Got my first boat

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by bigheck, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. bigheck

    bigheck New Member

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    Well guys I just got my first boat and I can't wait to hit the water. Its a 1977 Lund with a 25 horse Johnson seahorse. Came with alot of extras. All I'll need to do is make a few mods to fit my needs and it will be in the water. Do you guys have any tips about maintance I should do for now or during the winter?
     
  2. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    Erik,you have a nice boat there in a Lund Congrats.

    Just for peace of mind:

    Change lower unit oil
    Remove and inspect wheel bearings ( break down on hwy sucks)
    Change spark plugs
    Make sure running lights work
    Inspect gas primer bulb and hose/conections
    Prop shear pin
    Replace battery

    I like to carry on board:
    Tools for changing spare tire/and jack to fit under boat trl and 4 way
    A few common tools
    Wire ties/duck tape/elec tape
    Fix a flat in a can
    Spare trl bulbs
    Spare shear pins

    Not a lot to do in the winter but to cover and leave plug out.
    But Erik around here you should be able to use it most of the winter months on most avg yrs.

    Good luck with the new boat hope you slime it up soon.
     

  3. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    Tom Nailed it with his list some things that I might add are

    Check to see if Bilge pump works if it has one

    Add some Sea Foam to the gas and run the heck out of the motor.
    Seam Foam is a great thing.

    If it is a pull start cary an extra rope and tools to change it out.

    Extra plugs are nice to have also.
     
  4. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Congrats on the new boat. Dont forget to put a nice coat of fish slime on it.
     
  5. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Congrats on the boat. Best advice I can give, DONT FORGET THE PLUG!:wink::smile2:
     
  6. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    For the winter storage. Change the lower unit oil at the end of your boating season, if water makes its way in it could crack your lower unit. Run it out of gas before storage also.
     
  7. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    Sweet!!!! Congrats and enjoy your new ride. I remember my first,,,a lil' 12 foot plywood hull with a 7 1/2 rude on it.
     
  8. LBM

    LBM New Member

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    I had a outboard mechanic tell me don't run a two cycle dry since the fuel oil mixture is the lubrication source for the engine. It made sense to me. The mechanic said that running fuel stabilizer (sea foam) through for storage was a better option.

    n2fishing was right on and his last bit on winter fishing around here is one of the best times to chase crappie.
     
  9. mandingo

    mandingo Member

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    learn to catch them winter crappie and fish year round.the worst thing you can do to a boat is to not use it.but if your not into fishing in freezing temps, follow all the above tips and you will be fine.
     
  10. yeppa

    yeppa New Member

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    You got some good advice there. Just remember that a boat is defined as---"A hole in the water, which you try to fill with money"! In my opinion, it is well worth it!!
     
  11. delbert bumbleshoot

    delbert bumbleshoot New Member

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    you guys forgot taking out a second mortgage so you can afford gas to haul it anywhere. Kevin Mcalester is in the mortgage biz if you need one. Hell my boats are paid for but I can't afford to go more than once a weekend even though I'm off every Saturday ,Sunday and Monday. I always make sure the motor will start and run the night before you go.Water tank or trash can if you have a small outboard. Nothing worse than burning up the gas to get someplace and have your motor not start{especially if it's an older one}. Pisses off the people behind you if you play shadetree mechanic at the ramp. Especially me.
     
  12. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Sounds like you are ready to go. Congrats on the boat and I hope you catch some nice fish
     
  13. Catfish Shawn

    Catfish Shawn New Member

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    Erik the only rule you need to live by is always call Big Brown up when you go out.:big_smile:
     
  14. Stl-Stitch

    Stl-Stitch New Member

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    Good luck with the new boat and safe on the water.