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by scfishnman
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Mildew on Carpet
Replies: 7
Views: 4294

Mildew on Carpet

What product works best for removing mildew stains from carpet? I am getting black lines under the doors where the water drips down from the mooring cover.
by scfishnman
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: To lift or not to lift?
Replies: 18
Views: 2448

Re: To lift or not to lift?

In my opinion the lift is well worth the investment. Before installing mine, I had to deal with the growth collecting on the tubes (even in fresh water). Now the tubes stay clean. BTW, the growth on the tubes reduced the top speed of the boat 6-7 MPH. I probably should get one for my fishing boat al...
by scfishnman
Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Prop. vs. top speed question
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: Prop. vs. top speed question

What is the wide open throttle RPM range for your motor per the owner's manual? My Yamaha's top end RPM is specified about 1000 RPM higher than you are getting. Could be wrong, but I would think Honda would be pretty close to Yamaha. The correct prop for your boat/motor combination would be one that...
by scfishnman
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:39 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: boat lift input??
Replies: 7
Views: 826

Re: boat lift input??

My current lift is mounted on wooden pilings. I also used to have a free standing aluminum lift. Some advice based on my experience with both: (1) A remote is very very useful and IMO well worth the cost. (2) A power lift is a must. I tried to save a few hundred dollars with the free standing lift w...
by scfishnman
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Motor "surges"...any suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1025

Re: Motor "surges"...any suggestions?

Both of my jet skis suddenly started acting the same way. Redline is 10000 RPM. They would only run up to 7000 - 8000 then would surge to 10000 for a few seconds and drop back down to 7000-8000. They also would not idle smoothly and were difficult to start. It turned out to be spark plugs. The old p...
by scfishnman
Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Winterizing question
Replies: 17
Views: 1977

Re: Winterizing question

The engine definitely needs to be in the tilted down position to drain the water. It will be safe from freezing tilted down in the water. Do not leave it tilted up during freezing weather. I am in central SC. I leave my boat on the lift year around. I don't do anything to winterize it. I run it for ...
by scfishnman
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:09 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Bummed Out
Replies: 6
Views: 849

Re: Bummed Out

New boat deliveries often tell you a lot about the service dept. When I purchased my first jet ski (a 4-stroke), I walked around to the service dept to watch them prep the unit. I noticed a 1 gallon container of 2-stroke oil by the ski and asked the mechanic if that was the oil he had put in it. He ...
by scfishnman
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Anyone in Irene's Path?
Replies: 73
Views: 4012

Re: Anyone in Irene's Path?

Just talked to him again, he's staying. He's an old veteran of coastal living, is very prepared and talking all of the right precautions. The house he will be riding the storm out in is pretty high and well built. I told him to keep his head down still though. Tell him to look at pictures of Hugo h...
by scfishnman
Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Tomorrows the big day!
Replies: 12
Views: 709

Re: Tomorrows the big day!

Another issue with ethanol is that it absorbs water. If left in the gas tank for long periods, expect to have water in the gas. Your boat should come with a water separator in the fuel line. It is a large cannister which should be viewable on the rear of the boat near the motor mount. If it does not...
by scfishnman
Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: where's my camera
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: where's my camera

Know how you felt. I learned my lesson on narrow dirt roads through experience too. I got caught on a narrow dirt road at Toledo Bend in Sabine Parish, LA during a period of several days of extremely heavy rain. The road was mush and it was all I could do to keep from sliding off of the crest of the...
by scfishnman
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Irene
Replies: 21
Views: 1904

Re: Irene

A pontoon boat can be flipped over by the wind. A neighbor's boat was flipped over when moored at his dock when a micro burst from a thunderstorm came through. The marina I used when I lived near the coast would put the boats on their trailers and park them in a large open field away from trees. Rem...
by scfishnman
Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:08 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Delivery and sea trial tomorrow
Replies: 15
Views: 1064

Re: Delivery and sea trial tomorrow

RE: flushing motor after fresh water use. Flushing the motor certainly will cause no harm. However, it is not necessary when the boat is used in fresh water. The purpose of flushing after salt water use is to remove the salt which is corrosive. If you operate in brackish water such as portions of th...
by scfishnman
Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:29 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: 3rd toon question
Replies: 18
Views: 1222

Re: 3rd toon question

I think the only reliable answer to your question can come from an engineer. The comments from a manufacturer quoted earlier in this thread by Bamaman are very revealing -- getting the desired performance from a boat requires experimentation and knowledge of hydro dynamics and marine engineering. I ...
by scfishnman
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:08 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Delivery and sea trial tomorrow
Replies: 15
Views: 1064

Re: Delivery and sea trial tomorrow

Before asking them to run it a full throttle, determine what the break in procedure is. If you can't check the full throttle RPM now to verify the correct prop size, then get them to agree to replace the prop with the correct size if the RPM is not correct when you check it after break in. Most deal...
by scfishnman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: General Pontoon & Deckboat Discussion
Topic: Can I ask for some advice?
Replies: 32
Views: 2232

Re: Can I ask for some advice?

Other solid brands (both manufactured by Godfrey Marine) are Aqua Patio and Sanpan. These two brands are the same boat as far as construction goes, but the Sanpan is a bit more upscale. Compared to Bennington and Premier, the Godfrey boats are just as well built. IMHO Sanpan, Aqua Patio, and Benning...