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New boater/angler in DFW #13707272 09/21/20 11:54 PM
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Just joining the boating/fishing club and am super excited to have as much fun as y'all!

Picked up my first boat - a classic '78 15ft Ray Craft tri-hull with '78 Evinrude 85hp - a couple years ago for a few hundred bucks and have been slowly working to restore it. Finally got to a point a few weeks ago where I feel it's ready for normal use. Overhauled just about everything in/on the boat and motor, save for the gel coat. Runs absolutely great and from what I read the hull is built like a tank. She's a rough ride but, hey, she's all mine! Don't mind the bimini top (it's for the wife & kids).

There is one thing I've experienced with the motor both time I've had it on the water that I'm curious about. Twice, when approaching full throttle (I always slowly increase, never slam it down), the engine RPMs have suddenly shot up as it the prop were out of the water (which isn't the case). Thankfully my hand was on the control and immediately backed off. Up to about 75% throttle I haven't noticed any issues. First time it happened I thought I'd trimmed up to far but 2nd time I hadn't trimmed up much. I'm thinking a spun prop but not sure (I marked the prop and hub the other day and will check it after the next outing). Any ideas as to what this could be?

Always loved fishing ponds as a kid but never had the opportunity to do serious angling. No longer! I primarily want to fish for eaters, not trophies. Love me some whole fried crappie and striper!

First outing a couple weeks ago was on Ray Hubbard (never liked that lake). Drove by Lake Lavon this past weekend in think I'll go there on a regular basis. May go to Grapevine lake next weekend to check out the fishing scene with a coworker.

I'll likely be a common presence here as I love to learn and connect with like-minded people.


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Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13707343 09/22/20 12:51 AM
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That’s a sweet boat.

Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13707360 09/22/20 01:12 AM
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Welcome to the board! You will make some friends here.


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Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13707491 09/22/20 03:45 AM
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Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13707533 09/22/20 10:46 AM
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Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13707549 09/22/20 11:09 AM
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Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13707774 09/22/20 02:36 PM
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Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13707897 09/22/20 04:25 PM
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Welcome aboard. The boat restoration looks nice.

Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13708004 09/22/20 05:46 PM
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Thanks all for the warm welcome and also for the compliments on the boat.

Though I'm an accomplish garage mechanic I knew nothing about boats when I bought it (my only previous watercraft was a canoe - heavily modified, of course). When I got the boat it wouldn't run, tilt/trim was inop., wiring was a mess, interior was ratty, and the trailer was in shambles. But, I wanted a boat, had a young child (meaning little disposable income), and love tinkering. Since I've owned the boat I've done the following:

Motor:
  • Rebuilt carbs
  • Replaced fuel pump and hoses
  • Replaced starter solenoid
  • Replaced spark plugs
  • Replaced head gaskets
  • Replaced head cover gaskets
  • Replaced thermostats and gaskets
  • Replaced fuel tanks and feed hose/primer bulb
  • Replaced water pump assembly
  • Replaced shift shaft seal


Boat mechanical:
  • Rebuilt remote control
  • Installed new shift & throttle cables
  • Made new live well aerator with new hose
  • Made new bilge pump hose
  • Installed new speedometer pickup
  • New tachometer on order (will replace original speedometer if it doesn't work)


Boat electrical:
  • Made new battery-starter wires
  • Replaced tilt/trim motor
  • Replaced ignition switch
  • Installed operator safety kill switch/lanyard
  • Installed new navigation lights & bases with new wiring/fuses
  • Replaced bilge & live well pumps with new wiring/fuses
  • Installed deep-cycle battery to run all electronics
  • Redid all wiring using distribution blocks
  • Replaced trolling motor wiring and installed foot switch at the bow


Boat interior:
  • Removed all carpet & (most) adhesive
  • Removed hatch doors, sanded and applied KiwiGrip
  • Made new hinges for all hatches & seats
  • Replaced all seats
  • Installed new (temporary) carpet on main floor
  • Made new bow access panel


Trailer:
  • Replaced wheels & tires
  • installed new leaf spring hanger
  • Replaced bow winch
  • Replaced trailer-vehicle safety chains
  • Replaced winch stand-bow eye safety chain
  • Made new bow eye-trailer safety (vertical) chain with turnbuckle & safety backup (in case turnbuckle fails)
  • Replaced all lights & wiring from tongue back
  • Replaced transom straps


Accessories
  • Installed fish finder & transducer with new wiring
  • Installed cup holders
  • Installed rod holders
  • Installed bimini top


Even after all that I still have quite a long list of things I'd like to do to the boat (I enjoy working on it as much as I enjoy being on the water):

  • Apply KiwiGrip to main floor and bow casting deck
  • Install battery disconnect switch
  • Redo/hide trolling motor wiring (it's currently on the bow casting deck with a Hubbell 30A receptacle to plug into for power)
  • Repair fiberglass chips on hull
  • Wet sand & polish gel coat
  • and so much more......

Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13708335 09/22/20 10:40 PM
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Wow! Lots of work. Must be a labor of love .Its possible the hub is marginally going bad and only slips when you goose it.

Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13708497 09/23/20 01:26 AM
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the rpm jump on a deep v hull can be due to prop cavitation.

Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: lamar44] #13708509 09/23/20 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by lamar44
the rpm jump on a deep v hull can be due to prop cavitation.


It’s definitely not a deep-V hull - it’s a tri-hull (3 shallower points rather than one large point). The bottom is flatter than most modern bass boats.

Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13709480 09/24/20 12:26 AM
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Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: Spreng] #13717937 10/02/20 02:03 PM
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Why you trying to sell your boat already?

Re: New boater/angler in DFW [Re: wh2004] #13717971 10/02/20 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by wh2004
Why you trying to sell your boat already?


Couple reasons - I'm the type of person that always needs a project to work on and I'm close to a finishing point with this boat (much more work I feel wouldn't be worth the time given the value of the boat), and I'd like something larger for the family.

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