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Old 27 May 2007, 14:46   #31
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Steering cylinder install, , bled and working. two hours of tube patch painting befor final clean up and final base coat. I have a counter rotating engine and read in service manual that if the incorrect shift control is used then the engine runs on the reverse gear when in forward and it is not strong enough.
Checked it out and it is OK. Found some cracks where stern lockers meet transom, but after sticking my head down the hatch discovered they are not structual. Will pray tonight that the tube patching has cured the leaks. The temp is so high and humidity so low that the threadbare areas just suck up the base coat. This is good but I am going to have to buy more base coat. A few photos attached.
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Old 27 May 2007, 21:46   #32
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At least I am not the only one working on my boat in the driveway...

Nice pics Limey, Got some storage on that boat don't cha? You will like those forward lockers... Interesting design on your boat, those Italianos do things differently, all in all looks like a pretty functional package. No seating or leaning post for the helm though?
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Old 27 May 2007, 22:02   #33
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Yup,
Lot's of storage and no seating. Remember, it is an ex- dive boat. That is why I have been working on the worn out tubes for two weeks. That hatch behind the very large anchor locker would accept a medium size body. Have a plan to turn the bottle rack in to jockey type seating as it is already bolted to the deck with 18, 3/8 bolts. All iI need to do is get the two stern tube chambers to stay up and I will be on the water. Do you think Viagra will help ?
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Old 27 May 2007, 23:08   #34
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keeping it up...

One thing I don't mess with... tube repairs, I just can't make it work, hope yours goes better!
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Old 28 May 2007, 19:52   #35
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Finally but maybe

Hopefully found the last tube leak. Of course, not where you would expect in to be. There is a PVC cap on the cone at stern end of the tubes. Looks like it a PVC ring glued in and then a 4 inch plug inserted. Leak was at one point on the perimeter of the plug. I deflated both stern chambers and applied a good coating of PVC pipe cement to both. So far so good. There was a noticable scuff mark on the ring where the leak was. Spent 3 hours scrubbing boat with soapy water. That is hard work. need to get a boat cover but do not know whee to find one for this boat as I do not want the cost of a custom cover.
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Old 01 June 2007, 21:41   #36
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http://www.biggerhammer.net/mercury/...5_blizzard.jpg

Found the above which maybe useful to Merc. V6 owners. If you study it closely you can work out when and when not you will get water out of the Tell tale and the port side discharge. One of the thermostats has to open first and if you get water out of the port discharge but no Tell Tale then the Tell Tale is blocked.
It helped me understand and I hope it helps other folks.
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Old 02 June 2007, 05:43   #37
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"PVC pipe cement" not the best idea, them tail cones like to leak, thare is an internal inflatable boat sealer, it will fix pinholes, take the valve out and pore it in, cuzz it a rib and ya can't roll it around,just work the puddle by hand to coat the in side of the tube, the cement your only guna have to fix again later. not to mention how it looks. one idea is when you put a patch on one side, match it on the other side, and or use a D ring or some thing like that to patch it, then thares reinforcement patches, like on the cone, make a nice shape patch a left and a right, and put them on. in the end some one is guna come across your handy work, and what will thay say "nice fix" or ............, plus makes your hull look nice.
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Old 02 June 2007, 09:16   #38
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Hi Fred
Thanks for the tips. I probably did not explain the leak very well. The pin hole was in the PVC itself and not at a joint with the hypalon. I only used a very thin bead of PVC cement and it is hardly noticeable. PVC cement produce a solvent weld and is specifically for PVC to PVC which what I was repairing. I agree not suitable for Hypalon.
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Old 02 June 2007, 13:42   #39
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Oh buger

Got up early this am. ( 5 am) to fit the new outer oil seal to the lower end. Theere was a lot of oil around, so fired up the compressor and blew out the bearing/ seal housing so I could see what was going on. The inner seal is dammaged also. So will be going for plan B ( recommended by Nos). Drop the lower and get a Merc. Dealer to fix it. Pic of lower below. Called nearest Merc. dealer and explained problem and requested he come to my house collect the lower, fix it and return it and install. This he agreed to do.
Have no idea what the bill is going to be.
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Old 02 June 2007, 14:13   #40
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You may be wondering

Everyone maybe wondering why I have a RIB in the middle of the desert. The attached link will show you why. This lake is 45 mins. drive from my house, is about 12 miles long and 2 miles wide. Has a full service Marina, with fuel dock and outstanding launching and parking and camping facilities. Please look at the fee schedule, it is quite reasonable, and the chart at the bottom of the link.
http://www.peoriaaz.com/lakepF.htm
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