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      1. I have a 2 stroke Yamaha 30hp CV longshaft that has some issues at the moment. It will start okay first go but will only run on high revs and won't idle good. It runs on high revs for a bit but will eventually shut off. Once it shuts off it won't start again. Can I get any recommendations on any issues it could be? I have changed the spark plugs and about to clean out the carby. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated
      2. Hey, Looking at options for a transom saver / outboard support bracket. My motor is a 150hp 4 stroke yammy with the 3 ram tilt. My other boat uses one of the brackets that connects to the trailer and has a v shape that the motor sits in to take some of the weight and keep the motor still when travelling. I recently seen one of those plastic transom saver blocks that sits on one of the ram rods. Are these effective? Can't seem to see how it would alleviate any weight from the transom - perhaps it's not meant to and is meant to only reduce movement? Are there any alternatives or DIY solutions? Tried a trailer roller but it might be too soft as the outboard just bends it when any pressure is applied. Also, just a more general question about powered trims as I'm more used to my old manually trimmed outboard, will the trim stop automatically when it senses pressure / an obstacle (like a transom saver) or will it just keep trying to trim and break something? Cheers Ryan
      3. Hi guys I just bought a 2017 Barcrusher XS535 with a Suzuki 100A outboard. I took it out on the weekend and was a bit disappointed with the fuel consumption. Running about 4200rpm on calm seas the best I was getting was 2km/L. But the funny thing is we copped it on the way home, over a metre of choppy as, wind vs current and that didn't really change the consumption, only going down to 1.9km/L. My old boat with a yamy got me 4km/L at full noise. My fishing spot is 100kms away from the ramp so at this rate I'm looking at using the full 100L just in travel. I'm thinking of getting a smaller prop as unloaded I'm maxing out at 5400 rpm. Any ideas?
      4. Over the last 9 months i have had a hydrofoil fitted to my outboard. I originally fitted it becuase when the boat was loaded up it would fall off the plane at about half throttle, and would occasionally bounce if loaded to much at the stern. The foil has fixed these problems but, when going diagonal to the weather, the tiller gets heavy and tries to pull out of your hand. Not unholdable heavy but enough to be a pain in the arse when your an hour or more away from the ramp. What experinces do you guys have with the hydrofoils? Does your tiller do the same thing? I want to hear it Cheers,
      5. G'day guys I've got a problem with my Suzuki outboard (2012 DT40W) that I was hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction on. I replaced most of the normal service items, gear oil, spark plugs, fuel filter, impeller etc about 1-2 months ago Since then I've taken it out a few times, and everything seemed to be running fine. That was until I was on my way back in from Mooloolaba and I ran one of the fuel tanks dry. I hooked up the other tank, and fired her up but started having issues at idle/low rpm when in gear (R or F doesn't seem to make a difference). Any sort of get-up-and-go throttle and it seems to thump along normally. Not sure how to describe it, but the motor periodically feels like it loses power, and then gives a squeal before running normally again. Sometimes it'll happen in rapid succession, others not so. I've put up a little vid showing it Since the first appearance of this issue I took it out with a fresh batch of fuel to see if it was related. Whilst I don't recall any issues when heading out from the ramp, it did start happening again after cruising around for a bit. Also concerned it may sound a little rougher at idle/low rpm - but not sure if that's just paranoia Motor seems to run fine when back at home flushing the passages out. Video: Any ideas? PS: I don't normally have that red safety cord hanging over the transom
      6. Hello Peeps! I am continuing to research boats and asking advice here and there. I've narrowed my search down to; Quintrex Lazeabout '88-'92 4.5m. 560kg on trailer Seafarer V-Sea 474 4.74m. 700kg on trailer Or if the money starts flowing out me arse; Quintrex Freedom Sport 490 4.9m. 900kg on trailer.(500 Freedom sport) Here's the question; How long are these rigs on the trailer. Tow eye to furthest point at the back. (I would probably need to drop the outboard down to gain a few less inches) And what about overall height on the trailer with bimini folded down obviously. Would a Freedom Sport 500 5.07m be any longer than the 490 when on the trailer? This is all a fair way off yet, but I need to know what will fit in me garage!! TIA! I aasume I can drag these around behind me Falcon (one at a time of course )
      7. FREEWILLY


        I just bought a 4 year old quintrex that has been in the water for the whole 4 years, I need to clean off the barnicles, I have tried using a presure cleaner (water blaster) with only half the problem fixed, there is some serious barnicles to remove. I am also still looking for an outboard 6 hp or less thats not too old and also a trailer to fit the tinny (3.7m) Any help would be appreciatted. Please does anybody have any ideas on how to remove the rest of the barnicles??
      8. Hi all I am planning a trip to toonumbar dam to chase some bass. I have never fished the place. I am wondering how itis fishing a swell as can I use my petrol outboard on the the dam or is it electric only? I also see u can camp near the dam. Can anyone tell me what the campsites are like? Regards Chris
      9. Hi guys, Looking to buy a new boat (I am set on new, sorry) for around 20-30k mark, can push it to 35k This is our first boat ever and will mainly be used around Woy woy area/Taren point/brisbane waters. Main use of the boat will be for fishing but also for cruising and having a good time on the water I have narrowed it down to mainly 2 boats -quintrex fishabout 481 60hp - Quintrex cruiseabout 481 60hp or 75hp (the 75hp variant is pushing the limit cost wise, will there be a significant difference in 60hp vs 75hp? The problem is besides Quintrex and Stacer I'm not too sure what other brands I should be looking at and it's difficult to find dealers in NSW. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. When I do decide to purchase the boat is there any chance of negotiations on a boat or are boats usually quite fixed with pricing, should I ask for things to be thrown in?
      10. beacs

        Tilt/trim Issue

        Hi all, Am seeking some guidance re issue with tilt / trim on 1997 130HP Johnson outboard. Bought motor second hand approx 6 months ago. Trim up always had a slight delay / sticking but after trimming motor down, then would work - down always worked fine. Went to trim the motor up today to move the boat (after about 6 weeks of non-operation) and the up trim would not work at all. Removed couplings near/behind switch on external side of motor and found power (with tester) to red wire, but no power to blue or green. Moved further up wires to box which houses relays. Same issue - power present to red wire, but nothing to blue & green. Tested with tester whilst the relays re attached to wiring - same issue. Found power on red wiring, nothing in blue or green. Spoke to someone over the phone who suggested it may be the relays, but am concerned this may not be the issue if no power present at wiring. Could use some advice guidance from forum regulars please!! Thanks.
      11. Hey Everyone, Late last year we had a new Yamaha F130 fitted to our boat, after our etec gave up the ghost. RIP. The Yam is a great motor so far! As part of the package it came with the square 6YC command gauge. But we have found that the fuel gauge bar readout is very vague and all over the place! An example from our trip out yesterday - travelled to the cape and trolled for 2.5 hours, the bar graph never dropped one bar, then all of a sudden it drops 5-6 bars!! We put in 20L from a Jerry and she was back up to full We have a rectangle 115 tank so its not an odd size. The old etec gauge had Litres and % remaining. which was much easier to read and rely on. I guess my question is, has anyone found any setting to maybe change the fuel gauge display to Litres or %.. OR can anyone recommend a standalone gauge that i can fit as i have no confidence in the current gauge. Thanks
      12. Morning fellow AFOers, Just a quick thought. Many a first time boatie has left the ramp without knowing the ins and outs of their motor and ran into trouble out on the water. Having just purchased a boat myself, is there any tips the boaters from AFO could give to newcomers? Eg - Where to buy workshop manuals What a basic toolkit should contain Maintenance Etc. Any tips or helpful advice would be appreciated and put to good use Thanks Felix
      13. Hi guys I have a 90 hp four stroke 2008 Suzuki the check engine light is flashing the flash pattern seems to be three then seven will not go out, buzzer will also sound in the same sequence. the service manual does not have this sequence in it Only one other guy has had this 3-7 code problem after my search but im unable to get in contact with him
      14. Soleit

        Runabout Max Hp

        We just got a 3.9m runabout made by Contender Craft and the manufacturer label is half worn off and contender craft doesn’t seem to exist anymore so I’m hoping someone on here would happen to have one of their runabouts with a label they can read or know the max hp for these and how many people it can carry.
      15. SOUTHWEST MARINE The sun is out and summer is here!!!! Perfect time to get your boat out and start fishing!!!! We at SOUTHWEST MARINE are a small and friendly marine mechanic business providing excellence in marine and mower repairs and services. We are located in South Western Sydney, NSW, 2565.. contact us on (02) 9605 6559 For more information on us and our services, check out our website Kind regards, Southwest Marine
      16. It comes to being that while many boat owners have special licenses, neither spear-fishers from shore nor low powered ocean going light dingy require a license hence no training either ! I am a bow fisher apart fly fisher, and i share my legal saltwater region with all spear-fishers, however, most spear fishers use a hand spear or spear-gun but the essence , they are "DIVERS". One of the things i saw from the rocks i was waiting on was a person move in swimming and he pointed to a flag on a buoy that was obviously not as large and distracting as the type of flag in the following about spear fishing safety. DID YOU KNOW (and how many didn't) , there is a type of "international standard" safety flag for spear fishing pairs called a type-A or Alpha flag ! Transport safety PDF document for spear fishers URL: section: "Safe spearfishing" ..."Avoid propeller strike. To alert other vessels in the vicinity that there are divers on the surface ensure your safety vessel clearly displays the international diver-down flag "A" and that all divers in the water are towing a highly visible float with a safety flag attached."...
      17. Afternoon AFO, I do not trust my current fuel gauge (when full it reads 3/4 full). So I still haven't been able to get a close to accurate fuel usage reading. Not to mention I have an under floor tank, so I cannot visually see how much ive used or how much is left. (Still unsure of the tank size still). Im wanting to start doing some larger trips (Moreton, chasing tuna in Hervey Bay etc) Has anyone had experience with using a fuel flow meter before? I haven’t found one yet, but I've been told that you may be able to install a fuel meter (analogue) just in the fuel hose which will show how many litres have passed through it and into the engine. Thanks
      18. G'day all, I'm new to the forum so firstly hello. I have a Mercury Saltwater series 125 out board and it has just stated out of nowhere giving me problems with the tilt and trim. Started yesterday at first I got to the boat ramp and when I tried to tilt my motor up from the forward controls there was nothing. I went to the back of the boat and tried to do it from the actual motor but same thing. Anyhow left it down and got the boat on the trailer and went home. At home it come good and started to go up with no dramas, but now it will go up all the time but will only every now and then go down. A few times I'd have to go up to get it to go down, but mainly it just will only go down intermediately. The batteries are good, when I press the button either on the forward controls or on the outboard itself, there's no clicking, no drowsey flat sound, its just completely dead not making any noise and just not responding. I think mine is a 91 year of manufacture, and just hopeful there is a few things any of you can guide me on checking to rectify the problem. Thanks Geoff
      19. Danny91

        New Project Boat

        Hi guys, so last week I was driving by mudgeeraba to my inlaws....for my wife and inlaws to be shocked when I rolled on in with a not so nice surprise....a very very old Haines hunter v16, I saw a potential in this boat, I was wondering if anyone on here has any advice or ideas on how to turn it into a nice fishing boat.
      20. Angry51

        Damaged Prop.

        Hi all, Damaged the prop on my 15HP Mercury, hit something submerged on the dam, suspect it was a piece of timber/log in 40 feet water. Got pieces missing on the edges of 2 blades, pics probably don't show it up as well as looking at it.. How much damage can a prop take before it's out of balance. Should I buy new prop or can I use this one safely. Cheers Gary Damaged prop prop Prop 1 Prop 2
      21. Just after some recommendations for a solid marine mechanic. I’ve heard that mobile blokes tend to be a hell of a lot cheaper compared to the bigger shops, but im just cautious as to how thorough a mobile person would be. Engine is a 2002 merc 75hp 2 stroke
      22. Wombatroo

        Fuel Leak?

        Hi I have a Savage Ranger 4.5 with a 60 Yamaha on the back. I can smell fuel and it seems to be leaking down the side of the boat from maybe an air flow hole? I'm new to this not sure if it's something I should worry about doesn't do it all the time and not necessarily on a hot day. Tania
      23. Heya, Next round of gifs. 4 days out this time. Allowed me to generate higher res. Also have the gif loop working... Due to myself nor AFO paying for the bandwidth of the images(hi imgur), I decide to post more regions. If you'd like me to include any other regions sing out. If you find these annoying, also sing out and it'll stop. Maps are South to North. Where there are arrows, it means the map has current direction, and the arrow angle indicates the direction. Australia Jumpinpin Point Lookout Cape Moreton Caloundra Rainbow Breaksea Bunker Group Wind Arrows
      24. Hey, Been playing with some weather forecasting software on my lappy(since it's been so bloody windy!). Plus it's always been an interest to understand how Seabreeze and other folk actually do it. I don't have access to local swell and wave data as our government charges 2k a year for this data. Weird as other governments provide this information for free. Along with free Vector based charts... Thanks AUS!!!! If you think this is handy, I can also put up the 10 day forecasts for Agnes and any other areas requested. Around the GBR I can get wave height, but not current direction due to lack of data. Here are some 10 day out forecasts. Point Lookout/Southern Bay Cape Moreton/Northern Bay Caloundra Wide
      25. Cmaltby

        Tohatsu Warranty

        I bought a new tohatsu 30 last year and just warning everyone the warranty claims process with them is a joke. The rectifier on my outboard failed not a big issue or problem anyhow my boat has now been sitting at the shop for 3 weeks now waiting for tohatsu to approve the warranty claim. The shop can do the work just waiting on it to be approved then there's still the wait for parts to be sent out.. poor effort by tohatsu head office