1978 37 Express - CL

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1978 37 Express - CL

Postby MetalHead » Sat May 06, 2017 8:37 am

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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby honestcharlie56 » Sun May 07, 2017 10:08 am

what a deal. might be a dumb question....but could one drive that boat from ohio down to the gulf?
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby javalin390 » Sun May 07, 2017 11:13 am

I suppose if you could get it to the Mississippi, by truck that is.
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby javalin390 » Sun May 07, 2017 11:16 am

Keep in mind too, that it is likely a fresh water boat and would need to be converted to a closed cooling system before entering the Gulf.
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby Rockit » Sun May 07, 2017 1:05 pm

You can make the trip by water--loopers make their way through the lakes down the Chicago sanitary canal and into the Mississippi watershed. You'd have to do the calculations, but could also go the other way, through the canals and down the Hudson. It would be far cheaper and faster to ship the boat by truck. But if you're looking for some good sailors to drive or crew the boat you could find lots of candidates on this forum.
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby martindesign » Mon May 08, 2017 12:49 pm

You don't have to have closed cooling if your in salt water. It's good idea, but tons of people run seawater cooling.
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby Rockit » Mon May 08, 2017 9:14 pm

Some BigMs came from the plant with a freshwater flushing system. I understand it involved a valve just downstream of the seacock where the owner would attach a freshwater hose, turn on the freshwater, turn off the seacock and then turn on the valve to flush the engine. I heard about an owner in Florida who got the order wrong and attempted to flush the engine with the seacock open and sank the boat. (I can't see how that alone would do it, but that's the story.)

I have seen some freshwater flushing systems on the internet, but imagine it would be a bit of a pain to come back to the dock, move stuff out of the way, open the hatches and do the flushing operation on each engine after every use.
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby bill » Wed May 10, 2017 5:53 pm

BigM
:o $1,200 for a paint job on a 37' . :shock:
Now that's a deal.
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby jralbert » Wed May 10, 2017 9:52 pm

Rockit wrote:Some BigMs came from the plant with a freshwater flushing system. I understand it involved a valve just downstream of the seacock where the owner would attach a freshwater hose, turn on the freshwater, turn off the seacock and then turn on the valve to flush the engine.

I believe it's Groco that sells an attachment to the seacock to accept a garden hose, then proceed as just described above. You could do it more elaborately by running the hose to a place on the deck where it's easy to attach instead of dragging one down to the bilge when you're tired after a trip
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Re: 1978 37 Express - CL

Postby Rockit » Thu May 11, 2017 4:34 pm

Yes. I had those seacocks in my 28'. They were great for winterizing--attach the hose and put it in a 5 gallon bucket of antifreeze.
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Beaver River--near mile 25 on the Ohio