So the boat got wet for the first time since I got it (1Year ago). Had to rebuild the eng. (BBF 460)
I had a few issues the first time out though and would appreciate any wisdom/advice so I can run it this weekend maybe...
1. The engine has to run like 4100rpm to keep the boat on plane...Dunno what the MPH is...(Pump must need work) The impeller is chewed up a bit and the pump whines a bit as well.
2. Because the eng. has to run such high RPM's I think attributes to the 190-210 degree temps as well?? I run no thermostat becasue it was running way too hot with it (160o stat) and apparently restricted some needed flow. When I took it out the temps went down by 20-30o...The Spicket valve is opened all the way. Would a warn pump provide less water flow to the eng??
3. I have 2 deep cycle batts and they crank the engine easily. I started the eng. right up to run it after taking the stat out. Then I shut down to inspect for leaks. Then the starter would not crank the eng. well enough to start the boat back up. Used a Jump box later & ran it back to the docks. Brought it home and it cranked right over easily and fired right up...I don't get it...The Alt. is NEW...
4. I am getting a lil bit of oil out of the dipstick tube. It puddles up on the timing cover. I have one breather on the vlv. cover...Oil pressure ranges from 75psi cold to 40-60psi running hot.
5. I would like to run the boat this season and do a complete and proper upgrade/rebuild of the pump (Berk JE) over the winter (don't have the scratch to put $2K+ into the pump right now). So what can I do to get by the rest of the season. I don't want to destroy anything. Also, all I do with the boat is pull a tube or skier and hangout on the beach. I can't afford to run the boat all day long...;-)
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.