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by Maestro
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Etching the Bare Aluminum Post Sandblasting?
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Etching the Bare Aluminum Post Sandblasting?

Carl, The picture is small and grainy so you can't tell - but I do have a navy blue boot stripe just like most BigM s do. It needs another touch-up but it is very easy to do. Taped it off with blue painter's tape and used a mini roller with Rustoleum marine topside paint. Eliminating the boot stripe...
by Maestro
Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Haul Out Schedule
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Haul Out Schedule

I purchased my non-metallic bearings from this place:

https://www.deepblueyachtsupply.com/marine-bearings

Worked out great!
by Maestro
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Etching the Bare Aluminum Post Sandblasting?
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Etching the Bare Aluminum Post Sandblasting?

Couldn't think of it before but just remembered - Keystone Automotive also carries an aluminum etch product that will work for this.
by Maestro
Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Etching the Bare Aluminum Post Sandblasting?
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Etching the Bare Aluminum Post Sandblasting?

Carl, This is just my 2 cents... Etching is a chemical process which removes the oxide layer from the surface of the aluminum, allowing paint to adhere to the metal. One product for this is Sherwin Williams dual etch. Available through their automotive division and you probably have to order it in s...
by Maestro
Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Interlux Bilgekote Paint
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Interlux Bilgekote Paint

I too have kicked around this idea but have not yet tried the product. If you are applying the Bilgekote to bare aluminum there is of course a need to prep and etch the metal surface just like painting the outside of the hull, or the coating will not stick. If you are just using it to cover over the...
by Maestro
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Proper painting of hull
Replies: 7
Views: 746

Re: Proper painting of hull

If you have areas of aluminum that are pitted, PC-11 epoxy has been recommended by others on this forum. After the first coat of primer, fill the pits with PC-11. I had my hull hydro-blasted a couple years ago and found some very minor pitting. I filled with the PC-11 and it seems to have held up ve...
by Maestro
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: TRAILER PURCHASE INFO NEEDED
Replies: 9
Views: 841

Re: TRAILER PURCHASE INFO NEEDED

Accurate specs on the 60's era BigM 's seems hard to come by... Here is a post from MetalHead (who runs this site) from a couple years ago. He has a twin engine 1963. I have a 63 Express. I tow it with a trailer with 2 - 5500lb 6 lug axles and a 3500 series RAM dually. I think 3 axles would be bette...
by Maestro
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: MerCruiser Repower question
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: MerCruiser Repower question

It's all about prop shaft rpm. If your boat has the 1.52:1 transmission WITH the 1 1/4 " driveshaft, then you're in good shape. But if yours has the 1:1 trans and that skinny 1 " prop shaft, you'll have massive propeller problems with significantly more horsepower. Jeff - maybe a differen...
by Maestro
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Boat Fires
Replies: 8
Views: 705

Boat Fires

I feel like I have heard about a lot of boat fires this year so I started reading about what causes them. I found this article to be interesting: http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/magazine/2015/october/boat-fires.asp MOST COMMON REASON FOR BOAT FIRES: DC electrical problems, especially in the engine c...
by Maestro
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Seacock Replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 480

Re: Seacock Replacement

Mine was a 1.25inch thread size seacock on this chart: http://catalog.buckalgonquin.com/viewitems/ball-type-seacocks/bronze-ball-type-seacocks I would bet yours is the same or a 1 inch. At first I accidentally ordered a 1.5 inch and that was gigantic. Most seacocks and marine thru-hull fittings are ...

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