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Forum: General 10-17-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 545
Posted By Fr. Frank
My first SeaCraft was an early Seafari that also...

My first SeaCraft was an early Seafari that also had a glassed-on spray rail, very much like in the photos. My uncle did that to stop my aunt from complaining so much when they went running down Lake...
Forum: ClassicSeaCraft.com Gatherings 09-26-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,475
Posted By Fr. Frank
I did it just after sundown with two women riding...

I did it just after sundown with two women riding the roof of the Seafari cabin. Both made it all the way to the water beyond the oyster bar :o

No injuries except to pride and prop and two lost...
Forum: General 09-26-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By Fr. Frank
As a SeaCraft dealer in the early 80's, I only...

As a SeaCraft dealer in the early 80's, I only once saw a 23' hardtop, and never a 23' flybridge. The hardtop was one that came in for service, and it was powered by twin Mercruiser 140's. The engine...
Forum: Off Topic / Fishing 09-26-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 412
Posted By Fr. Frank
Wink You must have REALLY hairy sinuses :eek:

You must have REALLY hairy sinuses :eek:
Forum: Off Topic / Fishing 09-25-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 412
Posted By Fr. Frank
Rust/EX is sodium mercaptoacetate, aka sodium...

Rust/EX is sodium mercaptoacetate, aka sodium thioglycolate. It is an organic reducing agent designed for originally for reducing waviness or curliness pf hair. Unfortunately, when used in more than...
Forum: Off Topic / Fishing 09-24-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 412
Posted By Fr. Frank
On/Off is a blend of Hydrochloric Acid,...

On/Off is a blend of Hydrochloric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, and Oxalic Acid in a neutral suspension. It is MUCH stronger than Muriatic acid.

Use On/Off ONLY while wearing gloves, eye protection, and...
Forum: Repairs/Mods. 09-19-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 134
Posted By Fr. Frank
West Marine sells different size cushions for...

West Marine sells different size cushions for Igloo, Yeti, and Engel coolers. I found an Igloo cushion that fit my 18" perfectly.
Forum: General 09-19-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By Fr. Frank
It's the same as the one on my '87 18', and also...

It's the same as the one on my '87 18', and also identical to my neighbor's '85 20'.
Forum: ClassicSeaCraft.com Gatherings 09-17-2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,475
Posted By Fr. Frank
Talking Sounds like someone's been fishing near Homosassa...

Sounds like someone's been fishing near Homosassa and Crystal River. You haven't lived 'til you hit an oyster bar at 20 kts.
Forum: Performance 09-17-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By Fr. Frank
Turning Point Mach 4 Express SS 4-blades are...

Turning Point Mach 4 Express SS 4-blades are essentially copies of the Mercury/Quicksilver Revolution 4 series, with slightly more rake progression and a tad less tip cup. More stern lift than a Rev...
Forum: Performance 09-12-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By Fr. Frank
What prop are you currently running? Do you...

What prop are you currently running?
Do you have the smaller (4.25") gearcase [optional on the XR6], or the regular large gearcase (4.75")? 1.87 or 2.00 gear ratio?

If you're running the large...
Forum: General 09-11-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 147
Posted By Fr. Frank
I agree here. Check the poppet valve.

I agree here. Check the poppet valve.
Forum: Repairs/Mods. 08-21-2019, 12:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 751
Posted By Fr. Frank
Mount them on the outside planing surface....

Mount them on the outside planing surface. period.

Your transducer should be mounted like this: Middle of the planing surface, away from chines or turbulence-causing hull shape, and for 3-in-1,...
Forum: General 08-15-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 251
Posted By Fr. Frank
Generally speaking, no chain on your anchor rode...

Generally speaking, no chain on your anchor rode is no bueno.

Here are good sound "Rules of Thumb" for anchoring safely in small boats under 10 meters in length. These all came from my...
Forum: General 08-13-2019, 12:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By Fr. Frank
Nope. Same computer. I ended up using my email...

Nope. Same computer. I ended up using my email address from 2003 when I first became a member to get in.
Forum: General 08-11-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By Fr. Frank
Yeah, me too. It was awful.

Yeah, me too. It was awful.
Forum: General 08-11-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By Fr. Frank
Forum access problems

I was unable to log into Classic SeaCraft for nearly 5 weeks. It refused to recognize my username and then said my email address was not a valid user email address.

I finally got back on by trying...
Forum: General 07-05-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 775
Posted By Fr. Frank
Boy is there a lot of truth in THAT statement. ...

Boy is there a lot of truth in THAT statement.

I will generally avoid offshore in a 23' if the seas are greater than 3'-5' or forecast to become so. For my 20' Seafari, I arbitrarily set my limit...
Forum: General 07-03-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By Fr. Frank
Boat US agreed value on both the '71 Seafari AND...

Boat US agreed value on both the '71 Seafari AND the '87 18' Superfisherman at $5500 and $7500 values respectively is $493 combined premium, with surveys.

Without surveys the price quoted to me...
Forum: General 06-30-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 935
Posted By Fr. Frank
With the VDH hull, if you get up to a speed where...

With the VDH hull, if you get up to a speed where the hull is planing only on the interior planing surface, it's gonna chine-walk. There's no getting around that simple hydrodynamic.

This is...
Forum: General 06-17-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,776
Posted By Fr. Frank
I repowered my '87 18' with an Etec 90. I have...

I repowered my '87 18' with an Etec 90. I have the factory 25" transom and the 25" 90 comes with the 4.75" lower unit gearcase. I'm running a 15x17. I cruise at 23 mph, and WOT is 34-35 mph. I can...
Forum: Performance 06-10-2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 694
Posted By Fr. Frank
That's almost Gospel, Denny. In 2002, I...

That's almost Gospel, Denny.

In 2002, I re-powered a previous 20' Seafari from a 120hp Chrysler motor to a re-manufactured XR4 2.4L making about 230 hp on the dyno, after balancing and...
Forum: Performance 06-03-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 694
Posted By Fr. Frank
Denny is right on. I bought the Cyclone just for...

Denny is right on. I bought the Cyclone just for long range efficiency at cruise and maneuverability. If I'm planning on running out to the Edge, 30 nm offshore, or out 90 miles from Cedar Key to the...
Forum: Performance 05-29-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 694
Posted By Fr. Frank
John, you didn't say what your performance was...

John, you didn't say what your performance was with the old prop.

Were you able to reach the maximum rpm (5500) of the maximum recommended rpm range (4500-5500) with the boat at maximum loading?...
Forum: General 05-08-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By Fr. Frank
I understand the desire. It IS a sickness. ...

I understand the desire. It IS a sickness.

When I managed a marina in Ocean City, MD back in the mid 1980's, I drove a prototype 1984/85 Checkmate Starflight 21' back and forth to work on...
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