The Fletchers Malahini

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Biss
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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by Biss » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:54 am

Harness: merc 84-896537A15
Ignition switch: merc 893353A02
Kill switch w lanyard: Sea Dog 420488-1

I wasnt real sure about the ignition switch when I was doing this, but it works great and has an accessory position. It also has a nice key with merc logo :D

I also considered making my own wiring harness, but the factory harness is well worth the price, and it makes install a no-brainer. Every wire is clearly labeled as to where it goes!

Since the controls don't have a built in kill switch, i installed a generic one right below my front seat.

Another cool feature with this motor is a module called vesselview mobile. I haven't purchased one yet, but probably will. Syncs right to your phone and gives all kinds in motor info. Pretty cool.

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by bstrong » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:24 am

Thanks Biss, I refer to your build a lot for info when I am not sure about the next step(which is a lot). Also had a question about the fuel line, It seems like a long run I guess the motor has no trouble pulling it through the hose. What did you use? Did you use a fuel filter/water separator?, I am installing one right before motor. Also was curious if you are thinking about another build and what? I know after my first one (Bullet) I was hooked and was forever pondering my next. Again thanks for your help, and everybody else's post one here have been a plethora of information and ideas. :D

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by Biss » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:11 pm

I haven't had any issues with my fuel line so far, but Ive only run maybe 25 gal thru it! I used Sierra Shields Silverado 4000 Outboard Fuel Line. I didn't put anything in line from the tank to the motor. I probably should have, but there is already a filter on the motor so i didn't. I haven't had any fuel delivery issues. She fires right up every time, gets to 20mph in about 7 sec and tops out at about 35.

I really enjoyed building the boat, but I will probably wait for awhile before stadting another big project like this. Still need to finish my shop addition too. Best of luck as you continue your build. I will be following.

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by bstrong » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:09 pm

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Been working on the motor well and backseat, also got the motor today 60 4 stroke.

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by Biss » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:16 am

Coming right along! Looks like you might be going for a fold down back seat. I'm really glad I added that feature as well as the hatches. There is a bunch of storage in the back of the Malahini. The fold down backrest gives you quick access to the big area under the motor well. That's where we keep the deflated two person tube, makes it easy to pull it out and inflate it on the back deck.
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Great looking motor :D You are going to love the Merc.

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by bstrong » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:42 pm

I am going to have the rear seat fold down but only for access to the side compartments, it will be tight but hopefully I will not have to access that part of the boat often. In the center behind the seat I plan on having a hatch for storage, and under the seat for life jackets and stuff.

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by mrintense » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:07 pm

Nice execution of the rear seat Biss. I am trying to decide how I want to provide access to this area on my Vera Cruise as well.
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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by PeterG » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:10 pm

Great progress, great work!
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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by bstrong » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:33 pm

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Some progress, motor well, some electric, backseat, and probably one of the most important parts of a boat the speakers.

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by bstrong » Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:23 pm

Gas tank, stereo, and most wiring installed. I think I will put a finish coat on the outside soon as the weather is good for that now this way I will be able to put the hardware on and start the decking during the winter. Also need to start thinking about the front seats and trailer shopping. :D
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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by footer » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:05 am

Nice work. The dash looks great.

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by Biss » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:11 am

Looking really nice!

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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by bstrong » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:48 pm

Boat update; I remade the side boxes with marine ply. I was not confident about using the pine I made them out of. Also started working on the front seats, and the floor boards will be fir. The first coat of epifanes 2 part poly went on and I am very pleased with the result, I only rolled it no tipping, I will apply a 2nd coat tomorrow then sand with 400 grit and apply 2 more. FYI a 1/2 a can did the whole exterior motor well and dash. :D :D :D
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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by DrBryanJ » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:43 am

She is looking great! 2 questions: How wide are your side boxes? How far is your steering wheel from the seat back? When I measured in my car it is 19", but that puts the steering wheel over the front of the seat. It seems like yours is several inches in front of the seat.
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Re: The Fletchers Malahini

Post by bstrong » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:54 am

The side boxes sit against frame 1 and run to frame 3 and but right against the frames, at the widest point around frame 2 they are just under 6.5". The photo I posted with the seat frames was before my adjustment, the photo here shows what I will end up using. I to used the seat in my truck for reference. It is a little farther back then my truck seat but only by an inch or 2, I figure I can use thicker foam for the cushions if needed. The seat back is 30" from the steering wheel without cushion, I figure about 3" of cushion will make it 27", I would have come a little farther forward but didn't want to get to far past the throttle control.
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