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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Older boats using dana outdrives

    A large number of mid 60s to the mid 70's houseboats were equipped with DANA and CHRYSLER DRIVE 90 outdrives. Most installations utilized 225 HP 318...

    Started by OLD HOUSEBOATER, 07-22-2012 09:11 PM
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    07-22-2012 09:11 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Cable oiler

    Once in a while a request comes up for information on how to lubricate control cables. You need a foot and a half of 3/8 ID reinforced plastic...

    Started by OLD HOUSEBOATER, 07-22-2012 09:15 PM
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    03-18-2015 04:05 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Dana outdrive information

    These questions come up every once in awhile: What brand do I have: Rounded upper with fin with hole DANA Rounded upper with a chunk no...

    Started by OLD HOUSEBOATER, 07-22-2012 09:07 PM
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    06-13-2016 11:23 AM Go to last post
  1. Finally changed my anodes

    We finally had a decent weekend where we stayed on the boat at the dock for the whole weekend, so I could finally work on some of my projects. ...

    Started by GoVols, 03-10-2014 05:39 AM
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    03-11-2014 05:14 AM Go to last post
  2. Engine Gauge Replacement

    I have twin 270 Crusader gas engines and my boat is going on 30 years old. Some of my gauges are unreliable. Since I will be replacing all gages...

    Started by Tony B, 12-14-2014 02:45 PM
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    12-16-2014 03:41 AM Go to last post
  3. Replacing pumps sugestions please

    I enjoyed the previous issue on pumps. I was in harbor freight a couple days ago an purchased a 12 vote utility water pump (marine printed on the...

    Started by dalehollow, 08-15-2013 12:45 PM
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    08-15-2013 06:23 PM Go to last post
  4. Fire Proofing and Sound Deadening

    I recently finished my new floor boards which is actually the cabin sole directly over 2 Crusader 270 engines. There are 8 boards are approx. 2' X 3'...

    Started by Tony B, 02-15-2013 04:48 PM
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    02-16-2013 05:15 PM Go to last post
  5. Best paint to use?

    Our boat is in dire need of a new paint job. The fly bridge has returned to its rather ugly original colors and we now have one of the worst looking...

    Started by Jeepster04, 06-19-2014 04:45 AM
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    08-29-2014 06:29 AM Go to last post
  6. Kohler Generator Winterization

    I have a 7.5kw Kohler genset on my houseboat. Do I just drain it out where the stickers on it tell me and then run some antifreeze through the...

    Started by JTAlberts, 10-25-2012 07:13 AM
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    10-25-2012 08:56 AM Go to last post
  7. Checked on boat yesterday

    I had to go by my boat yesterday to get my drill so I could repair something at my house that broke. While doing my normal walk-through inspection...

    Started by GoVols, 02-17-2014 06:29 AM
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    02-17-2014 05:07 PM Go to last post
  8. Corrosion Articles

    http://www.boatus.com/boattech/articles/marine-corrosion.asp http://www.yandina.com/electrolysis.htm

    Started by OLD HOUSEBOATER, 07-15-2012 05:02 PM
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  9. 35ft burnscraft, twin 225 outboard conversion

    I have a 35ft burnscraft with 318s and some rough Dana outdrives. The transom is soft and needs redone. I found a great deal on a pair of 2 stroke...

    Started by Jaredkemp, 06-03-2015 01:24 PM
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    06-13-2015 11:54 AM Go to last post
  10. Volvo Penta 280 outdirve

    I got Volvo Penta 280 outdrive. The electric motor, that rise and lower the outdrive is burn up and planing to replace. I do not know much about I/O...

    Started by dupek, 11-28-2014 09:52 AM
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    12-02-2014 04:38 AM Go to last post
  11. Removing carpet from walls and what to put over the area

    Ok so we are totally newbies and trying to bring our Holiday Mansion houseboat to a newer modern look without doing any damage to the boat. We would...

    Started by cammiesclan6, 06-26-2016 11:57 AM
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    09-18-2016 11:45 PM Go to last post
  12. Transducer wiring question

    I have 2 Hummingbird depth sounders on my boat along with 2 transducers mounted near the bottoms of the lower units. Port side transducer goes to...

    Started by GoVols, 09-10-2015 12:28 PM
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    09-11-2015 01:44 PM Go to last post
  13. Using lake water to clean boats?

    The marina I am at is wanting to pump water from the lake to rinse the boats. Does anyone have an idea how to clean the water enough that it would...

    Started by desimulacra, 05-25-2016 05:41 AM
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    06-13-2016 01:49 PM Go to last post
  14. Varnish or Urethane?

    Which would you use on interior woodwork and why?

    Started by Tony B, 10-17-2012 08:06 PM
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    10-19-2012 09:31 PM Go to last post
  15. Macerator Question

    My forward macerator for the head is not working properly. When I flip the switch, sometimes I have to wait about 10 – 20 seconds for it to start...

    Started by Tony B, 04-15-2013 10:37 AM
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    04-16-2013 04:30 AM Go to last post
  16. Battery Charger

    Ive tried searching but have not been able to figure out our issue. Boat is a 1990 model and had a 35amp charger on it. Worked great till the winter...

    Started by Jeepster04, 05-30-2017 04:38 AM
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    05-30-2017 08:36 AM Go to last post
  17. Price Check Please!

    I need to replace the non-skid on three steps leading up to the sundeck of our Gibson. The quote was $400 for painted non-skid.. I was shocked.....

    Started by DitchRider, 02-03-2015 07:38 AM
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    02-14-2015 05:57 PM Go to last post
  18. trim cylinders on Alpha 1

    I have a 1970 50' stardust cruiser powered by 2 mercruiser 160 inline engines with aplha 1 outdrives. The out drives have trim cylinders but also...

    Started by Homer, 07-27-2015 06:00 AM
    alpha 1, trim cylinders
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    07-27-2015 08:40 AM Go to last post
  19. How often to you pull your boat out for maintenance?

    How often do you pull your boat of out the water for maintenance - changing sacrificial anodes, gear oil, impellers, etc.?

    Started by cutler, 10-16-2016 11:46 AM
    anode, haul out, impeller, outdrive, pull
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    10-31-2016 08:25 AM Go to last post
  20. 12.5kw Westerbeke coolant

    My coolant tank for the gen is indicating I need to add coolant. The current coolant is the green colored type. Can I just buy the typical green...

    Started by GoVols, 07-12-2013 09:05 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    07-15-2013 09:35 AM Go to last post

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