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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Getting Boats out of Hibernation

    Does anyone have any good tips for getting your houseboat out of hibernation? Any horror stories you want to share?

    Started by NewHouseboater, 01-05-2018 02:18 PM
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  2. 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 10:07 PM
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    06-13-2016 12:23 PM Go to last post
  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 10:15 PM
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    03-18-2015 05:05 AM Go to last post
  4. 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 10:11 PM
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  1. Outdoor carpet maintenance

    We just replaced all our outdoor carpet. Like everything else houseboat related, it wasn't cheap. Can anyone share some tips on keeping it clean...

    Started by Zilpo55, 10-11-2020 10:04 AM
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    10-13-2020 08:45 AM Go to last post
  2. Care of Pitthane Roof

    We just completed some roof repairs and new Pitthane paint done by a very reputable contractor. It looks great and we plan to keep it that way. I...

    Started by Zilpo55, 09-25-2020 08:43 AM
    fiberglass, pitthane, roof
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    09-25-2020 08:43 AM Go to last post
  3. One motor not exhausting thru hub.

    1974 Lazy Days with twin mercruiser 302's 255hp. Port engine runs warm/hot no "exhaust" thru hub. Require 93 octane min., New impeller installed...

    Started by desimulacra, 09-20-2020 03:27 PM
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    09-23-2020 09:16 PM Go to last post
  4. 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 08:19 PM
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    09-08-2020 04:16 PM Go to last post
  5. Raritan

    new houseboat to me , first time houseboat owner - early 2000s sunstar, raritan MSD type 1 , trying to find the right chlorine type chemical that is...

    Started by bforsyth, 08-18-2020 09:13 AM
    houseboat heads
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    08-18-2020 03:39 PM Go to last post
  6. Can low DC voltage affect pressure switch operation?

    I discovered that our house batteries have lost some of their storage capacity on recent tie-outs away from dock. My rough estimate is that the...

    Started by Zilpo55, 08-14-2020 02:17 PM
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    08-16-2020 08:42 AM Go to last post
  7. Inverter Return Amps question

    My inverter doesn’t have a ‘Return Amps’ setting. Does anybody know if there is an equivalent Voltage setting that can achieve the same effect? All...

    Started by Frostman, 08-06-2020 06:01 PM
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    08-07-2020 05:58 PM Go to last post
  8. Chrysler Drive 90 (Dana) Clutch Question

    I understand the operation of this clutch, but I'm needing to know when the clutch is supposed to be engaged. Is it engaged whenever the boat is...

    Started by alabamatom69, 07-07-2020 09:28 PM
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    07-24-2020 07:36 PM Go to last post
  9. AGM battery fooled me - for a while

    I thought I'd share this recent weird experience. Our last trip out in the houseboat was almost cut short by a generator that wouldn't run. Our...

    Started by Zilpo55, 07-11-2020 08:20 AM
    battery, generator, shutdown, westerbeke
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    07-15-2020 08:23 AM Go to last post
  10. House Batt short

    This HB has the C Charger 9000 series, boat is 2005. When installing a new batt, without the Charger plug in I get an arc. Nothing else on...

    Started by dalehollow, 05-30-2020 09:06 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    05-31-2020 07:57 AM Go to last post
  11. Houseboat Disposal

    OK, I've had this boat for 25 years and now the transom is rotting out. It's a 1971 35' SilverQueen with the Chrysler 318 and Dana outdrive and...

    Started by capnlazy, 07-19-2018 10:07 AM
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    05-10-2020 04:51 PM Go to last post
  12. Spray foam insulation (again)

    I went back and looked at previous discussions on this subject. We have contracted to have the interior ceiling replaced in our boat in the fall. ...

    Started by Zilpo55, 04-21-2020 08:40 AM
    condensation, insulation, spray foam
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    04-22-2020 06:25 PM Go to last post
  13. Pitthane

    We are getting our roof repainted this season when warm weather finally gets here. This job got moved up the list after we found some issues over...

    Started by Zilpo55, 03-20-2020 02:51 PM
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    03-23-2020 05:55 AM Go to last post
  14. Getting Boat Lifted First Time

    We plan to have our outdrives serviced as soon as weather permits this Spring. This will be the first time I've been through this, although I went...

    Started by Zilpo55, 02-06-2019 09:00 AM
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    05-16-2019 07:02 AM Go to last post
  15. purasan problem

    we have a purasan in our 1991 Gibson. it worked flawlessly then overnight it just quit.i changed the push button flush board and the main control...

    Started by 42gibson, 03-15-2019 07:58 AM
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    03-19-2019 09:28 AM Go to last post
  16. House(boat) calls for outboard mx?

    We may have a temporary solution in the form of a guy who builds fine fishing boats, but does a little maintenance on the side, but just curious: you...

    Started by Amelia, 10-08-2018 08:34 AM
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    01-18-2019 10:09 AM Go to last post
  17. Spraying coal tar epoxy- who's done it?

    Time to start a new 'maintenance' thread methinks! SO-- sometime this summer I'll finally have the hull of our SkipperLiner ready to blast,...

    Started by Frantically Relaxing, 04-05-2018 09:34 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    04-12-2018 12:00 PM Go to last post
  18. GFCI - mini splits

    We finally got our mini split AC installed. It's a 120 volt system and is designed to be on a 15 amp breaker. Our dock has a 30 amp GFCI breaker and...

    Started by bullseye, 08-26-2017 05:10 AM
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    10-02-2017 08:21 AM Go to last post
  19. Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Batteries

    Hi, Our CO detectors alarm, usually early in the morning (around 2 - 3 AM) but we do not think it is due to CO but rather the batteries associated...

    Started by Ken Lake Powell, 08-24-2017 01:54 PM
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    09-18-2017 12:32 PM Go to last post
  20. 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 05:38 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    05-30-2017 09:36 AM Go to last post

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