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View the latest post Best cleaner to get oil off of gel coat

Tried dishsoap, followed it up with vinegar dishsoap mix, followed that up with comet/softscrub, but I can still see fingerprints, etc. that were slightly oily from when I was doing my last oil change. What has anyone used to get this little bit of residue off of or out of the gel? I'll try mineral spirits next, but has anyone had any luck with anything else?

I think I'm having more of an issue than I'm used to, because the boat sat outside for 2 years and has virtually no wax or sealant on the gel.

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View the latest post How often do you reinflate your dingy?

OK, I'm looking for actual experience, not what a book or manual says.

How often do you have to reinflate your dingy to get it up to your desired pressure? Also include what year it is (even if just approximately) and what type (PVC vs Hypalon). I'm interested in real-world experience with a variety of dingys.

I have two, one 1994 PVC RIB that must be reinflated about every 3 days to keep it firm enough for comfortable travel I also have a 2004 Zodiac PVC SIB that needs a 'recharged' about every 7 or 8 days.

Both have had/needed various repairs to seams or patches over the years, but currently don't have any leaks that I can find with soapy water.

What about yours?

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Carver Yacht, 3607 Aft Cabin 1983 $21500 Quad Cities for sale

3607 Carver Aft Cabin, 1983, 36 foot, 12'6" beam, Twin Crusader 454 cu. in. 350 HP Engines with Velvet Drive transmissions. Onan Generator, Lumar V700G vertical windless, Sealand VacuFlush toilet, New captain's chair on flybridge, Full upper and lower controlls, full canvas for bridge with isinglass, anchor pulpit and swing platform, A/C and heat - 3 units, depth finder, marine radio, and stereo system. Recently upholstered inside, curtains and cushions. 2 heads with shower and lavatory facilities. Lots of teak. Very clean and in good condition. Asking $21,500. Call show 563-332-9408 with questions.

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View the latest post Velvet Transmission sensor bypass

I was having fun down there in the engine room(closet) and pulled a wire connected to a sensor on the transmission.
The sensor has 2 pins, a black wire coming from the transmission goes to one pin and another beige wire goes to the other pin. One of the pins broke on the sensor and now the buzzer is on full time.

I will replace this sensor but in the mean time I want to bypass the sensor to shut the buzzer off. Not sure if I should just connect both wires together or connect them both to ground.


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View the latest post Height Overall?

I found a spec in a Carver 325 brochure saying that the boat's "height overall" was 11'6" without canvas. Is that from the waterline (so I would have to add 2'11" draft) or total for shipping purposes?

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View the latest post Carver Voyager 2827 - Let's See Those Upgrades

I'm one of those guys who can't leave well enough alone. We've purchased our 1987 2827 and the mod bug has already bitten. The list of things to upgrade is growing longer by the day. I'm curious to see what upgrades or modifications other Voyager and Mariner owners have made. I'm also hoping to get some good source information.

One of the coolest mods I've seen here thus far is a courtesy light with a laser engraved base plate installed on a Mariner, I believe. Looks awesome.

Brag about what you've done...please!


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View the latest post Fuel Maintenance Strategy

My last boat was a diesel boat, and as I continue my search for a 325/326 Aft cabin gas boat, something occurred to me. Based on an experience having trouble starting my gas powered hedge trimmers that I left gas in, I started wondering how I should manage fuel in a gas powered boat. On my diesel, it was recommended to keep the tanks full at all times to minimize condensation in the tanks. Also, I suspect it will take us a long time to use the full gas capacity of a 325/326 (162 gallons) and I’m concerned about the fuel “going bad” in that time. By the way, I should probably mention that I live in Southern California because it may make a difference in what blends of fuel are available here. So, here are my questions:

1. Is keeping my tanks as full as possible a good idea to minimize condensation in the fuel tanks in a gas boat?
2. Is fuel stabilizer recommended and how much time will it buy me on the fuel?
3. I’ve heard of Stabil and Seafoam. Is there a recommended fuel additive for these engines?
4. Would buying a higher octane gasoline help with any of this?


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View the latest post Battery Fill Kit

Never knew these existed so thought I would post this. Battery filling is inconveniently accessed on most boats so this solution is rather interesting. Ordered one and will be installing it on my house bank. If it proves to be the best thing since sliced bread then adding it to the other hidden batteries will eventually happen. https://www.campingworld.com/pro-fill-r ... ing-system

Would like to hear the pros and cons from anyone here familiar with this.

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View the latest post removal of fly bridge

I need to remove the fly bridge from my 33 foot voyager. Can anyone give me an idea of how to go about doing this? I need to transport her over the road and she is way too tall. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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View the latest post Adding House Batteries?

Anyone have experience on adding house batteries and configuration? I have a 326 Aft and currently I have 2 house batteries (that double as Starters) and an isolated battery for the generator. I would like to add house power and have separate starter(s) but am looking for guidance as to what I should likely add. Not looking to run coffee maker, microwave etc off the house, but wouldn't mind being able to run a small tv in addition to lights etc.

Thanks in advance,

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