Kevin McKinnon
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Hello all. Hope everyone in the southeastern US is staying safe. I have a sound coming from my port engine and I haven’t a clue. It is a 454 in a 1975, 41’ Flush-deck. Year and hours  of the motor…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darin H Sep 24.

Aquamet 19 vs 22
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Good morning all. I own a 1975 41' flushdeck flybridge with older 454 engines. I need to replace my port shaft and have gotten conflicting opinions from different prop shops as to the right shaft…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by C E Caron May 5.

replacement distributors for 454's brand? recommendations?
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Hello all, sorry my computer crashed so I have no access to my super disk so my question is this. I'd like to change the distributors on what I believe to be Mid- 80's 454's. They are Gen 4 motors…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin McKinnon May 7, 2018.


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At 9:57am on November 8, 2018, Jim Frens said…

Just a final note to say thanks for your help. The charger is working perfectly!


At 12:50pm on November 2, 2018, Jim Frens said…

uh oh  50amp breaker doesn't fit into the last double slot....  what to do now?

At 10:38am on October 31, 2018, Jim Frens said…

Thanks Kevin, that's what I figured must be happening behind the breakers. Confirmation is good :-)

At 8:45am on October 30, 2018, Jim Frens said…

here's my breaker:

I always thought that you get 220-240v by going across the 110+ and 110-  supplies in the panel. Not sure how that happens with a double pole breaker?

At 8:04pm on October 29, 2018, Jim Frens said…

Hi Kevin,

May I ask an electrician favor? I do most things myself but this is a new one for me. Wiring a NEMA 14-50 for my wife's soon-to-arrive Tesla. I've done the receptacle with red and black wires to the outside (hot) contacts and the white to the center, ground to the green contact. I'm sure that's right but not sure if it matters which side gets red vs. black? Next step is to do the panel:  I have a new 50amp 2-pole breaker and an open double slot in the panel. Same question, does it matter which terminal gets the red wire and black wire? 

Thanks,  Jim

At 6:44pm on March 1, 2018, Robin Cobb said…

Thanks Kevin,

Steering with two engines is smooth and precise.

The trick I use on single engine boats, and see the single diesel charter boats in our area use, is turn the wheel hard to port/starboard (depending on which way your turning) and blip the throttle causing the stern to scoot side ways, then into reverse to stop forward movement. Repeat as necessary. I've seen boats pretty much spin in place like with twin engine steering, though not as smoothly due to the stern scooting sideways thing. I anticipate it working a little less efficiently on one engine of a twin engine boat with two smaller rudders, versus a single larger rudder.

Fortunately I'm launching at an inland, protected from the wind and waves marina with the fuel dock straight forward our of the travel launching bay. I'll only have to deal with it at my home marina where I'll call ahead tip have the guys meet me at my finger dock to assist. Thanks again.


At 5:22pm on November 10, 2015, Paul Cavenaugh said…

Hi Kevin

I'm happy to answer any questions.  Feel free to contact me directly at


At 5:18pm on April 23, 2015,
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Lee H Dahlen

Absolutely!!  Call or text 704-287-3914

At 1:57pm on April 15, 2015, John K. Toedtman said…

great pictures and great pooch.  Ours likes the boat too.  John

At 10:14am on September 11, 2014, Kevin McKinnon said…

Tried three phone calls, no response so I sent an e-mail. I'll keep you posted.


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