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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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
  1. oil change time?

    My gen's oil is 2 seasons old now. Previous owner told me it was changed shortly before I bought the boat, so I figured I'd change it after this...

    Started by GoVols, 09-17-2012 07:58 AM
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    09-18-2012 07:15 AM Go to last post
  2. Stabilizing fuel for winter?

    What are the brands of additives everyone buys to stabilize their fuel? I know there's Sta-bil, but this stuff is expensive. Sta-bil will run me...

    Started by GoVols, 10-01-2012 12:58 PM
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    10-08-2012 07:14 AM Go to last post
  3. inverter batteries damaged?

    Last March or so I bought 8 new 6V AGM batteries for my inverter system. The guy who sold me the batteries also installed them with custom wiring...

    Started by GoVols, 01-03-2013 08:23 AM
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    01-15-2013 07:48 PM Go to last post
  4. hard wire rope lights into light switch

    I bought a 50' string of LED rope lights and will install them in the party top binimi soon. They come with a 110V plug for an outlet, but I'd like...

    Started by GoVols, 03-27-2013 11:12 AM
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    04-08-2013 11:19 AM Go to last post
  5. Oil grades for marine engines vs. auto engines?

    I just spent $140 for 3 oil filters and 4 gallons of Honda Marine oil for my 2 outboards and 12.5Kw Westerbeke. The outboard’s manual says to use...

    Started by GoVols, 04-25-2013 01:34 PM
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    05-13-2013 06:01 AM Go to last post
  6. Need help with 4.3L V6 Volvo in runabout

    I took my 2004 Regal 1800LSR in for skeg repair about 3 weeks ago. The shop was to: (1) weld on new skeg (2) replace original impeller (3) replace a...

    Started by GoVols, 07-12-2013 07:21 AM
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    07-29-2013 07:19 AM Go to last post
  7. 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
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    07-15-2013 09:35 AM Go to last post
  8. Need TV antenna advice

    My boat was built in ’05 as an ’06 model, so a lot of the TV equipment on it is not exactly cutting edge stuff. It came with a Shakespeare brand...

    Started by GoVols, 09-09-2013 11:55 AM
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    11-29-2013 05:05 PM Go to last post
  9. Angry Just when I thought I was done fixing stuff....

    My mini blinds in my hallway broke the other weekend! And, like any typical boat related breakage, there's no easy fix because it is 1 of 4 total...

    Started by GoVols, 10-15-2013 01:48 PM
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    11-08-2013 04:05 PM Go to last post
  10. replacing fuel lines

    My outboards’ fuel lines are now 9 years old and look pretty weathered. The last 3’ of hose is pretty much exposed to the elements year round as...

    Started by GoVols, 01-21-2014 06:00 AM
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    02-05-2014 01:56 PM Go to last post
  11. door leaks

    I have a 1984 Holiday Mansion that I just bought. The windows and door leaks. I got the windows stopped but the sliding glass door is damaged and...

    Started by Green Side Up, 06-17-2015 04:50 PM
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    09-18-2016 11:47 PM Go to last post
  12. First Time out with new to me boat. :-/

    Took the boat out yesterday for the first time since buying it. It ran great for about 30 minutes then the starboard engine ran hot. Came back to...

    Started by HBChattanooga, 09-04-2016 07:19 PM
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    10-31-2016 08:32 AM Go to last post
  13. Out drive Boots on 89 Stardust

    After formerly owning a 42 Gibson, I have upgraded to an Aluminum Hull 70' Stardust. It is equipped with Volvo Penta Outdrives with 6 cylinder Turbo...

    Started by HBChattanooga, 08-25-2016 04:56 PM
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    09-02-2016 03:18 PM Go to last post
  14. 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
  15. I/O Boot Safety

    This may seem like a silly question, but here goes. We are remodeling (FULL remodel!) a 55' 1972 LazyDays with twin Mercuiser I/O. There have been...

    Started by JackRH, 08-08-2015 08:18 AM
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    09-08-2015 08:59 PM Go to last post
  16. Inverter Or Generator

    As I continue on the remodel of my 82 Gibson lazy Cruz (first houseboat) have another decision to make . Being i am going to replace my current house...

    Started by Jakebg, 01-06-2013 10:11 AM
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    01-10-2013 06:15 AM Go to last post
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Aluminum Struts

    So I am going to replace my struts after this season. The one is really eaten away from the corrosion and the other isn't in that bad of shape but...

    Started by JTAlberts, 06-13-2013 01:44 PM
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    06-14-2013 05:57 PM Go to last post

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