David Crowder

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:26

What a difference a marine mechanic makes

 

After two frustrating years of drive issues I am finally out on the water not tied up to the dock!

 

Over the past two years I have had several issues that have kept me at the dock rather than out on the water. In 2011 I had issues with both engines overheating multiple times. I replaced both impellers on the drives with Sierra Impeller Kits. That change seemed to resolve the issue for the trip back to my dock however on the very next trip the engines overheated and smoke was billowing out from the engine compartment. After cooling the engines down it was back to the dock to look at the impellers again. Visually they appeared fine. I then thought maybe a faulty water pump could be the issue. I replaced the starboard water pump and a couple of hundred dollars later no change. I then removed the new impellers and re-installed new BRP impellers. Poof the overheating issue was solved. It appears the BRP impellers actually click into place ensuring a proper seating which was not the case with the aftermarket Sierra product.

In the spring of last year (2012) I had a mechanic perform repairs and maintenance on my twin Cobra drives. I had them change the exhaust and drive bellows, gimbal bearings as well as both lower shift cables. In total last year I may have spent 5 hours away from the dock. Every time I would leave the dock, I would either lose shifting capability for of one drive or the other or at one point both drives while coming in to dock. Not a comforting feeling to say the least. Despite repeated calls to the original mechanic and several visits to adjust the cables the problems persisted. I continued to call about the issue and would receive dates and times when he could look at it but the dates and times would pass and no mechanic.

     In the fall I was docking for the last time to remove the boat for the winter and as I approached the dock both drives started to grind and then nothing. I made it to the dock luckily in one piece and called the mechanic yet again. His diagnosis this time was possibly faulty lower cables. The very same cables he just installed in the spring.

     This spring I had had enough and called in a new mechanic, Stuart from Genuine Marine. What a difference. He showed up at exactly the time and date we had arranged. It took him only a few minutes to determine the lower units were toast due to improperly adjusted cables. During his inspection he also noted that rather than use the inexpensive tool made to install the Gimbal Bearings they were installed with a hammer and punch leaving punch marks where it slipped off the bearing.

 

Stuart adjusted the cables at the engine as much as possible to give me power on both drives but indicated the lower units would have to be replaced or rebuilt although they might possibly last me the season with a lot of continued grinding.

The drives lasted for two short 15 minute trips before they finally gave up the ghost altogether. I contacted Genuine Marine again to look at replacing the lower units. Stuart came through again finding me two Brand New Lower Units including a difficult to find Counter Rotating unit, for the same price as rebuilt.

 

 

     Within a week Stuart was back with the shiny new lower units, new lower shift cables and gaskets for the install. While removing the port lower cable we came across more poor workmanship. The brass fitting at the end of the cable where it connects to the shift assembly was bent at least a half an inch and it is a wonder it ever even moved.

 

Stuart then proceeded to take a tool from his box and bolt it to the drive at the shift lever. Never having seen this tool before with the original mechanic I asked what it was for. "You need it to ensure proper alignment of the cable and the shift lever" was his reply. Well that might also explain why the original mechanic could never adjust the cables properly.

     With the old drives off we also noted something else. Remember the overheating issues from 2011. Well look at the water tube in this next photo. You will see the discoloration of the copper tube as well as the remains of the burnt up flapper valves that melted from the overheating. Now I know where the smoke was coming from.

 

     Within five short hours the lower units were on, the boat back in the water and shifting like a dream! Looking back I don't know why I waited so long to change mechanics. I would have saved myself a considerable amount of money and frustration. If you are in the Ontario I would not hesitate to recommend Genuine Marine to anyone.

 

 

 

 

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/facts-faits/096-eng.html

Fact Sheet

      

May 2012

Reporting Requirements for Private Boaters

As warm weather returns, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wishes  to remind all private boaters how to report as required by Canadian law, upon  entering Canadian waters.

In recognition of the importance of travel and leisure  to Canadian communities, the CBSA takes a practical approach to the application  of the law. While there are both low-risk and higher-risk private vessels  travelling through Canadian waters; we know the majority of private boaters  just want to enjoy Canada's coasts and inland waterways.

To make the most of your time on the waters we recommend you:

  • Never leave home without acceptable identification.

    It is the responsibility of the owner/operator to ensure all those onboard have proper identification.  A valid Canadian passport, while not mandatory, is the preferred piece of identification for Canadians entering Canada. Other acceptable identification includes an enhanced driver's licence, Permanent Resident Card, or a Secure Certificate of Indian Status, as well as a NEXUS or Free and Secure Trade card for Canadian citizens.

  • Know what you've got onboard.

    It's not a problem to bring the food and drinks you need for your trip. When law enforcement authorities patrol Canadian waters, they're looking for signs of higher-risk activities, which could include smuggling goods into or out of the country. Canadian law requires that travellers report to the CBSA when carrying CAN$10,000 or more, or its equivalent in a foreign currency across the border. We recommend boaters carry only what they need for their trip and leave the rest at home.

How  to report your entry to Canada:

  • Planning  to "land" your vessel on Canadian soil or did you leave Canadian  waters and land on U.S. soil?      
    • All private boaters who intend to land on Canadian soil, or who have departed Canadian waters and landed on U.S. soil, are required to report to a CBSA designated marine reporting site. Upon arrival at a CBSA designated marine reporting site, call the Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1-888-226-7277 from the phone provided to obtain clearance.
  • Not  planning to "land" your vessel or did you leave Canadian waters but  did not land on U.S. soil?      
    • You still need to report to the CBSA. Certain  private boaters may contact the CBSA by calling the TRC at 1-888-226-7277from their  cellular telephones upon arrival in Canadian waters. This includes:        
      • Canadian citizens and permanent residents who  have not landed on U.S. soil; and
      • U.S. citizens and permanent residents who do  not plan on landing on Canadian soil.
    • Private boaters that are strictly weaving in and out of Canadian waters but are not in transit, are required to call the TRC only once at the time of their initial entry into Canadian waters. If this activity changes, i.e., the vessel docks in Canada or takes on new persons or goods while in foreign waters, the boaters must report to a CBSA designated marine reporting site and call the TRC to obtain clearance.
    • All other private boaters, including those without cellular telephones, must proceed to a CBSA designated marine telephone reporting site and place a call to the TRC to obtain CBSA clearance. This includes all vessels carrying individuals who are not Canadian or U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

What to expect  when calling the Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC):

When private boaters call the TRC, they will be asked a series  of questions about their trip, any passengers onboard the vessel, and their  declarations. After recording the information provided, the CBSA officer at the  TRC will determine whether further verification or examination is required. If  no examination is necessary, the CBSA officer will provide a report number to  the owner/operator. The receipt of this report number will constitute release and  approval for entry into Canada.

If a verification or  examination is required, the CBSA officer will advise the owner/operator to  ensure all goods and passengers remain onboard until the verification team  arrives. A report number will be provided following the verification process.  Owners/operators should keep their report number available during their entire  stay in Canada.

Looking to make the most of your time on the water this  summer?

The CBSA's Trusted Traveller programs streamline  the border clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk travellers. NEXUS and CANPASS members can provide advance  notice to the CBSA at least 30 minutes (minimum) and up to four hours (maximum)  prior to arriving in Canada by calling the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre at 1-866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987) and 1-888-CANPASS  (1-888-226-7277) respectively.  For more information on how to apply to NEXUS and  CANPASS, as well as the full requirements and benefits of the programs, visit our NEXUS or CANPASS Web pages.

Organizing a local boating event?

Are you organizing a  local boating event or fishing derby and wonder how reporting requirements may  impact your participants? Contact the TRC as soon as possible at 1-888-226-7277  to discuss clearance procedures for your participants. Ask for the TRC superintendent  who can assist you and your participants in complying with reporting  regulations, so you can enjoy your time on the water this summer.

Failure to report

While Canadian  authorities do not inspect every vessel entering Canadian waters, private  boaters are required to obey the law and comply with reporting requirements.  Canadian law enforcement authorities do patrol Canada's coasts and inland  waterways and have the authority to stop any vessel having recently entered  Canadian waters.

Failure to report may  result in detention, seizure or forfeiture of the vessel and/or monetary  penalties. The minimum fine for failing to report to the CBSA upon entry to  Canada is CAN$1,000.

Following enforcement action, all persons have the right  to appeal the penalty. An independent third party reviews the elements of the  seizure/action and will render a decision. To appeal a seizure or penalty,  individuals must send a written submission to the Recourse Directorate of the  CBSA. For more information on appeals, visit the CBSA Web site at:  www.cbsa.gc.ca. The appeal must be filed within 90 days of the penalty action.

Thursday, 17 January 2013 22:41

Vancouver International Boat Show 2013

Celebrate BC Family Day in 2013 at the Vancouver Boat Show

 

Enjoy new dates and extended hours at the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show

 

December 11, 2012

 

Vancouver, B.C. ¾ Embracing BC’s new statutory Family Day Holiday, to be held the second Monday of February, the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show will run from Thursday, February 7 to Monday, February 11.  Boat aficionados and novices alike will be able to explore the latest and greatest boats and marine products showcased by more than 250 exhibitors at Western Canada’s premiere boat show.

 

Show Director Linda Waddell says the decision to incorporate the inaugural BC Family Day Holiday – by shifting from the traditional Wednesday through Sunday boat show pattern to Thursday through Monday – was easy.  “The Vancouver International Boat Show has always focused on providing an experience the entire family can enjoy.  Parents and children can get up close to a wide range of boats and see which boats best suit their family; they can even enjoy a free boat ride at Granville Island.  To be able to hold the 2013 Show on BC’s first Family Day is incredibly exciting for our industry.”

 

 

The Vancouver International Boat Show runs February 7-11, 2013 at Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina and BC Place. Pre-plan your visit at www.VancouverBoatShow.ca.

 

Dates:                         Family Day Weekend, February 7-11, 2013

 

Show Hours:             Thursday & Friday, 11 am to 9 pm

                                    Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm

                                    Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm

                                    Monday, 10 am to 5 pm                                

                                    Granville Island in-water venue closes at 5 pm daily

 

Admission:                Adults: $15

Seniors: $13

                                    2-day Adult Passes: $20 – New Multi-Day Ticket Offer!

                                    2-day Senior Passes: $17 – New Multi-Day Ticket Offer!

                                    Kids (16 and under): FREE

                                    Buy online before midnight February 6 and save $3/ticket

 

-more-

 

 

 

Locations:                  BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina – 1676 Duranleau Street, Vancouver

Free shuttle buses and water ferries run continuously between BC Place and Granville Island

 

Features:                    FREE Discover Boating boat rides at Granville Island; Kids’ Zone; Sport Fishing in BC; SailFest, offering the latest sailboats, gear, and destinations; and, Discover Boating Centre, an educational one-stop-shop where attendees can find unbiased answers on how to get started in boating.

 

Western Canada’s largest consumer boating event, the Vancouver International Boat Show is owned by the British Columbia Marine Trades Association (BCMTA), and produced by Canadian Boat Show.

 

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 22:41

Vancouver International Boat Show 2012

Celebrate BC Family Day in 2013 at the Vancouver Boat Show

 

Enjoy new dates and extended hours at the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show

 

December 11, 2012

 

Vancouver, B.C. ¾ Embracing BC’s new statutory Family Day Holiday, to be held the second Monday of February, the 2013 Vancouver International Boat Show will run from Thursday, February 7 to Monday, February 11.  Boat aficionados and novices alike will be able to explore the latest and greatest boats and marine products showcased by more than 250 exhibitors at Western Canada’s premiere boat show.

 

Show Director Linda Waddell says the decision to incorporate the inaugural BC Family Day Holiday – by shifting from the traditional Wednesday through Sunday boat show pattern to Thursday through Monday – was easy.  “The Vancouver International Boat Show has always focused on providing an experience the entire family can enjoy.  Parents and children can get up close to a wide range of boats and see which boats best suit their family; they can even enjoy a free boat ride at Granville Island.  To be able to hold the 2013 Show on BC’s first Family Day is incredibly exciting for our industry.”

 

 

The Vancouver International Boat Show runs February 7-11, 2013 at Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina and BC Place. Pre-plan your visit at www.VancouverBoatShow.ca.

 

Dates:                         Family Day Weekend, February 7-11, 2013

 

Show Hours:             Thursday & Friday, 11 am to 9 pm

                                    Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm

                                    Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm

                                    Monday, 10 am to 5 pm                                

                                    Granville Island in-water venue closes at 5 pm daily

 

Admission:                Adults: $15

Seniors: $13

                                    2-day Adult Passes: $20 – New Multi-Day Ticket Offer!

                                    2-day Senior Passes: $17 – New Multi-Day Ticket Offer!

                                    Kids (16 and under): FREE

                                    Buy online before midnight February 6 and save $3/ticket

 

-more-

 

 

 

Locations:                  BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina – 1676 Duranleau Street, Vancouver

Free shuttle buses and water ferries run continuously between BC Place and Granville Island

 

Features:                    FREE Discover Boating boat rides at Granville Island; Kids’ Zone; Sport Fishing in BC; SailFest, offering the latest sailboats, gear, and destinations; and, Discover Boating Centre, an educational one-stop-shop where attendees can find unbiased answers on how to get started in boating.

 

Western Canada’s largest consumer boating event, the Vancouver International Boat Show is owned by the British Columbia Marine Trades Association (BCMTA), and produced by Canadian Boat Show.

 

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Reference:

Rebecca Peters                                                                                  Jenna Livergant

Laura Ballance Media Group                                                              Laura Ballance Media Group

604.637.6649 (office)                                                                         604.637.6654 (office)

604.762.2098 (cell)                                                                             778.989.1469 (mobile)

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:45

New Fee Proposal

The brilliant bureaucrats at Parks Canada have figured out that they should hold the Rideau & Trent systems for ransom. There is very little I can say to illustrate how dumb this is compared to what they say themselves.

www.rideau-info.com/canal/save/fees-proposal.html

I had to type this manually because it will not cut and paste so I hope it is right.

My 38 would cause me to pay about $30.00 per lock - depending on the size of the lock and $76.00 overnight between locks as I read it and if this goes through .

The Save our Rideau people have crafted well reasoned and logical responses on their site but of course logic was never really very important to the great administrators of our government.

For any BOC members who have connections in the communities en route of either the Trent or Severn, I think their Councils or Chambers of Commerce might make more of a difference to the decision makers. As boaters we are probably considered fair targets for greedy tax collectors so we cannot lobby very well but those communities can.  

From my own perspective I was going to do the Trent again this summer and had budgeted about $5,000  fees, fuel and all to come up from Windsor and make the circuit. This fee change will put the trip up to about $7,000 as I calculate it. I think I will do the Erie Canal instead. It will be about $3,000 all in. The Trent now gets zero - so how much does that help their revenue stream?

 

 

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