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by sschefer
Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013
Replies: 137
Views: 19572

Re: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013

Well, here we are again, it's early July 2012 and I still haven't restarted a boat build. I scrapped out, sold or gave away all my prior work and excess materials. I sold my welders, built a new shop, replaced the old fences, built the garden beds and bought a new Jetcraft from Gone Fishin Marine in...
by sschefer
Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Outboard Ignition Question
Replies: 23
Views: 2410

Re: Outboard Ignition Question

I just put a 2011 Merc 60hp 4 stroke EFI on my Jetcraft. The motor has to be installed by a factory trained technician. All the other manufacturers have the same requirement. The standard rigging charge is abut 400.00 and includes properly drilling the holes in the transom using a factory guide plat...
by sschefer
Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Help me lift my motor off the pallet!
Replies: 11
Views: 1606

Re: Help me lift my motor off the pallet!

Attack it from the powerhead end. Take the hood off, put the engine hoist hook on the motor hook and start lifting. Make sure your boom is extended all the way out (probably the 1/2 ton mark). As you lift with the pallet attached the pallet will keep the motor from flipping over on it's side and you...
by sschefer
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: Fan Tail ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4154

Re: Fan Tail ?

Kevin will probably agree that pulsed MIG is the up and comming thing in Aluminum boat building.
by sschefer
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Electrical Components in Fuel Locker
Replies: 6
Views: 958

Re: Electrical Components in Fuel Locker

Did you ever wonder why boats seem to have an excessive amount of "Liquid Tape" used on all the electrical terminals? The purpose is to contain a spark should the terminal loosen. The "Liquid Tape" not only contains any possible spark but at the same time it acts like a lock to k...
by sschefer
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013
Replies: 137
Views: 19572

Re: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013

And so it starts over -- The first of many dump runs is on the agenda for Sunday. Saturday is a early morning fishing trip. I'll go get a trailer in the afternoon and get rid of all the junk that's stored in the garage attic. This is sort of starting out like the first build attempt but now I know w...
by sschefer
Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: metal vs plastic fuel tank
Replies: 18
Views: 2621

Re: metal vs plastic fuel tank

I prefer the Aluminum for below deck tanks because of the zero permutation factor. The plastic tanks all suffer from permutation to some extent. They must meet USCG permutation standards and must have a permanet label on them that states they meet the standards. I've had good luck with the Moeller t...
by sschefer
Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Fuse Block Q's...
Replies: 40
Views: 3247

Re: Fuse Block Q's...

Nice work. I prefer to not fuze my bilge pumps. My theory is that they have to work no mater what. You may want to check ABYC on your three way nav/anchor light switch. I didn't go look it up but I think these are normally done on two switches with a single power source and a diode between them. Thi...
by sschefer
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013
Replies: 137
Views: 19572

Re: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013

I just need to buy a couple of things, (kicker motor, bowmount trolling motor) and this new boat will be rockin steady. Fishing season is fired up right now so my weekends are pretty well consumed. However, I have all these nice warm summer evenings to look forward to and I'd hate to waste them. Pro...
by sschefer
Mon May 23, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013
Replies: 137
Views: 19572

Re: Canyon Cruiser Project - Aug 2010 - Aug 2013

The new boat arrived Thursday and I picked it up Friday. I ordered it completely un-rigged except for the motor which has to be rigged by Merc or the warranty doesn't hold up. http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr121/sschefer/Falcon%201625/IMG_0038.jpg I got all the Lowrance HDS-8 Nav, stereo, weath...
by sschefer
Mon May 02, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: 90 HP Mercury
Replies: 5
Views: 2757

Re: 90 HP Mercury

Thanks, I've been told the metal noise atbidle is the gears and common on mercs with stainless props and nothing to worry about. Down loaded a manual. Compresions all good, motor only done 70 hrs so may simply need a good clean of carburetors and tune. I'll have a play in the weekend Cheers Not sur...
by sschefer
Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All Y'll Rednecks OKAY?
Replies: 37
Views: 2294

Re: All Y'll Rednecks OKAY?

Prayers to all.
by sschefer
Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Well if it an't thing it's another
Replies: 15
Views: 1922

Re: Well if it an't thing it's another

Pneumonia, is that all you got wrong at 57! I'm a 1953 kid too, I've go two torn rotator cups, alergies and migranes, sciatica and my latest problem, boredom. So, get well and get back to work on that boat! :lol: Seriously now... Pneumonia is nothing to mess around with at our age. Follow the Doc's ...
by sschefer
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Steering Cables
Replies: 17
Views: 1716

Re: Steering Cables

Every boat is different when it comes to the amount of torque you're going to feel at the helm. A flat bottom boat or a bass boat with the 12" offset jackplate and a pad will have far less feed back because your motor is in clean water, you might be surfacing the prop or maybe you're running a ...
by sschefer
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Cracks in Deck....Grrrrr
Replies: 21
Views: 2138

Re: Cracks in Deck....Grrrrr

I wonder if you're not only fighting the temperature changes but also the flex of the hull. It almost seems like a no win situation. I think I would use a 15 ply veneer and then route caulk grooves in it and paint them. Once epoxied I think you'd have a tough time telling the faux decking from the r...

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