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Forum: Troubleshooting 10-14-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,311
Posted By JimG
The gradually getting harder to start syndrome...

The gradually getting harder to start syndrome probably rules out wiring order, etc. When I bought my boat last decade, it was really tough starting, and it turned out to be the carb gasket leaking....
Forum: General Interest 10-11-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,146
Posted By JimG
The non-wifi version has been available for less...

The non-wifi version has been available for less than $10 for awhile. I have one on every boat and toolbox. As mentioned, trying to see into a mast in sunlight is very difficult without getting the...
Forum: Cooling System 08-04-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 584
Posted By JimG
I have a sea water cooled A4 in my R33, and every...

I have a sea water cooled A4 in my R33, and every time I have a cooling problem, it turns out to be algae blocking the thru-hull fitting. I keep a test tube brush next to the thru hull so I can...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-18-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,521
Posted By JimG
As I said in the initial post, I have to push the...

As I said in the initial post, I have to push the shift lever beyond the detent to keep the clutch engaged at higher RPM. The detent is very easy to "feel" through the cable system. Next time I'm...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-17-2017, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,521
Posted By JimG
Clutch slipping in both forward and reverse

My '74 A4 sees very few hours, and over the last few years it has started slipping in both directions. The usage has dropped to probably less than an hour of running per year recently, due to health...
Forum: The Wish List 05-22-2016, 03:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,707
Posted By JimG
Sure Post is slower, but a small Priority Mail...

Sure Post is slower, but a small Priority Mail flat rate box can hold a lot of things that are in the catalog and is quicker than UPS. Maybe the Post Office isn't nearby...
Forum: The Wish List 05-21-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,707
Posted By JimG
Economy shipping

I wanted to order an impeller today, and the lowest cost shipping was UPS Ground for $20. Seems like small items ought to have a method such as 1st class mail or Priority Mail? Other companies seem...
Forum: General Maintenance 03-20-2016, 03:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,695
Posted By JimG
Dipstick oil draining

I've always threaded a small plastic tube down my dipstick to pull out old oil, but the process is pretty slow. I recently discovered on my other boat, that the Yanmar dipstick goes right to the...
Forum: Introductions 09-24-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,618
Posted By JimG
I have a bigger boat in Friday Harbor, but I have...

I have a bigger boat in Friday Harbor, but I have a '74 Ranger 33 in Brookings, OR which is closer to home. I bought it in 2005 on eBay and after scraping off the decal the previous owner had...
Forum: Electrical 12-01-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,259
Posted By JimG
One of my non-A4 boats has a house bank of six 6...

One of my non-A4 boats has a house bank of six 6 volt batteries. They were all six years old, and I just replaced them. Two of the batteries (one in each two battery pair) had a simple shorted...
Forum: Exhaust System 08-04-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,966
Posted By JimG
I read somewhere that if you have a long cranking...

I read somewhere that if you have a long cranking time in starting the engine, you can pull water into the manifold. I've never had the problem, but I do close the raw inlet if I think it might be a...
Forum: Overhaul 12-16-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 16,791
Posted By JimG
What happened to the rudder?

What happened to the rudder?
Forum: Ignition System 09-30-2013, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,784
Posted By JimG
50 to 1 it's your battery terminals. A high...

50 to 1 it's your battery terminals. A high resistance connection (due to oxidation) will seem good at low current. Put a meter on the battery connectors (not the actual battery terminals) and turn...
Forum: Cooling System 05-02-2012, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,430
Posted By JimG
I had a similar problem last week and went down...

I had a similar problem last week and went down to the boat prepared to find the worst, but it turned out to be some vegetation in the raw water thru-hull. Since I had the stuff, I did an acid flush...
Forum: General Maintenance 04-03-2011, 09:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,124
Posted By JimG
Please don't lump ethanol policy with...

Please don't lump ethanol policy with environmentalism. The only good thing ethanol does is make some corn farmers rich. It's bad for the environment, bad for marine fuel systems, bad for your lawn...
Forum: Ranger 06-20-2010, 09:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,968
Posted By JimG
On my 76 R33, the choke cable leads to the...

On my 76 R33, the choke cable leads to the sidewall just above the port cockpit drain. Check for a filled hole or other trace. I can't imagine mine starting easily without the choke, although I can...
Forum: General Interest 01-15-2010, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,146
Posted By JimG
There are lots of 172/182s on eBay for less than...

There are lots of 172/182s on eBay for less than $200...
Forum: General Interest 11-08-2009, 09:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,615
Posted By JimG
How about using two tethers, one to each bow...

How about using two tethers, one to each bow chock, and installing PVC pipe on the tethers to make a rigid connection. I can imagine some problems with the PVC ends cutting the tether, but just...
Forum: General Interest 10-17-2009, 09:24 AM
Replies: 63
Sticky: Poll: Engine-Hours Survey
Views: 36,521
Posted By JimG
I was told my engine had 250 hours on it when I...

I was told my engine had 250 hours on it when I bought it five years ago. Since then, I've but less than 50 hours on it since the sails go up as soon as I'm away from the slip.
Forum: Polls 06-26-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 28,111
Posted By JimG
I motor less than 5% of my time on the water and...

I motor less than 5% of my time on the water and use reverse 1% of that time. My folding two bladed Martec is a big physiological boost for club racing and manages reverse thrust well enough to get...
Forum: Exhaust System 05-17-2009, 09:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,511
Posted By JimG
I'll be looking forward to your solution. My A4...

I'll be looking forward to your solution. My A4 won't move my gauge unless I close the raw water inlet. It runs fine, and starts reliably. It's raw water cooled (50 deg F year round).
When I...
Forum: Electrical 03-15-2009, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,592
Posted By JimG
I hate to provide advertising for someone, but...

I hate to provide advertising for someone, but bestboatwire.com seems to have such good prices that buying 100' isn't that painful.
Forum: Troubleshooting 02-09-2009, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,446
Posted By JimG
My 66 Chevy pickup did that, and it was the wire...

My 66 Chevy pickup did that, and it was the wire that bypasses the ballast resistor when starting that was missing. I don't think the stock A4 has a ballast resistor, but someone might have put an...
Forum: Electrical 10-10-2008, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,288
Posted By JimG
Go to any rafting outfitter, and you'll find a...

Go to any rafting outfitter, and you'll find a great alloy cam buckle that works on 1" webbing. I use them for everything, from battery hold-down to lumber rack.
Forum: Troubleshooting 10-07-2008, 09:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,216
Posted By JimG
If you're positive the fuel supply is patent,...

If you're positive the fuel supply is patent, maybe you have a leaky carburetor gasket?
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