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by MikeM
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: KLC engine box dimensions
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Re: KLC engine box dimensions

having trouble with attachments....
by MikeM
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: KLC engine box dimensions
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Re: KLC engine box dimensions

Hi Scott...I have an original '57 17' Sportsman in storage for a client at the moment. Here are a couple pics and the dimensions I got. There is a slight variance (1/4") in the dimension from the floor to the top on the front and the back. Probably the cushion on top compressed....
by MikeM
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 CC Ski 18'
Replies: 13
Views: 3199

Re: 1959 CC Ski 18'

I have a 1960 SBC FWF 283 with the Owens conversion. I run two senders with one gauge and a SPDT toggle switch behind the dash under the instrument. Works great. The port banks on those were known to run hot. I have only had problems when we are cruising at idle. If it gets hot I put it in neutral a...
by MikeM
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: 1950 Riviera 20 interior pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 1420

Re: 1950 Riviera 20 interior pictures

Welcome to the club....Jack did the interior on a 20' Riviera for me a few years back. Please send me an email directly and I can send you some pictures. [email protected]

You can also reach out to Jack, as he's the expert. I'm only smart enough to bring Jack in on projects like this!
by MikeM
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Empty Boat Trailer on East Coast
Replies: 1
Views: 960

Empty Boat Trailer on East Coast

I have an empty "wishbone" trailer in the Finger Lakes of NY that needs to come home to Portland, Oregon. It was built to carry a 26' Hacker Craft. If anyone needs to get a trailer-less boat from the East coast to the West coast (or close)...have I got a deal for you!!!
by MikeM
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Marshall Units for PreWar
Replies: 4
Views: 1725

Re: Marshall Units for PreWar

Jack is one of the best. I use him exclusively.
by MikeM
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dave Jerome's gel stain
Replies: 29
Views: 4510

Re: Dave Jerome's gel stain

For those of you waiting on the edge of your seat for the Gel'd Stain resolution....I'm pleased to say that I've just closed the deal with Wood Kote on Dave Jeromes line of Gel'd Stain. If you need some, know someone who needs some or would like to try some, please give me a call, send me an email o...
by MikeM
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dave Jerome's gel stain
Replies: 29
Views: 4510

Re: Dave Jerome's gel stain

Thanks M-Fine....I'll run that past my legal team and marketing and see what they say. There may be a liability issue, though. Staining under the influence is probably not a great idea.
by MikeM
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dave Jerome's gel stain
Replies: 29
Views: 4510

Re: Dave Jerome's gel stain

I have spoken with both Susan and SuperF to take over the stain supply. Apparently the arrangement they had with Dave wasn't Super Great because when they mixed the colors there was a lot of waste. They're working on a new program for me. As soon as this happens I'll get the word out. MikeM @ Lake O...
by MikeM
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: where to find info about my 1953 sportsman deluxe
Replies: 13
Views: 3412

Re: where to find info about my 1953 sportsman deluxe

Congrats on the SOB! I'm the guy that sold it out of the Vancouver WA garage a few years back. That is the quintessential "user" boat, as it still has so much of it's original patina and charm and has been well used over the past several years. The 18' Sportsman is nearly the perfect boat....not too...
by MikeM
Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Boat Shipping
Replies: 11
Views: 3185

Re: Boat Shipping

I have had good luck with visquine (heavy plastic from Home Depot) stretched over the boat and stapled under the trailer bunks. Duct tape works well to seal the seams. I've done this twice with absolutely no problems. The first time was a trip from NC to OR with a triple. I have also shrunk wrap a w...
by MikeM
Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Gell stain promotes peeling?
Replies: 10
Views: 2085

Re: Gell stain promotes peeling?

I have been using Dave's gel stain for years. I have also experienced the "delam" of varnish when drilling for hardware. I used to use Pettit sanding sealer after letting the stain dry for a day or two. I stopped using the Pettit and now just use thinned Epiphanes as sealer and proceed to varnish wi...
by MikeM
Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: To Flush, or Pull the Plug
Replies: 17
Views: 4547

Re: To Flush, or Pull the Plug

MFine......an interesting and unexpected reply. I fugured you'd say something like "Century owners don't have to winterized because most of them reside at the bottom of the lake where the temperature only reaches (insert scientific, fact based spew here)." Happy thanksgiving, everyone. Even Mfine!!
by MikeM
Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: To Flush, or Pull the Plug
Replies: 17
Views: 4547

Re: To Flush, or Pull the Plug

Sooo, for the people in the back of the room....we're draining the block first to release water and hopefully expel any "gunk" in the cooling system and then filling with anti freeze to protect the block and components, right? I used to do that but found myself getting less interested and less good ...
by MikeM
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Riviera Shrunken Deck Planks
Replies: 29
Views: 7036

Re: Riviera Shrunken Deck Planks

Here's my 2 cents. Route out the "live seam" to an even ( and straight) 3/16", 1/4" if you have to. Then glue in a 3/16" strip being careful to match wood tone as closely as possible. From there you can just leave it that way or route the repair out to proper seam width. Having the seams off by just...
by MikeM
Sun May 31, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: What is it?
Replies: 28
Views: 7761

Re: What is it?

I was going to say Hacker.....but I guess I ran out of time.
by MikeM
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 1952 Riviera wiring colors and routing
Replies: 23
Views: 5619

Re: 1952 Riviera wiring colors and routing

Send me a PM or an email and I'll help you out. I've got what you need. [email protected]
by MikeM
Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bubbles bubbles bubbles
Replies: 24
Views: 7751

Re: Bubbles bubbles bubbles

I have struggled with bubbles, too, over the years. Mostly on the sides and transom, just like you. I thought I had tried everything from better monitoring of outside conditions, thinner adjustments, different brushes and rollers. I recently stumbled upon an epiphanes roller tray and cover combo. I ...
by MikeM
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Topside deck seams
Replies: 10
Views: 3052

Re: Topside deck seams

I use one shot but I have used boot stripe paint and even gloss white rust oleum, all with good results.
by MikeM
Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Trailer Axles, Should I Be Seeing Double?
Replies: 37
Views: 10423

Re: Trailer Axles, Should I Be Seeing Double?

For my boats and my money I want as many axels as possible.....
by MikeM
Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Gar Wood - General Discussion
Topic: Couple Gar Woods I seen, Photos
Replies: 11
Views: 5077

Re: Couple Gar Woods I seen, Photos

Great post! Thanks for sharing.

Actually, I think all of those boats are "Miss Lisa", Matt Byrnes overly featured GW, in various lengths and stages of restoration.
by MikeM
Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Running my K on a stand
Replies: 32
Views: 6986

Re: Running my K on a stand

I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure that the generator should be hooked up to the battery, even for testing. That's what my genny rebuilder told me, anyway.
by MikeM
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Viewing pictures
Replies: 14
Views: 3035

Re: Viewing pictures

Matt,
Sometimes if I stand up too fast after I've been looking at boat buzz I see spots. I can't click at them but sometimes I try to reach out and touch them, but I don't think they're there. When you're done helping John do you think you can help me?
MikeM
by MikeM
Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Too much stain applied on topsides
Replies: 14
Views: 3408

Re: Too much stain applied on topsides

I do not use filler with Jeld stain. In my experience, after a few coats of varnish the boat looks the same as it did when I used the filler stain. I have thought about using a clear filler before I stain but it just seams like a ton of work for not a whole lot of return, IMHO. Regarding UV's....I'm...
by MikeM
Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:02 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: White line grooves in deck
Replies: 19
Views: 8305

Re: White line grooves in deck

Either hire a striper (Yes, I said striper with one P) or tape off each side of the seam and paint it with a small brush. Personally, if I have less than perfect seams I let my "sign guy" do it. He makes it look easy and he enjoys it. He does it at the end of the project when the transom art and reg...
by MikeM
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Too much stain applied on topsides
Replies: 14
Views: 3408

Re: Too much stain applied on topsides

Ok.....I'm going to say it. Bad stain will haunt you for the rest of your woody life. If it doesn't look right now it's only going to get worse (and harder to sand off) with more varnish. Cut your losses, sand it off and start over. This time I suggest Jeld Stain. There is a source on the west coast...
by MikeM
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1940 Utility Throttle crawls to higher speed when underway
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Jim Staib and I think Sierra Boat has some new ones in stock.
by MikeM
Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Old topside matching new replacement planks
Replies: 7
Views: 1945

Finish fairing the boat. When you've got it perfectly fair and smooth then bleach it. After you bleach it you should lightly sand it to remove any raised grain. Then stain it. Then seal it. After you seal it look at the planks for color uniformity. If you have a couple light planks tape them off and...
by MikeM
Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Your Thoughts!
Replies: 6
Views: 2201

It sounds like the boat is varnished and you're looking for advice on how to fill the holes without refinishing the whole boat. If this is true, I have had success filling hardware holes on a finished boat by using epoxy colored with stain. Using a toothpick (or something) I slowly and patiently fil...
by MikeM
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Deck seam caulk
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

I have tried a bunch of different products (looking for a better mousetrap) and always come back to Sika LOT.....