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Old 11-30-2016, 04:56 PM
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Hi,

I would like to introduce myself to the forum. I recently bought my first boat as I have been fishing every weekend since I graduated college and had a solid job. This being on shore or off of a buddy's boat. I caught the itch so bad that I decided once funds allowed to jump in and buy my own.

So here I am today, I bought a 1969 14' Bonito Skiff or at least thats what the PO said it was. Its not in the best shape but I got a stupid good deal on it. It has a 1979 Evinrude 25 hp engine (25953R) and a worn out trailer.

When buying the boat I knew of some issues that had to be addressed right away on the trailer. The first weekend I had it I spent going around finding the parts I needed for the trailer. The PO said I would need to replace one of the hubs. I ended up replacing the entire axle and both hubs. I finally got to hit the water this past weekend. I did about 10 miles both days I was out. During these times out, while I was docking the steering cable would pop out of the helm, fun time to be losing control. Luckily the boat is small enough that I just used the trolling motor to move around. I found out that this was user error by turning the wheel more than the motor can turn, popping out the the pin.

Here is where I am at now. I go home to flush the engine and I turn on the engine. The engine is running and bubbling in the bucket I was using to flush. Im not sure where the water intake is for this engine many blueprints I have seen online show it where newer engines have the anode right above the prop. But, there was no water coming from the tell tale. I pulled the rubber hose that connects to the telltale and blew in it to see if sand or debris had gotten inside. Clean as a whistle. On this engine I am not sure where my next line of action is. I am reading/watching as much as I can to gather the knowledge and be educated but I would like to hear some responses from more educated boaters.

If you got this far, thank you and hello!
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:04 PM
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Welcome to boat ownership and THT, nice boat
As fare as your engine I’m sure someone will chime in
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:13 PM
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Stick with her forever, you will catch more fish out of her than any other boat you will own.
Your water intake is where I circled...
I would go ahead and drop the lower and replace the waterpump.
https://www.marineengine.com/parts/j...ction=Gearcase
Congrats and welcome to the addiction!!!


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Old 11-30-2016, 05:22 PM
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jtburf, I dont have a plate there. I just went out and took a picture of what I am talking about.

Sorry for the sideways photos. But the mesh is where I think the water intake is on this engine.
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:27 PM
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That last picture could be it then.

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There’s no intake at all? no holes?
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Look at item 24 on the parts link I posted.

Looks right for your outboard.

#24 — 324633 — . SCREEN, WATER INTAKE (1 required per assembly)


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Old 11-30-2016, 05:35 PM
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This is the screen, which is still intact.

https://www.marineengine.com/newpart...num=OMC0302757

I was worried about the water pump. The PO said that $600 worth of maintenance was done on it just before I bought it. Not exactly sure what that included and I am sure that is including labor. I love working with my hands and this is the perfect project for me to learn on.
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Make it a yearly habit of changing the water pump, you are more likely to run shallow and sand can easily wear out the fins.

Great little ride you picked up.

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Thanks for the knowledge!
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by GoldenClassic View Post
Thanks for the knowledge!
That's a sick boat buddy.
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pics of wife. or girlfriend. thems the rulz. Welcome.
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So, after all of this talk about the water pump... I am an idiot ha.

My pump isn't self-priming. The pump was still higher than the waterline I had it at. I went to wallyworld, got a bigger bucket, and now I have a constant stream. So I was able to clean all the filth out tonight. Very happy!

Where is the best place to start a build thread? I have many ideas for this boat.
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Hey FNG!!

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Originally Posted by GoldenClassic View Post
So, after all of this talk about the water pump... I am an idiot ha.

My pump isn't self-priming. The pump was still higher than the waterline I had it at. I went to wallyworld, got a bigger bucket, and now I have a constant stream. So I was able to clean all the filth out tonight. Very happy!

Where is the best place to start a build thread? I have many ideas for this boat.
Start a build/remodel thread in the Photo section. Congrats on the flush, you also need to know NEVER wind that little engine up while flushing, just let it idle.

You can go to a tractor supply type of place and purchase a water trough for flushing if you would like of keep the hose filling the container you are now using.

You need the water to turn over so you are not running in what will become very hot water!!!

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Originally Posted by GoldenClassic View Post
This is the screen, which is still intact.

https://www.marineengine.com/newpart...num=OMC0302757

I was worried about the water pump. The PO said that $600 worth of maintenance was done on it just before I bought it. Not exactly sure what that included and I am sure that is including labor. I love working with my hands and this is the perfect project for me to learn on.
It looks like the head was removed and re-installed. Probably to remove combustion chamber carbon deposits. Make a point of de-carboning that outboard at least once each year, simple to do now that you have the bucket thing figured out. Also looks like an ignition coil was replaced at some point.

Regarding the steering issue you found, check the steering cable attachment point on the outboard end. Sometimes you will find a second point closer to the motor, which will require more wheel turns to rotate the outboard fully side-to-side.

It appears that outboard sits too low on the transom, but it also appears to be a clamp-on vs. bolt-on mount. Probably best left where it is.
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