Decided to take apart the back of the boat today. The excuse was that the livewell pumpout didn't work, but I was more curious to see what was down there and learn how the wiring works. It was dirty too, so that was excuse number two :)
Getting at the pumps was at least fairly interesting. There's a plate that covers the bottom of the boat. The oil tank sits on the plate. The edges of the battery boxes also sit on the edge of the plate, so 3 screws had to come up there as well. The 4th screw was missing, needs replacement.
One quick release clip on the battery box was broken, needs replacement. One battery terminal was held on by a hex nut, I had that covered with a spare wing nut.
Now the question is how to get a replacement cartridge for a rule Hi-Flow Aerator pump? They seem to be discontinued. I emailed rule. Would rather do the cartridge than replace the whole thing, yuk. Wouldn't mind having a spare also. The recirc pump is more readily accessible, sitting up behind the livewell and could be replaced on the water.
A good first foray in to the bowels of the boat. Did some labeling on the way out too. Still more to be done there.
Long term an option could be to go with the Optima batteries, which are smaller. But I am thinking that taking out the middle plate on the water would still be a nightmare with the oil tank. If you could get a spare cap for the business end of the oil tank it could be possible. But having oil sloshing around with the cap open to move the tank off the plate would be all bad. An interesting dilemma to think about for the future :)
#3661, "RE: The rear hatch, what lies beneath" In response to Reply # 1
I'll get it done here sooner or later. The process is just wrapping up now. There was a little snafu with the paperwork (my fault) so it took longer.
On the pump replacement I learned that a Rule Hi-Flow Aerator pump can be replaced with a standard 500GPH rule bilge pump (the old style like shown in photos above). $31 for the cartridge and now it works fine.
Did some work with Lake on the boat and took it to Boatmasters for some more work this week. The engine was at 118 hours and needed the 100hr type stuff so we did or got done:
Gear case lube Spark plugs Fuel filter Water impeller New bushing where the motor swivels up and down (warranty) New plastic cover on side of motor, it was broken (warranty) Tightened a bunch of screws Various lubrication/grease points Add brake fluid to trailer
Had loads of fun when I got the wrong spark plugs from Boatmasters. I got the plugs for a regular 225 Optimax instead of the ProXS (miscommunication). Let me tell you, the engine does not run when it has the wrong plugs. So that was frustrating, but a good lesson to be very clear about parts.
Then you have to buy all the odds and ends like:
2 kill switches (didn't have one) Trailer locking pin Stick jackets for my rods Prop wrench Extension cord Boat wax
Still need to get:
Spare keys New trailer tie downs (1 is broken)
What else... I figured out the problem with the console graph. The problem is that you can't run the flasher and the console graph at the same time (duh). The transducers are mounted side-by-side in the hull and interfere with each other. Aren't boats cool? :)
Here's a crummy cell phone pic of the boat all cleaned up last weekend.
#3662, "RE: The rear hatch, what lies beneath" In response to Reply # 2
Sounds like my experience as a first time boat owner. Last year I picked up a 03 Boston Whaler 150 sport. Learned real quick all the ins and outs and joined the SWBA and its been a blast... Boat looks good Rob congrats on the baby. :-)