has everyone been on the water yet?

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has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby milrat » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:41 pm

I launched my boat and the Merc400 wouldnt run well the carbs are all gummed up just kept dying on me   [swearing.gif]

I hope to rebuild them and get another shot at running the Merc400 this month
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby SteveC » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:01 am

We have probably been out about 50 or 60 trips so far.  We have 18 different motors on the water so far.  We should have added a few more, but we were working out a few issues with some of the recent builds.  Lots more to go if we are going to hit our goal of 30 so we will see.  Time is always at a premium

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Michael » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:08 am

I have a mk55 in the water, but most of my time is going into optimum  setup for a C Class hydro so far
I hope to get some carbs swapped on a merc 1000 and get it in the water too
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Peter » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:08 am

Water is finally warming up in New Hampshire. We drop most of the boats on Memorial Day so far we have burnt about 100 gallons of gas. Now that my kids are older gas disappears faster.
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby mercaholic » Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:05 pm

SteveC wrote:We have probably been out about 50 or 60 trips so far.  We have 18 different motors on the water so far.  We should have added a few more, but we were working out a few issues with some of the recent builds.  Lots more to go if we are going to hit our goal of 30 so we will see.  Time is always at a premium

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Wow Steve, great effort..
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby chuckw » Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:12 pm

Been out once in Vermont with the Mark 15. Ran well. Out to the Finger Lakes this Sunday for a week. Planning on running a KG7Q, Mark 20 Hs, WG7 and KE7.
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby zul8tr » Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:18 pm

Been out several times with 2 different engines on the race boats. Next outing in 2 weeks at an AOMCI meet in Orlando, Fl. Been so hot here one the stuff needs to get wet to cool off  :arrow:
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby SteveC » Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:35 am

chuckw wrote:Been out once in Vermont with the Mark 15. Ran well. Out to the Finger Lakes this Sunday for a week. Planning on running a KG7Q, Mark 20 Hs, WG7 and KE7.


Sounds like a great plan Chuck.   :arrow:   Being able to take a few out for a vacation really is a blast.  The KG-7 & KE-7 we took to northern Wisconsin was a real chance to get some miles on them.  Take some photos!  

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby BillW » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:27 am

50 or 60 trips and 18 motors!  Wow.  We have been out once with 1/3 of our fleet...
But we are determined to do it again.  Note the determined look....
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Peter » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:31 am

My youngest is 10 and she is finally going solo!  [wrench.gif]
This unreliable Honda make all the kids appreciate a good running Merc,  [swearing.gif]  it does die in the middle of the bay sometimes and it can be a real pain.

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby S.B.Marsden » Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:30 am

Well a couple of weeks ago was Lake Hopatcong boat show and we took my daughters boat and she did very well with getting three awards,  but I believe that her first boat ride that day (while I ran her boat to the show) beats us all for first ride of the season.  She rode (and crewed) on Miss America IX going to the show, I asked her how was it?  Her reply was it kind of takes your breath away.  I know that it made my day that she got that ride.
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby S.B.Marsden » Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:37 am

Peter, it brings back memories, I got my licence in NY state "Make Sure Make Shore" and to this day I can tell you my number on that card,  I ran many miles in a Myers 8' pram, 4' wide and a mid 50's 3 HP Johnson.  Back when life was so simple.  Just needed Dad to keep me supplied with fuel.  A tank full ran a long time.  Maybe I just can not see them, but a set of oars would be handy for the Honda. lol  By the way I still have that boat and motor.
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Toby Hall » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:25 pm

From my Mark 25E Current Project post - first water test on Franklin Pierce Lake in NH, this past weekend at our family reunion.  I was happy with how well the boat and motor performed. Pretty great. Nice when it all comes together!  8-)

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby SteveC » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:40 pm

Toby Hall wrote:From my Mark 25E Current Project post - first water test on Franklin Pierce Lake in NH, this past weekend at our family reunion.  I was happy with how well the boat and motor performed. Pretty great. Nice when it all comes together!  8-)

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Congratulations Toby!  Beautiful looking combo!   [drinkingcheers.gif]   Very happy for you.  You see what being retired can do?

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby SteveC » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:45 pm

Peter wrote:My youngest is 10 and she is finally going solo!  [wrench.gif]
This unreliable Honda make all the kids appreciate a good running Merc,  [swearing.gif]  it does die in the middle of the bay sometimes and it can be a real pain.

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Great photo Peter!  It's nice to see her wanting to enjoy the hobby!  I remember how I felt letting Kevin run by himself.  One of his first solo runs was with our KE-7.  I was a bit concerned about the performance, but he kept did fine.  Get one of the 11 cid. Mercury 9.8/7.5/6hp motors for that boat.  The Honda will sell, and the Merc is an easy starting good beginner motor.  I agree with Toby about oars.  I have had to use them more then I care to admit.  

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby SteveC » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:48 pm

S.B.Marsden wrote:Well a couple of weeks ago was Lake Hopatcong boat show and we took my daughters boat and she did very well with getting three awards,  but I believe that her first boat ride that day (while I ran her boat to the show) beats us all for first ride of the season.  She rode (and crewed) on Miss America IX going to the show, I asked her how was it?  Her reply was it kind of takes your breath away.  I know that it made my day that she got that ride.



I had to go look up Miss America IX.  I had never heard of it.  Looks like quite a ride.  

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby JW in Dixie » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:16 am

Not me, sadly, I had to give it up. My first boat ride was in a canoe in 1932 at 3 weeks old - a weekend camping trip on the black Warrior R near Tuscaloosa, AL.  Have boated ever since, until 2017 when I decided that an 8 foot runabout on the Tenn R alone was probably no longer prudent.
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby S.B.Marsden » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:35 am

When I got my 12' Mirro Craft, it is one of the older ones and built right, it is rated for 20hp, I put my daughters KE-4 1950 on it. At my weight of about 195 back them It did 19.6 on the gps and was a scary ride. it was right up on the top of the surface just dancing. I could only guess what a mark 15 would do.
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Jeff Register » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:46 am

God bless you Warren! Me too & enjoy your rides brothers. My thoughts & prayers are with everyone.....ENJOY!!!! Wish I could too.
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Peter » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:35 am

SteveC wrote:
Peter wrote:My youngest is 10 and she is finally going solo!  [wrench.gif]
This unreliable Honda make all the kids appreciate a good running Merc,  [swearing.gif]  it does die in the middle of the bay sometimes and it can be a real pain.

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Great photo Peter!  It's nice to see her wanting to enjoy the hobby!  I remember how I felt letting Kevin run by himself.  One of his first solo runs was with our KE-7.  I was a bit concerned about the performance, but he kept did fine.  Get one of the 11 cid. Mercury 9.8/7.5/6hp motors for that boat.  The Honda will sell, and the Merc is an easy starting good beginner motor.  I agree with Toby about oars.  I have had to use them more then I care to admit.  

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I replaced the fuel bulb this weekend and it seems to be running perfect finally, it’s easy to rope over and since it’s a four stroke it is easy to dock as it never stalls. Of course keep the oars handy is always wise. I remember running that boat at that age, we had a Johnson on it. I once tilted it up after beaching while visiting and island and could not figure out how to lower it. That was a long row home!
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby RandyLeclair » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:25 am

Tantalizingly close but not yet!  Still having issues with the '76 850's electricals.  I'm consoling myself while waiting for parts by tinkering with a basement-find '62 450 that needed a good home.

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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Yellowjacket » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:48 am

Tomorrow at AOMCI at Constantine Michigan...  Taking the "D" runabout....

Lower unit is totally reworked…  I've pushed the timing 5 degrees (to 35 degress), checked the throttle opening (wasn't quite getting 100%) prepped the bottom of the boat, and have the original and a second prop to try...  

Race course is set up so it should be a good day of testing...
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Re: has everyone been on the water yet?

Postby Michael » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:51 am

Yellowjacket wrote:Tomorrow at AOMCI at Constantine Michigan...  Taking the "D" runabout....

Lower unit is totally reworked…  I've pushed the timing 5 degrees (to 35 degress), checked the throttle opening (wasn't quite getting 100%) prepped the bottom of the boat, and have the original and a second prop to try...  

Race course is set up so it should be a good day of testing...

Im sure many of us would appreciate it if you can you take some photos or videos, and some of you testing the D  [fingerscrossed.gif]
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