Re: [OMC-Boats] Thank you all.

From: Justin DeSantis <duc1098desmo@...>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 00:05:12 -0400

I'm reading up on prop selection now. I think I'm going to replace
mine regardless. I noticed a slight vibration and the prop is a little
dinged up. I'm thinking the 2 may be related. It's usable, but has a
few marks. I can live at a lower RPM cruising speed anyhow. It's not
like I need top speed all the time, or ever, really.

I sort of assumed the Loran system was a bit outdated. The guy who
gave it to me remembers it being very expensive 20 years ago when he
bought it. I don't doubt it, but, accurate within 1/4 mile? A $100
cheapo GPS can do way better than that and I don't need to know map
coordinates and such. Plus it has a pretty picture on the display.

The dog is my boxer mix, Brody. He's not crazy about boating yet. I
have 2 other dogs. A German Shepherd who I know will hate it. And a
Black Lab who would love everything about it. But she's getting kind
of old to get in and out of the boat. I may take her next time anyhow.

> If redline is the same for the V6 then it is 5000 RPM and you should be in
> the 4400-4600 territory at WOT, Lee has some great reading about prop
> selection and gearing. My simple mind boils it down like this....there is
> always a trade off (top speed and lower RPM WOT traded for better hole
> shots) I plan on messing with the gearing this off season, but I have been
> know to run my Sportsman up into the 52K territory NOT RECOMMENDED but I do
> it sometimes.
> Comment 2, as former coastie, I used to maintain that LORAN signal not all
> that long ago (circa 1991...jeez) it is a 100KHZ signal that is all time
> based you recieve 8 pulses from a primary station, then a secondary measure
> the time distance between the two, that plots a hypebolic curve...then youn
> measure the distance between primary and a third station for a second curve
> and where they intersect is you location...accurate within a quarter
> mile!!! :-) I hear the system is actually still in use in some places, but
> technology marches on...stick to the GPS....*sigh* memories
> Comment 3, That is a nice looking dog, and it looks like you had a great
> time out there. making me look forward to my next outing with my furry buddy
> (The Dude)
> Cheers,
> B.C.
> On Sep 2, 2009, Justin DeSantis <duc1098desmo@...> wrote:
> With all the great help I got from this mailing list, I was able to
> get on the water today. Pics here
> I'm happy to report, the old Johnson ran beautifully. I was very
> impressed with the motor. Not the highest top speed on the river, but
> nice and torquey. Took right off and planed nicely. No issues to
> report. Few observations though. The marketing hype about the sea-foil
> hull isn't just hype. The boat rides much nicer than my tri-hull did.
> Crossing wakes didn't result in the loud,hard slapping like my old
> Glastron. It just glides through them. Maybe not as smooth as a deep
> V, but very manageable. Cable steering is a little odd. Higher effort
> than I'm used to. And you have to spin the wheel several time to get
> from side to side. It sort of felt like I was always having to steer
> the boat. Not so much that it won't track straight, just that it needs
> lots of little corrections. Maybe the cables can stretch a bit?
> I still need to re-acquaint myself with some basics like anchoring
> and docking, but other than that it went smooth. I actually impressed
> myself with how well I did launching and recovering. Considering I
> hadn't done it in years and it was my first time with this boat, it
> was easy. One shot both times. I had a chance to inspect the trailer
> once the bot was off it. I don't know who Johnson had building the
> trailers, but they built a nice trailer. The companies building the
> junk today could take a lesson there. If the boat sinks, I could refit
> the trailer to haul bulldozers around. I'm thinking a couple of posts
> at the rear corners of the trailer so I can see it with the boat off
> may be a nice addition. I left the remote control for the electric
> winch at home, so I had to crank it on the old fashioned way. It
> wasn't too bad though.
> Maybe a question though. What rpm should I be running at wide open top
> speed? I was getting uncomfortably close to redline I thought. I don't
> remember what red line is, but top speed is within 500 of redline. I
> only went there briefly. I didn't want to stay that high until I asked
> you guys. I'm thinking maybe I want to change props to get my WOT rpm
> down a bit. (If I can even get props for it.) I forgot my GPS and the
> boat doesn't have a speedo, so I don't know what top speed is. I hope
> to find out tomorrow.
> The previous owner gave me this ancient King Loran thing from 1987.
> Looks like something from Tron or Wargames. I think the technology is
> obsolete though. I don't even know if it gets a signal anymore. If it
> did, it seems like it would be a pain to use compared to modern GPS.
> I'm thinking it will be a great paper weight and thats about it.
> Again, thank you all for your help.
> Justin
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