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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/30/2011 at 8:18pm
I really like the LED lights too. Much brighter and like Charles said, no worries when dunking the trailer. I bought the Optronics brand (About $60.00) at an online trailer supply place back in 09' and they still work fine..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/30/2011 at 9:43pm
Those are top quality units - for what Rick mention and others (cheaper and good for upgrades) check out this link
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/31/2011 at 3:36am
It sounds to me like you may need to look around for another outboard doctor - one with a little better bedside manner, as well as experience on the "old" stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/31/2011 at 6:34am
Originally posted by pmulti pmulti wrote:

I should be out on Lake Russell Sunday Wink I'll look for the harbour freight tarpLOL
 
Pat, we're neighbors!
 
 I live in Comer (been here 22 years). We'll be on Lake Hartwell today but I can't wait to visit Lake Russell with the Party Barge (Russell should be our next outing, maybe in two weeks).
 
I'm glad to know a fellow NE GA tooner is on this forum.
Who do you use as a mechanic?
Where do you put on on Lake Russell?
 
I hope to see you soon.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/31/2011 at 7:19am
Boy you guys are neighbors - real close Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/31/2011 at 7:26pm
Thanks for the mechanic suggestion.
Yep, we're only about 6-10 miles from each other.
Lake Hartwell was a lot of fun. After unloading the boat I circled around to pick up my wife and son and NO neutral or reverse. We headed out anyway (with paddles, trolling motor and spare battery on board) and never had another problem with neutral or reverse.

The custom Harbor Freight Bimini tarp and bungees did great (pics coming soon).

Stopped at the obligatory license check (with K-9 unit on hand) and headed home.

We took our dog Peepers, put on his life vest and lowered him into the lake for a swim.

We had a great first outing.

I need some advice on how to get the boat back on the trailer with less stress.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/31/2011 at 8:33pm
Congrats on getting on the water!!Thumbs Up Sounds like it was a pretty good day. Do you have guides on the trailer? They help out ALOT. I back the trailer in until about 2/3 of it is under water. I mainly use a shallow ramp, but it will vary with deeper ones. You can see the guides in this pic, as well as how far the trailer is in..
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/31/2011 at 8:33pm
Do you have horizontal guide bunks?? That makes it SO easy. Rick will post a pic of his.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/31/2011 at 8:36pm
Oh, and on the Neutral and Reverse deal. I would check out the wiring/solenoid that goes to the green wire, since Neutral and Reverse have that one in common..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/01/2011 at 9:59am
Rick, Charles,
Thanks for the horizontal guide bunks suggestion and pictures. That's now near the top of the list of "improvements". Looks like these will make loading much easier and much less stressful!
 
Rick,
Regarding Neutral and Reverse. This is an odd one for me to understand, either I have an intermittent problem (electrical, solenoid, etc) or the lower unit just didn't like the old foot grease/oil, protested for a few minutes as maybe it thought it still had the old stuff in it, then realized I'd given it a drink of the good stuff (Type C) and decided I was an ok guy and the tranny would behave for the rest of the day because after the initial "I'll work to get you off the trailer, but I ain't helping you get to that courtesy dock", she decided "Hey, this stuff feels good, you're not so bad, I'll let you have neutral and reverse for the rest of the day". I used neutral and reverse LOTS (especially as I ineptly tried to load the boat) and never another doubt or heistation, or "I just ain't gonna go backwards" incident again.
 
Maybe she's just lulling me into forgetting my trolling motor and spare battery to "cop an attitude" or is this how the electric shifter problems manifest themselves, intermittent at first, then "gone baby gone" forever.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/01/2011 at 10:42am
Towables question?
My GPS says the boat can cruise at 15 MPH WOT. I have no idea what the RPMs are at that (or any) speed as the guage is not connected, but always reports 5500 RPM (even when the key is off). Can a tach be connected to a 71 Evinrude 60173C?
 
Back to the original question, what is the best towable for this boat and motor combination? My son and I tip the scales at 185 - 205, my wife's not reporting in Wink.
 
I'm thinking a tube, or hot dog, or maybe (if I can find one) an O'Brien Fun Board. Looking for something fun and easy. Would you suggest limiting the occupancy of the towable to one, or maybe could I get two folks back there?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/01/2011 at 10:56am
two would crawl in my opinion, but I don't do towables. Rick will get to you on the tach but I'm sure it can be. Gotta go to BPS to get a new 4 stroke 60 big foot
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/01/2011 at 11:27am
Originally posted by Wildcat Dude Wildcat Dude wrote:

Gotta go to BPS to get a new 4 stroke 60 big foot
 
You or me?
 
Hey, I'll trade you a genuine antique Evinrude 60 for your Johnson 115 (and I'll even throw in one of my custom Harbor Freight Bimini tops). Tongue
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/01/2011 at 1:44pm
If your motor has rectifier, then I believe a conventional tach  can be installed. Otherwise, it might be best to just get one of these..
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/01/2011 at 2:38pm
Originally posted by rickdb1 rickdb1 wrote:

If your motor has rectifier, then I believe a conventional tach  can be installed.
 
Thanks Rick!
 
According to a Evinrude parts website the 71 Evinrude 60 HP 60173c does have a rectifier. I guess this means I might be able to hook up my existing tach (assuming the tach works).
 
So now comes the "run away, he's a new-b" question: How do I wire in (or at least test wire) my existing 1989 tach to the rectifier? Feel free to point me in another direction...
 
I have engine parts explosion schematics for this engine and have identified the rectifier, terminal block, amplifier, and stator in the ignition system; the upper and lower solenoid assemblies in the lower unit; and have a schematic of the remote control for reference.
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/02/2011 at 2:26pm
I guess I ran everybody off (or they actually have lives outside this forum). Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/02/2011 at 2:41pm
My motor is missing the Trim Tab (either broken off or removed, I don't know which). The motor was added to this boat before I purchased it so many of the console switches and guages are no longer connected (of which the Trim swtich is one).
 
Do I need to replace the trim tab on my motor?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/02/2011 at 2:43pm
About the only life I have outside this forum is an acre of grass that needs mowing every week, HOT weather,  3 dogs & 2 cats & my pontoon boat & 15ft bass boat AND a wife that tells me to STOP working on it all the time & get it out on the water MORE. Last but not least a daughter that is forever calling me during the day checking up on me to see what I am doing "outside" in the heat since I've had 3 stints put in me & on doctor's order to "take it easy". I AIN'T got time to take it easy. I got a pontoon to work on. LOL I got "priorities" to look after but no one seems to understand what they are.  Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/02/2011 at 2:44pm
Do you have much trouble with the motor wanting to turn the boat, making you keep pressure on the steering wheel to keep it going straight? If not then you don't need the trim tab. The bolt that holds mine on stripped out and I haven't fixed it as the boat isn't difficult to steer without it. But, that being said, I would prefer it be there and plan to fix it the next time I have the lower unit off the motor.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/02/2011 at 4:13pm
Jeff don't feel bad, sometimes it can take 2-3 days or a week to get an answer and to be truthful, I just plain missed the part about your tach question as you had it buried in with other stuff. Be sure to keep stuff like that separate and it highlights the question better. Once you start asking a lot of stuff in a thread that doesn't define anything, people might overlook the whole thread since your topic is generic. By starting a new thread on a specific topic, then it gets those folks who are experienced with that kind of thing and they are more likely to jump in. It all works out in the end. Wink  Right now you're in the Show Off Your Pontoon forum and you're already way beyond what this forum section was intended for. But you'll get the hang of it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/02/2011 at 4:45pm
Les,
I know what you mean about "responsibilities and priorities", luckily have no clue about the stints. I got 2 horses, 6 barn cats, 4 house cats, 3 yard dogs, 1 house dog, 18 chickens, a small koi pond, too many vehicles and trailers, two barns, and now a pontoon boat and an 18 year old that calls me about 100 times a day to ask "what are you doing, when are you coming home" same answer every time "working, and about 6".
 
Woody & Marilyn,
No trouble steering, but I've only been on the water once for about 4 hours so far.
 
Charles,
What do you mean off topic, trim tabs and tachs aren't part of "show of your pontoon"? Embarrassed
 
Thanks all.
 
I think I'll start a new topic...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/02/2011 at 6:56pm
Well you're talking about repairs, Show off your pontoon is just that Wink  Post images of your pontoon boat is the subheader - so like you're wanting to do (as well as others it'll help them too) more appropriate forum sections would be Start Your Own Personal Thread (Discuss Your Pontoon Boat and Share personal stories) and Everything About Pontoon Boats Variety of issues discussing pontoon boats
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/15/2011 at 2:20pm
billrlogan,
Thanks for the post. I've got work to do, but am happy I bought the boat that I bought. It's been on two different lakes in the past 3 or 4 weeks and we've had a very nice time.
 
This is a great forum with very helpful people. Stick around, ask questions, and reap the benefits of other's knowledge.
 
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