First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

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First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby JeremyB » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:19 pm

After 4 months of scouring craigslist and climbing the steep learning curve called 'boats' I finally found one that fit the bill, at the right price. The walk-through transom, snap-in carpet, and extended swim platform were just what I wanted. The 5.0 MPI was icing on the cake. I bought it and winterized it the next day! There are a bunch of small things I need to fix (some of which I'll be asking on here) and a few upgrades I want to do. Probably better that I have the off-season to get acquainted with it before next spring since this is our first boat.

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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby rward182 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:28 am

Congratulations!!!
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby buyfire » Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:25 pm

Sharp boat, especially for a first! Congrats.
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby JeremyB » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:18 pm

Yeah, it's nice!

I wanted a newer, well cared for boat to hopefully increase the time the boat would be in the water and not being worked on. My wife grew up going out on the lake a bunch in the summer. I
Started off looking at 18'-19' boats. But those were going to be crowded once we put 6 people + our 70lb lab, so I jumped up to 20'-21' size to stave off Two Foot-itis.
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby m_snow » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:08 pm

You'll love that it's a 2004. No Wood!
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby buyfire » Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:23 am

JeremyB wrote: to stave off Two Foot-itis.



Haha! Silly boy, there is no known solution to prevent the onset of boating related -itises.

twofoot-itis
morepower-itis
isthereabetterprop-itis
howdoigetmywifetoagreetoboatsex-itis
etc.
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby dschevy1 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:50 pm

Congrats on your purchase
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby HOT PURSUIT » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:35 pm

WOW! She's a BEAUTY JeremyB!! WELCOME HERE! You all are gonna have a blast!! :mrgreen: Where are you located that you had to winterize Sir?

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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby JeremyB » Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:29 pm

Well, the first two -itises can't be solved without a bigger tow vehicle, which makes them a little easier to ignore. The last -itis is one I don't mind! ;)

HOT PURSUIT, I'm in northern Alabama. Doesn't get too cold, but definitely gets below freezing.


I finally got the trailer wiring fixed up. The ground wire came off the attach point on the trailer (They used a bare wire w/o a ring connector) and the reverse solenoid wasn't hooked up (Tap-splice died). Easy fixes. I was glad the solenoid worked when I tested it. Wasn't looking forward to putting in a new one if it didn't! I've got about 20 feet of skid marks in my driveway from where I originally backed it in. Disc brakes work well! Need to redo all the tap slices this spring - they're disintegrating after 10 years of exposure. New LED lights going on too!
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby JeremyB » Tue May 26, 2015 11:36 am

Second time out on the water and I noticed the oil pressure slowly dropping while cruising down the river. As I did a 180 to bring her back to the dock, the Guardian system began screaming and I cut the motor as I saw the pressure drop to 15 psi. Pull the dipstick - bone dry :( Thankfully, a nearby boater towed us back.

Put in 1.5 quarts of oil and ran it on the muffs. All seems well running-wise.
Took a good hard look while running and see an oil leak at the front (1 drop every 3 seconds). Either the front main or oil pan.
Water distribution housing is leaking (1 drop/sec), appears to have been fixed with JB weld and the fix failed.
Port hose going into the power steering cooler is leaking (6 drop/sec), but looks like the installer didn't get the worm clamp on correctly. Should be an easy fix.

A reman'd short block was put in by the previous owner before I got it because the block cracked from improper winterization. I could probably take it back to the mechanic who installed it (2 hr away), but the more I poke and prod, the more I trust his work as far as I can kick 'em. Will be taking by a local shop and hope the oil leak if from the front main and there aren't any more I can't see!
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby m_snow » Tue May 26, 2015 7:04 pm

Wow, sorry to hear. Hope it's not too bad.
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby JeremyB » Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:25 pm

Ended up being $2400.

The mechanic who installed the short block buggered it up the oil pan gasket by the timing cover. His fix was to tighten the lowest two bolts on the cover to try and seal it. Ended up shearing two bolts heads off and then filling the space with RTV. Thus - oil leak. Engine had to come out.
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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby Irie Mon » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:43 pm

Wow, sorry to hear that you have to put so much money into your boat just to fix stupidity. I hope everything is in good working order and you have been able to have some fun on the lake.

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Re: First boat - 2004 Caravelle 207

Postby JeremyB » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:03 pm

Yeah, such is life!

Finally took it out last weekend. Everything ran fine except the engine liked to stall while coming to idle from speed. Cranked right up afterwards, so I'll deal with it later.

Still learning the Navionics app and ended up going over a shallow section (7.5') and fouled the prop and water intake with weeds. Easy enough to rip them off though!
Set the 'shallow depth' setting to 10' and now I can see where to stay away from.
Navionics app runs $10 and has map data for the almost body of water in the USA. Works on your Android/Apple phone/tablet. Pretty cool tool for n00bs such as myself!
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