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  1. I have run my generator while underway on my 2014 31. I also leave my seacock's open for the generator and AC system. I will mention one interesting point. I had a failure of the clamp on the output of the water pump on my 5.0 Merc MPI. It turns out the clamp was a Chinese imitation of a IDEAL clamp, that was not Stainless and rotted internally. Mercury did cover the related expenses. I have put a magnet on every factory clamp, and have changed the non stainless to high quality 316SS clamps.
  2. I use a Delta anchor on the south shore of Long Island. My 31' Signature came with twenty feet of chain, it has amazing holding power. I carry a Danforth Deepset as my second anchor. The second anchor has 10 feet of chain.
  3. The generator is actually a 5EKD.
  4. My generator on my 2014 was turning off after thirty seconds or less. The control panel displayed a message LOSS OF COOLANT. I opened the pump, the impeller was shot.I found a local store who stocks Koehler factory parts. I picked up a new impeller, oil filter, and anode. The impeller was a pain, I ended up putting a zip tie on the vanes and manually seated the impeller, and removed the zip tie. I am amazed how much water a little impeller can move.
  5. I was underway to Block Island from the south shore of Long Island in the Fire Island inlet when I heard what sounded like a boat with open pipes behind me. I turned around and saw nothing at which time the Guardian system alerted me to low water pressure and high temperature. I killed the starboard engine and raised the drive to check for seaweed, the drive was clean. I had to remove the stern table and a bunch of other stuff to raise the engine room hatch. I saw a lot of water in the bilge along with a nice cloud of steam. It took me three hours to get to my mechanic who found the two broken clamps in the bilge. He told me the clamps were Chinese junk, and we tested them with a magnetic, they weren't stainless steel. We changed ALL of the clamps to US made clamps and I headed out. But at 3,000RPM the starboard engine started to backfire. We took the boat back to the dock, the Gen 3 cool module must have gotten hot and the fuel pump(s) were intermittent. Merc is replacing the Gen 3 cooling modules, the fuel rail and injectors, fuel filters, water separators, etc, which is great, but my vacation got screwed up.
  6. I am suffering badly and I don't usually have bad allergies.
  7. After fighting with my canvas on my 2014 31 Signature, I just purchased a tool made by Ironwood, It is called the Ironwood 0081 Top Snapper. This tool allows you to snap the tightest snaps on your canvas with ease. I highly recommend this tool. I can even snap the mid canvas over the windshield walk-thru in seconds. No more fighting.
  8. I installed Groco SSC values to allow me to flush my generator and AC system with fresh water. I will also use this next year to introduce antifreeze into the system. This is on my 2014 31' signature.
  9. Costco has group 27 Deep Cycle batteries made by Interstate for $87.50 plus a five dollar core.
  10. My old Merc controls had the trim switch in a different position, I have accidentally performed docking maneuvers with the trim uneven or down. The results weren't good!
  11. I have a 2014 31 Signature. When I was backing into a slip at the beach or my home dock with DOCKING mode engaged, the starboard drive wasn't making any propulsion. When I switch Docking off (Mr friends call it training wheels), I had to hit about 1,000 RPM (which isn't fun while docking at my local LI beach) to get a response from the propulsion. My mechanic tells me that the DTS systems is working perfectly.
  12. Hello Lemon Aid, my Cone clutch went at 171 hours on my 2014 Signature with twin Bravo-3. I am the second owner of the boat, I purchased her from a local chap dealer. The original owner of the boat took delivery in the spring of 2015. I was able to find original documentation of the services performed from delivery to the fall of 2016. The boat is still covered by the extended warranty. I had the boat winterized and the drives pulled by a local well respected authorized Mercrusier marina who found the problem with the Cone clutch. I haven't received the bill yet, but I am responsible for about four hundred dollars for the repair, the rest was covered by the warranty. My mechanic told me that while the Cone clutch normally last much longer, he has seen them fail prematurely. I knew I had some sort of issue when the starboard engine would bang into forward. The interesting thing is that it only banged when I was not in DOCKING mode. In addition I was having a hard time docking after a spirited thirty minute ride. The problem didn't always happen, which is the strange thing. This leaves me to wonder if the incorrect fluid was used in the drive. I hope you have issues resolved to your satisfaction promptly.
  13. I am depressed, I put her to bed today. Pray for spring! I put 53 hours on the boat this summer, we had a ridiculous amount of rain!
  14. My 2015 31 Signature with Bravo 3's had an issue while docking in reverse. I traded in my Wellcraft for this boat in May of this year. The boat only had 117 hours when I purchased her. I initially thought I had lost my touch, but my friend noticed that under 1,000 RPM in reverse I wasn't generating any thrust. My long term Mercury mechanic who I fully trust determined that the cone clutch was bad which caused other issues. He contacted Brunswick Product protection who agreed to cover a significant portion of the claim.
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