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Old 20 February 2015, 21:06   #11
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Unloading the boat from the truck. The good folks at Pacific Trailer in Newark, CA help me unload and set up the boat on the trailer. I can't say enough good things about them. Highly recommended!

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The shipping company, and the Mercury packaging, on the other hand, leave much to be desired. The crate that held the boat was just fragile. One hole in the fabric!

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That scared the heck out of me, but luckily it was just the canvas bag that wrapped the boat. Whew...

Sam at pacific trailer also helped me break down the crate, while I had to make a conference call for work.

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Unwrapped, ready to be hoisted.

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One small piece of the rub rail also go chipped during transport. Oh well.

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Old 20 February 2015, 21:11   #12
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On the trailer, still waiting for the bunks to be adjusted

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All done! Ready to go.

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Arrived safely without hitting any one. Quite an accomplishment for my first towing experience.

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Being inspected carefully by a prospective passenger.

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Old 20 February 2015, 21:34   #13
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I pulled the trigger and bought the HDS5 fish finder that Peter forwarded. The price just can't be beat. I guess if it doesn't work out I can always sell it and won't lose too much. Thanks Peter!
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Old 20 February 2015, 23:17   #14
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Mercury Ocean Runner 430 Build Thread

Put my console on there for a try out. The boat is more spacious than I thought. Looks like my friend and I can go with 4 kids at the same time. 2 kids on the trailer, and two kids on the bow box.

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We will probably go out with kids in real flat safe places, like these sloughs near Alviso. By the way, Alviso has free launch, free parking and free water wash down.


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Old 20 February 2015, 23:33   #15
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Looks great! Good choice on the console. I have a folding engine hoist if you are ever in the east bay and want to borrow it. Keep it coming with the pics.
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Old 21 February 2015, 00:17   #16
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Thanks tworotor. I'll see if 4 middle age guys can wing it without breaking any backs, but if I need to have to lift the engine again in the future, I'll definitely come and borrow your hoist.
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Old 22 February 2015, 17:56   #17
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Mounted the motor with the help of two friends. We just held the motor upright and the back up the trailer. With the trailer's tongue jack fully up, the stern is low enough that we needed to lift the motor for about 3 inches up over the transom.

The motor is held in place with two clamps now. I'll drill 4 holes to bolt the engine down.


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And the boat is feeling right at home in my garage. Except the bow locker has a really strong fiberglass smell, so I am using a fan to try to vent it out.

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Old 22 February 2015, 18:09   #18
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You can ask the motor manufacturer, or maybe a more experienced Ribnetter could answer, but you may only want to drill the two lower mounting holes for the motor. Make it so the motor can be adjusted up or down, and safety tie the clamps at the top so they can't come loose.

Unless you plan to add a bilge pump in, make sure to carry approximately a 1 gallon bailing bucket. One panicked crew member can quickly bail a lot of water

Looking good so far. Your maiden voyage should be coming up soon enough.
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What Peter said on drilling holes.

Read up on engine mounting height before you just hang the engine on the transom and just start drilling. Also, when you do look inside, check the core and make sure it's not something that you need to seal with resin before proceeding.
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Old 23 February 2015, 00:36   #20
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The motor's manual says that the bottom of the boat should be within 0~25mm from the anti-cavitation plate. I am at 30mm. Should I worry too much about the 5mm?
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