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    Prop vs RPM

    For all the years I've had my boat, it has always operated at 3000rpm and 30 mph [GPS agrees with fish finder]. Occasionally, the rpm gauge gets whacky and shows a false indication. I tap the gauge and it eventually returns to normal. But this year, it is maintaining a consistent 25mph @ 3100rpm. If I push the throttle to get the speed to 30mph, then the rpm is at 3400rpm. I had prop repair last year and it was freshly painted. The paint was pealing off. I raised the outdrive the other day to check for slime thinking it was causing drag. It was clean but I immediately noticed tiny like bubbles on the prop. Not air bubbles but bubbles within the paint [not there when I picked it up]. This immediately tells me poor water flow over the prop. Will this cause a 4000rpm change to keep the boat moving at 30mph? I haven't had a chance to change the prop to see if there is a difference.
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    Prop vs RPM

    Yesterday I swapped the prop and took it for a run. It only improved minimally. It just didn't feel right. I have kept an eye on the outdrive for the growth of scum. Only a very thin layer. So I didn't think the hull was any worse. With the lake so cold I haven't jumped in to check...until yesterday. I put on my wetsuit and slowly climbed into the water. Oh so cold. I took my cleaning pad with me and I was surprised at how thick the slime was. So I started cleaning it. I only got 70% of the hull cleaned before I had to get out. Shivering. I then took the boat for a run and it was back to normal. The water is so cold I didn't really think it would grow this fast in just 30 days. Can't wait till August. I do believe the prop contributed a little bit. After looking at it, it has more bubbles on it than a glass of champagne. I'll finish cleaning the boat this afternoon and then pull it out before headed on vacation. The gelcoat needs lots of work. I put two new BIG scratches on it. 8 years of hard work just wiped out. I love my boat.
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    Sailboat Tow

    I've towed a couple of boaters, but In much calmer conditions. That current definitely makes it a challenge.
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    Hours on engine

    My 87 Chap is 1300 hours.
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    Overheat and shutdown, now will not crank

    All I can say is good luck. I had an overheat years ago, and both exhaust heads showed cracks. Had them replaced along with some hydraulic lines and flapper valve and she's been running well ever since. Actually, better. Just be prepared to deal with the following......Does the value you get from the boat[fun with family, etc] exceed the actual cost of repair? If it does, repair it and don't look back.
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    Single brakes in tandem axle

    Already learned that on my own! Two stupid teenagers did a U-Turn right in front of me. The didn't complete the turn, backed up and then completed the turn. Mean while, I'm coming at them at 45mph and 10500 lbs and sharing the intersection. I panic braked and hit the brakes hard. Fortunately, the Bronco's anti-lock brakes were working fine and I stopped before killing the girlfriend. The trailer stayed right behind the Bronco. But the trailer tonge was damaged due to such immediate heavy braking. New one installed. This is why you don't want to have a trailer weight heavier than your truck is allowed to pull. It only takes one stupid teenager to ruin your life.
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    Single brakes in tandem axle

    My trailer is a tandem trailer with drums on the rear axle. One day, I forgot pop the brake Lock-out before leaving home. I drove to the ramp and didn't even notice that the brakes were locked out. The F150 handles the trailer well. But this was all on flat surface roads. Driving through the Virginias and Carolinas, would likely be a different story.
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    I know I said I wouldn't use the head but....

    Actually, it does work for the girls as well. This device is different than what I was looking for. 20 years ago, I received an aviation catalog. In it, it listed a bottle for females traveling in a plane without a lavatory. This device is quite different from 20 years ago but is better. This device will adapt to any bottle......anywhere. https://www.amazon.com/Female-Urination-Device-Portable-Lightweight/dp/B01KUZT6R2 Edit: Add Sporty's Pilot Shop It has been so long since I've received the catalog I forgot the name of it......Sporty's. http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/lady-j-adapter-for-little-john-pilot-urinal.html I think the first listing would be better although not necessarily for you cuz you already have a toilet. But for others......
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    I know I said I wouldn't use the head but....

    My boat came with a porta potty. I never used it and pulled it out of the boat. Currently, I just carry a big Turtle Wax car soap bottle which allows me extended stays out in the lake. Then take the bottle home and empty it. Then use toilet bowl cleaner to clean the bottle and its ready for its next mission. To me, this is better than peeing in the lake. The marina that I was at previously, banned that. Don't remember if it was by NYS law or just there own. The basic rule was something like, pee in your toilet, pee in our toilet but don't carry your pee to our toilet. But in Canada, law enforcement patrols the waters to see if you have a toilet vs peeing in the lake. When your peeing in the lake, did you ever consider which way the current is flowing and "what are those other groups of people doing in the water?" Without the porta potty onboard, I can't stay out in the open waters over night. Mother nature will call to arms and require me to seek "inland water ways."
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    Tiny Pic

    I was able to get back to my picture but it was so screwed up......still not worth the hassle.
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    Tiny Pic

    http://s1131.photobucket.com/user/contrails703/media/Marine pictures/IMG_18401_zpsguqgwvlq.jpg.html?sort=3&o=13
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    Tiny Pic

    I did that. Then they only allowed me to post one picture per day. Something to do with a change of domain. I have just read on another forum that Photobucket is now back in action. I checked, and my photos have been reposted.
  13. I find that entering a slip with a headwind [which changes to a crosswind as you make the turn into the slip] offers better control of the boat than trying to enter with a tailwind. With my new slip and once the neighbor shows up, I will have to go past my slip and turn around so I have the headwind. As the headwind changes to a crosswind, this will help keep the bow from hitting the other guy as it pushes my bow towards the dock and away from the other boat. Under the same wind conditions, if I tried to enter the slip with a tail wind and the other boat is there, there isn't enough space to get the boat turned into the slip and track straight. To get it to track straight into the slip will cause such a crab angle that I may either hit the other boat with the bow, or hit the dock on the opposite side of the boat. No win. If you can keep control of your boat going backwards until you pass your slip, I would recommend that.
  14. I learned how to dock long ago when I was a kid while at Disney World. We'd take the ferry from Fort Wilderness to Magic Kingdom and I'd watch how the pulled up to the dock/pier. I watched the guy steering the boat and how he manipulated the throttle to cause the boat to swing into the dock. I use the same technique I learned from observing what they did. Works every time. I've had people come up to me and compliment me on my docking. Boy does that make me feel good owning a boat. I normally enter the area to dock at about 25 degrees from the pier. Most circumstances, I arrive with the pier on the starboard side. I aim the bow were I want it to end up and keep a straight line to that point. And slow! As the bow comes within 1 foot of the pier, I steer hard right to the stop and enter into reverse. This causes the outdrive to stop the boats forward movement and pulls the stern parallel to the pier simultaneously. I then shut off the engine, climb out and tie up. No help required. If I have people with me, I only let them hold onto the pier while I climb out and tie up. I don't have the luxury of having the same person with me every time who therefore learns and is in sync with me. That's why I agree with Cyclops2....."Do Not Toss the Bow Line to Anyone Else!"
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    How much water in boat?

    One point of water entry that took me awhile to find was rain coming in the engine compartment vents. My vents are slightly angled upward so there is a bit of collection that eventually makes its way to the bilge area under the engine. Not enough to pump out but enough that a wet vac is needed. To curb this annoyance I cut two rectangular pieces of pool cover and snapped them under the boat cover which therefore covers the vents. It doesn't stop all the water but it reduces it enough that I don't need to wet vac it. Simple and didn't cost me a cent.
  16. My boat is in the new slip. I too will have too practice a bit to adjust to this narrow slip. The neighbor hasn't arrived yet. Tonight, I was sitting on the boat watching others. Several of them made such radical moves it scares the heck out of me as to how my neighbor will be. I am truly worried about getting hit. I have bumpers on both sides...….there just isn't anything else I can do but hope they don't want to scratch theirs anymore than I want to scratch mine. But I do like the floating dock. With easterly winds means the water level drops. At the other marina, I'd have to watch the level constantly to make sure the dock lines weren't stressed or to much slack when the level rises again. I guess I'll just have to mal-adjust.
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    Boat cover leaking

    Yesterday was a nice day so I used the 303 in areas that I didn't treat with silicone. The forecast called for moderate rain and thunderstorms this morning so I slept onboard again. I missed the first round of rain but I didn't see any puddles or wet areas on the carpet so I thought all was good. A second round of heavy rain arrived shortly after. Water was getting in along the stitch line where 303 was used. The amount of water that was getting in wasn't too bad. Much less than before so 303 may have reduced the amount but didn't stop it. I would guess that the stitch holes are too big for 303 to plug. it. I will put more silicone down on the stitches in critical areas. We are good to launch.
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    Boat cover leaking

    For a couple of years, I've been trying to locate the leaks that have been occurring. I found two major leaks and successfully plugged them. With last year not being in a marina, I always put a tarp over the whole boat when not in use. But with the boat going into a marina this year, I was a little concerned about what I may have missed. Last nights forecast called for rain so while parked in the driveway, I slept on the boat. This morning around 530am I woke up and it was raining hard. The two repaired areas were still dry as a bone. I was happy. Then I feel a drip on my foot. I get out from the cuddy and look around. Its coming from the boat cover. I keep looking around the entire area and to my astonishment, water is coming in everywhere! But not like you'd think. Years ago, I had my boat cover undertake some repairs. The cover was showing significant wear along the snaps so the amish guy reinforced the cover all the way around with a material different than the canvas. The first problem this created is that it was so tight I could no longer snap the entire cover, more like it shrunk. I took it back and whatever he did, it loosened it up but still it wasn't right. The cover was no longer in line with the window frame snaps. The cover no longer sat firming on the frame. Large gaps between the cover and the frame. I had assumed that water was getting in via the gaps......hahha, after this mornings inspection, that ain't whats happening! The first order of logic, is that water flows down. Not on my boat. Its actually following the path of least resistance and flows up! None of the points of leadage is coming from between the cover and the boat. Its all flowing out from between the "new" strip and the cover. Its dripping from front to back. There are at least 10 points of entry all flowing into the boat. I have always noticed drip marks in unusual places and under the window frame and assumed in was wind driven water coming thru the gaps as described above. But that's not the case. All the water entry points are leaking between the strip and the canvas cover. Seeing this this morning explains the usual drip marks. I have no idea how to fix this......personally I don't think it can. I'm thinking either get a full length boat cover from West Marine [350] or choke on a new boat cover[1000+]. I'm not going back to the amish guy so that option is clearly out!
  19. My Alpha One does not tolerate shifting of any kind every two seconds. Many times I've had to hit the big red panic button and shut off the engine to prevent plowing into the dock because the shift wouldn't go back into neutral. The other quirk is that since I had the engine rebuilt several years ago, the exhaust is so strong that it will push the boat up to 1.5 mph while in neutral. This makes getting into a slip difficult. With the exhaust pushing the boat, and the boats momentum, the outdrive simply cannot override the momentum and I end up bumping the pole between me and the other guy. I use to be very good at docking. But since its repair, I look like a newbie. My new slip is even tighter than the previous one. I had several yards of space between me and the other boat [a pole between us]. Now, only 2 feet depending on the neighbor. i haven't seen the new guy yet but I'm also worried about his ability to dock and my nice looking gelcoat.
  20. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-_IlNbsILLE
  21. My 31 year old boats gelcoat was in terrible condition when I received it. After taking much advice on this subject from this forum, I finally got it back to where I like it. Just a tiny bit short of factory fresh. Its now at the point where all I have to do is a little rubbing compound and a good wax at the beginning of the season, and a waxing during the season. I don't bother at the end because it goes into a barn for six month with no sun. The apron thing will eventually annoy you having to deal with it every time you want to go boating. A waxing or two during the season is much more "Zenful." It will cause you to smile while looking at it shine.
  22. My boat is a pain in the butt in reverse. I'm going into a new slip this week and I am not certain how this will go. Like you, I'll have to practice. A twin would make all the difference in the world.......next year. I'm not even certain how much clearance I'll have between me and the other boat. The floating dock has rub rails on them but I have two that maybe I can attach to decrease the potential for scratches. We'll find out this week.
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    Boat cover leaking

    Maybe 5 years ago, while having repairs made to cushions a Chap 23 footer was also there. Just had a new cover put on.... Nice work. From stern to the bottom of the windshield frame.....$900. I assume it will be more 5 years later. As far as I know, this is the original cover. I had just lightly brushed off the cover and applied 303 although not heavily in the stitch area. It is working well. It is currently beading up and rolling off the cover. Yesterday, while checking radar, I see that a line of moderate rain was headed my way. With no other options, I applied two layers of silicone sealant to the stitched areas along the window frame. The first layer I rubbed into the holes and around the stitches. The second later to cover the first layer. Then I did the same thing between the stern end of the window frame and the step into the boat. This was a really bad area. Both sides of the boat. Then.....prayed for dry weather as long as possible so the sealant would dry. Fortunately, it didn't begin to rain until around midnight last night with the heaviest just a few hours ago. I crawled into the boat and then crawled around.....not a drop to be found. The driest the boat has been in years.
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    Boat cover leaking

    Your probably right. It just annoys me to no end because 95% of the cover is flawless. No leaks.....just the part that was fixed... I guess I'll take it over to the canvas guy on Broadway and see what might be done.
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    A Little Trailer Rehab

    I have an old Road Runner trailer that is in need of rust proofing and painting. You have inspired me to get this done.....this year. The trailer will sit home without the boat on it until October. Looks great!
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