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by gdcarpenter
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Stuck throttle on my Zip!
Replies: 27
Views: 12403

Re: Stuck throttle on my Zip!

Hi Andy, I understand that the older 4 banger Mercs like yours only weigh about 135 lb. or so, what my Mark35A was spec'd at. On my ZIP I, at one time, I had my fuel tank below the bow and had no issues with fuel supply, and that was running the fuel through a very fine fuel filter/water separator. ...
by gdcarpenter
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 305
Views: 141119

Re: Michael's ZIP

Hi Michael, Never got around to it on my ZIP, but always wanted to add a hatch over the rear seat. It was to be hinged and removable. Back when we still owned the lake access only camp figured a covered rear seat would keep stuff dry if the water was rough. Planned for it to match the existing decki...
by gdcarpenter
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Muskoka Mystery Boat/New member
Replies: 13
Views: 6070

Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat/New member

Hi, displaced Cannuk originally from outside Sudbury, now in Raleigh, NC. I agree that the pitting shown is not of any significance. The driveshaft goes down immediately into the water pump, and the water pump cover plate holds a seal. You should, at the very least, remove the water pump cover and i...
by gdcarpenter
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: attaching ply subdeck
Replies: 20
Views: 10620

Re: attaching ply subdeck

For what it's worth:

For a good 90% of the hull ply on my ZIP I used NO screws, nails, or fasteners of any kind. Only epoxy. Worked for me.
by gdcarpenter
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Floor
Replies: 22
Views: 7675

Re: Zip Floor

In terms of full disclosure my 'bucket' seats on my ZIP were not soft because they were pretty cheap seats. Years later I replaced them with better seats and he ride was much better. You get what you pay for!
by gdcarpenter
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Floor
Replies: 22
Views: 7675

Re: Zip Floor

I opted to run my floor slats side to side. I used 3 floor battens per side and attached vertical strong backs on top of the battens. My floor slats rested on those strong backs. With roughly 6" between battens I could use 5/16" thick floor slats. This made the top of the floor about 3 1/2" below th...
by gdcarpenter
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: bow eye
Replies: 8
Views: 3619

Re: bow eye

KInd of unconventional but I installed my trailer upside down on my framed hull to determine the bow eye location :)
by gdcarpenter
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Gathering 2018
Topic: Vroom vroom is gone
Replies: 32
Views: 34629

Re: Vroom vroom is gone

OMG: So Sad, will,take a while for disbelief to fade.
Hopefully hr fact that she is so unique will enable locating her more likely.
You might want to post to the AOMCI site as well, they will help keep extra eyes open.
by gdcarpenter
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Painting
Topic: Tinting VC Performance Epoxy Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 6723

Re: Tinting VC Performance Epoxy Paint

For what it's worth I used VC Performance Epoxy on my ZIP, albeit professionally sprayed, too many chemicals even for me! My ZIP spent several summers in the water for over a month at a time. I believe the product is rated for up to 60 days of immersion. Other than cleaning up the pollen line the bo...
by gdcarpenter
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: 206 lb. 40 hp. motor
Replies: 4
Views: 4939

Re: 206 lb. 40 hp. motor

For what it"s worth. My ZIP had a 1959 Mercury Mark35A with 35 HP that was rated at 35 HP. It spec'd out at 135 lb. Others will likely chime in that used more HP and heavier engines. As my old engine was rated at C/S HP and NOT Prop HP like newer engines it was probably equivalent to a newer 30-32 H...
by gdcarpenter
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mercury Mark 58AE
Replies: 2
Views: 3771

Re: Mercury Mark 58AE

Hi and Welcome, Among vintage outboard folks thosethat work on Old Mercs are often referred to as 'Going to the Dark Side'. I have only worked on old 4 cylinder Mecs so cannot speak to the other brands. They are different, and there is quite a learning curve. My first was a 1959 Mark35A and I restor...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 305
Views: 141119

Re: Michael's ZIP

Hi Michael,

I added bottom batten stiffeners. As I recall they were 5/8" thick and varied in height between about 1" - 1 1/2".
I simply epoxied them in place.
by gdcarpenter
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: General outboard questions
Replies: 31
Views: 16778

Re: General outboard questions

Prop on is fine as long as you are in neutral.
Make sure oil mix is on the rich side for test run.
by gdcarpenter
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Malahini Bow Rider porpoising
Replies: 11
Views: 2922

Re: Malahini Bow Rider porpoising

Sometimes there is confusion whether one is trimming up or down. If you are timing down (bringing prop closer to bottom of transom) that tends to bring the bow more. If you are trimming up (moving prop further away from bottom of transom) that tends to lift the bow. Usually you trim up for takeoff, ...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: modified malahini
Replies: 453
Views: 192499

Re: modified malahini

Would the engine mounting holes being below the water line necessarily be a deal breaker?
Seems there should be a viable way to waterproof the through bolts.
Oversize SS 'Fender Washers' siliconed to the transom on either end?

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