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  1. DaleH

    Mystery Boat...

    HIN = Hull Identification Number ... the (usually) first 3-Letters of the 12-digit hull number assigned by the USCG to identify the maker of a hull. Affixed, embossed or stamped into the hull at the top right of the stern, outside. Link =...
  2. DaleH

    Wiring Diagram Symbol

    I might have found the answer here: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/417641/unknown-circuit-symbol-rectangle-with-arrow
  3. DaleH

    Mystery Boat...

    What is the HIN?
  4. DaleH

    Which Aluminum Rivet Tools?

    Just so everyone knows, shear strength is one thing, but otherwise the rivets used should be softer than the alloy you're holding together ... so that the rivets become the 'weak link' and are eventually the item to be replaced ... and not that of the hull structure itself. I too use that large...
  5. DaleH

    Which Aluminum Rivet Tools?

    ... maybe it's just an artifact of it being a cheap tool, LOL! As in a light squeeze isn't opening the valve, haha!
  6. DaleH

    Which Aluminum Rivet Tools?

    I only use the Cheap Harbor freight $20 air hammer, that is not adjustable, less I can adjust the pressure. I have never set a rivet ‘too hard’. And don’t think it would be possible with my set up, lol!
  7. DaleH

    Which Aluminum Rivet Tools?

    1) Rivets Most use 3/16" diameter rivets 2) Where? Buy in bulk from Jay-Cee Rivets, as they have a large inventory for great prices! See: https://www.rivetsonline.com/a187b0375a/a187b0375a You want 'Brazier' head 1100F alloy 3/16" rivets, most likely in 3/8" length with a handful of 1/2" or...
  8. DaleH

    Bent Skegg

    Good info there Thill!
  9. DaleH

    Bent Skegg

    Honestly ... due to the issues without a Pro repair where they empty the drive case ... I'd leave it alone ...
  10. DaleH

    Spinning Reel Maintenance

    In lieu of Reel-X, hardware stores usually sell (or used to?) sewing machine oil. That is a nice pure 'light' oil suitable for bearings.
  11. DaleH

    Gunwale track

    Hold a 'stripper'? I don't know ... some of them 💃 ladies can get pretty big ... Sounds like we need pictures of Airshots idea, as that sounds great! But otherwise I'd use high-shear 1/4" rivets to hold the track on, it wouldn't go anywhere.
  12. DaleH

    Gunwale track

    I would think that any of the kayak-type 'track systems' would still mount to the gunnel, even if rounded somewhat at the top. At worst, if the track is 3/4" wide. add a thin 1/8" wide 3M outdoor 'car trim' adhesive strip down the length of the track, to each outside edge ... not so much for...
  13. DaleH

    Spinning Reel Maintenance

    Insides? Maybe on a saltwater reel (for bearings, if cranky) or an unknown reel that's old ... as old grease can get sticky, so I let the reel tell me. Outside? Wash and rinse, keep line out of the sun. Pre-season ... all moving parts get lubed - BreakFree CLP on moving parts and Reel-X on...
  14. DaleH

    New 20 hp

    We just went through this for a new electric start short-shaft 15hp for my boat club. It came down to (listed alphabetically) ... Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, Tohatsu(Nissan) and Yamaha. -The Yam was ruled out as being the heaviest and members with newer ones have TONS of problems with them. Two...
  15. DaleH

    Installing a switch panel to eliminate my birds nest

    Here's another schematic, where it says 'fuse block' could be a combo switch/fuse block. Look up the wattage of that LED floodlight and divide Watts by 12.6 Volts to get the Amp draw. Being LED, I'd bet that # is low.
  16. DaleH

    Yamaha or Mercury

    Provided a reputable dealer is near you, I'd go for a Tohatsu/Nissan or Suzuki over those other brands. A Yummieha would be my last choice ...
  17. DaleH

    Best place to buy vinyl flooring?

    That's the way to do it. Also use Monel staples. Can be a pain to remove the floor and do it but it only needs to be done ONCE. Take my old 16' hull ... sold it at 25-years young and the original vinyl floor still looked great! If carpet, that hull would have re-carpeted 3-4 TIMES already to...
  18. DaleH

    Best place to buy vinyl flooring?

    Just look up ‘Nautolex Marine Vinyl’ online as there are many choices. Most comes in 74” width and various colors. Available from Defender Marine, Walmart online … etc., so shop around.
  19. DaleH

    Horizontal Rod Storage Ideas

    My son reminded me of that just the other day, LOL! :ROFLMAO:
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