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Chevy_Guy2005
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Information About Myself

1)  Scott Crockett   

2)  11/23/1986    

3)  Auto Mechanic Soon To Be Shop Owner 

4)  Live In Lincoln, Me

5)    Email Is Hs_Auto_Repair@yahoo.com

6)     Vessel  1989 Sportfish II With The Little 4cyl Engine

7)    Vessel name... Well I Haven't Got One As Of Yet

8)    Frequented waterways used: Mostly The Larger Lakes And The Penobscot River Plus Others 

9)  Pictures

Edited by Chevy_Guy2005 on 20 September 2010 at 9:45pm
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griffo wrote:
Bob

We are back in business!!
Now let's see how many REAL Marathon owners we can get to join our group!

Bill
 
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Thanks for the info Scott. Your pic didn't show.The link might be slightly off and not quite directing to the picture. 

 

Gerard, Are you are a Marathon-er?

Edited by Norm_Richards on 22 September 2010 at 9:21am
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Norm_Richards wrote:

Well all's. Been a while. The season is almost over for us that are north of the Mason/Dixon..lol.. (Almost time to DL the camera and upload a few pics).

My boat will hit drydock.. hmmm.. perhaps next week - not exactly sure yet: will depend on the weather. Currently we have run 235.8 Miles this season with our Marathon. 

 

I need to inquired with all with a few questions concerning MBOG flags:

There is a coming member (Rick from Syracuse NY) who is coming in here. He owns a 1988 Bermuda Express 2550.

He is looking for a MBOG flag.

I don't have any more flags.. (We need a requirement of 25 flags to place another order with the printer to get close to the price we paid per flag ($32.18/each)(Canadian).  

So..

1) Is there enough (25) new or vintage owners who may want a MBOG flag(s) ?? 

and/or

2) Is there any member who got multiple flags and might be willing to part with one for Rick?? 

 

 

 
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Norm your coming out of water early here in the 1000 islands i push it as far as I can i have even put heater in bilge on cold nights so I can stay in as long as possible . I'm going to try to make this my longest season ever i went in 3rd week of april and hope not to come out until Nov. I find with all those pastic windows its like a green house when it is sunny. I love the river when the tourist leave and its just us crazy locals I didn't take any vacation all summer and started just after labour day was out Thursday night all day Saturday and then again Sunday night. Water is starting to get low here so have to watch where you go
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Norm you have to tell me what you used on you swim platform.  It looks great.  I would like to work on mine before I put it to sleep.


BTW, The one thing I don't like about my Marathon is that the front deck where the hatch is located is flat.  Water collects around the hatch. I see where the owner before me put some 5200 around it.  Does anybody have any issues with leaks around the hatch. 
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Edited by RickyF on 22 September 2010 at 9:17pm
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Check to be sure the leak is from around the seal with the deck, rather than thru the hatch itself. Often, tightening the screws inside the hatch dogs will stop a leak if the water is coming into the hatch.
I wouldn't use 5200 on anything that I wanted to remove without damage ever again.
There are better, like 4200 or boat life caulk, or several others, that are not nearly so permanent.
Let us know what works.
"If the course is hard, still steer."
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Ketchum is right, check the screws to see if they are properly seated and if you want some extra protection use 4200 never 5200. The fiberglass will break before the 5200 will. 
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Yup Dan.. Out of the water a bit early.. Weather/water kewled off fairly fast. Wanted to get the boat out to be able to pull the dock out before "Holy Frostbite Batman!".

Back on night shift starting next week which makes it hard to get north.

Anyway, it's out, drydocked, winterized & the dock is in. Just cleanup of the "leaves" to do!! If we feel so inclined!!

Norm Richards
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RickyF wrote:
Norm you have to tell me what you used on you swim platform.  It looks great.  I would like to work on mine before I put it to sleep.


BTW, The one thing I don't like about my Marathon is that the front deck where the hatch is located is flat.  Water collects around the hatch. I see where the owner before me put some 5200 around it.  Does anybody have any issues with leaks around the hatch. 
Rick
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We'll Rick, I bought the boat with the Platform and pulpit done like that. I don't have the name of the paint/stain they used.. but I am told it had an epoxy substance which was a sealer.

This season, the laquer on the swim platform peeled in @ 5-6 spots. So it needs to be done again.

I'll wait til spring - better temps for stain/seal/laquer to apply. Not exactly sure how to do it..well the hard part will be finding the same color stain/sealer. The teak wood needs a good sand!! Hopefully we'll get a chance to look at the stain/seal products at the 2011 Toronto Boat Show in January. (Anyone out there with a good technique to re-do the wood??)

Norm Richards
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Doing the admin thingy:

Following post is a quick summary of new owners in our forum from May 2010 through Sept 2010:

* Reminder, If all would be so kind: please update your info and please send me a pic of your vessels (via email) so we can update our owner/vessel lists, boat collage etc. If nothing else, please send me your email id so we can send you our past (and future) Marathon newletters.. Thank-you 

Norm

 

Edited by Norm_Richards on 25 September 2010 at 7:06pm
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New Marathon owners in our forum from May 2010 through Sept 2010: Again a Cordial welcome to you gentlemen (& families):

#

Name

Forum "Nick"

Joined (1st Post)

Page #

Location

Country

Boat Year/Type/Model

"Vessel Name"

41

Ronald White

(Rwhite1948)

29-May-10

86

Nashville, TN

USA

1984 Sunblazer 2350

"New Horizons"

42

OAK????

(Oakme2)

27-Jun-10

87

 

 

1988 Weekender ?

 

43

Scott Starz-Chad Brown

(Painkiller)

22-Jul-10

88

Madison, WI

USA

1985 Sunblazer 2350

 

44

Scott Crockett

(Chevy_Guy2005)

26-Jul-10

88

Lincoln, ME

USA

1989 Sportfish II

 

45

Mark Nicholson

(thegreywaunderer)

15-Aug-10

89

Country Kent

UK

1989 Sunblazer 2400

"Voyager"

46

Brian Bridgeman

(Roach709)

25-Aug-10

89

 

 

1989 Marathon 2400

 

47

George DiIorio

(Geo83rge)

01-Sep-10

89

Saddle Brook, NJ,

USA

1989 Marathon Cuddy Cabin 21'.5

 

48

Rick Falkiewicz

(RickyF)

22-Sep-10

90

Syracuse, NY

USA

1988 Marathon Bermuda Express 2550

 

49

Gerard Nieuwenhuis

(gerard1)

22-Sep-10

90

Hiversum, The Netherlands

NL

1987 Marathon Bermuda Express 2550

 

Edited by Norm_Richards on 28 September 2010 at 4:43pm
Norm Richards
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All: Scott "ChevyGuy" Crockett's sent a few pics of his new 1989 Sportfish II With The Little 4cyl Engine! If you see it on the Larger Lakes And The Penobscot River..it will probably be Scott.!

So Introducing from Lincoln Maine: Scott's 1989 Sportfish II..

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Land of Marathon.

 

Great looking boat Scott. Congratulations on your new vessel.

Edited by Norm_Richards on 26 September 2010 at 8:05pm
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Nice boat Scott, looks like it's in very good shape. Has the interior all been redone in vinyl? Have you got any projects planned for the off season?
"If the course is hard, still steer."
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Great looking boat Scott, I just love the V- Birth with the padded vinyl covers, that looks so good. I am in the process of removing the white shag carpet that is in my galley and V-Birth walls and ceiling. Did your boat come with the Vinyl are did you have to replace what was in there?

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Norm, Bob, Griff and other Marathoners. There is a new boater with the user name Gerard1 posting on the forum that just purchased an 87 Marathon. He is from Holland and is looking for any info he can get on the boat.
I will try to steer him this way.
Thanks, Steve
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Sir of Ketchum: I see him.. He "quoted" posted here @ 7 posts ago (on this page). I kinda asked if he had a Marathon but might be MIA in da nederlands?? or got caught in da vindmill in Groningen? Or stuck in da klompen. (Just teasing: My wife's family is Dutch)"

We'll watch for him. (In the mean time I have sent him the 1987 lists) (Sir Gerard! = gerard nieuwenhuis).

He attached his email Id on his profile so I kinda sent him the works (The 4 Marathon Journal documents (incl the 86 original Brochure + the 1987 Listings from NADA guides and the IBoat guides.

Edited by Norm_Richards on 27 September 2010 at 5:28pm
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Hey guys what page are the specs on
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Thanks Norm, good work, I don't care what the other guys say.
"If the course is hard, still steer."
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DantheMan wrote:
Hey guys what page are the specs on  

Specs as per 1986 Marathon Brochure on pg 58. @ 3/4 ways down.  I also sent you the 1989 Nada & Iboats guides via email. (Not too much in the way of specs but you can take a look Dan.

 

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ketchum kid wrote:
Thanks Norm, good work, I don't care what the other guys say.  

lol No probs.. Anytime time Sir Steve. Lmao. 

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Gerard sent me a pic of his 87 Marathon vessel. 
Looks like a 87 Bermuda Express 2550.
 
Introducing from Hilversum, The Nederlands:
Gerard's 87 Bermuda Express 2550 (we think).
 
 
You are the 49th Marathon Boat Owner in this forum.
 
A coridal welcome to the Marathon Boat Owners Group Gerard, Sir of Hilversum.
 
Edited by Norm_Richards on 06 October 2010 at 3:06pm
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I am removing every piece of wood on the boat and sanding it down, re-staining it cherry and putting at least 4 coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane clear gloss on each piece. this has been a lot bigger job than I thought it would be. This may be a fiberglass boat but their is a lot of wood on the boat also. Some of the wood was dry rotted and had to be replaced. I have worked on about 80% of the wood on the boat now and have started removing the shag carpet on the walls and ceiling. The shag is so rotten that it tears like a piece of paper, don't need a knife at all. Can somebody explain to me why they would put white shag carpet on the ceiling of the shower??? No way does that make since to me.Had to remove the shag because I got a couple of leaks in the V-birth. After removing the ceiling shag  I noticed that the leaks were where screws were, I was expecting nuts and bolts not screws. Looks like that I will have to remove the screws and replace them and seal them with 4200 and check them for leaks before I replace the shag with vinyl. I am going to have to replace the plastic windows in the V-Birth also because they are very scratched up. I don't think I going to get the boat in the water this season. Shoot I may not be able to until next Summer. What I have done so far looks good though. Well that is my progress report so far, hope everone is having fun with there boats.

 

Ronald

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How many of you Marathon owners have shag carpet on the ceiling of the shower? Mine interior is original and it is vinyl, I am wondering if the shag was a factory option or installed as part of a repair or remodel by a previous owner of your boat, RW1948?
Ps. Will we reach 50 owners? Wow. Nice job folks!
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My 1988 2550 ft Marathon does not have carpet in the head/shower.  Who would put carpet in the shower?????  
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My Sunblazer has a white(ish) nylon shag material covering
the roof area everywhere. It seems OK and isn't rotten but
it is discoloured (discolored) in places and I'm wondering
how to clean it. She's coming out of the water on the 23rd
October for the Winter and I hope to do all the jobs she
needs while she's on dry land. You guys in the US are
lucky, the GM 5.7 V8 isn't as common here in the UK and
finding someone who can help me service it has been
difficult. I'll post some pics as soon as I can.
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Mark, love the English and American spellings - I think our buddies over the other side of the pond would have understood!

There are many 5.0 & 5.7 V8's in England, they  are used in many dragsters, one of the best suppliers over there for spares for these motors is Real Steel. The servicing is pretty straightforward on these motors if you are mechanically minded. You can download a full manual for your motor with servicing sections from Volvo Penta - free of charge!

Best Regards
Bill
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Can anyone out there beat this?

Had the boat out at sea all weekend, on returning to moor up for the night in a little secluded bay the kids ( 21, 22 & 28 ) wanted to ride the banana towed behind the boat. They made 6 nautical miles, three up at 20 knots ( with bursts to 25 knots ) before they fell off!! Could this be a record?

Later

Bill
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Don't know if its a record or not but its pretty fast.
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Griffo - I know there are a lot of the engines here but
could I find anyone willing to travel down to where my boat
is moored to service it? I eventually found a guy who seems
to know the engine, sterndrive and trims inside out so I'm
happy that everything will be 100% for next year. The first
time I took her out (before I bought her) we had to be
rescued by the RNLI when the engine died off the coast. At
that moment I made a silly offer on the boat and vowed
never to have engine problems again! That was before the
cooling belt snapped on my second trip...
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Just checked the Real Steel web site, I'm impressed a local
Volvo Penta dealer has had the belt on order for 4 weeks!
Lesson is, only go marine if you really have to!
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My boat is a 1984 2350 Sunblazer and like TheGrayWonderer I have the white carpet everywhere, even behind the cooler and in the lockers. the only place that I have Vinyl is on the deck.
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That white stuff wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so rough.
I'd hate to be thinking about stripping it off though it
looks well stuck down!
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Mark, learned my lesson some time ago. Volvo Penta = mucho pound notes. I bought a set of points for my motor from Volvo Penta they cost me 23 euros ! About seven quid in England from real Steel. New circulating water pump - Volvo Penta - 497 euros, from a car shop in England I could have got one for 67 pounds.

BTW my boat is exactly the same, carpet everywhere except on deck.

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Bill

While you're around can I ask where the seacock is for the
sea toilet on your marathon?
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In the aft cabin you should have a small cupboard on the starboard side. The seacock is in the base of this cupboard, slightly towards the head.
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Well The GrayWonderer it is well stuck down, but it is not that hard to remove, the adhesive is kind of yellowish. The adhesives that I have seen now days are in a spray can and are clear bur hold very well I am told.
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Thanks Bill.
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Mark, You'll see the lever in that small cabinet on the starboard side. (Same as mine). When it's closed, (Turned at right angle), it closed off the water flow from the seacock): no wate will flow into the lines to the Head).

When opened, (turned straight), it allows was to flow from the seacock and into the lines for the head. When you pump water at the head, it will suck water via the seacock and lines.

(Have an eye, if the gaskets are worn or gummed up in the head), you might not have enough suction to pull water through line lines. (Sucking air instead).

I know this 1st hand: Last year I installed all new gaskets in my JABCO head. They were all worn out - the top gasket had deterioated causing no seal/no vaccumm) to pull water from the seacock & throught the lines. Worked great after the gaskets were replaced... But 

At the beginning of this summer, getting everything going I found that the head wouldn't suck!. I took the top gasket portion of the head apart to find that they were fine but "grimy and slime). I washed them off and reseeted them in the head.. This re-instilled the vacuum like seal to suck the water from the cock through the lines - to the head. It worked great for the rest of the summer.

Might as well make this page flip over to Page 91! with a few  summer snaps. The Marathon preformed well with no issues, other than I have to replace my transducer and re-do the swim platform wood and pulpit but there's nothing quite like a having a Marathon and being on the water!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by Norm_Richards on 29 September 2010 at 4:07pm
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Very nice pictures Norm.

 

Ronald


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