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by Rockit
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Aft Deck Restoration
Replies: 58
Views: 11315

Re: Aft Deck Restoration

Wow! Great work.

I assume you've checked the rudders and bushings--think you said that--but have you also thought about putting in a rudder angle indicator? You can get by without one, but there have been times . . .
by Rockit
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Boating checklist
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Boating checklist

Doubt you could really move any BigM with paddles unless you were using them as poles. In the Ohio? Fugedabowedit.
by Rockit
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Engines
Topic: V drive question
Replies: 24
Views: 495

Re: V drive question

The only BigMs that (to my knowledge anyway) came with v-drives are the houseboats (a/k/a "river cruisers"). With a V-drive the front of the engine faces the stern so the output shaft faces forward. The actual v-drive has an input shaft on top mated to the engine/transmission and the outpu...
by Rockit
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Stern railing design
Replies: 15
Views: 697

Re: Stern railing design

I thought they were called splash curtains.
by Rockit
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Wanted 37 or 39 Marinette. Gulf Coast Boat.
Replies: 24
Views: 1618

Re: Wanted 37 or 39 Marinette. Gulf Coast Boat.

My uncle's 32 came from the factory with the flybridge on a special lowboy trailer. They scraped one of the struts along the way so Marinette sent him a new strut. It ended up working out because he had a spare strut to replace the one he bent running aground near Cape May. My wanderlust and need fo...
by Rockit
Fri May 11, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Can I make a rudder using Aluminum?
Replies: 5
Views: 522

Re: Can I make a rudder using Aluminum?

I'd think it would take more engineering to make aluminum rudders. The boat's hull strength comes in part from the frames and cross members and there must be some reason why the rudders weren't made from aluminum in the first place. Not like there wasn't plenty lying around the shop! You could theor...
by Rockit
Sat May 05, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Through Hulls
Topic: Prop Shaft Seal question
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Re: Prop Shaft Seal question

Thank you. Correct, a little water in the bilge from the shaft seal is no big deal.

The boatyard tried to sell me on dripless stuffing boxes, but at $500 a pop, I can live with some bilge water.
by Rockit
Thu May 03, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Engines
Topic: 440 Chryslers in 32ft sedan flybridge
Replies: 3
Views: 513

Re: 440 Chryslers in 32ft sedan flybridge

Even if they weren't on the published price list, I'll bet you could get the factory to put them in--and other things if you wanted to shell out for them. I heard of one 40' houseboat owner who got one very large engine hatch over both engines instead of one over each engine. When he ordered his 32 ...
by Rockit
Thu May 03, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Through Hulls
Topic: Prop Shaft Seal question
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Re: Prop Shaft Seal question

I have to be missing something. How do you check the stuffing box while the shaft is turning? Do you do it while the boat is moving? I can't see shaft drips from the deck so I have to do it in the engine compartment with a time piece. Dong this while underway strikes me as very unsafe. I check it wh...
by Rockit
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: water hose
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: water hose

You probably want to replace the whole hose. My two cents says a coupler is an opportunity for failure. Good luck. I had an overheating problem once and finally traced it to that same hose: there was a crack underneath the hose clamp on the upstream side of the water pump. The rest of the hose looke...

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