Category Archives: This Old Boat

Boat Repossession Team Grabs Wrong Boat

Walter and Joann Dethier feared the worst when they realized their boat was being taken from the marina. A couple enjoying a quiet night on their boat in the Florida Keys were rousted from bed when a stealth repo team … Continue reading

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By using StarTron Fuel Additive you can keep Ethanol Phase Separation at Bay, so your boat can leave the Harbor..

Last year I wrote an article titled “Dealing with E-10 Ethanol Gasoline in a Marine Environment with StarTron” on This Old Boat Blog. For those who have followed my advice, the chances of those being hit with Ethanol Phase Separation … Continue reading

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Sandpaper and Screwdriver helps stop a Crusader 454 from stalling at idle…Say What?

Recently I had an issue with one of my Crusader 454s on my Bertram 30, Scuba-Do. The engine was running fine, but then shortly after bring the throttle down to idle, the port ending stalled at idle. After repeated tries, … Continue reading

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The EPA Seeks Comments on the proposed Ethanol Increase to E15 – Just Say No !!

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments on a proposal to increase the allowable ethanol content of gasoline to 15 percent, a move opposed by many in the marine industry. In March, Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers submitted a … Continue reading

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Dealing with E-10 Ethanol Gasoline in a Marine Environment with StarTron

For the past few years E-10 Gasoline (10% of Ethanol) has been introduce in the Northeast. While the idea of Corn based fuel is exciting to the “Green” community, for many in the marine community E-10 fuel is a nightmare. … Continue reading

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Used Boat Review – The Correct Craft Air Nautique SV 211 Crossover Water Ski and Wakeboard Boat

Since 1985 I have owned a 1983 Formula One that is approximately 17 feet powered by a 170 Horsepower Mercruiser 470. While “This Old Boat” has given many years of hard core waterskiing in waters of Long Island Sound, she … Continue reading

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New Boat review – The Riviera 41 Flybridge

While owning “This Old Boat” has many rewards, at times I often research potential replacement for my 1985 Bertram 30. Over the years, I have always admired the designs and styling from Riviera Yachts. I surfed the net, I came … Continue reading

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When the Mercruiser 470 Voltage Regulator fails

The Mercruiser 470 is an all Mercury designed engine and as a result there are some funky designs which results in expensive repairs for rare parts. One of the funky design issues with the Mercruiser 470 is the Voltage Regulator. … Continue reading

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Old Spark Plug Wires the Cause of a 470 Mercruiser Engine to lose RPMs.

Recently, I was running my 1983 17 foot Formula One off of Playland Amusement Park in Rye, New York for an early morning water ski session. In Long Island Sound, finding flat water can be a challenge at times. This … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting why a Mercruiser 470 Inboard/Outboard does not start

After a long winter layup for my 1983 17 foot Formula One with a Mercruiser 470 I/O, the engine would not turn over on the first start of the season. The engine was winterized properly and was running well at … Continue reading

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A Chris Craft 25 Woody Damaged in Hurricane Katrina Resurrected as a Bar

A Chris Craft 25 Woody from the 1950s era, similar to the photo to the left, that was severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina almost met it’s end, chopped up in a dumpster. Fortunately for this Chris Craft, a home designer … Continue reading

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A Classic Bertram 31 Sinks in Nantucket Sound After Hitting Rocks off of West Dennis

While scouring the in internet, I came across an article posted back in August 16, 2007 by Cape Code Today. Apparently the operator of the Bertram 31, The Raven, on the evening of August 15, 2007 was leaving the Bass … Continue reading

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The launching of “This Old Boat”

“This Old Boat” is a Weblog that will support the issues that are related to the ownership and maintenance of an older boat, hence “This Old Boat”. While it is wonderful to be able to buy a new quality boat, … Continue reading

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