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  1. Bozeman Bob

    Wanted Looking for a 25’-31’er

    Volvo Penta is a chevy long block with a few changes, the exhaust manifolds , raw water pump and closed cooling system are Volvo specific. Parts are readily available and not priced any different than Mercruiser or Crusaders.
  2. Bozeman Bob

    Cannon Mag 10HS troubleshooting

    I thought they had a lifetime warranty ??
  3. Bozeman Bob

    Prop question.

    13" sounds like it is for a outboard. You should be in the 14-1/2"+ :range. If it is 13 that may be the reason your overreving and it comes off plane too soon.
  4. Bozeman Bob

    Prop question.

    3,000 rpms is normal cruising rpms for a gas powered inboard and is usually around 20-22knots. Judging from what your saying I would guess that you have a small diameter prop and that's where your prop slip is coming from. I would try borrowing a 17" Mercruiser prop and take it from there. I also would have my hand on the throttle to keep it from going past 4800 rpms.Looking at the picture of your boat and trying to push it with 230 hp your asking a lot out of that engine. So 17 may give it a better holeshot and get it closer to your redline.I have a few props kicking around if you cant find anyone local to borrow one from. After you get a base with a semi close prop you can go 4 - 5 blade or whatever , but I wouldn't just drop a few hundy on a new prop with out verifying what the actual problem is.
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    Prop question.

    Moving the batteries on a boat that size will have minimal effect. Solid core and no foam flotation suggests the hull is not waterlogged.
  6. Bozeman Bob

    Prop question.

    How long have you owned this boat and when did it start having these performance issues ? A boat that is hitting 5500 immediately coming out of the hole should be on plane right away,unless it has huge amounts of prop slippage. How many rpms are you seeing at WOT when on a full plane ? If you go to a higher pitch,in theory it will take you longer to get on a plane , that's the head scratcher as the 16 should jump, unless the diameter is 12 - ×13" . At any rate you are over revving it to death. Try borrowing some props before buying and verify tach accuracy.
  7. Bozeman Bob

    Prop question.

    I believe the maximum RPM for that engine is 4400- 4800. If your hitting 5500 with a 16p there is something wrong . Before buying a prop I would verify the tach with a hand held one at the very least. The boat itself is underpowered so with a load it will be a slug coming out of the hole.But no way is it hitting 5500 and not popping up on plane. I wonder if you have spun your prop hub , that would allow the RPMs to hit 5500 or until you blow the engine and your planning speed would also be affected as the prop is always slipping. 4200 rpms should be close to WOT if propped correctly. I would borrow a prop before buying anything . Most boat's are set up to run 17-19" props. So it wouldn't surprise me if the PO didn't put that 16 on to compensate for it being light on the HP.
  8. Bozeman Bob

    Open garage door?

    Wouldn't be surprised if kids driving by with a remote trying all the garage doors in the area didn't set it off. Probably only a few frequencies for them. IF it was me I would unplug the auto and put a lock in the door track to prevent it from being opened. Then just use the man doors to get in and out of the garage. The burglers job is to know your and your neighbors work schedule and to see what might be sellable. A boat does not usually fit that description , a 4x4/ quad/dirt bike/sit down lawnmower does.
  9. Just to be clear, the closed cooling system on Mercruisers may be different. So check what you have, year built and how it compares to the excellent looking ones for sale.
  10. Bozeman Bob

    Another Autopilot question

    Your looking at 1800-2500 for a decent setup. They work off of a hydraulic pump that usually is installed between your power steering pump and hydraulic steering ram. The pump is hooked up to a mini computer that is tied into a sensor. The sensor will monitor pitch,yawl,direction , and other movements , they sense about 6-7 different movements.Cant remember them off the top of my head. A excellent add on if your pockets are deep enough.I believe someone on here had a post about how he made one himself ( lsst spring ? ) Myself I would go with the tried and proven.
  11. I prefer 12 vdc circuit breakers over fuses. Can be bought at NAPA or online. I do not like the flush mount power outlet,in most cases that has the power cords protruding from the sides of the gunwales and just get in the way . Better to have the connection tucked zip tied away under the gunwale .
  12. Bozeman Bob

    Furuno I FCV295

    Your either going to have put in a 8" access port or make a bracket and hang it on the transom. A through hull lays on the bottom of hull and no holes are drilled. A in hull requires a hole cut . If my boats didn't come with in hulls I would of ,mounted them on the transom. Not big enough of a performance difference for me to cut a hole in the hull.
  13. Bozeman Bob

    Furuno I FCV295

    Have a FCV 585 and a 1kw along with a 600 Airmar (or 650W can't remember ) in hulls ducers. The 650 works better on Ontario, regardless of the depth. Maybe it's ( 1 kw ) too strong, like overpowering small speakers with a oversized amp. Anyway I do not use the 1 KW and have read other post/ replies on here about the that ducer and most of them have the same thoughts. So the issue is the ducer,not the FCV, which is the only brand I will buy .
  14. Bozeman Bob

    TROPHY Boat recommendations

    Gunwale height is mostly determined by the height of the cockpit floor in relation to the scupper drain holes. They should be around 3-4 " above the waterline. Most .not all, of the better designed fishing boats will have the coaming pads hitting you from just above the knee caps to maybe mid thigh. It's easier to release and deal with fish at that height. I have never worried about waves coming over the transom with the gunwales like that,but I am in quality designed and built fishing platforms that have no problems in the rough stuff.
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    Boat winterization questions

    All my wash down pumps have a quick release for the connecting hoses on them. Unhook them,take the washdown hose off and store inside. Never had a problem , air doesn't freeze.