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Mini Jets / 8' 1987 AquaLark
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:25:26 PM »
Added another big hitter to the stable here..... Not a jet though... :banghead:

Gelcoat / Paint / Fireberglass Repair / First attempt at Carbon Fiber
« on: November 17, 2012, 08:00:19 AM »
Thought I would throw this up here in case any of you have considered messing with this stuff.

My boat has a metal dashpanel that I've never cared for so we decided to change things up.

My son Ian started with some 5.7 ounce Unidirectional Carbon Fiber fabric that I picked up at Tap Plastics.

Layed that out over the panel.  It's a bit challenging to lay it out and you absolutely HAVE to be cautious with this stuff as weave gets messed up easily if you get too heavy handed. 

Once it's how you want, mix up your epoxy resin.  We used West Systems 105 resin with 207 Special Clear hardener.  Just lightly dab it on to wet the fabric but again, dont get too heavy handed with it.

Once that tacks up, start applying additional coats.    He ended up using 3 coats of the epoxy and it's shown below.

Popped in the gauges to see how it's gonna look and I'm really happy with the look.

Next, we wet sanded it down and I'm gonna try blowing some clear on it too for even more depth and UV protection.   FYI, most epoxy needs UV protection or it will yellow.   Supposedly, the 207 is pretty UV resistant but a few coats of clear should insure that I dont have any UV issues.   

Stay tuned..................john

Boat Racing / Anybody headed to Burley?
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:18:53 AM »
Ian and I are gonna check out Burley this year and Im curious if any of guys are coming North for it?

I checked and couldnt find it listed.

Hope they have some Compjets cuz you guys usually put on the best show in my opinion.

Hope to see you there.......john

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Hopefully Quick Wiring Question
« on: May 24, 2010, 07:55:31 AM »
Hey guys, got a quick question for you and I don’t know if I have a problem or I'm making a big deal over nuthin.

I charged the battery up after sitting all winter and for grins, I hooked my 12 volt test light between the positive post and the feed line to the boat (starter and alternator is on a separate line) just to make sure I didn’t have any problems that surfaced over the  winter.
I did ha e a slight momentary glow from the bulb and then it would dim out.  I figured this was likely just the memory from the radio but for grins, I hooked up my digital voltmeter so I could actually measure it.

I got approx. 12.53 volts and it stayed reasonably stable.  I started pulling fuses to determine what would be drawing and found that if I pulled each of the fuses for the bilge pump, radio and the electric fuel pressure gauge it would drop to 0 volts.

While I understand why the radio would have a draw due to the channel memory, why would the bilge pump and fuel pressure gauge have a draw.

Also, given that when I put a load (the 12v test light), the voltage is only momentary as the bulb only stays lit (dim) for about 1 second before it goes out leading me to believe that the bulb is pulling that voltage down.

Also, when I hook up the cables to the battery post, I am not getting a arc which I would expect I would get if there truly was a 12+ volt draw

Am I making a big deal about this or have I got a problem that needs to be chased out. 

Thanks everyone……….john

The No Wake Zone / My Speed Secret Revealed!!!
« on: January 09, 2010, 10:38:20 PM »

Gramps is gonna have to build him a jr dragster soon....

The No Wake Zone / Pete Carroll up here in the great white north?
« on: January 09, 2010, 09:15:49 AM »
What do you guys think?  You know more about the guy than I sure do (not even sure if I spelled his name right). 

Boat Racing / Burley??
« on: April 22, 2009, 06:54:45 PM »
Curious if any of the gang are going to haul to Burley this year?  We have our campsite reserved and would love to meet up with anybody and maybe learn something in the process.........john

The Parker Strip / Favorite Pic of Parker
« on: January 02, 2009, 08:24:32 AM »
Hey, to help sell some of the NW gang on coming south, some pics would be cool.

You have any favorites you'd be willing to post up so I can show the gang what we'd be seeing???

Thanks guys........john

The Parker Strip / Are NW'rs allowed down there (Parker)???
« on: January 01, 2009, 04:58:27 PM »
A bunch of the NW gang are starting to kick around a road trip/caravan to the strip for next October.  Iff'n we can pull it off, you guys interested in hooking up???

It's a bitch of a drive from up here but if you guys could share some of your secrets for where to stay/launch, we all would really appreciate it.................john

The No Wake Zone / We're about to get our ass handed to us
« on: December 20, 2008, 08:23:55 AM »
All the forecasts say mother nature is about to bitchslap us sumthin fierce.

It's currently 16 degrees here and they're predicting up to 22" of snow to fall and sustained winds of 60mph with gusts from 70 - 90mph beginning tonight.  Gonna finish it off with a nice little addition of an icestorm..... :mad:

Everybody is battening down the hatches to try to ride this out.  The stores and roads are packed with people stocking up.

They're even predicting blizzards and drifting snow at the ocean beaches............when is summer??

Work has passed the word to all of us to expect to be on storm response for over a week at a time and to pack accordingly.  I use to love this stuff 30 years ago but I'm too fat and old for this now................

The No Wake Zone / Clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed
« on: December 19, 2008, 03:27:15 PM »
Unfortunately this is from Seattle.

Two charter busses decided to go down a hill that is steeper than shit and is covered in compact snow and ice.  Front bus slides down and takes out the guardrail just in time for the next bus to come hauling butt down and slid into the back of the first bus.......... :banghead:

I'b betting the one bus driver my of shat himself........

The No Wake Zone / Cool Pics from a test an tune day
« on: October 11, 2008, 11:13:09 AM »
A bunch of the gang served as patrol boats for Shawn Reeds Pro Mod "Top Secret" for a test and tune.  They had safety boats and Austin is a certified diver so it was as safe as could be expected given where they did it.

Here's some pics (including Mount Rainier in the back of some poking above the cloud..

The No Wake Zone / Accident information..........hey Brad
« on: September 17, 2008, 06:34:18 PM »
One of the NW gang took a nasty ass spill and I want to make sure my buds down south read about it and take all necessary precautions so they don't have the same (or worse) happen to them and I don't know where the best place is to post this. Please put it where you think it will have the most exposure and thanks.

A buddy up here had just dropped his friend off at the boat launch to go get the truck and trailer and thought he'd make one last run while waiting.  He was running a touch over 90 in his 21 TPR when the loader broke and sent the boat into a hard turn.  He ended up getting pitched out of the boat (through the windshield) and skipping through the water before coming to a nasty stop. Thank whoever you want that he was wearing his life jacket (which we as a group have been really pushing)  He ended up with a number of painful but for the most part minor injuries (separated his collar bone from his shoulder, cuts, bruised from head to toe).

If he hadnt had the jacket on......the injurys from the impact would have been significantly higher and our pal might not be here today as there was no way he was gonna be able to swim.

We as a group have now added a quick check of loaders to all the other stuff that needs a good look before setting out.  Also further spells out the need for all of us to wear our jackets.  This is the 3rd loader failure this year. 

Please guys, be careful and check this stuff over well.  I genuinely don't want to hear any of you hurt............Take care.....john

Events / LaborDay Bash in Eastern Washington
« on: September 03, 2008, 07:36:11 PM »
Well, we survived. The boat is hurt but certainly repairable and performed fantastic.  The pump setup that Josh, Rhonda and Tommy set me up with worked fantastic!  Thanks so much guys

We ended up with 107 Jet's and Vdrives. We set up a full 1/4 mile course with markers and bouys and it was a blast till the Sheriff showed up. As soon as he showed up everybody booked and then it turns out he was bummed and stopped and asked why everyone was leaving!!!

He had said he was watching up for a long time and was really impressed how organized we were and that everyone was wearing a jacket!  Hell, he said the only reason he came up to us was he was going to offer to close off the shutdown area so we didnt have any jetskis or family boats get in the way....what a cool Dude!

We had a bit of a Coyote Ugly thing going on Saturday night when I cooked my poppers up for everyone. Ended up with over 80 people around our camp site. Four people bit it bad tripping over things and ended up semi bent up but it was all good. I got up early and cleaned up all the bottles and cans before anybody else came by.

There was also a bit of a flashing session on the bow of my boat but thankfully no scratchs or cracks. I was afraid that the crowd might have gotten a bit unruly if I kicked the ladys off the bow.

Here's some pics without the nudity.

What a great time.  We ended up with over 700 pictures so here's some and if I missed somebody, please let me know and I'll see if I can find pics of them.

This was probably the coolest race where a airboat and a fishing boat squared off on the course after watching us for awhile

Oh, and then there's these too

Yup, there's a boat in there somewhere, you can kinda see a glimps of the blue

Winner of the womens division with a total of six

Winner of the mens division with a total of eight

There was a formal challenge since Jeremy ate the last popper and did not allow Ian to counter with his own attempt at eight. The referees have determined that the challenge will be continued Labor Day 09

The No Wake Zone / Shit, be careful
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:35:07 PM »
I'm gonna get on the soapbox for a second and say to wear your life jacket and please please be safe.

We lost a fellow Washington boater to a horrible crash and though he had all the gear on, we still lost him.  Yah, he was running a bit more of an extreme boat but it don't matter.  ALL of our old boats are fast enough to hurt or (God forbid) kill someone.

Please do me a favor and think about throwing a jacket on before heading out.  I'm pretty sure nobody's gonna bust your ass up for wearing a jacket.  Speaking personally here, I would love to see jackets more and I'll admit that I have not been good about this but have recently began listening to Jan (man I hate doing that) and purchased a Lifeline. It'll be on me all the time and if I ever post a picture of me running without it, please call me out.

I don't care if you all you guys can run a is phuckin innertube around you, it's better than nuthin.  For gods sake, PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!!!! I don't wamt to hear someting has happened to any of you guys that have welcomed me into the SoCal gang though I don't belong.

Stepping off the soapbox now but still very sad at the loss of a fellow NW'r............shit, RIP Terry.......this sucks

Hulls / What Kinda of boat is this???
« on: June 11, 2008, 04:55:59 PM »
Okay, I need this boat like a gunshot to the head but, I live an 1/8th of a mile from an awesome saltwater boat launch that allows me to go anywhere in some very proctected waters.  I've taken the Brendella out there for years but would prefer not to if possible. The nearest fresh water is almost two hours away so I'd like to find a salt boat that had some style too.

Lo and behold I saw this at an auction place and thinking to myself,
  • Room for Jan and I? Check
  • Room for Kids and Grandkids? Check
  • Room for Coats, Blankets (yah, I'm in washington remember)? Check
  • Room for Coolers? Oh Yah!!!
  • Bitchin Style? Serious
  • No more worrying about getting swamped like that stupid Trophy tried to do to us in the middle of the bay? Check
  • Potentially cheap to pick up? Check
  • Able to Cocktail cruise but not much more speed than that so anybody could borrow it? Check

I'm diggin this boat but I don't know what it is. Anybody got any ideas?  Jets are rare in these parts....

Thanks guys.....john

The No Wake Zone / Real Nice WEATHER!!!
« on: June 10, 2008, 06:04:05 AM »
Crap, it's June 9th and there's winter storm warnings in the passes for up to a foot of snow and the news says the last time it was this cold on June 9th was in 1894!

Regoddamndiculas......  Wish I could share some of our rain with you guys cuz you need it more than we do right about now....

Engines / Engine Parts For Sale / Holley 850DP 4781 base plate needed
« on: June 01, 2008, 07:50:13 AM »
Does anybody have a Holley baseplate for a 4781 Dbl Pumper?  Turns out that I have two different list number carbs and the linkages changed.

I'm looking for the type of linkage that looks like this and has no connnection to the mainbody.

Where as the other style that I don't need is this type where there is a pivot point that mounts to the main body like this.

Anybody got one of the first styles laying around? .........john

The No Wake Zone / Here's one for Rhonda at JBP
« on: May 10, 2008, 09:29:13 AM »
I was traveling on business again and feeling a bit homesick when the kids snapped some pictures and sent them to me.

Our grandson is 2 months old today (clearly follows in his gramps footsteps for dble & triple chins) and is sporting (quite nicely I might add) a Jet Boat Performance onsey that Rhonda was so kind to hook them up with.

It just don't get no better than that..............thanks again Rhonda, Josh and ol what's his name at Jet Boat guys are good friends......john

The No Wake Zone / Butt Juice.......
« on: April 25, 2008, 08:43:01 PM »
First of all, let me apologize in advance for the crass appearing subject of this post but rest assured, it's not what you think.

In anticipation of the annual fishing derby/beer fest/eat till you puke  event at some friends house tomorrow for the opening day of fishing season on the lakes, I went to the store to find the secret weapon of choice for tomorrow.
Let me tell you that NOBODY has marketing like the fishin bunch. There are more lures, line and shit that you can imagine.
I searched far and wide at the local Sportsman Warehouse before I found with is bound to be THE fishing accessory for tomorrow.

Yup, it's called Butt Juice......  Supposedly it's a attractint gel but all I know is if it's got a name like that, I'm buying it.

The checkout person tried to explain that it was not for trout fishing but for Halibut fishing.  After I thanked him for his concern I informed him that I didnt care if it's something I put on the roof of my house, with a name like Butt Juice, I'm buying it......

The No Wake Zone / Gentleman, I truly hope you like my new avatar
« on: March 10, 2008, 05:02:29 PM »
I felt that I needed to be honest with you all so I swung by the store and picked up a Webcam.  Hope you approve...... ;D ;D ;D ;D

Shit, I crack myself up...........

The No Wake Zone / Thanks Tommy and Jet Boat Performance
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:18:08 PM »
Once again they've come through. Got some goodies on order and can't wait for the brown truck to show up.  If you guys havent done it yet, give Tommy and the family at Jet Boat Performance a call. They will take care of you properly................thanks again Tommy

Trailers / Rear crossmember question
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:02:45 PM »
Well, it's time to start working on the trailer and have a really dumb question.

The photo below that Brad had posted shows a flat part in the center of the rear crossmember. My trailer doesnt flatten out and continues to a point. That think is at best 4 inches off the ground and drags constently to the point that the frame cracked sometime in the past and somebody drilled and bolted a hunk of steel to reinforce it.

And here is mine (pardon the mess but we were on a week long roadtrip/boating trip)

I would like to flatten it out to take out some of the worry but am curious if you guys all have it similar to this or if there is a reason that mine is some dramatically dropped?

My boat is a 18' Brendella (appears to be a Southwind splash) and the trailer is a tandem axle rig. Thanks guys......john

The No Wake Zone / Need a quick online vote if you could please
« on: November 13, 2007, 06:41:43 AM »
A friend of ours (yup, Rork actually found a friend) kid is a senior and they are playing for the state championship.  Kiro is doing a poll to see which game to broadcast. Would any of you be willing to vote?   

If you wouldn't mind, please click on the link below and you will be taken to the KIRO TV High School Sports web page.  Once there, please click the link that says,

   Vote for your favorite High School team now!

That will open the online ballot so you can vote for the Meadowdale High School vs. O'Dea High School football game.

Please feel free to forward this info on to anyone else you can think of too!  :-)

Thanks a bunch......john

Okay, I've capped it, decked it of all the lights, filled the old thru-transom holes, filled the notch in the gunnel (sp?) where the old logs interferred and some moron cut a notch, sprayed it with epoxy paint to seal it, applied some small amounts of filler, sprayed it with enough 2K primer to cover a small size dome stadium. Sanded all that back down till there's hardly any paint left on it and now have blocked it with 400 grit wet and dry till it's stinking shiny.....

Now the question, when do you say enough is enough? I'm certain I could mess with this till I'm 100 years old and never completely be satisfied but really, when do you say enough?  My wife is liable to divorce me , my kids are gonna hate me, my mom who lives with us is starting to search the rental classifieds and worst of all, our dog is scared of me. I'm thinking I better start the spraying soon or put the boat out in the yard and grow vegetables out of it................

Besides, I gotta get to building this blower motor..... my buddies all stepping it way up motor wise and I gotta get busy.......

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