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by maintenanceguy
21 Oct 2019, 13:42
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 3 gal or 6 gal tank for 15hp 4 stroke?
Replies: 5
Views: 95

Re: 3 gal or 6 gal tank for 15hp 4 stroke?

Rule of thumb is HP/10 = GPH burned. This assumes you're at planing speed. It's surprisingly accurate for my boat. I have a 6 gallon tank and usually carry a second 5 gallon gas can to refill the main tank if needed. Hipster said he ditched the 6 gal tank for a 3 gallon. He feels comfortable with 3 ...
by maintenanceguy
20 Oct 2019, 21:24
Forum: Watering Hole
Topic: Jon boat vs V hull
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Jon boat vs V hull

A flat bottom boat rocks less on flat water. A V-hull boat cuts through waves better. On flat water, I think a flat bottom boat is nicer. If you experience waves, a flat bottom boat will rise and fall more with each wave and beat you up a lot more. I have a 1232 (12' long, 32" wide at the floor) jon...
by maintenanceguy
20 Oct 2019, 12:22
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: 1988 Alumacraft Pro17 - needs pretty much everything
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: 1988 Alumacraft Pro17 - needs pretty much everything

You can get pop rivets with larger diameter heads. Check out the "Head Diameter" filter in the left side column here: https://www.mcmaster.com/rivets
by maintenanceguy
19 Oct 2019, 20:56
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: 1988 Alumacraft Pro17 - needs pretty much everything
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: 1988 Alumacraft Pro17 - needs pretty much everything

I would have said pop rivets but I would expect to see part of the stem in the hole in the center. It's possible the deck was thick enough that the stem broke off far enough below the deck that it can't be seen. I would drill one or two out and see what you find. You have to remove them anyway and y...
by maintenanceguy
16 Oct 2019, 17:14
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

I considered moving the side console more forward but in front of the storage locker is further forward than I would want it. Truth is, the console gives me a place to mount the chart plotter, radio, and electrical switches. If it wasn't for those things, I'd be perfectly happy with a tiller motor i...
by maintenanceguy
16 Oct 2019, 17:12
Forum: Trailers
Topic: Transom saver questions...
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: Transom saver questions...

I trailer my boat with the 40hp motor resting on the tilt latch that came with the motor. If you aren't happy with that, a block of wood or transom saver will move the load from that latch to the block of wood or the transom saver instead. But, the block of wood and transom saver do different jobs. ...
by maintenanceguy
16 Oct 2019, 17:09
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: Float pods , hinged
Replies: 17
Views: 317

Re: Float pods , hinged

I don't think that gap matters. If you're moving slow, it's not important. If you're moving fast, the side of your float pods will be in an empty space and not in the water. I actually like this idea. A combination float pod and trim tab. I'm not sure that it will turn out to be useful but it's a co...
by maintenanceguy
12 Oct 2019, 19:25
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Roll and Tip- what am I doing wrong
Replies: 11
Views: 269

Re: Roll and Tip- what am I doing wrong

I don't know Rustoleum top side paint. I have used a lot of the "regular" Rustoleum enamel paint. Check the label on the topside paint to confirm that it can be thinned with acetone. The "regular" Rustoleum allows acetone as a paint thinner. A little acetone makes a big difference in how smoothly th...
by maintenanceguy
09 Oct 2019, 20:07
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

TinBassinVA wrote:
08 Oct 2019, 21:31
Nice job! I don't see many PolarKraft's talked about on here. I love my MV 1475.
Thank you. 1475 is a wide boat. I didn't know anyone made one. Mine is a 17' and it only has a 72" beam.
by maintenanceguy
05 Oct 2019, 15:13
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

Since it took me a large part of this past summer to get it seaworthy, we've only had it out on the water half a dozen times. But, we've explored miles and miles of salt marsh. We've crabbed (you can see our crab pots in the background in some of the pictures), fished, and had a great time. I'm sad ...
by maintenanceguy
05 Oct 2019, 14:08
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

I still have a couple of things to work out. 1. There's a lot of weight in the back. 40hp outboard, 5hp outboard, 6 gallons of gas, battery, and chubby me. The bow will rise a lot if someone isn't sitting in the bow facing backwards. 2. I'm formulating a plan for some sort of floor. I have an idea b...
by maintenanceguy
05 Oct 2019, 14:04
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

Still nervous about being lost at sea with a dead motor, I found a used Nissan 5hp outboard on Craigslist. I added that as a kicker motor/ emergency-get-me-home motor. The little 5hp motor will push us along at 5 - 6 mph. It might take me a couple of hours to get back but it beats swimming back. The...
by maintenanceguy
05 Oct 2019, 14:02
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

I changed the impeller on the old Mariner 40hp outboard and gave it a good look over. Using a snake camera, I found a big piece of rubber lodged in the top of the tube from the water pump to the power head. Took me about an hour with pieces of wire to finally get that out. Motor had great compressio...
by maintenanceguy
05 Oct 2019, 13:55
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

Here's a photo of the side console. The original steering wheel was at about knee height. I added 7" of aluminum to raise the console to a more comfortable height. https://greaseextensionhoses.com/boat_photos/PolarKraft1751-9 There's also an LED deck light on the side console, in addition to the one...
by maintenanceguy
05 Oct 2019, 13:54
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: PolarKraft MV 1751
Replies: 14
Views: 439

Re: PolarKraft MV 1751

Lots of other work was done that doesn't show up on the pictures. Every time I started some part of the project, I discovered 3 other things to add to the list. The work took a lot longer than expected, but every project does. Everything was re-wired with marine grade wire. New fuse box, new switche...