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  1. As the title says I have a BSS due in a few months and my main worry based on my reading of the BSS document is my battery container. It is currently a plastic box large enough to hold 6 batteries that sits on a tray on the swim. Someone replaced the leisure batteries at some time before I bought the boat and put only 3 in instead of 5. So there is a 2 battery space at the end of the box. There is nothing holding the box in place other than the weight of the batteries and the massive connector links. The box seems to be a replacement for the original which was just a wooden board in a recessed rectangular frame, approximately 15mm x 15mm angle iron. Reading the BSS document the batteries need to be fixed in place and unable to move up to an angle of 45 degrees. I cannot see any suitable cages or boxes online so will probably have to make my own. Does anyone have any ideas? Is wood suitable? Should I use all metal? What is a suitable way of holding the batteries down bearing in mind the ends are blocked by the connecting wires. See picture below. At the same time I am wondering if I need terminal covers. Currently the plastic box has a lid and the decking is just above. I have bought the biggest terminal covers I can find but they don't even come close to fitting the massive link cables, ~20mm diameter, or the various other 'always on' wires attached to the terminals. Is there an alternative method of doing this? I'm thinking of using some sort of rubber sheet fixed with cable ties.
  2. Hello all, I have finally had the opportunity to look at my Mercury 40hp outboard and I'm really unhappy with the condition of it, for an outboard that was supposedly serviced this time last year the condition is poor in the sense that the wiring is shot in various places, one of the prop fins has a chunk out of it and it appears the engine had an electric start but the wiring has perished and parts for this have been removed. Also the positive wire appears to be connected by the last 3 strands of it's inner copper wire, so far I have tilted the engine out of the water and removed the spark plugs which are BUHW-2, a design of spark plug I have never seen before. (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NGK-BUHW-2-5626-Spark-Plug-Mercury-Mariner-2-Stroke-Outboard-Engines-4hp-90hp-/181528880213?hash=item2a43f6e455:g:BOsAAOxyJX1TF5M2) I have no idea what model of outboard it is, or it's age, only that it is a heavy unit, I thought it was a four stroke but could not find any oil filler caps so possibly a 2 stroke premix? Knowing nothing of the engine, I am now thinking the best idea would be to have a boat mechanic refurb the engine (rewire, change the prop and service), can this be done with the engine in situ or would I need to remove the unit and take it to a specialist? The good news is that the outboard is currently connected to a throttle/gear control box and steering wheel via a morse cable system, I'm now thinking of replacing the entire outboard and selling off the mercury unit after it's refurb, but are the controls universal and would it be a simple case of disconnecting the throttle arm and attaching the cables for throttle/gears? Thank you!
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