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Forum: Restorations and Refurbishments Yesterday, 12:22 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By rkmason
Replacement OEM Gauge Source?

The water temp gauge on my '98 200VRS Maristar just quit working while on the lake yesterday. It was working when we pulled away from the launch area, but after we sat anchored for a few hours I...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 02-06-2017, 08:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,435
Posted By rkmason
You are right to stay conservative with your boat...

You are right to stay conservative with your boat engine build; marine use is classified as "severe duty" for a reason. Anything over near-idle boat speed is equivalent to that '79 pickup of yours...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 02-06-2017, 08:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,557
Posted By rkmason
If your adapter is used to install a 2bbl TBI...

If your adapter is used to install a 2bbl TBI unit onto a 4bbl manifold (as it appears to be), then the topside gasket to use is just a std automotive 454 TBI unit base gasket. Ask the auto parts...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 12-27-2016, 05:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,982
Posted By rkmason
My bad; Bret has it right. Indmar used the GM...

My bad; Bret has it right. Indmar used the GM big block 454 TBI unit with 2" throttle bores. The 350 and 454 TBI base gasket may be the same for both TBI versions, or you can always just trim the...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 12-26-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,982
Posted By rkmason
The adapter-to-TBI gasket has to be a std GM...

The adapter-to-TBI gasket has to be a std GM automotive TBI gasket. Look for a TBI base gasket from an early 90's GM 1500 pickup with 350 ci TBI V8. Not sure about the manifold-to-adapter gasket; my...
Forum: Electrical 12-20-2016, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By rkmason
The EFI system on an engine takes a fair amount...

The EFI system on an engine takes a fair amount of electrical power to operate. It will run down a battery surprisingly quickly if the alternator is not working. Once the battery voltage sags down...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2016, 09:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,381
Posted By rkmason
Will powder coat survive the high temps these...

Will powder coat survive the high temps these manifolds get to at the exhaust entry ports? I used high temp exhaust system paint because I thought powder coat would not survive, at least in the...
Forum: For Sale: Parts & Accessories 12-06-2016, 10:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,136
Posted By rkmason
I thought it was legit; just yanking his crank a...

I thought it was legit; just yanking his crank a bit. Unusual to see someone with so many swim platforms and no boats to go with them.
Forum: For Sale: Parts & Accessories 12-06-2016, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,136
Posted By rkmason
Talking Have you been prowling the marina at night...

Have you been prowling the marina at night pulling swim platforms ? :D

Really, how did you end up with so many? Are you a dealer?
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2016, 10:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,381
Posted By rkmason
My manifolds looked like yours years ago. I...

My manifolds looked like yours years ago. I removed them and got them sandblasted, then repainted them with high temp paint. It's now about 10 years later and they are beginning to show rust in...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,340
Posted By rkmason
My ladder runs clear of the wake at cruise speed,...

My ladder runs clear of the wake at cruise speed, but no idea where it would be when doing wake surfing since we don't do that. I don't run with any ballast.
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2016, 04:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,340
Posted By rkmason
Based on my own boat & platform it might take a...

Based on my own boat & platform it might take a bit more than 1" to keep the whole ladder out of the water at rest.
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,340
Posted By rkmason
I also used the same under platform ladder as...

I also used the same under platform ladder as Gonzo...works great and stows out of the way. Does add a few pounds to the platform total weight if that matters at all to you. My ladder is Garelick...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 11-30-2016, 06:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,982
Posted By rkmason
Completed my TBI unit service / injector...

Completed my TBI unit service / injector cleaning, and it has made a big difference in the engine response and performance. I was noticing some hesitation and flat spots during acceleration this...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-29-2016, 11:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,991
Posted By rkmason
Under Platform Boarding Ladder

If you decide to add this Garelick collapsible ladder to your swim platform, take a look at how Gonzo mounted his vs. how I did mine. He added under platform teak spacer boards to fill in the 7/8"...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-21-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,991
Posted By rkmason
So you will be boating on Table Rock Lake? That's...

So you will be boating on Table Rock Lake? That's a perfect place for this boat; plenty of places to find smooth water out of the wind. We had our Maristar on Table Rock for a week some years ago. A...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-20-2016, 02:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,991
Posted By rkmason
Yeah, with the typical 14 x 20 Maristar prop the...

Yeah, with the typical 14 x 20 Maristar prop the min boat speed at idle in forward will be a little faster than what you may be used to. I also cycle my boat in and out of forward at idle to keep the...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-20-2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,991
Posted By rkmason
You are traveling the same boating path that I...

You are traveling the same boating path that I did (Bayliner-class I/O beginner boat; Maristar 200VRS since 1999). I only wish I would've made the change sooner; the Maristar is a great family...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 11-19-2016, 04:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,671
Posted By rkmason
All I can tell you is that their response to my...

All I can tell you is that their response to my request to repair my OJ prop was a pretty unambiguous "don't do it" which surprised me. These guys have been a well known and respected local prop...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 11-17-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,671
Posted By rkmason
They showed me multiple OJ props with blades...

They showed me multiple OJ props with blades missing. One damaged prop I saw with a blade missing seemed to show what they said was evidence of contamination of the nibral material along the fracture...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 11-17-2016, 08:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,671
Posted By rkmason
My question is about throwing an individual blade...

My question is about throwing an individual blade on a nibral prop due to a possible material defect as described here by O6MCX15, not "throwing a prop".
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 11-17-2016, 06:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,671
Posted By rkmason
OJ Nibral Props - Thrown Blades

I visited my local prop shop earlier today to see about possible repair of a badly damaged OJ prop and ended up having a very interesting conversation with the owner. He advised me not to invest...
Forum: Electrical 11-16-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,326
Posted By rkmason
It looks to me like you have to take the entire...

It looks to me like you have to take the entire helm tilt mechanism loose from the dash panel to get the dash panel off. I started to remove the dash panel on my '98 200 VRS but aborted the effort...
Forum: Restorations and Refurbishments 11-07-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 39,469
Posted By rkmason
Platform Ladder

I saw your boat refurb post early on, but I did not check back until now. Looks like you and I have installed the same Garelick under platform stowable ladder. Works great, doesn't it? I see you...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2016, 06:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,039
Posted By rkmason
Fathers and Daughters have a special bond, and...

Fathers and Daughters have a special bond, and you have just made yours even more special!
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