Re: OMC Boats for Newbies [omc-boats] New Member

From: Joe McGill <jmcgill89@...>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 12:41:25 -0400

Glenn,

The I/O design wouldn't bother me that much if It didn't necessitate lifting
the block out of the hull to perform a rebuild. Furthermore, I also have
extensive experience repairing Lawn-Boy 2-cycle motors (also made by
OMC).....and I like the 2-cycle simplicity and weight. Mixing fuel doesn't
bother me, and I grew up using a Johnson outboard....so I like to stay with
what I know.

Joe

>From: "Glenn Halweg" <glennhalweg@...>
>Reply-To: omc-boats@...
>To: <omc-boats@...>
>Subject: Re: OMC Boats for Newbies [omc-boats] New Member
>Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 11:26:47 -0500
>
>Lee,
>
>When I had my Rogue I trailered short distances (my house to Waukegan
>Harbor
>2 miles) with the unit up. Long distances I just took the unit off only
>four
>screws (bolts) attach it to the intermediate (bell) housing and set it in
>the boat. I also took the unit off for winter storage so the boat fit in my
>garage. The lower unit is heavy so this is not something I would recommend
>doing by one's self.
>
>I also read the post by Joe McGill where he says he would prefer to stick
>with an outboard. A "shade tree mechanic" might actually prefer a stern
>drive unit as they are automobile engines modified for marine use. Of
>course
>there are less parts in a two stroke engine and there is lots of
>information
>available. Myself I don't like mixing oil in the gas, the smell of the
>exhaust or the amount of smoke given off.
>
>Glenn
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Gregory B. Fell" <gfell@...>
>To: <omc-boats@...>
>Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 10:56 AM
>Subject: RE: OMC Boats for Newbies [omc-boats] New Member
>
>
> > I can't say I wouldn't be more comfortable trailering with the unit up.
>I
> > have had an occasion or two when I've had to navigate a steep grade into
>a
> > parking lot and have gotten out of my vehicle to raise the unit. I also
> > raise it before backing down the ramp. I'll double check my owners
>manual.
> > I may even scan the page and post it, if anyone is interested. Also, as
>the
> > description by my pictures states, I modified the trailer by adding
>bunks.
> > This lifted the boat about a 1/4 inch above the factory rollers. Not
>much,
> > but I supposed every little bit helps. Compared with modern trailers,
>the
> > boat really sits up high. With the bunks, I have to back the trailer in
> > pretty far before the boat floats.
> >
> > As for your questions, my 1969 has cable steering. I've never had to
>reset
> > the cables. Yes, it has a rudder position indicator behind the wheel.
>I
> > recall having to adjust the indicator a couple of years ago. It was off
>a
> > few degrees port side my whole life. My dad never bothered with it. I
> > recall it being an easy fix; but, I can't remember how I did it without
> > looking at it again.
> >
> > Gregory B. Fell
> > The Fell Law Firm
> > 3300 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 700
> > Dallas, Texas 75219
> > 972-488-8177
> > 214-219-4218 - fax
> > gfell@...
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-omc-boats@...
>[mailto:owner-omc-boats@...]On
> > Behalf Of lib1@...
> > Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 10:36 AM
> > To: omc-boats@...
> > Subject: Re: OMC Boats for Newbies [omc-boats] New Member
> >
> > Hi Greg,
> >
> > Interesting point for discussion. I checked in my 1967 Sportsman Owners
> > Manual and found no recommendation for up or down (other than always
>running
> > the engine in the fully down position). It may be that with the 4-inch
> > increase in depth starting with the 1968 Sportsman's that the ground
> > clearance increased by a similar amount between the lower unit skeg and
>the
> > ground when sitting on the trailer.
> >
> > I don't have the factory trailer, so my clearance my be different
>especially
> > on the shallower '66 Sportsman, but I've always worried about ground
> > clearance issues, especially when entering driveways or backing down
>launch
> > ramps. When launching, I don't lower the drive unit until the boat is at
> > least 1/3 off the trailer. See atch photo.
> >
> > I asked my OMC mechanic (30-years experience) and he recommended tilting
>it
> > up (while trailering). He also said the original stringer quadrant gear,
> > tilt mechanics and stringer mounting system are robust enough to not
>require
> > an extra transom support rod, as recommended on outboards or other I/O
> > types, I have thought about using a strap or rope as a safety
>precaution,
> > but never have. I'm curious, what others on this list do or recommend?
> >
> > So, I lower mine while running and when storing it in my 20-ft garage.
>For
> > towing I'll raise it for ground-clearance peace-of-mind, despite the
>fact
> > that it is more exposed to an idiot driver running into it in the raised
> > position. One side note: My engine hatch cover hits the top of the
>raised
> > lower unit, which is a minor pain.
> >
> > Questions for you:
> >
> > Does you 69 Sportsman have aircraft cable steering or mechanical (rack &
> > gear) steering?
> > Have you ever had to reset your cables after trying to steer the unit in
>the
> > up position?
> > Does you boat have the rudder direction indicator behind the steering
>wheel?
> >
> > Lee Shuster
> > Salty Lake City
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Gregory B. Fell" <gfell@...>
> > To: <omc-boats@...>
> > Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 10:21 AM
> > Subject: RE: OMC Boats for Newbies [omc-boats] New Member
> >
> >
> > > Hey Lee - I was reviewing web site. Great job BTW. On the
>"stringers"
> > page
> > > you state that the boat should be trailered with the unit up. My
>owners
> > > manual (1969 Sportsman 155) says to trailer with the unit fully down.
> > >
> > > Gregory B. Fell
> > > The Fell Law Firm
> > > 3300 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 700
> > > Dallas, Texas 75219
> > > 972-488-8177
> > > 214-219-4218 - fax
> > > gfell@...
> > >
> >
>

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