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Looks like it is coming along nicely!
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I've been absent for awhile.  Cryptic Answer:  Bad computer virus.  Resolved.  Hard drive crash.  New computer.  Opps.  Old software won't work.  Finally updated Photoshop and now can save low resolution photos for upload.  So...here I am.  

The boat is 99% done.  It's been on the water three times and I really enjoy it.  But, rear admiral says "sell it".  So, next week going up for sale.  

I had to replace the VRO (fuel and oil) pump.  Ouch!  About $400 and lots of broken knuckles.  Then decided to replace the impeller since it had been sitting 10 years.  The old impeller was still in really good shape.  I'm starting to believe the previous owner that he only had about 100 hours total on the boat.  

I started having problems with the trim/tilt.  The short story is the relays were not grounded.  I think they were dangling behind the relay bracket.  When I decided to replace a relay to see if I could improve my 70% IT WORKS mode to 100% it went totally the other way.  0% working.  So, had to probe around, test the pump with 12 volts direct.  Figured out it had to be a wiring problem since the pump worked.  So, back to the relays.  I wiggled the ground wires and could not see a wire harness anywhere nearby move.  So, I pulled on the black ground wires and to my surprise I had a handful of go-nowhere ground wires.  Got those grounded now...in plain sight so I can watch them.  Trim/tilt is 100%.  

First time to the river I did okay.  I am over choking the motor and that does make it difficult to start.  Three times out and I'm learning.  Just a little extra fuel for starting.  I did have an incident on the way home first time out.  I used those motor support bars.  Only nobody told me that I should strap down the motor and the bar slipped off.  On the way to being lost on the road somewhere it punched two divits in the prop.  

The next week it was a scramble but got everything ready to go to Wallowa Lake in Oregon for three days.  Then the following weekend (last weekend) we spent three days at Waitts Lake north of Spokane.  

Everybody likes the little pontoon boat.  I did reveal my decals to the wife just before the first day on the river.  She was cool with them.  The back story is that when I first met my wife's dad at Waitts Lake he took me in the motorhome and told me no drinking before 5.  He then pointed out his clock that was 5 oclock at every hour.  

Here's a few photos.  Enjoy.  



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Here's the graphics.


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Grandson at Wallowa Lake doing some fishing.


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Here's the sister-in-law and wife's 2nd cousins in the boat, ready to cruise the lake in the cool morning air at Waitts Lake.  


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Nice rebuild. I am trying to get the wife to let me move/remove a bench up front so I can fish there but she is not having any of that. 
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Looks like all your hard work has paid off with lots of family fun.  Grats!
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I have the same boat that I'm currently rebuilding (See my signature for the build thread).  I was wondering how many batteries  you have onboard and where you put them?
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Checkout my Bass Buggy rebuild thread at:
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Originally posted by DFord143 DFord143 wrote:

I have the same boat that I'm currently rebuilding (See my signature for the build thread).  I was wondering how many batteries  you have onboard and where you put them?

Dave-

I will be at Camp Hauberg this weekend if you want to look over the boat to see how/where I did the batteries.  If you are on the river, just look for the orange cabana on lot 3.  Otherwise, you can PM me if you have Facebook.

BTW:  I am a master electrician/electrical engineer/power monitoring designer and work for Tri City Electric Power Testing Solutions division.  I know a little bit about electrical distribution..........And would be happy to assist.

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Originally posted by djroger djroger wrote:

Originally posted by DFord143 DFord143 wrote:

I have the same boat that I'm currently rebuilding (See my signature for the build thread).  I was wondering how many batteries  you have onboard and where you put them?

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I will be at Camp Hauberg this weekend if you want to look over the boat to see how/where I did the batteries.  If you are on the river, just look for the orange cabana on lot 3.  Otherwise, you can PM me if you have Facebook.

BTW:  I am a master electrician/electrical engineer/power monitoring designer and work for Tri City Electric Power Testing Solutions division.  I know a little bit about electrical distribution..........And would be happy to assist.

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Hey Roger,

I'll look you up on Facebook.  When I got the boat, there was a single group 24 battery on the starboard/stern swim deck under the step.  I'd like to add a second battery along with a Perko but can't really fit a second battery under there.  The other concern with the battery back there is I've noticed water gets into my battery box after a day on the river.  I was looking for alternative ideas as to where others placed them.   I know you have two house batteries in your console which I like that idea, I'm just wondering what a few others have done.

I saw the pictures of your console, the tidy wiring, as well as the wiring schematic I knew you were more than a shade tree electric guy.  I spent a few years wiring up stuff as well so I'm not afraid to dig on it.  That doesn't mean I'm not open to tips and tricks though... like using your shifter boot idea. :)
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I put my motor-starting battery back into the original location and it is also a size 24.  There used to be two of them, in parallel and house power was also connected to these.

When I did the remodel, I reduced the battery in this location to one size 24 and then mounted the water tank and pump for the galley in the same compartment.  If I were to do this over, I would mount everything BEFORE putting the rear upper deck back on.  Not much room trying to work through the hatch!  This battery is for the motor only and is isolated from house power.  I did run a couple of extra cables from the rear battery compartment to the console "just in case" I ever need to use house power to start the motor.  They are not hooked up, but are there if needed.

The two house power batteries I mounted under the console are size 27.  I could have gone with a size 29, but the price difference did not seem worth it.

Does your battery box have a lid?  Odd that it would fill with water if it has one.  The Iowa DNR is looking for some really strange stuff this year.  I've been checked for the routine life jackets, horn, etc, but he also checked that my fuel lines were marked "for marine use" and that my battery box had a lid on it.  This in addition to inspecting the fire extinguisher,  throw-able life ring/cushion, and fuel tanks.  I think he really just wanted to look around the boat!  Illinois DNR hasn't checked me yet this year, but I suppose it's coming...
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