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Bozeman Bob

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  1. They do make in line connectors for those type of cables . Very easy to use and will also allow you to go from a 6 wire system to a 5 wire [ that's just a random number depending , on your specific needs.] I needed that as I changed FF and that had a different plug in's at the FF vs the ducer plug . Wanted to keep the in hull ducer and just cut ducer wire so I could use FF plug without messing with a new ducer. No soldering or shields needed .connector has screw type mini clamps if memory serves me correct.
  2. I would Google ,Mansfield toilet parts or pellet holder and see what comes up. I am sure they have a rebuild kit for it, Did you take any of it apart to see if its just a common O ring leaking ?
  3. I also use Gallagher,,,,,, Charter Lakes Marine Insurance , They have there own sub forum on thehultruth.com Never a claim and rates have remained the same for the last 4 years.
  4. During tourist season 50% of the water goes over the Falls during daylight hours. The rest is diverted equally to both sides of the border. During the nighttime about 75% of the water is diverted ,flowing into the turbines AND into a holding area where it is pumped up into the reservoirs ,small lakes ,on both sides. When the demand is higher during the daylight hours the pumps actually turn into turbines as water is released from the reservoirs ,into the holding area and then down through the turbines. Off season they allow less to go over and more to feed the power plants with the same amount eventually hitting Ontario . There is a control dam above the fall that maybe goes 1/3 to 1/2 of the way across the river . Not enough to stop it but more than enough to decrease the amount of water going over the Falls . This is how they back up the water at nighttime so it is forced into the tunnels and feeder river on the Canadian side [ not sure if they still use that as they completed some tunnels on that side a couple years ago.] The mouth of the Niagara has a somewhat natural underwater dam as the water depth decreases to about 20 ' from the 35 to 60 where Erie ends, this also slows down the influx of water into the Niagara. The funneling of the water into the narrow river just above and below the Peace Bridge also contributes to it slightly backing up into Erie .No matter how you cut it IMHO it's a man made/influenced disaster that should of never happened.
  5. The sacrificial anodes are a "softer metal " that the stray current attacks first. On inboards you will find them on prop shafts , rudders ,and trim tabs. Also inboards will have a bonding system that is basically heavy duty wiring attached in a series to every metal part that goes through the hull and makes contact with the water , including through hull water intakes if they are bronze. The purpose is to spread out the damage that can be done by electrolysis eating away at the weakest /softest metal that is exposed. By doing this it basically makes them all the "same " when being zapped. So it spreads out the damage ,hopefully making it all minimal ,instead of say the prop shaft taking all the brunt . Generally you can get two years out of them in this area because of the shortened season , depending on where you keep slip your boat . If in a marina with a lot of boats plugged in it's going to be every year. I believe they go more by weight more than appearance when declaring them no good.
  6. Just out of curiosity is it a I/O or outboard ? Filling it with water and putting it in the water are two different animals as far as finding leaks go . When in the water you have pressure trying to force water into the hull through any opening. When you put water in the hull,it's pretty much gravity with very little pressure /force trying to do its thing. A example ,put some water into a plastic container with a slight crack,but the crack is tight against itself, maybe a you get a drip out of it,maybe not. Now put a lid on it with a valve and put some air/ (pressure ) into it,watch the water pour out in seconds.
  7. Glad you didn't take it the wrong way ! I heard through the grapevine that one Pro team got DQ'd and another got by on the skin of there teeth as there were questions about there storage of fish as well.
  8. Nice report . To the best of my knowledge the Pro's are not allowed to cull there fish ,so whatever they catch that is legal in size goes in the box . Many of the Pro's were in by 9-10 am because of limiting out so quickly.That may be a reason why you landed the biggest fish vs the Pro's not having the option of culling there catch. Please don't take this the wrong way ,you did a fantastic job out there ,just wanted people to know there are different rules for each division. Maybe next year fish the Pro division and see how you fair against them straight up. Again nice report and congrats on the big fish !
  9. Have never seen that before, at any rate if it was designed that way I would leave it alone.
  10. To the best of my knowledge the "over fill " line is on the front of the carb and goes back to the fuel pump ,not the valve cover. Why would they have raw fuel possibly being dumped into the valve train ? Most Mercruisers have a hose on each valve cover that goes to the spark arrestor air filter. Any oil-residue that is generated by the engine that ends up in the valves covers is pushed and drawn towards the carb where it gets burnt , in theory with the gas. Not aware of any vacuum lines that would be attached to a valve cover , if anything there would be pressure not vacuum associated with the valve covers. So if its a 4 banger and only has one valve cover then leave it there. Doesn't hurt to clean the metal "air cleaner ' maybe wash out with old gas or carb cleaner , then wash-soak in a old bucket with dishwashing detergent.
  11. I would go to there website, furunousa.com. and post your issue on there forum. Or use the search icon with your model etc. Or maybe thehulltruth.com and there electronic forum, If no one replies on here.
  12. I would not worry about your putting it where it is in the picture. I would say 99% of fires on a boat are started by fumes [ and a errant spark ] .Fumes will drop to the lowest point in a hull , your bilge ,not in the area you want to put the tank.. That's why your blower duct hoses are set up to suck air and fumes from the bottom of the hull , not mid point or higher. If your bus bar and batteries are properly set up and all connections are doubled check I would not give it a second thought.
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