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by gbraker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Self bailer
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

Re: Self bailer

Someone said that they didn't have the siphon break hole on pre war boats.
by gbraker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Self bailer
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

Re: Self bailer

That's what I thought but I ran across someone who insists that there is no hole. Maybe they initially didn't have holes and later changed when a few boats sank. I don't know how old the boat is.
by gbraker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Self bailer
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

Self bailer

Isn't there supposed to be a small hole at the top of the casting to prevent siphoning when the boat is stopped? If so how large should it be?
by gbraker
Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 Semi Enclosed Repower
Replies: 29
Views: 5926

If you go with gear reduction and a larger prop you may need a larger shaft, stuffing box, and a strut that is longer "Higher". I think if you are going to all that trouble you should go diesel.
by gbraker
Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Gas usage
Replies: 10
Views: 3496

Gallons per hour are only part of the story. How far did you go, current and wind conditions are also a factor. Many times you burn more fuel on plane, but you also go a lot further. There is always a sweet spot. You get on plane, then adjust the trim tabs and the throttles so that you get just enou...
by gbraker
Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:58 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine options in a 1936 16' 511 Chris Craft
Replies: 58
Views: 11730

John you have one of the best re builders in the world living with in 15 miles of you. His name is Ted Cartner. I know he would be glad to help you. Call me for his number at 847-875-2534

Gary
by gbraker
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Chris-Craft Today
Topic: How many of us Classic Boaters own a modern Chris-Craft??
Replies: 17
Views: 16999

I have several just like Jim Staib has.
by gbraker
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Starting 6 Volt K engine
Replies: 11
Views: 4024

The same test can be done with the distributor. With the points closed there should be absolutely no resistance across them.
by gbraker
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Starting 6 Volt K engine
Replies: 11
Views: 4024

Just remember it doesn't take much oxidation at all at 6 volts and it will act just like a dead battery. Check from the center terminal + of the battery to the starter solenoid using the lowest scale of resistance. There should be absolutely no resistance. It should be a dead short. If any resistanc...
by gbraker
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Starting 6 Volt K engine
Replies: 11
Views: 4024

To add to what Jim said. When you have the spark plugs removed try to manually turn the engine over. If you can turn it over manually, but the battery/starter system can't then you know for sure its just electrical. If you can't then something is wrong mechanically. I personally would get another ba...
by gbraker
Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Fuel
Replies: 5
Views: 2511

I used Valve Tec and it fouled my spark plugs big time. Since then I've come to realize you don't need any additives. Just use a good fuel filter.

Gary
by gbraker
Wed May 30, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: What kind of Prop Nut??
Replies: 4
Views: 1439

Be sure to use a bronze pin, anything else will rust away, way worse in salt water. Should be same metal as the prop. Maybe good stainless would be OK.
by gbraker
Sat May 26, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Chris-Craft Today
Topic: Chris Craft Shoot Out!!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 6614

I think a shoot out would be great fun, but I think it should include more than shear speed.

similar horsepower, & compare efficiency, top speed, turning radius, MPG, things like that.
by gbraker
Wed May 23, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: HOUSE PAINT?
Replies: 30
Views: 10819

Where am I? Is this facebook or what?
by gbraker
Wed May 23, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: HOUSE PAINT?
Replies: 30
Views: 10819

T111, only if you can get it in Marine Grade.
by gbraker
Tue May 22, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: A little disappointed!
Replies: 6
Views: 2995

I've never read Danenbergs book and I've never watched a 5200 bottom being installed, but since the boards fit into a rabbit in the keel/keelsen, what would prevent that seam from leaking. The plywood also goes up to the keelsen not over it. Do they just glop 5200 all along the keelsen when they put...
by gbraker
Tue May 22, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: HOUSE PAINT?
Replies: 30
Views: 10819

The thing here to be wary of is, to make sure the paint you use is compatible with what is already on the boat. I've seen what happens when they are not compatible, as in major peeling.
by gbraker
Sat May 12, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Support for roll over???
Replies: 66
Views: 17658

Those gouges are nothing. Just mix west systems with a thickener. Let it dry & sand it smooth. Be sure to paint the area with unthickened epoxy first then after it has dried, but before it totally cures apply the thickened stuff. Works great & its inexpensive.

Gary
by gbraker
Tue May 08, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Boat Buzz pictures
Replies: 11
Views: 3169

If I click on the picture it enlarges. If I click again it really gets large. Kinda like each time I click it doubles the size. A third click does nothing.

I'm using firefox.

Gary
by gbraker
Fri May 04, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Bow Eye for 17' Sportsman
Replies: 18
Views: 5087

I have a 1941 Deluxe Runabout. It has a bow eye. I thought it was part of the cutwater until I looked at it real close last year and realized it was a separate piece. It actually goes through the bow and also through a backing block and a nut is screwed on on the inside. Its handy and it seems plent...
by gbraker
Thu May 03, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Getting up on plane?
Replies: 13
Views: 3571

You are right John, they are all trawlers now :(
by gbraker
Thu May 03, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Getting up on plane?
Replies: 13
Views: 3571

I had wedges on a 36 ft Commander (1954) It had electric Tabs, but they never worked. That was Ok because the boat didn't need them. The wedges were all she needed.
by gbraker
Wed May 02, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Getting up on plane?
Replies: 13
Views: 3571

I have a 30 ft Connie with 327's, and it won't plane out without the tabs. Just sits there bow up with the engines roaring. Soon as soon as the tabs force the bow down, it goes great.
by gbraker
Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Great Article in Classic Boat
Replies: 13
Views: 4480

I think that is standard operating at auctions. I know I've had it happen to me in other auctions in the past.

Its really unethical, but hard to prove.
by gbraker
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 57' connie/starboard motor won't turn off/now won't start
Replies: 16
Views: 4129

diesels are different than gas. Diesels don't need power or electricity They stay running because they have heat and fuel and they will run until something external stops them. The way you stop a diesel is to shut off the air. Therefore if you couldn't stop it and now you can't start it, look for a ...
by gbraker
Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Wooden Chris Craft depth sounder
Replies: 5
Views: 2281

If you expect the depth finder to tell you the water is to shallow, it will, but it will always be to late. It will allow you to see the depth contours that will allow you to reference your chart so you can tell where the skinny water is before you get there..
by gbraker
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Anyone recognize this boat?
Replies: 14
Views: 5250

Whether they were worth what he paid or not, the issues is how pirates like that make there money at the expense of us peons. or was that peed on. I just can't get this speal chekker to work this morning.
by gbraker
Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Anyone recognize this boat?
Replies: 14
Views: 5250

They used to hang pirates, now they are rewarded with millions of dollars.
by gbraker
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Trailer Set Up
Replies: 13
Views: 4788

All you get is plastic & rubber. They are to narrow, easy to miss and scratch the boat.
by gbraker
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Trailer Set Up
Replies: 13
Views: 4788

I have a trailer that is missing that part. I need to retro fit it, so I am looking for somewhere to order it. Guess maybe google would help. Guess I'll search on trailer bow stop

Gary