New Boat

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by foodsaver, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. foodsaver

    foodsaver New Member

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    I just bought a new to me boat it is a 1994 smokercraft 17.5 ft flat bottom jon boat with a 50 HP yamaha jet motor on it. I havent gotten to take it out yet but it has been sitting for a couple of years in his garage. I think on Friday I'm gonna get out with it with just the trolling motor if I have to, but hopefully I can swap out the gas lines change the plugs and fire it up. It was in a heated garage for 2-3 years so its a gamble but worse case scenario I have to have the carbs cleaned and its a nice big jon boat that will be perfect for catfish and stripers.
     
  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Wish ya nothin but the best with it Craig.
     

  3. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    Congrats!!!!

    Hope you enjoy it for many fishing seasons to come!!!
     
  4. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    Sounds like a great rig. I would give it the total once over before hitting the water and fire it up with the water muffs to make sure your first trip out will be a good one.
     
  5. TeamCatHazzard

    TeamCatHazzard New Member

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    Congrats on the new boat man! Good luck and I hope she treats ya well. Better get after them cats!
     
  6. bro_catfish

    bro_catfish New Member

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    Thats awesome news, I bet it starts and runs like a new one , have fun and tell use how it did
     
  7. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Sounds like you got a great catfishing rig, good luck!
     
  8. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    I'd replace the water pump impeller before you take it out - no sense in taking a chance on a $15 part. Those things tend to dry out and get stiff when they're out of the water for a long time.
     
  9. foodsaver

    foodsaver New Member

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    how difficult would you think it would be to change out the water pump impeller? Is this something that would be on a jet motor?
     
  10. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    There's usually not much work involved in changing the impeller - just drop the lower unit and the water pump is right there.

    You should buy the service manual for your engine if you intend to do any maintenance on it at all - either the SELOC or Clymer manuals, around $30 each. It'll give you the detailed procedures for worknig on the water pump as well as anything else you might ever need to do.
     
  11. jsharper

    jsharper New Member

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    I recommend going to the outboard motor forum. BobPaul and Bubbakat have some great posts on what needs to be done on a boat that has been setting up.

    Jim
     
  12. Doyle

    Doyle New Member

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    A lot of good stuff can be found at the garage sells too. Fish finders, and trawling motors are in abuntance.
     
  13. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    Well i would get a good new fish finder as they are like PC today models are out dated next month. A nice fish finder can make catching fish alot easyer. I got a color unit with my new boat its like night and day you can realy see thing 100% better in color.
     
  14. bigfish

    bigfish New Member

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    congrats on the new rig. i hope you get many a season out of her.
     
  15. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Congrats on the new boat, hope she does you right!
     
  16. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

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    congratulations on your new boat.
     
  17. foodsaver

    foodsaver New Member

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    I ordered the manual and its on the way.
     
  18. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Good luck!!!

    I would follow the advice of some of these experienced boaters here. I am new to owning a boat since I have only had mine a year. This forum will be my first stop when I have a problem.

    Show us some pics!!
     
  19. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    Good luck with your boat. I picked up one this winter that had been sitting for three years covered up under a tarp, put new fuel in it and replaced a board in the floor and it runs like it was brand new. 35 Evinrude 16' long and 7' wide just what I was looking for. Hope you have the same good luck I had.
     
  20. Catbird

    Catbird New Member

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    Congrats on the new boat.