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Old 11-22-2016, 12:24 PM
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oh no....sorry to hear about the reak down
well the winter is always a good time for stuff to break down..
i c the weather in the north is a little snowy.....

question...
how much set back do u have on the midnight..?
do u think that the gas tank placement has something to do with the porpoise?
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Old 11-29-2016, 11:30 PM
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Thanks for the info. Yes I blocked off the top 5 water intake holes on the inboard side and 4 on the outboard side of the lowers. I did also have low water pickups but only had 8lbs of pressure. Water temp was ok I think, the engines are not raised aggressively. The setback is 26" bracket and 3" jackplate. The tanks are the original position from when the boat had inboard/ arneson drives so the center of gravity has certainly changed.
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Old 12-01-2016, 02:46 PM
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Give me some info. When you throttle up to get on plane does it jump up or does it lag. does the bow go up a lot or slightly. When you are running what is the angle of the boat ride. Is it slight bow lift, flat or bow down some. Tabs where do you have them set. do you use them to get on plane does it help or hinder. I don't remember did you check the water pressure valve/ regulator on base of the engine midsection. A lot of little variables. But do check exhaust in mid section. It most likely coated with salt and clogged up by now. This is due to your lower unit seals being compromised.
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:06 PM
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The boat planes out pretty easily with no tabs needed. There is a small lag but its slightly over propped with 24" bravos that are not vented. When cruising I run a little tab to stop porpoising but that goes away mostly with more speed. The boat wants to fly a bit in choppy water or bigger seas especially compared to my I/O boat. Not sure still about the water pressure, the motor height was not that aggressive ( maybe 3/4"-1" above the bottom) Had the popper valves checked and running standard 143 deg thermostats, water temp seems fine. I'll find out more again in the spring when I get the one lower rebuilt and get a new counter rotating torque-master for the other.
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Old 12-03-2016, 08:32 PM
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Try a prop that is vented to resolve the planning lag. The temp of the motor wont suffer. But if you are losing water pressure it will be insufficient to cool the exhaust. Causing salt to build up in the exhaust stack and thus cooking lower unit seals. If you have the lower units off. Tilt the engines up all the way. Get a flash light and look up into the midsection. You should see the exhaust canister can. It should have a series of holes for the water and exhaust to go thru. All holes should be open. Takes only 5 minutes.
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:30 AM
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Hmm, thanks, I'll look into that.
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:02 PM
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Looking forward to warmer times again...
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Old 02-12-2017, 03:13 PM
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Marshall.......Just beached there, that 32' hull design looks timeless - you did a wonderful job on the restoration.....did you ever talk to Phil about the faulty fuel tank?
My Mistress is also and '82 and is in remarkable shape for its age ..........would love to see you out on the ocean this upcoming season!
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:47 PM
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Hey Pete - I just got the diagnosis on the Magnum tank, it has a 2" crack on the bottom right under one of the baffles. The baffle location, open distance to the bottom and the welding technique were all called into question which gets me upset. The tank was also 1/8" material and I thought I was supposed to have 3/16th's... The foam coverage and thickness was another contributing factor.(which I had a hand in) Both main tanks are being replaced and installed by a very experienced racer/boat builder/shop. Funny, my 3 remaining original tanks all pressure tested ok. Now I keep my fingers crossed on the Midnight... we put a lot more foam around those tanks but if I have a problem it will be really serious because the port side is completely glassed in.
I'm counting on crossing paths at some point this summer!
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by captaincraiger View Post
Restoring 1982 32' Midnight express from twin arneson drives to triple outboard. I have been working on the project for 1 1/2 years so far. I have the bracket installed, Just finished rigging all the gauges & installing control boxes. Working on the steering system & putting the engines togethor . Will have pictures downloaded this week.
I always believed I/O's to be superior when it came to speed and a well balanced boat for rough waters, may I ask what made you decide to go to out boards?
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