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Old 01 May 2002, 19:30   #11
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No - just a little friendly banter - no offence intended

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Old 02 May 2002, 01:35   #12
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Keith,

It's really VERY VERY siMPLE TO DO THE JOB YOURSELF.
1. Buy all the necessary parts (plugs, impeller, spray grease AND marine grease, W40).
2. Remove the spark plugs and the put the new ones on.
3. Take a look at the fuel filter and if necessary replace it too.
4. After cleaning (if it should be cleaned) the engine, spray it all over with W40.
5. Let it dry for a while and spray some grease on the moving parts and link rods.
6. Use some vaseline and coat ALL the surface of the new impeller. Let it suck the vaseline. This will prevent the impeller of being infected by the salt water.
If you feel that you can remove the leg, let me know, and I 'll try to give you some guide lines.
Basically exept of the 4 (or maybe 5) bolts that secure the leg in place, the only thing you must notice is the link rod for the forward-neutral-reverse.
Have in mind that I do all the service required for the Merc. 115 myself. So far I never paid a penny (exept for the parts).
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Old 02 May 2002, 02:34   #13
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Keith,

as Batfalcon says it is very easy to do the normal annual service for the ob. Especially for the engine you have.
Spend 2 hours with your Mariner and everything is done.

I have the Merc M15, identical to your Mariner exept colour and stickers, and done all the service by myself.

If you want to have more detailed info, get a workshop manual (costs 25-30) and you'll find out there isn't many things that can't be done in your own garage.

If you service your ob yourself, one good thing is that you know that all the important parts and things are really serviced.

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Old 02 May 2002, 02:41   #14
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Sorry, I'm still in shock....90.00....90.00....90.00!

I'm going to do it myself back up in Scotland with my mate Charlie in his workshop (I haven't told him yet though). It seems simple enough (even more simple than the RE) but that is the point. If it's so perishin' simple why the heck do they charge soooo much?

I'll order the bits from Caley Marina before I go up and do it a couple of days before I come back to Birmingham.

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Old 02 May 2002, 05:00   #15
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It gets better....

The 'Cardiff' bunch will know why I need to get a new tube of glue for my repair kit. Well, not quite so easy. You can't buy a tube of glue. You have to buy a complete repair kit! Aaaaaarrrrrrrgh!

But. I have been told that there is a repair patch available for small holes (note, not rips Scubakid) that sticks on and is ready in 30 minutes. And this costs just 6.00. I'll have a couple ready for the SoC return weekend.

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Old 02 May 2002, 05:12   #16
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Keith,

Have the kit handy in your toolbox just in case. BUT in your work area buy a can of a "pro" glue and all the necessary items to do a pro job.
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Old 02 May 2002, 11:10   #17
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Hi Batfalcon

Yup, I've just been over to Boat & Jetski World (on the Royal Enfield). I got a new repair kit for the workshop and a tube of 'Typhoon Stormsure' for emergency repairs.

Roll on Monday, here we come River Severn.

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Old 10 July 2002, 11:46   #18
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Back on subject now and bang up to date.........

Whist on my hols my Mariner started first pull* each time. I was even confident enough, for the first time, to stop the engine whilst out far from shore (well about a mile, that's a VERY long way for me), so we could drift with the seals in peace an quiet........




............oops! Sorry about that, I went into a day dream.

Anyway I decided that I must get the engine serviced so it stays reliable. I didn't get around to doing it myself (read between the lines here folks, he means 'couldn't be bothered') so a couple of days before I left I took the engine into Caley Marina in Inverness. Well folks, I've just had the bill. 41.17 including parts and VAT.

That is far less than HALF the price I was quoted by Jetski World at Willenhall for labour alone!!! Needless to say I shan't be going there again.

Well done Caley Marina.

Keith (pleased with the price) Hart

* Just to explain for you big rib types, I have this rope thingy on top of the engine you have to pull to start it. None of your namby pamby electric starts for us sibsters!
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Old 10 July 2002, 13:53   #19
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Keith

I used an Enfield when I was in the Air Cadets, they really are good rifles. Is yours a 22 or a 303?

The comments on Chandlers and boat service providers are mostly accurate, so if you find a fair one hang on in there and let everybody know. Likewise the rest of you, in the Solent I found Fairweather Marine to be really fair and I know that others like them to.

Regarding the Petrol / Diesel debate If you use your RIB a lot which I do the diesl is a lot cheaper. Do any of you Petrol fans want to buy a two year old Honda 130 when I swap it for a diesel, in August

It would look good next to the one on Topaz don't you think?

By the way if you want a ride on the BIBOA France/Channel Island cruise you are very welcome.

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Stuart how much do you want for the Honda ? Got to be cheaper to run than my V6. Pete
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