A September Century Coronado Restoration update

Here it is September and so many days have gone bye since I had a chance to update my Old Timer. The work on my 1972 Century Coronado has been slowly on going. But with a transfer for my job while still living in the same place almost put a stop to the restoration. I still was able to get a few things done and almost had to get part ways with my pride and joy. Read more…

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Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

New year, new boat restoration update!

It is hard to believe that it is a new year. I finally had time to finish the wiring and viagra sans ordonnance put away the nightmare. all it took was eight switches, one push button, and one power https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-en-ligne-sans-ordonnance/ socket. Now all the wires and nice, neat, and the correct length. The alternator prix du cialis en pharmacie is also hooked back up correctly. I took time to put the windows back in the sides. Repacked the stuffing boxes. Added four enclosed speaker boxes. now all I have is to

put the seat back in and she is ready for a water test. I also picked up a hot foot throttle control that I plan to install when I get a chance.

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Early October update

As time moves along quickly I am slowing getting Old Timer back together again. Using all the extra time can find I have found the time to get the tank clean. I also got the fuel lines and filter replaced. I started to fix the amp gauge but figured out quick that the wiring is wrong. So now I get to play with more wiring, which I need to do before we get it back on the so the battery doesn’t die on the water. The best thing is that the boat now has a fuel cap which was a just a pipe block before. Click on Read more…

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Posted on: October 18th, 2010 at 8:10 am

Winterize your boat! A handy guide

As the boating season is coming to an end in many parts of the country and it is time to start thinking about protecting your valuable boat. The time and effort you spend now will have a definite effect on your boat’s performance, or lack of it, and certainly save you time, effort and money come next season. Read more…

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Posted on: September 22nd, 2010 at 12:52 am

An old saying that’s just not true

I have heard for years a saying that I have never agreed with. There are many when it comes to boats but this one has always been said with a laugh. Every time I hear it the person usually has not owned a boat. The saying in question is “what are the two best days of owning a boat?” Let me tell you why I think this simply isn’t the case!

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Posted on: September 2nd, 2010 at 3:15 am

Boat restoration project hits a snag on the water

We finally found a day to take Old Timer (OT) out on the lake. We loaded up and headed to Lake Georgetown. With the new carb on OT seemed to run a lot better. We all had a great day swimming. That was until we headed back to the dock.

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Posted on: August 31st, 2010 at 2:19 am

Restoring a classic, mid-August edition

100_2578I have had Old Timer (a 1972 Century Coronado) for a few months now and the process has been slow but steady. Since getting the boat home it has come along way. With the help of a new battery, I was able to get it started and running. For an older motor, the 440 Chrysler runs well. Not all the gauges seem to be functional mainly the ampmeter and fuel gauge. After working through the some wiring I got the bilge pump working. I also got the original FM/8-track radio working but due to a loose connection I decide to install a modern radio instead. I mounted the radio in a dry box under the glove box so it was more out of the way. Now it is time for a water test. Read more…

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Posted on: August 24th, 2010 at 1:18 am

Outboard vs inboard vs inboard/outboard – the engine guide!

Outboard

Choosing an inboard or outboard motor for your boat is simple once you are familiar with how your needs affect the decision. Inboard motors offer greater stability and are well suited to certain water skiing applications, outboards are general purpose and offer easy control, maintenance and replacement. There are no hard-and-fast rules, however, and personal preference will affect your decision.

Read on to find out how all the different engine designs stack up against each other and what fits your best.

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Posted on: August 16th, 2010 at 7:34 am

New boaters’ guide to backing down the ramp

Boat ramp gone badSuccessfully launching your boat depends on being able to back it down a launch ramp. Ramps are a huge frustration to those who have difficultly backing up a trailer. It is even more true for the next guy in line watching the attempts. Smooth operation of a launch ramp depends on the ability of users and adequate preparation before nearing the ramp. Rushing at the launch intensifies as the number of boats in line increases. Users get in a hurry. The drain plugs are not put in, the boat rolls off the trailer or a hitch comes loose causing the whole works to go down the ramp and into the drink.

Here’s a few tips to help those who have trouble with the trailer or are new to trailer boating.

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Posted on: August 12th, 2010 at 6:00 am

What is the most peaceful place around?

Lake Belton
I have been doing a lot of driving lately. Along with the driving has come a lot thinking. Thinking about my restoration project, work and life in general. While driving I keep noticing a feeling that I got every time I passed by a lake. It is a completely peaceful feeling. The lake is like my quiet spot, since I don’t drink or anything else, this is my way to relax. I have also noticed that we are very lucky around where I live in the Austin, TX area. There are a huge amount of lakes within a two hour drive.

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Posted on: August 9th, 2010 at 9:05 am

Is there a feud brewing on Lake Austin?

Wake board wreckI am a boater first and a fisherman second but I have heard many people talk about the feud that seems to be starting on Lake Austin. The people that maybe about to feud may surprise you. It’s not the land owners and fishermen, it’s not even the fishermen and police. Nope, it seems to be between the fishermen and Read more…

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Posted on: August 4th, 2010 at 5:00 am

Restoring and getting a classic boat back on the water

oldtimer1 I am what most would call a tinkerer. Since I was younger I have always had to be working on something. In highschool I was helping my grandfather restore two older boats: a 1967 Sea Ray and a 1966 Sterncraft. Then I raced in Killeen on the dirt track for five years. Just about the time my first daughter was born I stopped because it got too expensive. I have been always have been looking for another project that the whole family can enjoy when it was done. I turned back to my first and favorite hobby: Read more…

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Posted on: July 29th, 2010 at 7:00 am

How to load your boat on the trailer efficiently

Loading your boatOne of my favorite pastimes is going to the lake and just watch people load and unload their boats. From backing them down to driving the boat on the trailer to driving back up the ramp. When I was learning my dad told me that to take the boat out without him I had to learn the 15 on / 15 off plan. He said that it should only take 15 minutes to back down the ramp and launch the. Then only 15 minutes to load it. Looking back now that was a little outrageous to hurry that much. But I have watched people take over 30 minutes just to load and center a boat on a trailer, having to back into the water several times.

Here is a quick list of great tips to load a boat efficiently:

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Posted on: July 26th, 2010 at 6:19 am