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Old 07-07-2013, 01:35 PM   #76
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As an update, I did sort out the bilge pumps last fall with 2x 2000gph pumps and 2x of these http://www.waterwitchinc.com/new/Sit...eSwitches.html with independent power (each wired to a seperate battery--very simple. Only downside is if one battery dies that BP is out of commission, but since there's two I'm ok with that). They've been flawless so far. These switches with no moving parts seem awesome, highly recommend them.

I also replaced the IAC motor (it's idled a little too high since I bought it) and that fixed the idle completely. Runs ~900rpm cold then drops to 600rpm hot just like it's supposed to. Holds those whether in or out of gear. Odd thing is the computer showed the IAC motor stepping like it should, but obviously it wasn't. Docking is much easier at 600rpm than it was at ~1k rpm.

The batteries that came in the boat finally died yesterday and I picked up diehard platinum batteries to replace them. Will bolt them in this evening. They are supposed to be the same as odyssey batteries (AGM) so hopefully will hold up well and spin the BBC over nicely. The old batteries never were able to start it on just one battery (once I got them out I found that they were group 24 West Marine batteries with 625cca--Merc manual says 650 min to spin the motor over). The new batteries are group 34 which is about the same size as a 24 (that way I don't have to get new battery holders and all that) but have 880cca each. I thought about going to 31s but but really didn't want to re-do the battery holdown setup and wasn't crazy about the extra ~30lbs they'd add to the back of the boat.

I also mounted an on-board battery charger some months ago with two independent outputs. Seems quite spiffy and to be working well.

And just for Ducnut, here's a pic from last December


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Old 07-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #77
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Yeah, that's cruel.

A friend's son just got back from FL. He applied for, and got, a transfer and his partner already got a job, down there. They're moving down, within the month. I'm jealous.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #78
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So you haven't sold it yet?
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #79
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Haha, nope, still loving it

Ducnut, when you come to FL to visit swing by Tampa for a beer and boatride.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:45 AM   #80
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Ducnut, when you come to FL to visit swing by Tampa for a beer and boatride.
Cool! Thank you, for the offer.

That's bound to be faster than my kayak.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:03 AM   #81
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Haha, nope, still loving it

Ducnut, when you come to FL to visit swing by Tampa for a beer and boatride.
If ducnut doesnt take the offer, I will. I'll be down for Christmas.
Currently shopping for a boat just like that. Silly COE marina restrictions dictate it's got to be an open bow, and under 28 feet. You got the three foot itis itch yet?
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:59 PM   #82
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Yup, me too. Finally bought a boat.
A committee decision.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:58 AM   #83
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:08 AM   #84
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A committee decision.

Jet drive right? How does it handle slow speed?
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Jet drive right? How does it handle slow speed?
About the same as an Econoline at high speed
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About the same as an Econoline at high speed

That's what I was guessing. One of these jet drive makers is suppose to have some docking mode that is more responsive. Brand escapes me now and I don't feel like looking it up.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:47 AM   #87
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a pic from last December
this kills me. lived in tampa for 5 years...miss it greatly.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:48 PM   #88
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These pics were at Havasu, AZ a couple of years ago. We were staying at the Crazy Horse Campground on the island. Great place. From our berth we had a front row seat to the launch ramp comedy theater. Some hilarious goings on there. Better than TV.



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Old 08-31-2013, 05:59 PM   #89
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That's what I was guessing. One of these jet drive makers is suppose to have some docking mode that is more responsive. Brand escapes me now and I don't feel like looking it up.
If you have twin jets like the Yamahas I see, that boat will be way more manueverable than any outboard or sterndrive. Once you come to understand the difference in operation, you can spin the boat in its own length and move straight sideways, or in any diagonal direction as well.

The thing to remember with a jet is that when the drives are turning, regardless of thrust direction (forward, neutral or reverse), the bow will ALWAYS follow the helm input.

With one in forward and one in reverse, you use the helm to counter the boats differential thrust, and presto, the boat will go straight sideways!

Hamilton jet has a system that does all the control work with a joystick, but it isn't very hard once you learn.

Here is an informative video for the Yamaha boats:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-hjX9V8oAQ
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:02 PM   #90
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Jet drive right? How does it handle slow speed?
Pretty good after you get used to it. There are after market fins that give you steering when the power is off.
In general no power...no steering. I don't have the confidence to spin it in a tight spot with other boats around, but I've seen it done.

It has a No Wake Mode, basically three slow speeds.

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