350 mag MPI ( 383s ) with original Bravo IIIs. With 2 weeks to go to the annual PM service appointment one of the B3s will no longer engage in forward or reverse. Shift cable is moving the arm on top of the motor and "appears" to move the slide that moves the cable in the outdrive. I say "appears" as the lower arm does move and the cable sheath does not bend or move so I take that to mean it is moving in the outdrive. The motor will start but has an odd "belt slipping" noise. I ran it no more than 10 seconds after it started making the noise. Happened after we were at idle in neutral and I kicked the gear levers to forward. Serpentine belt is tight and none of the front pulleys are loose or stuck. Not really a squeal but more like a chirp. Putting the gear shift in forward allows the props to spin correctly and stops them if you try to spin them backwards. Putting the gear shift in reverse allows the props to spin in reverse BUT it also allows them to spin in forward and that makes an audible grind or grumble noise at the top of the upper unit. Boat has separate gear and throttle controls for each motor. We are still scheduled for the August 6th PM service but it looks now like we will be digging further in the vault to pay for a re-man or having the upper unit re-built. Cruddy timing AND it is the Starboard motor so it also means no power steering so no boating until it is fixed. Grrrrrr!@ Does anyone have thoughts on the pros and cons of re-man, re-build?
  5. OK gang, We LOVE our Chap 2835 SS LE. So do gas thieves apparently. 143 gallon tank eats up a few sheckles at the pump. We have the "Purple Daze" docked at our own dock on Lake Lanier. Went out for a cruise today and noticed about 1/3 of a tank less gas than we had 5 days ago with no trips in between now and then. Soooooo it is time for a locking fuel cap. Anyone know the Perko model number for the original ( non locking ) cap? Seems to be a few models from that era and we do not want to get the wrong one. Gas thieves suck and should be torn into little bisty pieces and buried alive! 15 cool points for the first person who names the reference. 20 for the person who knows the specs on the Perko we need.
  6. Wolfsong

    1999 2835 SE Limited Speedometer stuck!

    After a stupid exhaustive Google search I found the thing at Great Lakes Skipper. It is a Medallion Speedo and the 5 pin PED connector is a Deutsch 5 pin connection. 80 fish heads plus shipping. Fingers crossed it will be an easy fix!
  7. Hello gang, 1999 2835 SE Limited Edition with twin 350 Mags and Bravo 3 drives. Speedometer was "hitching" the last few trips. Would pop from 10 to 15 then sit, then pop to 18 ,then sit then pop to 24 then hit actual ( or close anyway ) speed. Yesterday it did this unti it hit 22 mph and then stuck there. Engines powered off, drives in neutral and it stayed at 22. This morning it had made it back to the 10 mph ( start ) position. Experience and othe threads here led me to pull the dash and look for the water pressure hose from the drive to the speedo to see if I could clear it. Guess what? No hose. Just a 5 wire PED style connector. Also no make or model number! Bar code scanner had no matches. I did manage to remove the chrome trim ring but the clear bezel is glued on tight. The needle will move when the gauge is tapped but still tends to stick in place. Since it does not look like I can fix it, does anyone know where to get a new one that will operate from the same connection? Photo upload failed. Contacting Forum to get help.
  8. Wolfsong

    Swim platform for 2000 196ssi

    Swimplatforms.com. We did one for our 2835 SE Limited and it is KILLER! A real "back porch" for your boat. Sit closer to the water, MUCH better ladder, great grips for climbing! Next for us is a grill post mount and the Swim Platform will be out outdoor kitchen!
  9. Wolfsong

    3 batteries, 2 switches, 2 motors and a ?

    BT Doctur, Thanks for the reply. I down loaded the manual and found that the batteries and charger were in fact wired as they had been at the factory. The starting issue was my lack of experience with the divided shift and throttle control system. The manual does state that the battery switches should be set to OFF when docked and connected to shore power. It also states that the switches should not be set to ALL. The difference I guess is that the factory wiring scheme has all 3 Negs in series then on to the engines also in series.
  10. Wolfsong

    3 batteries, 2 switches, 2 motors and a ?

    Problem has been solved! I hope! After load testing all 3 batteries again and finding the same results I finally started looking at other possible issues. Since I am new ( 3 weeks + in ) to the boat, I looked at my start procedure and my "end of the day" procedure. Guess what? "end of the day" did not include one crucial step.................................................. Put BOTH gear controls in dead neutral position. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! El boato no trabajar when gear shift not in neutral! Since we have a real tight fit in the slip I have been bumping the gear controls in and out when docking and almost always use the port side bump last to correct bow position once in the slip. Leaving the port gear control just in the forward position. Motor will not turn over. Crank starboard and in backing out of the slip I naturally slipped both gear controls to the same position ( actual neutral ) and then once out of the cove I hit the key to the port motor and vroom vroom! Lots of trouble shooting in the wrong direction but at least I learned something!
  11. Wolfsong

    What do you clean and protect your seats with

    Starbrite Extreme clean for regular dirt and marks. Stabrite Mold Stain Remover for well...........Mold Stains Keep away from stitching and use a cloth flooded with clean water to rinse off all surfaces this stuff touches. 303 Aerospace protectant after all cleaning is done.
  12. Wolfsong

    3 batteries, 2 switches, 2 motors and a ?

    Got it. I did use a cool new tool on the existing batteries just now. Solar BA 9 Load and Charge Battery tester. All 3 batteries show a 04/16 date code. 2 are 625 CCA M 24-1 series and one is a 1000 CCA M 24-3 series. The 1000 CCA tested at 905 CCA and 88 % Life. One 625 CCA tested at 595 CCA and 94% life the other was 585 CCA and 93 % life so it looks like the issue was just me using the wrong settings on the switches. I do still wonder if the House battery should be a deep cycle?
  13. Wolfsong

    3 batteries, 2 switches, 2 motors and a ?

    Jjlai724, once again you are the man! Battery configuration seems to be right in line with the manual! We just got bad advice from 2 sources as to the proper battery switch positions for starting and when hooked to shore power . I do have one starting battery that seems to be less capable at holding a charge so I replaced it and will look into an AGM style for the house battery as long as my charger will handle an AGM style battery.
  14. Wolfsong

    3 batteries, 2 switches, 2 motors and a ?

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    3 batteries, 2 switches, 2 motors and a ?

    Here is a configuration schematic I found that seems to be the correct wiring for the above configuration. If so, should battery 3 be a deep cycle?b