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03-27-2019, 12:22 AM
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Posted By Borrert

You can get a combined tacho/hour meter for about...

You can get a combined tacho/hour meter for about $20 through eEbay (maybe less in the US). It has a single wire which you coil around the outside of one of the spark plug leads. You then attach the...
03-14-2019, 03:32 PM
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Posted By Borrert

A well known racing blowboat based in Sydney is...

A well known racing blowboat based in Sydney is called “Occasional Coarse Language”. Simply perfect.
02-21-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 15,080
Posted By Borrert

Hmmmm. A fully hand built, blueprinted, fully...

Hmmmm. A fully hand built, blueprinted, fully dressed, reconditioned 300hp powerhead (“better than new”) - which will cost $$$? - on a 20 or 30 year old lower unit. What could possibly go wrong?
02-14-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,979
Posted By Borrert

Ahhh, not necessarily. With my example above, the...

Ahhh, not necessarily. With my example above, the bearing was “welded” solid and needed an electric grinder to remove. Sorry, but I don’t carry a generator and power tools with me.

I also don’t...
02-14-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,979
Posted By Borrert

The guys who are advocating a single axle for a...

The guys who are advocating a single axle for a 20ft+ boat have obviously never had a bearing fail or lost a wheel. Sure, 99% of the time you’ll be fine, but if you do enough miles...
I am...
02-12-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Borrert

If you’re diving from the PB, you’ve probably...

If you’re diving from the PB, you’ve probably seen there’s a ladder you attach to the bow. Alternately, you could do as the Free Range Sailing couple do, and leave out the front seat (they claim it...
02-12-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Borrert

Hi NiteKap The Porta-Bote is a great little...

Hi NiteKap
The Porta-Bote is a great little boat that does most things very well. Like any boat, it has some compromises, so whether it it suitable for you depends on your intended use.

Good...
02-11-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Borrert

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.thehulltruth.com-...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.thehulltruth.com-vbulletin/2000x820/2f8ee298_20be_449d_be57_1b8dc659486a_d2700d65d1e5e569836e81d42e7b1bd4887bee14.jpeg
And here is a picture of my little Porta-bote...
02-11-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Borrert

I have the same engine (2000 model) also on a...

I have the same engine (2000 model) also on a 12ft Porta-bote.
It’s a perfect match. My Porta-bote scoots along at 25kph on GPS (about 15.5 mph) at WOT, which is pretty incredible for 6hp. That is...
01-26-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 454
Posted By Borrert

A few years ago I replaced a strong 140hp 2 st...

A few years ago I replaced a strong 140hp 2 st Evinrude engine (1987 model) with a Merc 150 four stroke on my 18ft boat. Best decision ever. Incredible grunt, and I gained a heap of speed. It’s a...
01-22-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,202
Posted By Borrert

Suggest you get a Flo Torq 4 hub. I have the same...

Suggest you get a Flo Torq 4 hub. I have the same engine and prop and the FT4 significantly reduced the clunk when putting into gear, and it also reduced the prop chatter at idle revs in gear.
I...
01-10-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,715
Posted By Borrert

According to a Porta-Boat brochure I have, the...

According to a Porta-Boat brochure I have, the 12ft version with a 3.5 hp will plane and do 6 to 8 knots with 1 person (doesn’t stipulate weight). I don’t know if the 8 or 10 ft versions would be any...
11-02-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,416
Posted By Borrert

I'm sure there will be some people here who will...

I'm sure there will be some people here who will slam me, but providing you have enough space to assemble it, you may want to have a look at a Porta-Bote (http://www.porta-bote.com). I own one, so my...
09-11-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,736
Posted By Borrert

According to the Merc handbook, the max revs...

According to the Merc handbook, the max revs should be between 5000 and 5800
09-11-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,736
Posted By Borrert

Fair enough. The only reason I mentioned it is...

Fair enough. The only reason I mentioned it is because my paddle wheel (and pitot pickup) used to be extremely accurate, but there must be some crud in the pitot tube now as it’s out by 3 to 6 mph,...
09-10-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By Borrert

I have replaced the entire kill button assembly,...

I have replaced the entire kill button assembly, including a new lanyard. The original was Yamaha, the new one is aftermarket.
09-10-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,736
Posted By Borrert

Corphooky, you mentioned in an earlier post that...

Corphooky, you mentioned in an earlier post that your speed was by the paddle (presumably paddle wheel). Do you have GPS speeds, as paddle wheels are typically not very accurate.
09-10-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By Borrert

I assume there is continunuity as the engine...

I assume there is continunuity as the engine shuts down when the lanyard is pulled. But nothing when you push the button. I’ve tried a brand new button, same issue.


As mentioned in my first...
09-10-2018, 04:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By Borrert

Thanks for your reply Reachport. What I don’t...

Thanks for your reply Reachport.
What I don’t understand is why pulling the lanyard works but not pushing the button - trying two different buttons, including a brand new one. If there was a...
09-09-2018, 11:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By Borrert

Kill button not working, replaced, still not working. Yamaha 6hp

The kill button my 6hp 2st Yamaha wasn't working, although yanking on the lanyard worked fine.
I replaced the complete kill button assembly, but it still only works by pulling the lanyard. Any...
09-02-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,136
Posted By Borrert

We have a wonderful old 1987 Fraser 565 (18ft)...

We have a wonderful old 1987 Fraser 565 (18ft) which we have owned since 1995. It originally had a strong but noisy/smoky 1987 140HP Rude looper which was finally replaced in 2014 with an amazing 150...
08-12-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 610
Posted By Borrert

If you have been happy with your current 150 2...

If you have been happy with your current 150 2 smoke, the Merc 150 Fourstroke is the cat's guts. You may (but may not) lose 1 or 2 mph at the top end, but the low and mid-range grunt from the 3L...
08-12-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,736
Posted By Borrert

Incidentally, I think my 19P Enertia is actually...

Incidentally, I think my 19P Enertia is actually running closer to a 20P. Otherwise my prop slip numbers are close to zero, which is ridiculous. I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts on...
08-12-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,736
Posted By Borrert

I replaced an old (1987) Rude 140 looper with a...

I replaced an old (1987) Rude 140 looper with a Merc 150 Fourstroke a few years ago on my 18ft Fraser. Total weight with half fuel and one person is about 1250kg (apx 2750#). Hull is a moderate V...
06-21-2018, 02:42 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,915
Posted By Borrert

...on your catamarang...

...on your catamarang...
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