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    Owner of 1989 206CC, have some questions.

    Evening all,

    I am extremely happy to say I stumbled upon this website. I thought information on Gambler boats was slim at best. I recently purchased a older 206CC with a Mercury 200 2.4l Carb'd motor. I am not new to mechanics or boating in general. I've been going over the boat, replacing livewell pumps, aerator pumps and drain pumps. I was wondering if there is anything specific on these boats I need to keep an eye out for. There are not stress cracks on the transom of hull, but the previous owner was not caring of the boat. Any information on things I should look out for would be greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome!!!! There are lots of guys on here that have completely restored their gamblers from the ground up. Open up the back lids and look for cracks around the edges. Enjoy and dont be afraid to ask questions...

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    Welcome to the club! I think you'll like this forum...tons of info to review. Great bunch of guys. Like Dan said, some guys on here have done incredible resto's on the classic Gamblers. You now must post pics of your G-boat or the consequences could be grim!! Put it on ya later....

    btw- My advice would be to replace all your fuel lines from tank to motor (grey lines with orange or red writing must go), new bulb, rebuild your pulse fuel pump(kit $25 bucks), change your impellor(water pump), change your LU oil, check all your transom & Jackplate bolts for tightness, if it hasn't been running in awhile drain the tank 100% and put in fresh fuel and run quikleen in every tank, make sure your motor mounts top & bottom have no play, check your swivel bracket for play, put in new plugs, and go fast.
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    Welcome to the BBC bud. You know we are gonna want to see some pics of that classic.

    Some of the older Gambler's had problems with the top cap seperating near the transom

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    I got a 91 206cc I will gladly give you any help I can. Just curious is that boat you bought blue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRatMD View Post
    Welcome to the club! I think you'll like this forum...tons of info to review. Great bunch of guys. Like Dan said, some guys on here have done incredible resto's on the classic Gamblers. You now must post pics of your G-boat or the consequences could be grim!! Put it on ya later....

    btw- My advice would be to replace all your fuel lines from tank to motor (grey lines with orange or red writing must go), new bulb, rebuild your pulse fuel pump(kit $25 bucks), change your impellor(water pump), change your LU oil, check all your transom & Jackplate bolts for tightness, if it hasn't been running in awhile drain the tank 100% and put in fresh fuel and run quikleen in every tank, make sure your motor mounts top & bottom have no play, check your swivel bracket for play, put in new plugs, and go fast.
    Thanks for the info. I just had a few questions, is the pulse fuel pump on the motor itself? I already changed the lower unit oil prior to winter. Compression on the motor was great, 140 (+/- 3) on each cylinder.

    Quote Originally Posted by CCGambler206 View Post
    I got a 91 206cc I will gladly give you any help I can. Just curious is that boat you bought blue?
    The boat was a two tone, light blue top cap, black hull, dark blue marine carpet. It was on eBay and Craigslist when I found it. I paid a bit too much for it, but it is such a unique boat, I couldn't pass it up.

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    Pulse pump looks like this:


    It has a front half and back half. Inside are a couple valves and diaphrams that pulse and pump fuel at low pressure. The valves, and diaphrams can become distorted over time (and ethanol content in fuel). If you have mechanical aptitude it'll take you 10 min. to remove it (Only requires removing two corner bolts & the hoses). Then 10-15 minutes to rebuild it. Then 10 mins to reinstall.

    I don't blame you paying a little Xtra for that bad boy....I remember years ago seeing one for the first time at a Bass Expo - They had to chase me away from it!
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    Wow. I had a 89 206cc I wish I still had, they are one of a kind. Problem I had was when it rained the compartments would get wet inside. But I'm sure that could be a fix. That fishing platform is second to none

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    Black haze my 91 gets wet inside in the rain I haven't found a fix yet.
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    I am pretty sure that boat came from Ohio I seen the adds for it and it was on an auction site out west somewhere too good luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCGambler206 View Post
    Black haze my 91 gets wet inside in the rain I haven't found a fix yet.
    I still miss that boat, any pics of your boat cc??

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    I have a 1989 206CC with a 2.4 Mercury as well! No known problems but the motor likes a lot of gas might want to buy stock in an oil company. My is heading out to Table Rock Lake next week for the BFL tourney. If you find a way to keep the rain out let me know!

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    Thanks for the information on the RiverRatMD, I will also order that and replace. While I have no current pictures of the boat, I will get some when it warms up here. I ordered a complete replacement gauge set for the boat, most were old, had condensation buildup, and would feel much better having some new gauge to see how she runs. Also got some generic deep cycle batteries form the local Advance Auto Parts with a three bank charger. On a plus side, the boat also came with hydraulic steering and hydraulic jackplate as well, so I am greatly anticipating putting this boat on the water!

    My other concern is the switch set, the fuses seem to not be making full contact when plugged in and turned, does anyone have any suggestions to correct this?

    On a side note, here is my smaller boat for the 20hp limited lakes we have in PA. It is a Altra Marine J16 with a 30hp Tohatsu on a CMC tilt and trim. The boat runs 30mph with two guys and six gallons of gas. I normally run a 10x9 stainless prop with some cup added to it for holeshot and topend.

    Thanks again guys, it seems this forum has some great guys on it!





    This was the day I brought the boat home, not bad for $1,600 said and done!

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    Also, while my last post is waiting to be approved, the Mercury 200 has a lower unit with a nose cone pickup, what water pressure do these lower units like to run at before having issues?

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    Give your seriel # to Don on the Mercury Motors board to verify but 12 psi at a bare minimum with 15 Psi being ideal should be the spec for that motor from what I can remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norotorfc View Post
    Thanks for the information on the RiverRatMD, I will also order that and replace. While I have no current pictures of the boat, I will get some when it warms up here. I ordered a complete replacement gauge set for the boat, most were old, had condensation buildup, and would feel much better having some new gauge to see how she runs. Also got some generic deep cycle batteries form the local Advance Auto Parts with a three bank charger. On a plus side, the boat also came with hydraulic steering and hydraulic jackplate as well, so I am greatly anticipating putting this boat on the water!

    My other concern is the switch set, the fuses seem to not be making full contact when plugged in and turned, does anyone have any suggestions to correct this?

    On a side note, here is my smaller boat for the 20hp limited lakes we have in PA. It is a Altra Marine J16 with a 30hp Tohatsu on a CMC tilt and trim. The boat runs 30mph with two guys and six gallons of gas. I normally run a 10x9 stainless prop with some cup added to it for holeshot and topend.

    Thanks again guys, it seems this forum has some great guys on it!





    This was the day I brought the boat home, not bad for $1,600 said and done!
    You remind me of myself when I got into gamblers every boat I had before was tuned a much a possible.
    First boat was a 16' Tidecraft with an XP 150 tuned 65mph, then a 17' Laser with a tuned 150 70mph, then first Gambler intimidator with a major tuned Yamaha 225 300HP from Hydrotec 84mph once. Through the years I've bought enough props to own stock in stainless steel. Got to max it all out. Once you get into Gamblers you well never get out. Even the guys who have gone to faster boats still have a place in titer heart for the G boats. Welcome to the brother hood.
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    Here Here!
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    John I did the cowl modification to my XB and wow I can tell there is improvement I just don't know how much yet the weather has not allowed me to open it up for more the a quarter mile I think I may be under pitched when it is all said and done.
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    I still miss that boat, any pics of your boat cc??
    Yes I have a few I will post one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gamblerjewell View Post
    John I did the cowl modification to my XB and wow I can tell there is improvement I just don't know how much yet the weather has not allowed me to open it up for more the a quarter mile I think I may be under pitched when it is all said and done.
    Oh yeah! Extra Rpm's for under 6 bucks is the shiz-nit. How high did you go, the full 7/8ths?
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