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Old 04-06-2008, 03:49 PM   #421
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Whew,
Glad to get this done.
Lots of motor issues to deal with...
Will have to take a coule days off work to get sea worthy by next weekend.

Your upholstery work looks amazing. I'm sure you'll manage to get the motor running before next weekend.

Time for me to get back out to my transom project so I, too, can be on the water next weekend.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:05 PM   #422
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maiden voyage... postponed!

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::: Eagerly awaiting news and pictures of the maiden voyage this weekend :::


What a weekend... First, we head up to Victoria to camp on Friday, get there JUST in time for a hellacious hail storm, and 2 inches of water... Then it rains ALL day saturday... We ran the steering cables in the rain anyway, in anticipation of Sunday's first run...

Long story short, we put her in the water, and the water pump wasn't pumping... STUPID IMPELLER! The original one looses its shape, and won't pump water into the motor.... THEN, when pulling the boat back on the trailer after a voyage of 20 feet, we lost reverse, and I had to realign the boat with the beautiful bow casting, which promptly broke off in my hand...

all in all, NOT the weekend I had planned! The impeller is ordered through Napa, and will be here tuesday.. I'll figure out the shifting thing then... ug...

Klattau, if you haven't replaced that impeller yet, DO SO! They all fail after 50 years. You should see water shooting out above the water line on the motor, if not, you've only got a few minutes before the motor burns up. Be sure to check it!

Here's some pics anyway... none in the water, though....

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Old 04-06-2008, 07:13 PM   #423
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Well, in spite of your problems it still looks great! I love the name Bethany, my daughter's name.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:07 PM   #424
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Sorry to hear about the troubles. But, I suppose that's what the "pilot run" is all about, so it's better to find out sooner rather than later.

Good luck getting it all together before this coming weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of all of the Feathercrafts together. But I'd avoid trying any of the tricky Flying-Boatmen-style formations -- you don't want to damage the nose piece any further.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:30 PM   #425
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New impeller is in! Tomorrow, I'll fill up a trash can and see if she's a pumpin' water!

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Old 04-08-2008, 08:05 PM   #426
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Tail Spin

Had to figure out a way to tell mine apart from all the others...
Now I can just find the Feathercraft with a bunch of CDs on the stearn.





Added some Jet Thrusters to the trim tabs too...
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Long story short, we put her in the water, and the water pump wasn't pumping... STUPID IMPELLER! The original one looses its shape, and won't pump water into the motor.... THEN, when pulling the boat back on the trailer after a voyage of 20 feet, we lost reverse, and I had to realign the boat with the beautiful bow casting, which promptly broke off in my hand...

all in all, NOT the weekend I had planned! The impeller is ordered through Napa, and will be here tuesday.. I'll figure out the shifting thing then... ug...

Klattau, if you haven't replaced that impeller yet, DO SO! They all fail after 50 years. You should see water shooting out above the water line on the motor, if not, you've only got a few minutes before the motor burns up. Be sure to check it!
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Impellers should be replaced every 3 to 5 years. They take a "set" and when that happens they are considered dead. Just an FYI ! That is straight from the shop that has my 24 ft Searay.


Nice job on the boats you two ! I wish I could be there to see them out on the water !
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:26 AM   #428
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No time to even try to get Sea Horse running, and not risking a day stuck out on the lake.
Want to go thru 35 completely in future, then can really trust.
So, going with something much more dependable for now...

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awesome motor! wanna race?



I just tested mine... she pumps water, she idles, and this weekend, she's getting wet! I can't wait! It will definitely need some adjusting on the water. Nothing is set up right.

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I just noticed... that's a hand-tiller motor! You driving from the back seat?

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Old 04-09-2008, 06:48 PM   #431
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Nice work with the engine turning. (Or what ever you call it, it seems to have many names. Engine turning is the phrase I have heard most often.) What is the diameter of the circles and what did you use?
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Hope to head out in a few hours, want to get thru Atlanta before dawn.
Thursday will be work day at campsite finishing up, or at least getting water ready.

Engine Turning is what I've heard too.
Mine is very unpresise, as I did by hand with air grinder.
Laid out grid with Sharpie, and used 240grit 1" sanding disks.
Covers lots of issues.
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Hah! Well played.

Looks great, good luck with the final tweaking, and please be sure to take a lot of pictures of the Feathercraft Rally.
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HA! awesome! ok ok.... i yield!

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