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Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:07 pm
by dodobird
u just faking this not knowin how to drive to get rid of ur lady? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :florida:

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:25 pm
by Swamp Parrot
dodobird wrote:u just faking this not knowin how to drive to get rid of ur lady? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :florida:
No got to keep my lady, heck I better learn to run the boat or she is already threating to start running the boat with out me... lol

Pics of my Boat

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:41 pm
by Swamp Parrot
Ok ya'll here are some pics of my boat, I had to resize the pics so they would upload on here.

tell me what ya think. let me know if you see anything of concern that I should change or keep an eye one that has not been discussed here already.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:43 pm
by Swamp Parrot
some more pics.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:21 pm
by Scarecrow
All I can see you need is a trailer tag. :thumbleft: :rebel:

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:50 pm
by AirRanger
May not be an immediate concern but the fuel tank is far forward and you will be securing a seat for your lady that you estimate 230lbs. Altogether that may cause the boat to ride hard on the nose. That will handle much different than riding alone.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:53 pm
by Swamp Parrot
Scarecrow wrote:All I can see you need is a trailer tag. :thumbleft: :rebel:
yeah got to get that taken care of.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:58 pm
by Swamp Parrot
AirRanger wrote:May not be an immediate concern but the fuel tank is far forward and you will be securing a seat for your lady that you estimate 230lbs. Altogether that may cause the boat to ride hard on the nose. That will handle much different than riding alone.
yeah, I have been wondering if that tank is even going to be big enough. not sure how much it holds yet, and there is not gas gauge, not even a sight gauge. so I am going to have to change that I am sure.

Thanks for the input, that is the kind of info I need. I think for the money I got a pretty good boat to start with,but will need to tweek it out a bit. the battery is mounted under the deck about mid way of the seat frame.

when ever it stops raining and is a sunny day again I will take the center cover off and get a few pics.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:09 pm
by Swamp Parrot


I did some more tests with the boat on the trailer today, let it run awhile and got it warmed up. by the end of the day I had run it holding the power steady at 2000 r.p.m. and it never got about 160 degrees, so i think my cooling should be fine.

now that said, I did have to tighten the right side valve cover as it was leaking a little bit and I had to put a bolt into the over flow at the engine.

yesterday I spent the whole day rewiring it added a key switch as it had just a toggle switch and a push botton when I got it., got the Bilge pump working. filled the hull with water about 4" deep and checked for leaks. turned on the Bilge pump and it took 9 minutes to completely drian the water with the pump. seaflo 750 g.p.h. pump.

oil pressure looks good, oil level a bit low, will add some tomorrow.

still tweeking it out and looking forward to testing it in the water saturday at loughman lake.

And yes I did buy a good life vest since I can't swim..lol
I am hoping with some tweeking I can get it to run dry, it sure did not do it the other day in the yard.
anyway I don't think I got hurt for what I got in it.
now it will be a matter of seeing if I can handle it, or scare the crap out of my self with it. in which case maybe a Pontoon boat would be a better choice for me. guess we will find out this week end if all goes well.

with any luck maybe I did not buy a sink-o-matic.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:37 am
by lilly-Pad
Hey Parrot looks like you have taken proper precautions my guess would be that you will be hooked just like us all. from one rookie to another good luck ........................ :proud: :usa:

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:08 am
by Swamp Parrot
lilly-Pad wrote:Hey Parrot looks like you have taken proper precautions my guess would be that you will be hooked just like us all. from one rookie to another good luck ........................ :proud: :usa:
yes carmotorbarge on the forum has been in contact with me on the phone and been giving me good advise, I want to get this boat as ready and safe as I can.

I would rather find the issues with it running on the trailer in the back yard, then to find them the hard way stuck in a swamp somewhere.

I would be happier if this Boat would run dry, the guy I got it from said it would, but it did not budge in my yard.
once I know it will do ok in the water, I will probably do some more stuff to it. like install a bigger fuel tank. right now I only have 12 gallons.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:32 am
by SthrnStyle3
Well did you take it out for the first time yet? How did it go?

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:45 am
by Swamp Parrot
SthrnStyle3 wrote:Well did you take it out for the first time yet? How did it go?
Took it out saturday, car motor barge and his friend gave me the baptism by fire ya might say. he took it for a test run, then he sent me off in it, my first turn around I run into my own wake and well if it had not had been a full deck over I would have been on the bottom. I did a bit more practice and then one of JR's Friends said follow me,and had me follow him around the lake, my lady Cindi was riding with JR. and she had a blast. I got lots of Video that I posted on you tube.
the boat needs some tweeking out, not enough pitch, timing may be off as it is sluggish on the throttle,and the trim tab is not working, thought I was riding a bucking bronco, one of the guys said I almost got thrown out. I was so nervous I didn't even pull the tags off my life vest..lol it was cold and cloudy, and i thought it was raining, turns out I was just to close behind. :(


it needs a bigger fuel tank, turns out that tank only holds about 6 gallons, we took a 5 gal can with us and had strapped down to the car motor barge.

we went to the bird tower then ended up at a cook out our in the swamp by one of the clubs, then to another little camp near by forgot the name bear something then last stop was BS hill. when we got back Jr got a running start with my boat and drove it up the hill and to the trailer. my boat at the Moment does not like to run dry. learned what shaking the rake is.

you know your boat is boucning to much when it breaks a light off.

the only thing that sucked is somehow the hair pin clip that holds the trailer hitch pin in, worked it's way out and a mile from the house the boat came lose and since it not balanced right on the trailer, the tounge went up, only held by the safety chain, and slammed into the back of my Girl friend new to her Nissen pathfinder. so I may end up having sell the boat to repair her car.

Hope not, but if ya see the boat come up for sale that would be why. not to mention just got hit with another un expected bill.
with a little work it can be a really nice boat, I learned a lot. the people we met where great. everyone was Friendly and offering advise. here is Video of the first time out.


Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:41 pm
by getitdone
Don't know your exact fuel tank measurement but you can figure it out by multiplying height times width times length and divide by 231 to get approx. gallons. example 8x8x22=1408 divided by 231=6.09 gallons.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:48 pm
by scottyroll
getitdone wrote:Don't know your exact fuel tank measurement but you can figure it out by multiplying height times width times length and divide by 231 to get approx. gallons. example 8x8x22=1408 divided by 231=6.09 gallons.
that's a pretty handy rule of thumb but judging by some pictures above it looks like it is a cylinder shape and mounted closer to the bow.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:54 pm
by Swamp Parrot
well lets just say to top it off and it was almost empty and a 5 gallon can only took $12.00 worth of regular.

we started looking online today for about a 20 to 25 gallon tank. need a tank under 10" tall and less then 30" long to go in with out having to remove the seat rigging. going to relocate the battery and get a better ground wire to the engine.

baby steps. it will be a nice boat when I get done.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:35 pm
by CactusJack
done well mate! I reckon the guy that sold you the boat took off a different prop and put that one on to sell it.... you need to find out what prop was on it when it could run the hill like he said it could... and get one of those props ... then it will be perfect I reckon

Awesome.... yeah I reckon he is a sandbagger.... he drives it like a pro :toothy7:

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:23 pm
by Swamp Parrot
what I can say after a day out on the Air boat, is I have a new found respect for the seasoned air boaters. there are a lot of hidden dangers out there, I mean fence posts with barbed wire in the middle of a swamp. thats just crazy.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:12 pm
by Swamp Parrot
going to be getting a 20 gallon tank soon, and remove the round tank. get the front seat mounted and see if i can get that trim tab working. play around with the timing some. and the prop pitch.

Re: Bit the Bullet and got my first Boat.

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:33 am
by Swamp Parrot
Still working on my boat, went to Deleon Springs state park today, it is 3 miles from my house, and the ranger there said that yes we can put in there and just around the bend from the spring is some skinny water. so needless to say I am going to look into this some more.

I have been doing a lot of things to make the boat safer and better. rewired it, relocated the battery and hyd. pump for the trim tab. going to be installing a 20 gal race car fuel cell and installing some halogen 55 watt lights on the front to replace the old lights that are on it now. well I should say 1 is still on it....lol one broke off on the test run. boat was bouncing pretty badly.

also got the front seat installed.

will keep ya'll posted.