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    preventive maintenance.

    Clean and oiling the reels

    Replacing batteries that are 3 years old if you have a outboard.

    Inspect and document boat wiring

    Inspect trailer wiring

    Install a wheel spray system

    Repacking wheel bearings

    Upgrade / inspect bulge pump wiring

    Wash the inside of the hull with fresh water and remove all remaining water

    Inspect the inside and outside for corrosion

    Inspect anodes inside engine/s and look for internal corrosion

    Replace engine anodes that are less than 50%

    Replace engine water pump/s if over the recommended hours

    Make an appointed with a repair shop before the spring rush.

    There must be something I missed, if so let us know what it is.

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    Save the $1000,s needed!
    I have a small charger that I keep the batteries up all winter much greater battery life.
    Trailer boats I replace tires every 3 years.

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    Buy good tires & batteries & they last longer than 3 years.
    “Nothing worth doing is easy”
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    I run a single axle trailer tires look fine after 3 years but would rather not chance a blow out on our roads.

    Pretty interesting that expected life on a trailer tire is 3 to 5 years, after 3 years they have lost 1/3 there strength.
    http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/inf...erTireFacts.do

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    The reason I said to replace the batteries after three years is not because they are poor quality. It has to do with all the items drawing current from alternator/s leaving nothing to replace the current pull from the battery. Also most boater find it too time consuming to charge there batteries fully (100%), since batteries accept less current as they near 100% charge.

    How importance is it to fully charge a battery?

    Fully charge after each discharge. Estimated life: 6-9 Years

    Fully Recharge at least once a week and equalize once a month. Estimated life: 4-6 Years..

    Only recharge to 85% and equalize once a month. Estimated life: 2-4 years.

    Only charge to 85% and never equalize. Estimated life: 1 year.

    Need I say more?

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    I have a 1983, 24-ft Skipjack. I bought in 1993 and repowered at 1700 hours in June 2000.
    I have a Volvo 5.7GSI with duo-prop.
    I have 16 years and over 3600 hours on a this engine.
    At least once a year sometimes 2 times I remove my props, clean and grease the shaft.
    I change the outdrive oil every spring.
    I installed an Amsoil dual oil filter system on my engine. With easy access to change the filters.
    Every 3-4 years I replace my manifolds and risers. Every fall I use a infrared thermometer and check the temps at different locations.
    Once the temps go over 160 I start planning the replacement.
    I keep extra manifold and riser gaskets at home. Usually at 2 years I will remove the manifolds and risers, clean them out and reinstall.
    When I install new manifolds I will replace my starter.
    Every season I replace my impeller.
    Every other year I replace my belts.
    Over the years I have rewired my boat. I only use marine wire, stainless terminals, stainless high temp butt connectors.
    I put di-electric grease on all connections. I use dual wall heat shrink. On some connections I use 2 pieces of heat shrink.
    The outer piece is longer than the inner piece.
    I make sure all my grounds are clean.
    I am a firm believer in keeping the engine running at the proper temp and the oil clean.

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    Each year I remove the tires from my trailer and put a little grease on the back of each rim where they make contact with the hub.

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    Tiderunner, I have a Volva Penta 5.0 GXI-EF inboard with DP outdrive that I know very little about at this time. I bought a 24' custom aluminum ocean boat, used it only once, and began a 2 year major remodel on it. I've been so busy with hull and cabin improvements that I havnt even begun to figure out the engine/outdrive yet. I am trying to have it ready for operation this spring and will listen to any details you can clue me into about anything about Maintaince or operation of this unit. The engine / outdrive has 730 hrs on it now and it ran great the one time I took it out. New exhaust manifolds were just installed and all outdrive rubber, water pump and impeller changed . Are you running Amsoil in the engine? What outdrive oil? Where are you buying parts? My starter looks pretty rusty and I would like to carry a spare at least.

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    Two of my outdoor faucets areset up for hot water.
    Over the last 2 summers mynormal garden hoses were destroyed from the heat.
    I just bought a hot waterhose from Amazon rated to 200 degrees and some insulated nozzles:
    ParkerHWR58100 5/8-inch Premium Hot Water Hose.
    Gilmour572TFR Commercial Insulated Grip Nozzle.

    I flush my outdrive and engineafter every trip with hot water.
    A couple of time a year Iflush it with Salt Away.
    I spray all the outdriverubber with WD40 a few times a year.
    I use Amsoil 75/80-90wt. gearoil in my outdrive and change it every year.

    You installed new outdriverubber. Did you replace the baffles?
    Inspect the U-Joint andGimball Bearing?

    I use Amsoil 0-20wt oil inthe engine.

    On my engine I need to removethe starboard manifold to replace the starter.
    I just replace it when Ireplace the manifold.

    I use Amsoil HD Metal Protectoron a lot of my parts.
    I will put a few coats of iton my new starter before I install it.
    I put a few coats on anythingI think might rust.

    When I need to splice wires Ireally like this product:
    http://www.delcity.net/store/High-Temperature-Butt-Connectors/p_801893
    I am able to fit 16ga wireinto the 22-18 butt connector.
    This makes a nice low profileconnection.
    Cover with di-electric and dualwall heat shrink.
    They make other models ofthis connector but this is the one I use.

    In Homer I buy parts from:
    Gear Shed
    In-Demand Marine
    South Central Radar

    Online Boat Parts:
    http://www.boatpartheadquarters.com
    http://www.mcmaster.com
    http://arcomarine.com
    http://discountmarinesupplies.com
    http://www.duskyonline.com
    http://www.marineengine.com
    http://www.airtexproducts.com
    http://boaterstore.com

    Online Marine Electrical:
    http://www.delcity.net
    http://www.genuinedealz.com
    https://gregsmarinewiresupply.com

    Penn Reel Parts:
    http://store.scottsbt.com


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    Interesting information on your three posts. GOOD JOB

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    Tiderunner Thank You for the detailed and informitive responce! I will check out every one of your recommendations. My current project could require stuff from most of those business in the near future. It saves lots of time skipping the research and going straight getting a good product when you know what and where to get it. I didn't do the work myself changing the outdrive rubber. The previous owner had a professional do it out of Seward. I talked to the mechanic and he sounded like a good guy. Here is a parts list of the work done just prior to my purchase. I dont see baffles listed but it may not be obvious to me. It looks like he was into everything and did it right in my view.
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    Baffles was the wrong word. I meant to say bellows.

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