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  1. Yeah there are too many bad reviews to feel confident in thinking that it would be a good choice. That’s unfortunate because I like seachoice, I think they have great products but apparently they shit the bed when it comes to this electric hitch. the Fulton is really nice but I don’t think it has the wired connector or the swivel capability. As I had said in the original post The electric hitch would be sweet and as far as longevity who knows how the Fulton will hold up over time. It might end up being just another component to worry about crapping out. I’ll probably just go with a standard manual hitch. Keep it simple right… anyone have any input on the Fulton??
  2. I need a New hitch for my trailer and I’m wondering if anyone has any input on an electric hitch, clearly an electric hitch isn’t necessary but it would be sweet. the seachoice has everything I want, a seven pin connector to get power so I dont have to mount a battery or run wire to the battery, and it swivels up for transportation. only problem is the Amazon reviews basically say it’s garbage and not to buy. anyone have any input ? Thanks in advance
  3. I cleaned the screen on the oil pickup and it started working. 👍🏽
  4. I have a 2006 Mercury efi 200 2 stroke, the one that runs off of compression to oil the engine. When I first bought It I replaced the Onboard oil reservoir and it bled perfectly and the other day I got the 4 alarm beep. I looked at the reservoir and it was a few inches low and my 3 gallon remote tank was at Around a gallon. I figured just fill up ThE remote reservoir, crank her up and bleed it... nope, it’s not bleeding. I checked all the lines and there was a small leak at the “Oil in” hose at the Connection to the remote tank and a very Very small Pinhole leak on the “air out” from the engine to The remote tank. I sealed up both leaks and cranked her up. Still not bleeding. while running I removed the “air in” line to the remote tank and it released pressure (so I know the compression is pushing air) I removed the “oil in” line from right before the check valve and it’s just not pushing oil... I filled up the onboard reservoir till almost full and the Warning beep has gone away but it’s still not bleeding properly what is going on here ???
  5. It seems the fixed radio is the way to go. 2 n tow mentioned the same thing about the antenna. I def want a decent radio. update... got the tank back in Today and wired everything back up. Thank god I video documented everything I did. The wires coming off of the ignition Was so confusing. And getting the throttle and linkage back together was a huge pain as well. I labeled the Steering hydraulic lines and put them back there they were but the wheel will just turn and turn with no engagement to the motor. I figured it would need to be bled but I have never done it. I’ve been watching YouTube videos and it seems fairly simple but most of the steering columns have a little threaded port on top of them where they put the fluid. My steering actually has a 2’ long Hydraulic line that runs from the side of the steering column and up to the top of my center console. Same thing I suppose 🤷🏼‍♂️ Any tips or tricks or links y’all know of to help me get this thing bled ? And do I really have to use marine hydraulic fluid or can I use transmission fluid, that’s what I used for my power pole and it works beautifully thanks guys. and I’ll remember to take some photos And post soon 👍🏽
  6. I did a pressure test on the tank and it revealed no leaks. I was scratching my head over it and painstakingly went over the entire tank. I did find a very tiny hole in the vent tube coming off the tank that was down low enough to not be covered by the vent hose. (I had Actually covered it up with tape when I did the pressure test) I chipped at it and it opened up to about the size of a typical eraser on a pencil. I also found some decent pits and Wire wheeled around them. Two of them revealed a tiny tiny pinhole, but I’m sure it was only because of the wire wheel. But I’m glad I found them. i wire wheeled several more pits but they didn’t go through. I patched up all the holes and pits with jbwelds “water weld” I believe it was called? It said it was specifically for fuel tanks. i am absolutely going to put a new tank in But I am confident in the meantime while it’s being built That the repairs will hold. I’ve done some shopping around to different fabricators and I think no matter what I’m in the area between 1k-1.5k i May go with sunshine welding out of cape Canaveral to get around the shipping costs. But I’ve got quotes from “florida marine tanks inc” (who was the builder of this existing tank) and from another company I can’t remember the name right now. I’ll use my current tank for now and I won’t fill up and only take short trips. I Just hate to be out of the water during my sons summertime Vacation.also not looking forward to doing all the wiring again but what can ya do 🤷🏼‍♂️ At the end of this I will definitely be a lot more knowledgeable about my rig, which is always a good thing. been looking at vhf radios. any thoughts concerning fixed radios or handhelds ???
  7. A part of me was like “well maybe I should just run it for awhile and see what happens” because looking back... it probably was just the sending unit or something strange considering I just topped it off. but damn. Can’t be too careful. i learned a lot more about my vessel and have made small modifications in the process. Not to mention I wanted to clean all that wiring up anyway. I just bought it a few months ago but after all this it will surely be MY BOAT! I dont want to be down For longer than I have to be so I’ve contacted some local Guys to get a professional opinion on the viability of this tank going back in. At least for the time being until a new tank can be made. Which I will be making modifications to, like extending the height On my dimensions to go from 60g to have nearly a 110g in the same space. Ugh... get a boat they said, it’ll be fun they said Lol on another note, With a larger tank I want to get further offshore But not without proper communication systems. Any info on a decent com system for if I’m far out there and shit hits the fan???
  8. Yeah like I said I just want something to show itself! The fuel line to the motor is the only thing I haven’t checked but as you said I’ve basically ruled that out because A: it’d be draining into a different part of the boat and B: there’d be other telltale signs. And I do not have one of those fuel water separators. I want to stay in state for possible local pickup Of a tank and I emailed “the marine connection” Out of ft Pierce to see if they had a close match but uNfortunately they don’t. florida marine tanks Inc got back to me with a quote to make the exact tank and they hit me with $ 1,084 And that’s Before shipment... !!holy shit!!... I don’t even understand that because I can get an even bigger aluminum tank with even more attachments BUILT BY florida marine tanks Inc from a place like the marine connection for cheaper than that even after shipping ??? So how the hell does that add up? those numbers got me rethinking my status... I may take the tank to a place to get it properly Leak/pressure tested And go from there. I spun out one of the screws on my sending unit but I think I read somewhere that I can just go to a bigger screw to fix it. Any tips or tricks on that fix? Thanks 2ntow you’re my only friend lol I’ll e mail Moeller in the meantime.
  9. Yea I figured as much, that sucks. got the tank out today and pressure tested it best I could. Sprayed the entire thing with soapy water and found ......nothing ......I do think the tank is original btw. And it does have several decent pitting Spots and I’ve decided I don’t want to do this again anytime soon So I’m replacing it. I just shot off an email of my dimensions to marine tanks inc for a quote. would love to find a poly close to my dimensions that has the attachments where mine already are. I really don't want to have to make another hatch or inspections ports. Pulled out my fill and vent lines, they look good. Here’s some photos from today. Coffin is cleaned up, will clean it better before new tank goes in. I discovered the drain hole you were talking about. I forgot to get a photo of my tank out of the boat but those are my tanks dimensions.
  10. I agree there has to be a drain I just can’t see it. At the top and bottom there’s like an inch gap and the coffin tapers so where the bottom of the tank meets the coffin it makes a V. It’s super tight in there. Makes me wonder if the tank was made for the coffin or the coffin made for the tank. Either way it’s snug as a bug. As far as gas smell I really didn’t smell it bad when I lifted the deck. And since the foam had separated from the coffin and the tank I was able to get it out fairly easily and in large chunks and although Im sure I must’ve looked “special” I was smelling all the pieces. And I didn’t get an overbearing stench of fuel. I’m stumped ...and getting pissed...I just wish something would show itself so I could fix it and be done and be back on the water That hole Where my fill and vent hose pop out of the deck and into the tank. there’s a wall on the backside of it which means it’s directing anything In there out of that same hole. there’s some water In there but no smell of gas. If that fill line was Bad I imagine there’d be a foul stench of gas right there and in the foam right underneath it but that’s not the case. If the pickup fuel line to the motor was bad i assume fuel would be in that Same channel as all the rest of the motor stuff and go into that Box on the rear starboard then drain into the transom gutter and out the scuppers. And the fittings are tight and the sending unit is solid... everything points to a faulty tank but as far as I can tell the tank looks good too. that’s it, I’m draining the fuel out tomorrow and ripping the damn thing out of there. I’ll post more photos tomorrow of what I find. What’s the consensus on poly vs aluminum?? I’ve been looking at moellers poly tanks but I really want to keep the fill,vent,sending unit and pickup where it’s at so I don’t have to go putting in extra inspection ports or hatches which May mean a custom Fabricated Aluminum tank, unless they do custom poly tanks as well.
  11. The one photo is looking down into the inspection port behind the fish box. i got all the foam out and still can’t see a dang thing. The tank is tight in there, I can’t even see that tube you’re talking about from the coffin to the bilge.
  12. I did some archaeology on the tank sticker to see what I could see. It’s says “florida marine tanks inc” “Capacity 60 gallon” model number is unfortunately ripped off along with test pressure. does anyone know this brand? Is this what they used in original equipment ?
  13. There’s the tank, the fish box? And a photo down through the inspection port. You can see it looks like somebody busted it open to be able to see into it. overall the tank looks fine. The sending unit is tight and the lines as far as I can see and feel are good. Some of the foam has seperated from the tank Making a path for fuel to get down but as far as I can inspect I can’t see any holes. I’m stumped. I really don’t wanna go hacking away at the foam to try and see if I can find a hole but I may have to, any thoughts/input???
  14. Hey y’all. I am a new owner of an 81 or 82 almost 20ft robalo. I’ve run it several times since I’ve bought it and other than trying to figure out what the hell the box is in the back it’s been running great (is that a live well or a fish box?) anyway, that’s for another post. The real problem I’m having is I filled up the Fuel tank other day and Went out, two days later my neighbor knocked on my door and told me there was gas leaking from my drain plug. I jacked the boat as high as I could and put a bucket underneath and sure enough it was water and gas. i inspected the fill lines, vent, Pickup, and sending unit at the tank They all seemed in good order. The fuel line to the motor seems to be good. At the filler cap the line seemed to be cracked a tad bit because of the awkward angle it was at but didn’t seem to be all the way through. So let’s say maybe it was a loose sending unit...(in my head it just doesn’t make sense concerning the amount of fuel that leaked out) my fuel gauge is bad so I can’t go off that but I’ve got one of those screw off lids in the back between the fish box thing and the Transom gutter That allows me to see right down into the bilge before it goes out the drain plug (it looks like somebody busted into that Large tube to be able to see Into it) to me, it just seems like there’s no way that there was that much fuel coming out of a bad sending unit. anyway, I started thinking the worst and I’ve completely removed my leaning post,t top, and center console to access the gas tank. (I wanted to redo all that wiring anyway) I peeled up the deck and it’s A Foamed in aluminum tank, foam is yellowed so I’m figuring it’s the original tank. With everything installed I still had access from the hatch under the center console to the vent,fill,sending unit and it looks like there’s two pickups but only one is used. I really don’t want to have To replace this tank But if it is original we’re talking about a nearly 40 year old tank. I should’ve came here first before YouTube but... I’m here now. What are your thoughts? Oh also, I’ve been having water in my gas issues as well. sorry for the lengthy post I’m just trying to paint the best picture. Thanks In advance guys. I’m going to post some photos and a video if I can tomorrow
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