Richard W

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    : Snowbirding:: Winters - FL, USA and Summers - ON, CANADA
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    Mountaineering, hiking, sailing, boating, robotics, and getting the job done right!

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    1. The water is always bluer on the other side of the ocean.

    2. God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.
    When you talk, it's only about things you already know. When you listen, you learn.

    3. Docking ... it's a controlled collision.
    Sometimes more controlled than others, with a nice feeling when it goes well.

    4. Red, Right, Returning ... and ... Red, Left, Leaving ... :slap:

    5. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

    6. Ignorance compounded by arrogance ... a destructive formula.

    7. Once you stop learning you start dying. - Albert Einstein

    8. I Gotta Get Outta Here ...

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  1. ... and Billy was still present then balancing the act ...
  2. Don't worry about CO2, be afraid of CO in your boat. Having said that, I found a little to worry about CO coming into the boat from a properly installed generator. The side exhaust truhull mounted just above the waterline, and gases properly muffed and mixed with cooling water stay low and disperse with slightest wind without entering the boat's interior. The bigger problem is an engine left running at idle and the exhaust gases creeping over a swim platform, and the biggest is the station wagon effect at speed when the exhaust gases are sucked into the boat's interior. We use our (properly installed) generator often on hook and in the marinas, and never had a slightest issue. We had a number of CO alarms when cruising at speed with the camper on. Now, we use an additional battery operated CO detector in the cockpit when the camper is on. And yes, I would look for a boat with a generator properly installed by the factory already.
  3. That was just an example of still working buoy at this time of year. There are other buoys/stations still working, one near Ajax east of Toronto would be another example. There is a pull down list there. The 45012 might show up on the Canadian site sometime early in April or after. This is the time when CCG buoy tenders get busy setting the nav aids back on the waters of Great Lakes.
  4. This could be Canadian Weather buoy, they are often yellow (special purpose buoy) ... Here are all Canadian Great Lakes buoys, keep in mind that some are taken away now before the waters freeze ... Unfortunately, the station 45155 is not listed there. The example above, station 45012, is in the middle of Lake Ontario right on Can-USA border. Hope this helps ...
  5. Looking really cool and elegant.
  6. Yes, the trim tabs do improve tracking when fully deployed but I would not install them for that reason alone.
  7. Chances are he is going to have Rinda Tech's DIACOM software on his laptop, or something similar that not only can view and clear the codes but also view and record all engine parameters while it is operating. Get your boat ready for on the water run, or at least have muffs and water hookup if the boat is on the hard. Run the engine until the temp opens the thermostat and then run it thru the entire rpm range. Good luck!
  8. Yes, actually two ... 1. For your information, ask them to write down the codes before clearing. 2. Ask them to react to the error codes, and fix it accordingly.
  9. As per his other post, the technician cleared the codes ... hopefully he read them before clearing. Anybody bothered to ask?!
  10. Good one ... and often overlooked.
  11. As others warned me over the years here on the forums ... SimpleGreen is too harsh for or chemically incompatible with the gelcoat. It is a great degreaser and cleaner but too "good" for gelcoat, especially the dark colored gelcoat which shows the undesired clouding shortly after application. I was a great proponent of using SimpleGreen on fiberglass and gelcoat. It cleans really well, but strips deep all waxes and oils and leaves the surface dry. Looks to me that SimpleGreen also affects the gelcoat itself. I have stopped using it two seasons ago, no more clouding, and the waxing and buffing is easier now.
  12. I would trust Starbrite deck cleaner and other boat cleaning product intended for gelcoat/fiberglass. For major deoxidation and despotting I have used Collinite 920 ... ... and was happy with the results.
  13. Looks too late indeed. Do they know how to ship boats? How much do they pay for advertising?
  14. You got it ... hourglass counting time/hours.
  15. 1000 Islands here ... freaking northeaster with 50 mph winds and heavy rain for 12 hours drove the water into the house in two places during last night. I just patched one spot from the last week rains. I am so ready for Florida ... are we out of the hurricane season yet?