Maintenance & Repair Questions and Responses
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the opinion of ABA member and marine mechanic Tim Harrington of
Madison Marine Service, Harwich, Massachusetts. Tim is responding to
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Q. I have pulled my
2001 20' Astro Bow Ride for the season In the process of trailering my
boat, I have discovered that the lower unit hydraulics will only bring
my engine to its regular trim point - where it normally stops. When I
push the switch further to bring the engine up to its farthest point,
it does not operate. I checked the switch on the throttle and it seems
to be working properly. Also I checked the hydraulic fluid and it is
almost full. I believe there must be a limit switch near or on the
engine. Am I right? If yes, where is it, and if not, what else should
I check? Thank you.
I think you will find on your throttle
control your trim switches are working the way they are suppose to. On
the arm of the control is a button that is used as a trailer switch
that will bring your drive to its highest point and then you will find
you can trailer your boat.
Q. I would like to
buy Sea Doo, but the problem is I don't want to tow it. I am wondering
if it would be possible for the Sea Doo to sit on the transom of my
You state that you have a 326 Carver and
want to know about putting a Sea Doo on the transom rather than towing
it. I would first think about the weight of the Sea Doo and check with
Carver yachts on the lay-up and structural integrity to weight ratio.
Either way, you will have to figure out a way to lift and secure the
Sea Doo to the transom and swim platform. I am trying to picture how
you can do it with the width of a Sea Doo. It may be that it could be
done properly and safely for transporting purposes with some hull
modifications. The modifications could be expensive. Towing may be the
lesser of two evils.
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