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05-13-2013, 02:48 PM
This thread is for sharing your wisdom and helping others. Lets have your best service tips. Thanks to all who contribute to the best boating forum on the net.
I'll start it off. Look at this impeller. It appears fine but it is actually junk and must be replaced.
When you check an impeller insert a tool or tools into the center bushing.
If the bushing turns inside the rubber, replace the impeller immediately. Happy boating!
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05-13-2013, 07:21 PM
Installing thru hulls and getting them tight without marring up the finish can be tricky. When i did my ballast install with 1" thru hulls, I used the handle of a breaker bar to keep the fitting from turning. The thru hulls from WakeMakers come (or came) with two prongs or teeth on the inside which fit the oblong shape of a Craftsman 1/2" breaker bar perfectly so you can tighten the jam nut down from the other side easily without it spinning on you.
06-24-2013, 10:02 PM
Not a "service" tip, but a driving tip that may help. Many of us "experienced" drivers grew up driving back to and then around a fallen rider to keep the rope stretched out and then back into the rider's hands. Somehow the old habits die hard. When a surfer falls we find ourselves trying to drive all the way around the fallen rider and somehow still toss them the very short rope-- doing this while driving an overloaded and listing battleship under low power that's hard to steer. Well, you don't have to drive all the way around the rider. If you drive mostly at or just left of the rider and then turn hard right as you approach (opposite for goofy rider) you can get the back end of the boat right to the rider where it's easy for your crew to deliver the rope and you're all set to continue the same direction you were heading before the rider decided to do his best Wolfeman impersonation (see photo). It's way faster, more efficient, etc.
06-24-2013, 10:07 PM
LOVE that pic!
06-24-2013, 11:06 PM
It's often imitated, yet never duplicated.
08-28-2013, 02:14 PM
Add a little dielectric grease (or similar) to the O-rings on your ballast bag fittings.
I used to wrestle with mine way too much to get them undone so I could pull the bags to dry things out and clean up. Now with the grease, a couple twists they let go pretty easy and I don't lose any skin off my knuckles anymore.
It's clear stuff so no mess.
09-13-2013, 01:31 PM
Great one from Al!
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