Another whaler post so quick?
By Saturday evening the engine bumped over,
Nope still wasn't 100% finished.
The piece doubles as a handy workbench.
Much more bite than the Johnson,
For now I'm super relieved.
Over the weekend,
the wife and kids were gone.
The perfect selfish time.
as both share the same OMC mounting hole placement,
as well as control cable positioning,
although with different ends.
Reminded me of the ford flathead and SBC.
will know there is always a catch.
There should be!
The marine business is all about spending money
and time figuring all this stuff out!
Learn it or go support your local boat mechanic!
was the wiring harness.
Ya already know it's not going to match up.
So nice I found it hard to cut it to length!
Really it's ID'ing 30,
as the yamaha color coding
didn't match the Johnson color coding,
which didn't match the console wiring colors...
didn't even need a wiring diagram.
This color translator better be correct!
due to the great positioning of the console.
Who designed this thing?
At the time I couldn't imagine being so lucky!
The far right switch was commandeered for the task.
Now 5 switches are actually hooked up!
A little overkill,
but each will have a purpose...
|first time with electric/hydraulic tilt|
and wow the electric/hydraulic tilt worked.
Loved to hear that pump whine!
It was the perfect night to go for a cruise...
|temporary idiot light|
The Evinrude transition outboard
could have been saved with an idiot light
or warning buzzer.
Typically it's in the control box,
but remember who designed this?
A junk pile light was rigged up temporary permanent style,
no way I'm gonna burn this engine up
without a fight!
was this splash pan.
The extension bracket makes a 12" gap,
and water would occassionally bounce back
off the outboard.
|Boston Whaler 16/17 transom extension bracket|
The last task was changing the fuel fitting,
the Yamaha is a little bigger.
4 pm on a Sunday...
Finally splash time!
The engine has the VRO 2-stroke oil reservoir,
so there's no premix fuel.
(Another reason for the idiot light)
To be on the safe side,
and since this was the first start in a while,
I ran the mix fuel tank and let it idle.
I'll have to reposition the battery and tanks
for better balance.
The big stainless prop has much more kick,
even just engaging gears.
Out in the bay,
the engine wanted to run.
20 mph was an easy cruise,
25 mph seemed about 2/3 throttle,
and I maxed out at 30 with room to spare.
No reason to push it on the first go.
I had moved the trim rod out there
but may experiment by raising up a notch.
At the launch ramp I tested the 4 hp kicker.
|Boston Whaler 16/17 with Yamaha 90 & 4 hp outboards|
probably cause the longer shaft length.
|Boston Whaler with Yamaha 90 hp outboard|
Feels good to not have a broken boat!