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  1. 951Tom

    Duo Prop Repair

    I sent mine to PropMD a few years. ago. Some dings, nothing bad. Came back looking like new.
  2. 951Tom

    5.7L Repower

    Check the fuel pump differences. You might have to convert it to electric.
  3. 951Tom

    Thoughts on a windlass anchor

    I added a windlass to my boat this past Spring and love it. Makes anchoring so much easier. We boat in the upper Chesapeake Bay and had to no issues with the anchor hitting the hull. We don't go out in 3+ foot waves but the windlass lowers it quickly so I doubt you'll have problems.
  4. 951Tom

    Cover or template for cover on Bravo 3 Gimbal

    Maybe make a cardboard template then fashion a cover from plywood? http://www.foreandaftmarine.com/RU-169.htmI sold a nice plastic cover but they are NLA.. I've seen them pop up on eBay sometimes. It's def a valid concern, I've seen birds nest in junk boats at my marina.
  5. 951Tom

    exhaust shutter

    After approx. 300hrs mine needed replacing. One of the flappers wouldn't close on it's own.
  6. 951Tom

    AC help

    You can make a decent flushing system using a 500gph bilge pump & 5gal bucket. Get hose barb adapters to attach the "to & from" hoses and run it for an hour or so. I'm gonna make one when the time comes.
  7. Based on the last pic, it looks like the gap at the hinge has opened up. Happened to me one year when I opened the door while ice was frozen in the hinge. Bent it all up & I had to replace it. Taylor-made was able to send me a new hinge.
  8. 951Tom

    Ethanol seperation

    Make sure the o-ring on the cap is in good shape.
  9. 951Tom

    Finally got some work done

    I like those boat vents. I installed a few on my cockpit and winter covers.
  10. 951Tom

    220 Graphics available?

    I'm looking for the same swoosh but in black\pewter. You can get the thin sections made using 3M materials. It's the swoosh section I haven't been able to locate. Please post back if you find anything.
  11. 951Tom

    Garmin 541s -- Don't install 2017 maps

    Thanks for posting! I have the same GPS and wanted to do the update.
  12. 951Tom

    Merc 496 serpentine belt cross reference

    Using the link below, my 350mag with power steering and fresh water cooled uses a 2667mm belt. I crossed referenced this to Goodyear #4061037 that has a length of 2635mm. This put my tensioner about mid-way after initial belt stretch. http://www.marineengine.com/parts/mercury-quicksilver/application-guides/mercruiser-v-belts-and-serpentine-belts.htm
  13. 951Tom

    Merc 496 serpentine belt cross reference

    It can be a trrial and error process to see what length fits best where the tensioner isn't maxed out.
  14. 951Tom

    Merc 496 serpentine belt cross reference

    Having just gone thru the same situation, I'd go with a belt a little shorter. The belt will stretch & you could end up maxing out the tensioner. I like the Goodyear gatorback belts. As a side note, the oem merc pullies are Dayco. I was able to confirm that based on the part #'s.
  15. 951Tom

    Im about ready to give up my boat is haunted

    I've read that a faulty tachometer can stop the ignition system from working. With your tach reading wrong I'm wondering if that's your issue. Try disconnecting the tach's signal wire next time it won't start to rule that out. You mentioned you checked fuel pressure while running....does it maintain pressure after shut-down too? This can cause hot start problems.