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Old 17 August 2013, 15:50   #91
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Bend flaked. I have a 40hp Force by Mercury available but its not a tiller. Tiller handles are $200 new on fleabay. Is it a complicated ordeal to change it over to a tiller? I'm considering it.
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Old 17 August 2013, 16:04   #92
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Can't image being overly complicated if you got all the pars. You can always use tiller tandle just for steering and throttle for speed. Personally more I think of remote controls more I like it.
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Old 17 August 2013, 21:41   #93
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I presume based on car/truck maintenance/repair experience (for better or worse I do it all myself) but bearings be it in car, truck, or trailer or whatever else should not have any play IMHO. My tires were shot I got new ones Bearing have had play. Didn't get worse. I took a chance at it. Lubed them well. Bearing with play will let water in a hub. Which will more likely kill them even faster. Made it fine home but certainly need to take those apart for inspection ASAP.

No lights. Only need those at night. Wasn't planning on boating at night. You can get battery powered LED lights at WestMarine WEST MARINE Portable LED Navigation Light, Bi-Color, Inflatable Mount at West Marine
Can you get one that is hypalon, not PVC?
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Technically you can glue pvc to hypalon. Use two different glues. But haven't tried.

Same product is available from amazon for about 30% less
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Found a short shaft that I am looking at this afternoon. Is it ok to use a short shaft with m 18.5" transom?
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Measure shaft length. Bottom of mounting bracket to cavitation plate. If it's 17+ you prob be ok. Certainly want to keep those cooling inlets covered.
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Perhaps this has been covered... Do the speed tubes affect how the boat sits in the water?
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The speed tubes dont significantly effect how low the boat sits in the water at a stand still or slow speeds, but they can can certainly be noticed when on plane.

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Perhaps this has been covered... Do the speed tubes affect how the boat sits in the water?
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Well of course they do. They are buoyant. They make no difference as far as shaft length goes. Prop can sit higher often higher is better many racing boats use surface piercing prop for better performance. What matters are cooling intakes. They need to be under water when under way.
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Well I bought it. $575 for a 1980 Johnson 35hp. Looks in good shape but I have yet to test it. The distance from inside of transom mount to bottom of cavity plate is 17.5".
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