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    Well was running good this AM and all of a sudden she just friggin died.... Seemed to be eletrical so i only played with it on the water for a few minutes then flagged down a pontoon and took the ride of shame....


    Turns out the positive wire on the coil was slipping out of its crimp so i lost ignition.. Easy fix for zero dollars...


    However this did bring up an interesting question.. The guy who pulled me back HAULED ASS!!!!! When you are being towed or towing someone; how fast do you go? I allways thought i would crank the music and just idle it back to shore.. How about you?
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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    Well was running good this AM and all of a sudden she just friggin died.... Seemed to be eletrical so i only played with it on the water for a few minutes then flagged down a pontoon and took the ride of shame....


    Turns out the positive wire on the coil was slipping out of its crimp so i lost ignition.. Easy fix for zero dollars...


    However this did bring up an interesting question.. The guy who pulled me back HAULED ASS!!!!! When you are being towed or towing someone; how fast do you go? I allways thought i would crank the music and just idle it back to shore.. How about you?
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    if its a prop boat they can move quicker jet boat towing jet boat to hard on motor and pump just idle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDG911 View Post
    if its a prop boat they can move quicker jet boat towing jet boat to hard on motor and pump just idle.

    thats what i was thinking...
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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    Towing some one is the last thing I want to do on the water, but I'll still stop and offer assistance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    Well was running good this AM and all of a sudden she just friggin died.... Seemed to be eletrical so i only played with it on the water for a few minutes then flagged down a pontoon and took the ride of shame....


    Turns out the positive wire on the coil was slipping out of its crimp so i lost ignition.. Easy fix for zero dollars...


    However this did bring up an interesting question.. The guy who pulled me back HAULED ASS!!!!! When you are being towed or towing someone; how fast do you go? I allways thought i would crank the music and just idle it back to shore.. How about you?

    Just food for thought I would go back and solder and heat shrink all electrical connections, not a fan of crimp connectors. Just my .02 cents

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDG911 View Post
    if its a prop boat they can move quicker jet boat towing jet boat to hard on motor and pump just idle.
    Bullscat.

    The pump has absolutely no clue as to whether it is moving or not.
    The engine has absolutely no clue as to movement either, only load the pump applies to it.
    That load the pump apples to the engine is ONLY altered by RPM of the pump, ie, the pressure developed in the pump bowl, not by the speed of the boat moving foreward.

    The ONLY apreciable difference in pump load while not moving will occur IF you cannot injest as much water as you are pumping out, thus cavitating, which, while hard on the pump itself (impeller mainly) is NOT "hard" on the engine, since it actually LOWERS the power requirement per RPM on the engine, unless of course you allow the engine to red-line while cavitating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1hotboat View Post
    Just food for thought I would go back and solder and heat shrink all electrical connections, not a fan of crimp connectors. Just my .02 cents

    Thought about it.. However i now own some nice crimps and shrink wrap. When i had made these two connections i did not.. and was too lazy to redue them once i got a better set of connectors...


    Thats what lazy gets you.. begging for a tow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    Towing some one is the last thing I want to do on the water, but I'll still stop and offer assistance.

    I thought offering assistance was required... if not by law then by maritime code of conduct...


    or is that more for life and death and not for towing someones broke ass boat back to the lauch...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1hotboat View Post
    Just food for thought I would go back and solder and heat shrink all electrical connections, not a fan of crimp connectors. Just my .02 cents
    They work fine, if done correctly.

    Seems uncomon to find them done correctly tho.

    Do not strip off more insulation than what is needed to fill the metal crimp sleeve surface, perhaps 1/16" stick out by the terminal, NO uninsulated wire beyond the insulation (on the terminal) where the wire sticks out.
    Do not crimp closely to the connector end of the crimp area, crimp in the center of the crimp area. This lets the wire past the crimp flare out slightly, virtually locking in the wire, it will tear the eye or pull the connector apart before the wire slips out, if crimped correctly.

    For the best of all worlds, crimp it (mechanical connection), solder the crimped connection (bonded connection), and then shrink it (weather-proofed).

    I work on aircraft, VERY FEW conenctions are soldered, 98% are crimped.

    Do NOT simply solder large terminal likely to heat in use.
    I've seen battery terminals overheat cranking (usually bad starter or weak battery (amperage demand increases greatly)) the soldered terminal melts, and separates, and you are now DOA.
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    un believable the crap connectors on tha market today. Nothing compares to AMP PIDG climp connectors, with or without the MIL spec crimper, they are hands down the best crimp connector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    I thought offering assistance was required... if not by law then by maritime code of conduct...


    or is that more for life and death and not for towing someones broke ass boat back to the lauch...

    I'm sorry, but I will not tow any one, with less than six inches of free board, I can't.. but I'll certainly seek help for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    I'm sorry, but I will not tow any one, with less than six inches of free board, I can't.. but I'll certainly seek help for them.
    I agree. Its asking to get swamped and sunk with no way to get on plane if needed. Ive had a friend tow me in with a jet but only because it was pretty much just us on the lake. Ive been towed by lake patrol pretty fast and never thought it was dangerous.

    Ill give someone a ride or help find a tow but nothing to tow with on most jet boats anyways.

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