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by Ringo Steele
26 Sep 2018, 13:03
Forum: Boat House
Topic: 1975 Ouachita 16 Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 305

1975 Ouachita 16 Questions

There will be foam under the front deck. There should be cutouts at the bottom center of each seat for drainage. My '71 semi-vee has them. Mine are very shallow and get clogged up with debris easily through.
by Ringo Steele
23 Feb 2018, 23:30
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: 12 Ft Ouachita V Hull ,,,,Making it Mine.
Replies: 17
Views: 5762

12 Ft Ouachita V Hull ,,,,Making it Mine.

Coming along real nice. It's good to see another Ouachita being put to good use. Mine is a 1971 16DSV, same hull shape as yours. Mine is also the same shade of blue! 8)
by Ringo Steele
16 Nov 2017, 23:00
Forum: Trailers
Topic: What hardware for galvanized trailer?
Replies: 4
Views: 672

What hardware for galvanized trailer?

Hi folks, I am replacing all the nuts and bolts on my new-to-me galvanized Vann boat trailer. I assume grade 8 on the spring shackles and tongue bolt. Recommendations on the rest... undercarriage, frame, bunk and roller brackets? Do I need grade 5?
Thanks!
by Ringo Steele
08 Oct 2017, 19:01
Forum: Trailers
Topic: Trailer Tire Jack
Replies: 3
Views: 743

Trailer Tire Jack

Just carry a small piece of 3/4" plywood in case you need to use it in soft soil. They work great.
by Ringo Steele
17 Jul 2017, 18:47
Forum: Motors
Topic: Merc 110 starts and runs then dies after 30 seconds
Replies: 10
Views: 885

Merc 110 starts and runs then dies after 30 seconds

Not directly related to your listed problem, but also check the condition of the wiring as that age Merc ( and most anything else) might have bad insulation and need replacing. The 20 hp I inherited from my uncle looked like it just came off the showroom floor, but all the wiring was rotted (1971 mo...
by Ringo Steele
05 Jul 2016, 15:25
Forum: Boat House
Topic: How much epoxy
Replies: 7
Views: 588

How much epoxy

Just remember whatever epoxy system you use, that you make sure it has a good UV inhibitor in it, or that you cover it 100% with something else anywhere you will get sunlight on it. (The West 105 does NOT have any UV inhibitor in it, and must be covered with paint, carpet, etc., or it will disintegr...
by Ringo Steele
30 Mar 2016, 15:22
Forum: Motors
Topic: Signs of a bad fuel pump (Johnson)
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Signs of a bad fuel pump (Johnson)

A little gum in the carb can also cause this effect. Mine will do that if it sits a few weeks, and then open up and run fine until it sits again for several weeks. Seafoam and fuel stabilizer helps.
by Ringo Steele
22 May 2015, 21:34
Forum: Motors
Topic: Evinrude 15 not very fast
Replies: 17
Views: 2040

Evinrude 15 not very fast

I have a 74 15hp Johnson on my 16' semi-vee Ouachita. It will run 17-18 mph (GPS) with two 220+ people and trolling motor, battery, gear, etc. 9.5x10 pitch prop with one slightly misaligned blade (3-blade standard prop).
by Ringo Steele
18 May 2015, 14:25
Forum: Boat House
Topic: New here with my first ever boat!
Replies: 10
Views: 962

New here with my first ever boat!

It looks a lot like one of the Coleman Crawdad series of plastic Jon boats. Might want to research those for a horsepower suggestion. 5 or 6 hp would be about the max.
by Ringo Steele
15 May 2015, 13:24
Forum: Trailers
Topic: tips for keeping gas motor on boat while trailered?
Replies: 12
Views: 3476

tips for keeping gas motor on boat while trailered?

whoops forgot about this thread. wow i am disappointed in myself for not posting pictures! i suppose i cant really use a transom saver with this trailer. i cant put the boat forward the tongue weight gets ridiculous Just remember, when you add the motor, the tongue weight will be reduced, so you ma...
by Ringo Steele
12 May 2015, 11:47
Forum: Jon and V boat Conversions and Modifications
Topic: 14' FeatherCraft. Going to name her "Crappie Days"
Replies: 16
Views: 2505

14' FeatherCraft. Going to name her "Crappie Days"

Nice old hull, and good plans for her too. You might want to rethink the Helmsman Polyurethane (assuming Minn-Wax brand). I used it in my build, and it lasted less than a year before it was cracking and peeling from UV exposure. It you always keep it stored covered or indoors, you may be OK with it ...
by Ringo Steele
11 May 2015, 14:11
Forum: Boat House
Topic: Jon Boat Plug
Replies: 25
Views: 12023

Jon Boat Plug

Yep, that type is supposed to be plugged from the inside. As stated previously, keep a spare. Also, I have mine on a leash (small chain about a foot long) connected to the transom knee brace, so it can't get lost or forgotten. I use the kind on the right that the handle flips to tighten:
by Ringo Steele
11 May 2015, 12:39
Forum: Trailers
Topic: tips for keeping gas motor on boat while trailered?
Replies: 12
Views: 3476

tips for keeping gas motor on boat while trailered?

I have a motor lock (different brand...Panther?) similar to the one above. Also, I use a safety chain from the motor's mount around the transom knee brace.
by Ringo Steele
08 May 2015, 20:43
Forum: Boat House
Topic: First Mod: New Transom On My Lowe 1457 Sea Nymph - UPDATED!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1360

First Mod: New Transom On My Lowe 1475 Sea Nymph

Be sure your epoxy is UV rated. I used West Marine's 105 system, and the sun ate it up in less than a year. It is stained and peeling off down to bare wood, even though I put two coats of MinnWax spar urethane over the epoxy, and it is supposed to be UV resistant (but sure didn't act like it!).