catalanc

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  • Birthday 10/07/1954

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    Seattle, WA
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  1. Pretty sure you can get these at west marine as well.
  2. May come in Handy one day ... "HELLO, MY NAME IS BOB, HOW CAN I HELP YOU?" CALLER: "HI, BOB, I REALLY NEED YOUR ADVICE ON A SERIOUS PROBLEM. I HAVE SUSPECTED FOR SOME TIME NOW THAT MY WIFE HAS BEEN CHEATING ON ME. THE USUAL SIGNS: IF THE PHONE RINGS AND I ANSWER, THE CALLER HANGS UP. SHE 'GOES OUT WITH THE GIRLS' A LOT. I TRY TO STAY AWAKE TO LOOK OUT FOR HER WHEN SHE COMES HOME, BUT I USUALLY FALL ASLEEP. ANYWAY, LAST NIGHT ABOUT MIDNIGHT, I HID IN THE SHED BEHIND THE BOAT. WHEN SHE CAME HOME, SHE GOT OUT OF SOMEONE'S CAR BUTTONING HER BLOUSE, THEN SHE TOOK HER PANTIES OUT OF HER PURSE AND SLIPPED THEM ON. IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT, CROUCHED BEHIND THE BOAT, THAT I NOTICED A HAIRLINE CRACK IN THE OUTBOARD MOTOR MOUNTING BRACKET. IS THAT SOMETHING I CAN WELD, ... OR DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE WHOLE BRACKET?"
  3. I replaced the impellers on my twins while in the water and it is not too bad. I made plugs out of 3/4" PVC pipe with a cap at one end and a coupling at the other; the coupling fits just inside the hose and works great (see pic appended to this message). A little water flows into the bilge during the plugging process but not bad at all HINT: Mark the PVC plugs top and bottom so that there will be NO confusion as to which hose goes where when re-attaching to the housing. I got confused on the first engine, but fortunately had a second one to compare with. Good luck. cec
  4. My first was a 2008 204 ssi. Really liked the boat a lot, but wanted a cruiser. Went through a 240 signature and now a 300 signature. They tend to be cheaper than Sea Ray's, Formula's, and I really like the styling much better. All have handled rough water well and I just think they are the only way to go in express cruisers (and bow riders too!)
  5. brick ~ i had to laugh at this post. i did the same thing one of the first times i launched my 240 sig. backed her into the water, climbed to the helm, and she simply would not power off the trailer. The bow was lifting and i still didn't get it. then it finally dawned on me. yes, very grateful nobody was around to see it! i now have a 300 sig that i keep in a slip full time. not too hard to single handle, which I do a lot. even back her into a slip and tie up alone. just gotta practice.
  6. Might also try smart tabs. Worked great on mine.
  7. I had a 2008 and loved it. Was the Admiral's favorite of our boats.
  8. I have had luck with spraying WD40 into the plugs and the switches in back and moving the switch back and forth.
  9. Battery power to everything is fine and engines start fine. "Problem" is that I noticed that the voltage reading to my GPS (and thus the port engine) drops to 9-10V when starting the port engine. Don't know about the starboard engine since it does not power the GPS. Occasionally, the low power alarm flashed on the GPS when trimming the port drive underway. I was told that this was OK on a separate post, but given the sensitivity of the volvo engine electronics to low power I am a bit concerned. New information. I checked the voltage on the batteries: 12.5 V alone, 14 V on charger, and 12.5 V on alternators (with engine running). I checked the cells: specific gravity on the cells varies, but is good, 1.275 to over 1.3. This suggests that the batteries themselves are OK, yes?
  10. I have a 3 battery setup with 3-stage charger. All 3 are dual purpose interstate batteries, one for each engine and one house. While at the dock, I leave both battery switches in the off position and the charger on at all times. The batteries are only a year or so old and looks like I am having some issues and am wondering about my protocol. Should the charger be on at all times?
  11. Was useful to me on this day ... http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/witchdoctor2/slideshow/SomeFog
  12. the Xtreme engine room heaters (an all the others, I'm sure) are rated for engine room size. you can measure out the engine compartment and see how big a heater you will need. also depends on how cold the outside air is. doesn't get all that cold here in seattle so not as big a heater is required. check out the website and they have the info there.
  13. There are different sizes. I upgraded all of the cup holders on my 300 sig to stainless. Purchased them at West Marine. Measure yours to be sure. You can always return them if they are the wrong size and get the correct ones.
  14. Pretty soon there will be an app to not only back up the trailer, but launch the boat, cruise for the day, catch a few crabs, and cook them for you ... all served with a nice chianti ...
  15. Saw this on Craigslist. A local boat guy uses it to winterize engines.