Its always nice when you are able to successfully repair your boat on your own. The hinge rivets on my front center deck lid had broken. So I successfully found some repair info on the internet, purchased a rivet gun, rivets and successfully replaced the rivets and the deck lid hinge is now snug and secure, works great. Also replaced my trolling motor rope with a new GMan wire cable, much better. There is so much helpful information on the internet now, videos for just about everything. Or you can google the problem you are experiencing with your boat, theres a good chance there is info out there to help.
Thought I would share a resource I often use. www.bbcboards.net/. There is information about boats, motors, trailers, electronics as well as a huge for sale section. Check it out.
This is obviously not a boat, but the same principles apply.
Recently while at Saguaro Lake my engine experienced a bit of sputtering at WOT. I spoke with the techs at Cabellas and they told me any number of things could cause the problem. After checking my repair folder and notes (important to keep), I realized it had been almost 3 years since my last service. I actually keep a folder for boat repairs, with a legal pad that I use to journal any problems or repairs, with dates. Cabellas was three weeks out for service, so I called Ken Howden of Holiday Mobile Marine service, and he was able to come out in two days. He arrived in his van, which is basically a mobile workshop, stocked with the many common parts for most of today's bass boats. He replaced my spark plugs, carefully inspecting each one for evidence of other problems. One particular plug seemed to be burning a bit differently, which could be the early signs of an injector problem. He asked what fuel treatments I was using. I told him I was not using any since I rarely let my boat sit. He was surprised, and stressed the need to use additives. Two basic additives, one to help with the ethanol in our gas, and the other to help keep the injectors clean. When he told me a dirty injector can cause powerhead failure, he had my attention immediately. Something I will start doing regularly from now on. He changed my impeller and gearcase oil, normal signs of wear, which was good. I replaced the fuel-primer-bulb and fuel line to the engine, more precautionary than necessary. He replaced my fuel filter, carefully checked the fuel in it for any debris, which could indicate decay in the fuel lines, all looked good. He ran an ignition spark test, good; checked all the bolts on the motor, checked all the wiring ground connections, checked the water pressure with the new impeller, and finally checked the compression on all cylinders. Everything looked great. I was very satisfied with Ken's service and professionalism, and will definately use him again.
For those who own a boat, you know they are expensive to buy, operate and maintain; but the dollars spent on maintenance pales in comparison to the cost of replacing a power-head or lower unit. There are never any guarantees with these high performance motors, but I can't imagine a worse feeling than hearing a loud clunk from the motor when at WOT, and knowing it was something that might have been avoided.
If you need something marine engine work, try Ken Howden at Holiday Mobile Marine (602) 510-3552
If you are considering buying a used boat, check out this short video and learn how to do a careful inspection. Click here.
I got tired of always misplacing my tools on the boat while fishing and found this cool toolholder which I mounted by the step on my bass boat. It is made of heavy duty aluminum, and has polished edges so it is not very sharp. The little holes are a great place for storing baits when you are re-tying. GG
Fishing Wednesdays, not weekends.