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SeanK

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  1. SeanK

    Chaise latch work-around

    Has anyone figured out how to make the chaise work? I assume you would need to take off the cushions to access the locking hinge assembly. I got tired of the chaise falling down when barely even leaning on it. Amazing how It stays stuck and locked in when trying to fold it over to put in a cooler! Basically, on each side I installed a Yak Gear oar holder and made a 12" x 14" Sch 40 PVC rectangle. I spray painted the support with Rustoleum flat white 2X paint/primer. I only snap it in when someone wants to recline because it always falls down. Doesn't look cool, but works like a champ. By going with a 12" x 14", it provides four (4) different chaise heights whether you use it on the port cooler side or the starboard storage side (about 2"-3" lower than the cooler side). I also chose an oar holder due to the rounded edges; originally, I used a clamp holder but scraped up my arm when going into my cooler. Anyway, if anyone has anything that looks "more factory" or figured a way to make the latch catch so it doesn't fall down all the time, I would be glad to hear or see. Thanks
  2. Nothing major, but I got tired of the chaise falling down when barely even leaning on it. Amazing how It stays locked in when trying to fold it over! Basically, on each side I installed a Yak Gear oar holder and made a 12" x 14" Sch 40 PVC rectangle. I spray painted the rectangle with Rustoleum flat white 2X paint/primer. Not the coolest mod, but it works like a champ. By going with a 12" x 14", it provides four (4) different chaise heights whether you use it on the port cooler side or the starboard storage side. I also chose an oar holder due to the rounded edges; originally, I used a clamp holder but scraped up my arm when going into my cooler. Has anyone figured out how to make the chaise work? I assume you would need to take of the cushions to access the locking hinge assembly.
  3. SeanK

    Winterizing 1st Time

    I guess my view is if the engine temp is held constant at 175 deg F, the thermostat is working properly and getting water where it needs to be. Then, if I switch to pure antifreeze (AF), and I see it coming out the transom, the antifreeze is going the same place as the water was and displacing it. On the other hand, if you drain it out, you may have only small pockets of water/AF mixture so that if it would expand, it would not have enough volume to do anything. I have the Camco container with the 2 valves with the common hose to the ears so there is no time delay switching to antifreeze. I live in South Louisiana so our winters are not that harsh, and I store my boat in a closed rental shed, so I may be over thinking it. Thanks for the comments
  4. SeanK

    Winterizing 1st Time

    After circulating 5 gallons winterizing antifreeze after thermostat opens, is it better to drain or keep the antifreeze in? Since it has corrosion and rust inhibitors, it seems keeping it in would be best. However, I have seen both ways discussed. Thanks
  5. SeanK

    Lubricants for Mercruiser

    Good info. That’s what I’ll get. I’ve used other CRC’s with good results.
  6. SeanK

    Lubricants for Mercruiser

    For throttle and steering pivot points, sliding pistons, trim cylinders, etc, is WD-40 OK to use or do you need to strictly adhere to the Mercruiser manual? There are so many lubricants on the market, what is OK to use and what is a hard “never use”? Besides WD-40, there is lubricants with Teflon. What would you recommend for lubrication under fresh and salt water? Thanks
  7. SeanK

    Hydraulic Trimming Question

    Thanks for the info. Should I lubricate the trim cylinders occasionally? If so, WD-40? It seems I need to trim down before it trims up. I can hear the trim up button energize, but it doesn’t move. I trim down a hair, then it trims up fine. thanks
  8. SeanK

    Hydraulic Trimming Question

    Thought about this the other day - what would you do if you were at the launch, and you trailered your boat, and you could not trim your sterndrive up? Is there an override somewhere? Thanks
  9. SeanK

    WOT and top speed

    Dash gauge.
  10. SeanK

    WOT and top speed

    I just assumed that the horizontal position would be around the max, but it was only at 3300 RPM. I will have to try it again. Good to know there is a Rev limiter to keep me from overspeeding the engine. My prop is a 3-blade, 19 pitch, Mercury Enertia.
  11. SeanK

    WOT and top speed

    The other day, Lake Pontchartrain was finally flat enough for me to see how fast my 2012 216 SSI would go (stock 220 HP 4.3 MPI Mercruiser). It was just me and my wife with a full tank of gas. The Merc manual states WOT is approx. 4600 RPM. Reading posts, I assume top speed is around 48-50 mph - I used that as a benchmark. At around 2700 RPM, I was at 35 mph. With the throttle lever at horizontal, I was at 45 mph but only at 3300 RPM. I did not go any further thinking my RPM gauge could not be reading correctly. Do these numbers seem correct? With 1300 remaining RPM to WOT, it seems like I could get it to 60 mph (not that I ever want to go that fast), but never heard anyone getting it that high. 30-35 mph is my comfort zone. Thanks for the reply.
  12. SeanK

    Adding courtesy lights

    My 2012 216 SSI has 3 courtesy blue LEDs in the back. I would like to add 1 more in the back so there will 2 on each side, and 2 more in the front near the cup holders. I am trying to figure out how to access the wires under the gunwhale arm rest cushions. For the back LED, has anyone removed those cushions or have a suggested way I can access those wires so I can tap into them? I would also need to get to the back of the LED to secure the nut. Basically trying to find out if the cushions are snap on or bolted. Thanks in advance.
  13. SeanK

    Ski compartment drainage issue

    I have a 2012 216 SSI and it drains to the bilge. Mine was draining slowly and I used electical “fish tape” to push out the blockage. Seemed to work fine.
  14. SeanK

    Clarion CMD7 question

    I fixex the loose fuse issue, but still have the head unit turning off at 23/24 volume. I need to find out how to get my large $^& under the port cubby to find a spot to put a voltmeter while cranking up the volume. I might try disconnect the remote consoles to see if the current removed driving these allow more volume to the speakers.
  15. SeanK

    Here we go again! Boat off trailer!

    My Loadmaster trailer also has a chain in addition to the winch strap for the bow, so I can’t ever see it coming loose.
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