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    Vinyl protectant/conditioner

    I just tried Turtle Wax Inside and Out Protectant. It went on well and did leave a nice shine. Time will tell if it actually holds up and protects for any length of time. It makes these claims: Cleans and protects plastic, rubber and vinyl surfaces on both the interior and exterior of your...
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    How do you store / transport your rolled up floating mat on your boat?

    Thanks Scott, I hadn't thought of just anchoring the mat while we tube in the area. I suppose that would work out although sad to say as busy as Chickamauga is on the weekends and with more and more people today having no shame I'd be a little concerned that if my back was turned someone would...
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    How do you store / transport your rolled up floating mat on your boat?

    Thanks Scott, I can see that it is a pain to handle. It's not heavy but bulky and awkward. I may wish I had gotten a 6' x 9' but with 5 Grandkids we decided on 6' x 15' and Sam's / Walmart had a great deal. $199 and we got it shipped free! We will be trying it out on Saturday so fingers and...
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    How do you store / transport your rolled up floating mat on your boat?

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to family bow rider / deck boats. We just purchased a 6' x 15' closed cell floating foam mat (Members Mark from Sam's club) so the grandkids could have a place to play and hang out. I've seen people running down the lake with their mat rolled up and sitting on their swim...
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    VP MPI Fuel Pump Whine: a comprehensive post with info and links

    In the interest of helping anyone who might come here with the dreaded VP fuel pump "whine" issue let me post my latest developments. I took my 8.1VP Gi-J boat out the first time since my purchase and it ran great. Second time out it ran great but it had a noise that sounded like an alarm or...
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    Hour meter not reading Faria Tach - Hour meter gage

    Thanks for all the replies, I'm not sure what I'll do. I have been told an option is a standalone hour meter that resides in the engine compartment. I think it can be advanced to allow for the current hours. I'm going to check on that option. I hold out hope although slim that the current...
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    Hour meter not reading Faria Tach - Hour meter gage

    Hi Everyone, I purchased a 2011 Ebbtide 2660 Ztrak Fun Cruiser in Oct. 2023. It showed just under 100 hours on the hour meter which is a factory Faria Tach-Hour meter gage. Just before I picked the boat up the seller had his crew (purchased from a car dealership) clean the boat up which I...
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    Question about water in bilge

    Thanks everyone for all the replies. I was aprehensive about putting water in the boat to find the leak so the next time I launch I'll just monitor it at the dock for a while and try to figure out where it is coming in. Makes sense to focus on the hull before running the engine. I've also...
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    Question about water in bilge

    Ok, I'm not new to boats but it was always bass boats until my wife and I purchased an Ebbtide 2660 (26 1/2') bowrider last fall to make memories with our Grandkids. My wife and I finally got it on the water on May 5th for a test run before we have guests onboard. Never having a docked a boat...
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    What trolling motor does my boat need?

    You mention going up rivers. I have a 17' aluminum bass boat so not as heavy as your hull and it has a 24v 75lb thrust Motor Guide trolling motor on it. When I am river fishing and there is strong current I'm glad I have 75 lbs of thrust. My experience has been that trolling motor power is a...
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    De-winterize VP 8.1 Gi-J help please

    Good deal, I appreciate your input. One question, if they show signs of cracking do you think I should go back with plastic or some type of metal plug such as brass?
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    De-winterize VP 8.1 Gi-J help please

    I don't know if they added any anti-freeze. I don't see any signs they did. The plugs and hoses are disconnected and the service shop put a tag on my keys that the boat was winterized. Since this was a new to me used boat I decided for the first service to have it done by our local VP service...
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    De-winterize VP 8.1 Gi-J help please

    This week I plan to de-winterize my new to me 8.1 Gi-J. I had a shop winterize it right after I purchased it last fall and do all the fluid and filter changes. As far as I can tell I have two plastic drain plugs on each side of the engine. I think the top plug on each side is for the riser...
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    Maybe my turn for new boat time

    I was looking for a large family type bowrider with a head area and really wanted an OB but just couldn't find anything in my price range and settled for an Ebbtide 2660 Ztrak 8.1 VP dual prop. A boat I tried hard to find and might be a good choice for you if you can settle for 25' is the...
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    Water leaking from engine - 5.7 GXI-E

    My thoughts are you may be leaking from a drain plug that maybe didn't get tight from being loosened for winterizing or the other thought which is very bad is that it wasn't winterized or not winterized correctly and you have a cracked engine:-( I hope not but getting into the teens will do it.
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    Towing Boston Whaler 130 with Honda CRV

    This may not be necessary and I'm not being a "smart you know what" with this comment. I sincerely want to help. We all are at different experience levels with all things in life. We all at the beginning don't know what we need to know. Your comment in the original first post of, "BW-130...
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    Engine shutdown procedure VP 8.1 Gi-J

    Thanks everyone for your input. I feel much better about the situation. To be clear there are a lot of posts from early 2000 year engines that had issues. Water injestion was part of the problem but as mentioned I think that was either a poor designed exhaust system (risers not tall enough)...
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    Bunk Boards or Guide Poles?

    This is spot on. The guide poles are too "whimpy" to deal with much side force such as from high winds or current even for a 16' boat. I just purchased a 26 1/2' bowrider that sits very flat on the trailer bunks. If there is any current or wind it is very hard to load and get the hull lined...
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    Engine shutdown procedure VP 8.1 Gi-J

    Thank you for your reply. So what you are saying makes sense to me, just before shutdown run the engine above idle speed for a short time to burn off any condensation but return to idle rpm before shutting the engine down. There were posts that were specific to run the engine at 1500 to 2000...
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    Engine shutdown procedure VP 8.1 Gi-J

    Hi Everyone, I'm looking forward to getting boating season kicked off here soon and getting the Ebbtide 2660 Ztrak with an 8.1 Volvo Gi-J in the water for the first time. I've read a lot of posts in various places about water injestion for these engines. I see some statements that are...
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