Saturday, June 21, 2014

Call me admiral.

At first I was debating on keeping this blog as I have decided to sell the Kingscraft.  Luckily for everyone, my friend is buying it so we can keep up on the status of all the updates. In my usual way, I have already purchased a new boat. I decided to go newer than the 1971. So I found a 1973 Marinette Sea Crest Executive houseboat. Very few of these were made but they're very similar to the Kingscraft.  I have noticed some significant differences in the layout, structure, and overall design.

This one does come with some work as well.  The engines need some TLC with new exhaust manifolds, carburetor needs replacing on one, fuel/water separator needs installed.

I doubt it but I will act like you are thinking, "What made him decide to keep the blog?".  I believe the new boat made the decision on its 300+ mile trip from Cincinnati. For you geography sticklers they detoured the transporter through Marietta. At some point the generator felt the need to provide AC power to the boat on the trip. I wouldn't mind this normally as it charges the batteries, however a water cooled generator running without water causes a big issue.  Needless to say the generator is dead and we are very lucky the entire boat didn't go up in flames.  The boat is now here and we are moving it to our dock today. 

So in short, I will be doing the blog when I can and keeping you up to date on two boats.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

600 lbs lighter

Well we finally got around to pulling both transmissions.  It wasn't as difficult as I thought but you need the correct tools.  While they're out we will be replacing the packing as it looks to be impossible with the transmissions in.

We are getting them picked up Monday and hopefully we can get them back in the next couple of weeks. I am going to replace the strut cutlass bearings as well. That way the drive train is all completed.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Back online

I have both engines up and running.  I plan on pulling the boat from the water on 10/5.  Wish me luck.  At that point I am going to winterize the engines and then gut the back half of the boat.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Getting better.

Well I can put our run about issues to bed.  We took it out for a hour and we didn't experience the issues.  Came down to bad coil and distributor cap corrosion.

As for the houseboat, I puttherebuilt carb on and changed the fuel lines.  The boat fired up and idled without issues.  I am going to pump out the tanks next week.  More to come later.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A small victory. Maybe...

My last post detailed the fuel issues with the houseboat. As mentioned awhile ago I have a lot on my plate right now but I forgot to mention our other boat's issue.  The day after initially discovering the houseboat's issue I dropped my wife and mother in law off at a festival on the riverfront.   I took them down in our 19 foot bayliner.  The boat started and ran great.  Once I powered down the idle I notice a lot of hesitation and the boat would stall.  A long story short and 2 weeks later I cleaned up corrosion from the distributor cap and now the boat seems to be running really well.  Final test is tomorrow. 

As for the houseboat, I am going to pump the starboard tank out this weekend.  The carburetor is being rebuilt and I will run new fuel lines when I reinstall it.  Hopefully this gets resolved and I can get through this season.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Gas it up!

A picture is worth a thousand words.

This is what 75 gallons of gas in my starboard tank looks like.  I imagine the port tank looks just the same, however that engine is running ok.  So it looks like this off season will consist of me revamping my fuel system as well as my electrical.

I had this on the list for this year in the beginning, and then I took it off.  The boat got angry that I promised it new tanks and then took the promise away.  So here are my plans:

1. Pump out the starboard tank
     -This will take awhile.
2. Replace the fuel lines in the engine bay
     -Currently these are copper and steel.  I am going to replace them with CG approved fuel lines and put a clear inline filter in front of the carb.  Currently there is a fuel/water separator.  All the lines will be new from there out.  I will replace the rest of the lines when I replace the tanks.
3. Get carburetor rebuilt.
     -I have the carb off the starboard engine.  With all the crap in it, I want to clean it up.  I will get the port side rebuilt in the off season.
4. Replace the fuel tanks.
     -This will wait until the off season.  I plan to get them close enough to empty and put in enough gas to get up river and pull the boat.  I will have to really think how I am going to do this.  I will probably have to remove a large portion of the rear salon as the fuel tanks are under the aluminum stringers.  I will then need to cut those stringers out and hopefully remove them without destroying most of the salon. 
5. Since the floor will be removed for this, I will run all new plumbing for the houseboat at this time.

I will be using for my new fuel tanks.  I have heard great reviews for their service and price.

This boat will end up being about 90% new when I am done with it. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Updates and Electrical Designs

   First a quick update on the trip up river.  I went back down to the boat and I noticed that it still idled somewhat rough and just didn't sound right.  After jumping in the engine bay to work on the generator, I noticed that I didn't even plug in two of the spark plug wires.  DUH!  Once they were plug in the boat started right up and ran great.  The trip up river went very smooth and I didn't experience any issues.  That was the longest running trip that I have had the boat on since I bought her.  It was about 90 minutes up stream and about 105 minutes on the way back.  We really took our time coming back. 

Since that weekend, I haven't had time to go back to the boat.  I have been out of town for all of the 4th and working on the house.  I am having issues with my generator not pumping water.  I believe the impeller in the water pump has gone out.  After talking to the gurus on the houseboat magazine forums I have to do some work on my intake.  I need to put a check valve inline and make sure that I prime the pump before firing it up.  The issue I have at the moment besides lack of time has been knowing what impeller the pump even takes.  I will find out when I finally tear it apart. 

In my big plans for this winter, I am going to rewire the entire 12volt system.  Currently the wiring is pretty old and the 12 volt panel is just breaking apart.  I will go with a 13 slot Blue Sea panel to match the AC panel I put in last year.  I have created the following schematic for me to follow when installing.  I plan on installing a board in the back of my console to mount bus bars and terminal blocks to.  While redoing the 12v I am also going to rewire all my gauges.  I don't plan on replacing them at the moment, but as with everything on this boat, I will more than likely have to.  Here is the schematic I came up with.  Let me know what you think.  Click on the link to see the full size and you will be able to actually read the captioning.