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  1. Fishstick

    Where is Water Heater Breaker!

    Hi Hatem and thank you. I was on shore power and yes, my perko setup looks just like yours. Also my cabin panel looks just like the one you posted. My water heater is completely rusted out and doesn't hold water so I would assume it would trip as soon as I turned it back on. It looks to me that the previous owner added a few electrical plugs and those don't work know and I think it may be related to how it was wired. All my other plugs and appliances work, it just seems when I originally turned the water heater on that after that, those added plugs no longer work and those are really the ones I want back on since my water heater is rusted. While I would eventually like to replace the water heater, dang, looking at it, I have know idea how anyone could remove that thing from the engine compartment. However, I will check the connections as you suggested. Thanks again!
  2. Fishstick

    Where is Water Heater Breaker!

    '95 310 Signature. I tried the water heater and it didn't work. It seemed to trip a breaker because a few plugs in the cabin don't work now and I have tried to hit the "red reset" on them. Spoke to seller and he said the last time he tried the water heater, it tripped the breaker, but he couldn't remember where it is. 1 - does it really have a breaker? 2 - if so, where might it be and what might it look like? I've looked at my perko switch selectors and while there are red buttons, none are labelled water heater. I've looked around the helm and while there is a locker, it's just a small storage locker. Thanks in advance,
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    Power Steering Feels Weird

    Hi Hatem, thanks for all the detail and suggestions. I do have two power steering pumps, I will follow the lines this coming weekend and see what I have. RE: starting - the seller didn't mention that he would start would engine first. Not knowing this, I have previously started the port first...and then on other days, the starboard first. I did this because it seemed to me one engine would start faster than the other. Anyway, I will check the rest of your suggestions out this weekend. Thanks again!
  4. Hi, We are finally ready to spend the weekend in a cove. I had time this past weekend to take the ski boat out and scout out some good spots. Reading through some old threads causes me to ask a few things: 1) my plan was to find a cove (fresh water) where the water was glass, virtually no wind, but after reading some threads, it seems that you want some wind to move the air around when using the genset. Since we will be using the genset, do I need to find an area with a little breeze? 2) is there an optimum, or preferred depth for anchoring? I was thinking the 15' range, but wanted to check as this will be our first time. Thanks in advance!
  5. Fishstick

    Power Steering Feels Weird

    Hi again, My steering on my 310 doesn't feel right to me. It feels like sometimes it "sticks or hesitates" for a moment which causes me to over turn one way and then have to steer the other direction. It doesn't feel smooth to me, but I've only owned ski boats before, never something bigger. The starboard power steering pump reservoir is low and the port is full. The other weird thing to me is that the starboard engine has two belts, I'm assuming one is for the power steering. The port engine only has one belt installed, it seems like it is missing a second belt, but again, I'm not a mechanic. I guess I would like to know, is there a specific type or brand of power steering fluid to use on the Mercruisers? And then, should I have a second belt on the port engine? I wasn't sure if adding fluid would help "smooth" the steering out or if I need another belt?
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    Cabin Heat during Winter Question

    Hi, I've been reading through some of the old threads on winterizing techniques (our first season to winterize) and saw several posts on leaving the cabin heat on during winter, unless I mis-understood the posts. I got to thinking, we leave our heater on in our mobile home on around 55 degrees when we aren't there and now wondering if I need to do the same for the boat? Is there any reason to leave the cabin heater on during winter and if so, what temp? Thanks in advance!
  7. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    Yep, we already bought a new Carbon Monoxide detector and also using the one the previous owner had. When I originally asked him about the battery selector he said the boat didn't have one. After purchase and opening every door is when I found it. It isn't in the engine compartment, but right above it. Seems like an awkward spot for it, but I was glad to find it as the manual he gave me stated the boat had one. I will trace the battery cables this weekend and see which are which. I'm ready to meet my guy and go through things that the previous owner didn't use such as the water heater and fresh water system. I have a laundry list of questions for him and anxious to talk.
  8. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    I actually bought two 30' battery operated strips of LED lights to wrap around the railing. Each strip uses 3 AAA batteries. Very cheap purchase and should be good at light and even in the slip.
  9. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    Dang, 9 nights on the anchor!! I will take baby steps and start with a weekend and hope it goes well.
  10. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    Very good idea. I will actually go up this weekend and in our ski boat will scope out the cove (or two) I'd like to try and will def anchor out the following weekend in daylight. Weird the previous owner said he didn't even know there was a battery selector and never moved anything.
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    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    It does have twin engines and the original manual to the boat they gave me someone highlighted many years ago the section "boat with three batteries" and how to operate the switches, but it didn't seem to do good like the manual.
  12. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    I've spoken to the guy we bought the boat from a few times now and while he know quite a bit about the boat, he said they did not use all the features of the boat and there are quite a few things he can't answer. Because of this, I have an appointment with a service to meet me at the boat in a few weeks to look at a few things and answer a bunch of questions. I want to know all about the boat, how and why it works, and want everything to work!
  13. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    Yes, a 95 Sig 31. There are three batteries. I thought one for each engine and one for the house, but maybe it's two for the house, one for the engines. The boat actually has a working GPS installed that seems nice but I will download an app too and check it out also, I didn't know that was an option, thanks for the tips!
  14. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    I don't even know how much chain I have. I think the first 30' is chain then rope. The cove will be around 20-25' deep, no current, fresh water lake. Thanks for the advice.
  15. Fishstick

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    We will find a cove in the next few weeks and anchor out and spend the weekend in the cove - we've never done this and looking for some guidance. - Any suggestions on how to anchor properly? I don't want to wake up and have drifted to the shoreline and get stuck or in the middle of the lake. I only have a front windlass anchor, nothing in the stern. - I will run the generator till we go to bed and then cut it off. What should I leave my battery selectors on? I have two (starboard and port) and my options for each are Off, 1, 2, All. The person I bought the boat from told me he left the selector on All for both....all the time (which the manual doesn't recommend). He had the original manual and reading it clearly states that while not using the boat, to move both to Off, while leaving the charger switch on. I did this last week and when I went up last weekend, the batteries were nearly dead so maybe I didn't something wrong?? Should we make it through the night and not get stuck on the shoreline, I would really like to have enough battery to start the engines!! Thanks so much, this is a really helpful and active forum.
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