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Raw water cooled engines vs fresh water.

14 September 2014 - 07:47 PM

Looking at boats I tend to shy away from raw water cooling. Is this a reasonable concern or does it matter that much? I can see in a fresh water lake it's not as big a deal as if the boat was always in salt water. A trailer sailor can be flushed but is that effective enough to prevent long term corrosion?

Help with placing a value on small jon boat/motor

29 August 2014 - 12:40 PM

We have an Alumacraft 16.5' Jon Boat with a Yamaha 40 4stroke that may be sold soon. I need to come up with a true market value.


The boat has seen water 4 or 5 times and is in near new condition. The motor suffers from lack of use and will not start right now but looks brand new. The trailer is too small and has almost no value.


NADA gives a value on the boat of $1,160 and $1,600-1,800 on the motor, if it was running.



Here's a few photos:










What's it worth in real market terms? Lumber not included!



Importation question, CA to USA.

10 August 2014 - 07:36 PM

Basically I'd like to know what the process is. If in the search for my next boat it is found up in Canada I'd like to go into it at least a little bit educated. Boat will be trailered back to the states, if it is on its own trailer, will the trailer itself need to be imported also? .


I'm planning a road trip to go look at boats soon and a few of them are up north. If the right boat at the right price presents itself.............

Understanding women. A simple matrix.

01 August 2014 - 05:41 PM

Home made mooring for small boat?

21 July 2014 - 04:10 PM

Now that I have the daysailer back on it's feet, or board as the case may be, it's been fun out on the water. Yesterday I took it out to Twin Lakes and talked to a guy who had his own, and the only, mooring on the lake. I asked what hoops he had to jump through to sink his own personal mooring and he said just permission from the local forest service office. So now the wheels are turning about sinking my own. The lake is very close to home and just the right size for a 19' daysailer.


My initial thought is to partially fill a 40gal plastic barrel to get the weight needed (#150?) with some sort of large galvanized eye sunk in the concrete. Then about 30' or so of 1/2" chain and enough 1/2" three strand to get a decent scope, then a nice Taylor Made mooring ball. Or should I go with the heavy chain/light chain option? Water depth should be about 30'. Anything I sink will need to be pulled in the winter. The location is exposed on a high mountain lake that has occasional micro bursts.


location:  39°05'21.99" N 106°19'17.04" W