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View the latest post Engine Failure Woe’s

So just went on a little trip around Lake Erie, St Clair and a little into Lake Huron. On the journey one of my partners in a 2005 444My with Volvo engines ran into some trouble:

1st issue: Lost Port engine limped in to port on one. After about an hour at the dock, port engine started. The thought was he had a bad ignition switch and it was replaced.

We departed the next day, do a quick 2 hour leg and worked great.

Next day off on a bit longer leg, but about 2-3 hours in…

2nd Issue: Lost Starboard engine … Followed by Port Engine… followed by Genny…

Was towed into port this time and after an hour or so all engines started fine.

Next Morning: We do a 3 hour leg back to home port and all engines operated normally.

I’m trying to help him narrow down the issue, I’m leaning toward a common grounding bus issue? MAYBE bad fuel? But the RACOR’s look clean and happy.

Anything else you all would recommend looking at? Because its intermittent its so hard

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View the latest post Attachment(s) 3607 Front enclosure

I am considering replacing the whole enclosure for our '85 3607. Our current front "windshield" has a center seam that I find very annoying. I also find the support brackets a little odd, but apparently they are correct (according to the manual diagram). Looking for photos of what others have to get some ideas and inspiration! Not the best picture I have.

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View the latest post 325 Aft Cabin - Pokey Speeds

We're going on owning our 1995 325 Aft Cabin for 2 complete years now, and one thing has always bugged me. Our normal cruising speed is about 10 mph. The specs say this is about HALF what it should be. I've never been able to get it up on a plane. I've tried adjusting the trim tabs to different angles with no effect. The bottom paint was new when we got her, and it was repainted last year. She's got Crusader 350 xl's, one of which was replaced last year, when the old one threw a rod, and there's no power difference between the new and old.

RPM-wise, if I run at around 2800, we'll go around 9 mph. Boosting it to about 3200, we'll only break 10-11 mph. Going above that, it's still just fractionally faster. We'll only get up a bit beyond that amount when we've got very favorable currents. Again, Carver's spec sheet says that we should be doing about 25 mph at 3200.

Are there any thoughts on what could cause the difference between the posted cruising/max speeds and what we're actually experiencing? The only other thing I can think of is that a previous owner replaced the props with something a lot smaller than original. But as it'll probably be a while before we pull her out again to check, any thoughts on other things to test/tinker with in the meantime?

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View the latest post Galley Bilge

Front Bilge Pump (Galley) I found with a hose off and water in the dipped lower area under the galley floor panel. The pump works, but water sits below it or is that small black hose supposed to be there to suck up that little bit of water and the hose just became detached?

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View the latest post Thanks for having me!

:captain2: I have been boating since I was 5 or 7 years old, mostly sailboats, then small powerboats, larger sailboats, now larger motor yachts...Just sold me Carver 300 aft, took a trip to Chattanooga to get my new to me 1999 Carver 356 MY Aft and rode it down the Tennessee River through Alabama, back up to Kentucky and then hit the Cumberland to Nashville to my final destination on Old Hickory Lake (Cumberland River) at Blue Turtle Bay Marina. What a great trip and my Carver was as smooth as can be. Everything works great, but I will be cleaning the strainers, vents, checking Hoses, checking Bilge Pumps, looking at Aux Fuel Tank. Any other suggestions that I should be looking at or changing? Any assistance is always welcomed and very much appreciated!!! :usa:

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View the latest post Sliding Door Latch, 1993 300 Aft

My entry door slid open when I hit a wake and broke the interior door latch off. I was told Carver doesnt supply that type of latch anymore and that they originally are from a residential sliding door.

Anyone know where I could find a replacement? Everything works, I just need the latch with the thumb turn only.


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View the latest post Attachment(s) Warning beeps

New to me 1987 27 ft Santego
The 4.3 MPI motors seem to run just fine, yet I'm getting beeps after they come up to temp. that being 175 deg. each.
fluids are toped off.
I guess I'm looking for the definitions for the beeps.
I would be grateful for any guidance.

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View the latest post New Member

Hello Everyone My name is Mark.
Not new to boating.
I am however getting to know a 1987 Santego 27 ft.
pretty limited information so far.
At any rate I'm sure wisdom abounds in these pages.

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View the latest post Cleaning exhaust risers and manifold.

I have pulled my exhaust manifold and risers from my crusader 454. Water passages are rusty, but will clean up well. Exhaust ports have a lot of scale and build up from recent valve stem seal failures. What’s the best way to clean them up? Thanks in advance,


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View the latest post Attachment(s) Solar Panel Update

As many of you know I installed a 400 Watt solar panel system on the Holodeck. I made 2 sets of panels in. Series to join in Pharrell, so if 1 set failed, the other would function. Anyway, we gave it a whirl My house bank is 2 6V GC batteries wired in series to make. 12. We took off yesterday afternoon for a mooring to see what it could do. During the moon lit night, the controller was kicking 1 - 1.5 amps. In the AM, the batteries were down to 80%. Before solar we were at 70%. Running were lights, water pump, 12V fans, original refrigerator on 12V and cell phone chargers. By 11:30 this AM the batteries were back up to 100%! It was a partly cloudy day, so not optimum conditions. At the peak the controller was pumping put 26 Amps. Then as we neared closer to 100% it cut back to less. I was leary to try to see if as claimed the controller would shut off when another source was present, but when I started the engines, the controller cut right back to 0 amps. . We are looking forward to trying these ion a sunny day and a week trip. My verdict: IF you have the real estate (Flat Hard top) install some panels. MPPT controller, 4 100 watt panels.

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