I'm fairly new to boating. This is only my second year, but after the family and I LOVED being on the water we new we had to upgrade from our 1990 18 footer. So I just bought a 2003 215 SS.
She is in the water now and I have taken her out a few brief times (live in Upstate NY, so it's still pretty cool around here). I was hoping to maybe get some insight and help?
First, is it normal for the boat to lean to the starboard side? My thought was that the port side will have more passangers so maybe it was tipped a bit on purpose. The boat has been in the water a few weeks and I don't see any water in it so I don't think it has a leak? Any thoughts? I hope my pic posts, you can almost see the lean (I'd post more pics, but still trying to figure out the whole compression thing under 500kb). I can feel the lean and when washing the boat, all the water pools to the starboard side, so I did confirm that I'm not crazy.
Second, the engine seems pretty good for the most part (Mercruiser 5.0 220hp) but doesn't like it when the throttle is between 0-20% down, even in neutral. The manual says to warm the engine up use fast idol between 1000 to 1500 RPM's for 1 to 2 minutes. If I go below 1600 RPM's, even when warmed up, it'll stall. So I've been warming it up around 1800 RPM's. Could this be from having some old gas still in her from last year, or that I haven't run it enough this year? Even when I start out in gear, if I don't put the throttle past the 20% mark, it will usually stall.
Thanks all. I'm very happy with my purchase, especially seeing how awesome this community seems to be! I'll try to post more pics when I get them and figure out a good way to do it.