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  1. rjbergen

    Moving the water pump - 330 sig

    How was it? I almost went, but I'm just going to the one right here in Detroit instead.
  2. rjbergen

    Moving the water pump - 330 sig

    Shurflo makes a small accumulator tank that should help.
  3. rjbergen

    310 signature 2012 buying advise.

    You have 1.5m (5 ft) of extra width in your slip. That’s plenty. How wide is your canal? I maneuver my Sig 330 (35 ft LOA, 4 ft more than the 310) just fine in a 70 ft (21.3m) wide canal into my 4.6m slip using twin engines without a thruster. Make sure your boat is protected from your slip. Metal pilings should be covered with PVC pipe. Metal or concrete docks need permanent fenders. Make sure there is nothing exposed besides wood, plastic, and rubber. When you tie up, you should center your boat in your slip so you can’t rub anything. You have enough space that this is possible. Use 2 bow lines, one to either side. Use a forward running spring line from the mid-ship cleat. This prevents you from drifting back into the dock. Use 2 stern lines and cross them. With this line setup, you should be able to set it up that the boat stays centered in the slip and doesn’t touch the dock or pilings at all.
  4. rjbergen

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Why? I run 30 MPH at night with radar on Lake St Clair. I only do that in open water. Obviously much slower approaching the canal and in the canal.
  5. Saw your install on Facebook. Love it! Can't wait to get mine out of storage to start work on her. Did you pick up any of the MS-NRX300 dust covers? Google search link
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    310 signature 2012 buying advise.

    I thought you were talking about me (although my 330 is my second boat), then I read the Axius joystick part and wished I had a joystick Anyways, the 310 will be a great boat, especially a newer one like a 2012. I have not heard of any known issues. If you've never had a twin engine boat, I would try it first without a bow thruster. You may find that you can handle it just fine without one. What makes your mooring tricky?
  7. rjbergen

    Adding Fresh Water

    Open your engine hatch and take a look. My 2006 Sig 330 has tons of room in the engine room. I can easily trace my fresh water fill hose from the through hull to the fresh water tank.
  8. rjbergen

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    Very true. If the thermostat wasn’t open, then winterization is not complete and your block will crack when it freezes.
  9. rjbergen

    Mercs Winterized - Need Advice on A/C and Genset

    If your A/C also heats, then it doesn’t matter which mode it is in when you winterize. The pump does not self-prime so it won’t pull up antifreeze from a bottle below it. You need a container held higher than the pump and run a hose down to the pump. The generator has an impeller just like your engines. It will suck up antifreeze. The antifreeze in the bilge may develop a smell over the winter. It happens to some people if they leave spilled antifreeze in the bilge.
  10. rjbergen

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    People are confused in this thread. Let me clarify. There’s ethylene glycol-based antifreeze that is used in your car’s radiator. It is also used in a closed cooling system on a boat. Under no circumstances should this be used to winterize any portion of a boat. It is toxic to humans and wildlife. It’s typically fluorescent green or orange. Then there’s alcohol-based antifreeze. It is typically sold labeled as RV antifreeze for about $2.99/gallon. I believe it only comes in -50F and is pink in color. This is acceptable for winterzining systems such as your fresh water plumbing, head, waste tank, and A/C. It should not be left for long periods of time in boat engines. The alcohol will degrade rubber components such as you raw water impeller and various o-rings and gaskets. The best type of antifreeze for a boat is propylene glycol-based. It is typically labeled as for engines and water systems. It starts around $4.99/gallon for -50F rating. It is also sold in -60F, -75F, -100F, and even -200F with each being more expensive than the last. Usually, -50F is pink, -60F is purplish blue, and -100F is greenish blue. This antifreeze is non-toxic and contains corrosion inhibitors for your engine’s metal surfaces. It is safe to leave in the engine over winter and will not degrade rubber.
  11. rjbergen

    What's your opinion on the best pumps for inflatables !!!

    We use this on our boat. We have a 2006 Sig 330 and connect it to the battery posts in the port side transom storage locker. Works great for tubes and islands. It can deflate too for compact inflatable storage.
  12. rjbergen

    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    The manufacturing processes are vastly different. Cars are produced on an assembly line where one worked does the same small task time and time again. They become very adept at completing their task quickly and correctly. Whereas a boat is not produced in that fashion. A few skilled workers assemble the boat and perform multiple tasks each. With how many different steps each worker is required to complete in the process, it’s not impossible to miss something, or rush a step and not make it perfect.
  13. Hurricane Michael made landfall yesterday near Mexico Beach, FL as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 MPH winds. It was the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall on the Florida panhandle; the third most intense hurricane, by pressure, to make landfall on the U.S.; and the sixth strongest hurricane, by wind speed, to make landfall on the U.S. This was an extreme storm and extensive damage is left behind. I hope people evacuated in time and that the death toll remains low. Property can be fixed and replaced, but lives cannot be restored. Let's post up pictures and stories from the storm. Hopefully we can all learn something about storms, storm preparations, and recovery after a storm. The U.S. Navy had a ship riding out the storm in one of the bays near Panama City, FL. What a way to ride out a hurricane! The ship is 262 feet at the waterline with a beam of 72 feet. Not a small ship, but also not a big ship. It's an interesting vessel for sure, you should check out the Wikipedia link in the quote below. Calling @brick to check in and any other members from the Southeast.
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    Fresh Water Plumbing with PEX?

    I didn’t have anything with me to feed AF to the AC. The AC pumps aren’t self-priming so the AF needs to be fed from above and all I had was bottles of AF. I’ll be able to do it next year, but don’t have time this year
  15. rjbergen

    Fresh Water Plumbing with PEX?

    I'm reporting back to say I finally got my bypass kit installed and winterized my water system! The bypass kit was relatively easy to install. Just had to line everything up correctly. Sure glad I bought the 12 inch bypass hose even though it said that was for 10 gallon tanks and I only have a 6 gallon. The 8 inch hose for 6 gallon tanks definitely would not have worked. I winterized my water system and vacuflush head with about 6 gallons of AF. I failed at winterizing my AC though and will just pay the marina $50 for it.