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by fritz3000g
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Havasu
Replies: 2
Views: 1171

Re: Havasu

Thanks Sumner. Messaged Walt.
by fritz3000g
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Havasu
Replies: 2
Views: 1171

Havasu

I'll be in Lake Havasu for the first week of the new year, and am looking for a way to sail. I don't care if it's a Yacht or a Dinghy, but I'd love to explore. I'd considered looking at a Craigslist ad, and offering to buy a boat for a week and then sell it back. Seems like a lot of trouble though. ...
by fritz3000g
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Re: Outboard confusing issues

Thanks Capt Smitty. I have a manual and service manual. I followed the SM instructions for rebuilding the carb and setting screw positions which has been helpful. I'll consider getting the Seloc manual too. I'll start working on the other diagnostics. I'm limited for how far I can go since the boat ...
by fritz3000g
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Re: Outboard confusing issues

Thanks Capt Smitty. Your two cents are most welcome! Thank you so much for doing the research. So the two tests you suggest are: Restrict airflow when sputtering Check spark strength I'm not sure how to check the spark strength, other than to take it to a shop. Do you? Or are you suggesting I take i...
by fritz3000g
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Re: Outboard confusing issues

Thanks Seapup. Like you say, I don't think it's the CDI retarding RPMs. I could see it being the thermostat or CDI (or perhaps the bolt setting) reducing air flow. I've only ever used ethanol-free fuel in this motor, and cleaned the fuel system thoroughly when I got it. I've checked the spark. It's ...
by fritz3000g
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Re: Outboard confusing issues

Update on this issue: the experiments I did (bypassing fuel pump with tank elevated and cooling the fuel pump with water) did nothing. Actually during the test I got a misfire and a little bit of black smoke, which suggests excess fuel. So... I think that leaves electrical and oxygen issues. Any ide...
by fritz3000g
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard motor bracket
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

Re: Outboard motor bracket

Does anyone know if the original motor mount is supposed to include a spring, or if adding one can make raising the motor easier?
by fritz3000g
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Re: Outboard confusing issues

Mine gets plenty warm - no problems with it running cold. But I do get some fuel in the oil. I've been confused by this, since the engine compression is good making me think it's not the rings.
by fritz3000g
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Wild Hair
Replies: 0
Views: 1323

Wild Hair

I haven't seen or heard any mention of this fellow (Chip Giles) on this forum. http://www.wildhairsailing.net/ Sounds like he led some Mac/Venture group-crossings to the bahamas. I wouldn't have thought that Mac25s could sail to the bahamas, but I guess they can if you prepare well, travel with othe...
by fritz3000g
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Re: Outboard confusing issues

Thanks SeaPup will do. Any thoughts on whether it's possible to test to see if the fuel pump is getting vapor lock? I suppose I could run with the top open and pour water onto the fuel pump from a water bottle to keep it cool. Any better ideas? Thanks for the tip on the water separator. Is that stil...
by fritz3000g
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Re: Outboard confusing issues

Thanks for the advice folks: @Ponaldpe: Yes, the vent is open. I don't think there's a fuel filter, though I can look back through the service manual again. There is a strainer, but it's clean. Fuel line isn't collapsing. The ball gets soft when it's sputtering, but retains its shape. You're saying ...
by fritz3000g
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7582

Outboard confusing issues

Hi there, I've got a Yamaha 9.9 hp 4-stroke on my Mac25, and it's been giving me hard-to-diagnose problems. The basic symptoms: Runs fine for the first 10 minutes After 10 minutes, it sputters above 1/4 throttle These are classic fuel flow issues. My first inclination was the tank or fuel line, then...
by fritz3000g
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Through-Hull Transducer
Replies: 17
Views: 3972

Re: Through-Hull Transducer

Thanks guys! I'll see if I can reuse the existing transducer then!

With the Mac25, there was no water ballast - it's a cast iron swing keel.
by fritz3000g
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Through-Hull Transducer
Replies: 17
Views: 3972

Through-Hull Transducer

Hi there, I went aground in a shallow mucky lake (Lake Winnebago) this weekend on my '84 Mac25 , and realized I probably eventually need to replace my depth finder indicator (the old one is busted). It has an existing through-hull transducer epoxied to the hull, and I'm wondering if through-hull tra...
by fritz3000g
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Ring Dings
Replies: 13
Views: 3397

Re: Ring Dings

Thanks everyone. Does anyone know where I buy find the style that kurz and nauti neil show pictures of? I know that they're not supposed to have any load on them, but from what I've heard failures sometimes occur when load is placed on them. According to two stories I heard, under high wind conditio...