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Haven't wet a line all year

Old 07-10-2019, 07:29 PM
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Envious of all the fish catching I see on here. I think my first fishing trip this year (save for an offshore trip on a friend's boat this spring) is going to be in about two weeks.

Sold a boat over the winter and bought a 2001 Carolina Classic 25 this spring. That turned out to be an ordeal. The boat was very low hours (130hrs) on an 8.1 crusader engine replacement done about 10 years ago. I think that was also the last time the boat had seen a coat of wax. It had not been run since before hurricane Florence, and had weathered the storm on its boat lift in Beaufort, NC. It didnt sink or anything, but sustained some wind damage (lost coaming pads). Sea trial #1 failed when the boat lift would not work. Sea trial #2 revealed water in the outdrive and noisy intermediate jackshaft housing bearings. I think we closed in late February. I had a verbal estimate from a well known NC shop to pick up the boat on their trailer and fix the mechanical issues. Fast forward a month and the boat is growing barnacles in the water at the Boathouse in Beaufort. Fast forward another month, an estimate of $9000 (from original $2400) from another shop after they had removed the outdrive and buggered the threads and bent the inner shaft of the volvo DP drive while trying to remove one of the stuck props, an intervention (I picked up drive from them and had the IJH rebuilt, outdrive remaining prop removed and shaft straightened, and prop seals replaced by Ed's Marine in Grimesland, NC for $1100).

So I have a boat with a resealed outdrive, splurged on new SS props, new risers and impeller. The work is done May 16th and I had a buddy drop me off at the Beaufort airport May 17th with a sleeping bag, handheld VHF, cooler of beer/water/starbucks iced coffee, a footlong sub, mosquito netting, lots of deet, sunscreen and a change of clothes. And about 100lbs of tools and spare parts, anything I can think of. Destination, Kilmarnock VA about 260 miles.

I leave Harker's Island Fishing Center around 10 AM on Friday. Wind is whipping 20+ knots and had to really use the curtains. I get to Morehead City Yacht basin and fill up.


Morehead City, NC



Fat dumb and happy with full tanks, I take off. Destination tonight is Belhaven. Maybe stay at the ol river forest Marina? Get a good hot meal and a motel room? WRONG! I made it about halfway up Adam's Creek before I decided to open one of the bilge access hatches to mess with a valve setting. I was hit with a face full of gasoline vapor. Stuck my hand in the bilge and it was dripping with gas. Nice, I've been driving a bomb for the last 30 minutes. Big thanks to Carolina Classic for adhering to Ignition protection and ABYC standards when building this boat almost 20 years ago (actually the wiring on the CC's is very good).

I opened all the bilge access hatches, cranked up the large engine hatch about 1' and idled in to Jarrett Bay marina. After two hours we (help from the marina and a mechanic on site) mop up the fuel in the bilge and determine that no more fuel is getting in the bilge. I made the decision to continue. It had to be something with filling the boat. Though I could not feel any wetness on the top or bottom of the fill hoses (it evaporated).

I made it to Oriental Marina and tucked in for the night. I got a shower, ate my first meal of the day (half the sub) and then hit up the Tiki bar. I had a few beers with a young couple around my age from Siler City (small town NC) there for a wedding and things got interesting. Lets just say I witnessed a brawl between two families and the phrase "this is siler city motherf-ers" was yelled out during the brawl. I retired to my sleeping bag with no cushions in the V-berth and slept on hard fiberglass with only a thin camping foam pad. I needed an early start anyway and what better way to get an early start than to sleep on hard fiberglass? I think I used a rain jacket for a pillow.



tucked in at Oriental Harbor marina


I cleared the harbor at 5:50 AM ready to go. Checking the bilge religiously for signs of fuel (finding none) and just running 24-25 knots all day. I polished off the sub around 11 AM. Came through the ditch after Belhaven, then the Alligator River Bridge.



Clearing the Marina

Running up the Ditch

Bridge on the Ditch

Alligator River Bridge


ICW near Belhaven, NC


Next post will continue the journey!
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:39 PM
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Looks like a fun adventure!
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Keep it coming
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The run up the ICW was fairly uneventful. I stopped for fuel at Coinjock (I had originally intended to spend night #1 there and get some prime rib) and I found the fuel leak, the right starboard fuel fill hose was cracked. That was a relief!

I filled up my one good port tank (about 80 gallons) and I had around 25 gallons remaining in the starboard tank (my best guess). Some quick math based on a full port tank, an unknown fuel quantity in the starboard tank, and an unknown but best guess at fuel burn and I figured I could make it the rest of the way with at least 20-30 gal remaining. The full starboard tank was a known quantity, the port was a guess, and the fuel burn rate was based on stuff I had read on the internet about this boat/engine combo. In the end it worked out, I made it with about 25 gal remaining. Thanks internet!



Great Bridge

Great Bridge Lock

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Home Sweet Home

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Old 07-10-2019, 08:04 PM
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So this gets us to late May. I spent the last few weeks detailing the boat. Removed the ridiculous fighting chair. Removed the old name, wet sanded to blend. New name and registration numbers. Replaced the missing coaming pads. I fixed some minor wiring things and I am in the process of replacing the offending fuel tank fills (got them out end of last weekend, hoses were cracked).
I think I have around 20 hours with the buffer/wax etc.. over 3-4 days. Finally looking good now. I sweated gallons over the 4th holiday just working in the mornings on it.

I dont have many before pics because it was too sad to look at, but lets just say if you dragged your hand across any surface it came back like you had just wiped it across a chalkboard.


Before/Trip up

before buffing/wax

hull after smoove 1000 procut, smoove polish and collinite wax (my back!)

hand wet sanded and compounded/waxed the cap/nonskid

new coaming pads on the starboard side

gets the worm!


Ran to windmill point for some lunch!

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An amazing adventure. The boat looks pretty nice.
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An amazing adventure. The boat looks pretty nice.
Thanks!

I forgot to mention I did Oriental to Kilmarnock in one day.

The wind was up when I got out into the bay from Norfolk around 5 PM that day. I was already dog tired at this point. I zipped up the curtains and went out the main channel from the Elizabeth. The seas got so bad soon I was down to 12 knots and I stuffed the bow a few times. . I thought I was going to have to turn back and stay in Norfolk on the boat another night. Then I realized I was in the middle of the outgoing tide, in the middle of the river, going right into a strong opposing wind (east about 18-20 knots). I was so tired I did not even notice that... figured it out eventually and I ran North across the shoal, as soon as I got out of the current the seas kicked down and I ran home at 20+ knots with a beam sea and a bit of tab.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:09 PM
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I enjoyed reading that. Thanks for sharing. The boat looks great. It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
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She's looking good keep it up.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:48 AM
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ill drive to Va to fish...just saying. what kinda power plant you running?
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:42 AM
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Crusader 8.1

The boat is heavy, no way around that. 24-25kt cruise. I need to buy an NMEA2000 box to get the actual fuel flow numbers, but I expect around 1.5 nmpg




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is that the HO?
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Non HO. I think it is rated at 385hp
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I saw that boat at Harkerís Island before he picked it up. I canít believe the difference in the gel coat. Super sweet rig! Still working on your outriggers, need to modify my mounts some. I still have my 15ís off my Grady White if you are interested.
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I saw that boat at Harker’s Island before he picked it up. I can’t believe the difference in the gel coat. Super sweet rig! Still working on your outriggers, need to modify my mounts some. I still have my 15’s off my Grady White if you are interested.
Its amazing what will actually buff right out. It was looking pretty sad. Thanks for the compliments
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Nice tale, great pics, and nice looking boat! Good work!
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Dell, nice thread, Wow, nice work! I have the same boat, same power. Just got it home on the lift. Now time to cleanup.

I’m not getting anywhere near the rpms I should and not turning what I was when I sea trialed it up north. I must have a fuel restriction. It’s not missing, it is just not turning up. Super clean bottom, but the fuel usage is not even from both tanks. I’m thinking I have a restricted screen in one or both of the pickup tubes.

Northern gas (ethanol) that sat for a while.
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ďThis is Siler City MfrísĒ still cracks me up. Iíve been to that tiki bar a lot and never seen that kind of show.
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Dell, nice thread, Wow, nice work! I have the same boat, same power. Just got it home on the lift. Now time to cleanup.

Iím not getting anywhere near the rpms I should and not turning what I was when I sea trialed it up north. I must have a fuel restriction. Itís not missing, it is just not turning up. Super clean bottom, but the fuel usage is not even from both tanks. Iím thinking I have a restricted screen in one or both of the pickup tubes.

Northern gas (ethanol) that sat for a while.
Looks nice!

If there is an obvious problem id be careful about running it too hard. Clogged injectors can overheat/cause detonation in individual cylinders at cruise power settings and crack pistons. Fuel usage not even from both tanks is normal. You will have to jockey the valves to try and get it to draw evenly. Mark that position with a sharpie. If you ever run one tank to empty on the gauge, shut that tank off and pull from the fuller one so you donít suck air when the low tank actually does go empty. The tanks will never draw perfectly even but an imbalance of 1/4 even up to a half tank is barely noticeable.

I doubt itís clogged pickups. Checking the fuel pressure at the rail is a start. Also the engine can be scanned for bad sensors like a car. Possibly you are missing a sensor and itís in some kind of limp mode? There are a lot of potential causes.

Ethanol fuel when sitting for a long time can corrode the inside of the fuel rail and clog things up. Could also be several other things. If you want to DIY youíll find a lot of help at the CC boat owners forum!

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