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  1. I do. It was laid up a while for a number of reasons, but I've recently gotten it all sorted out and we've been using it a lot. I've been glad to have it during this down time. You got a really nice looking boat there. I bet it moves pretty well with the big block. What year is it? It looks in very good shape.
  2. Drew! Glad to see you're doing well and on the water. I've been away for a very long time, but checked back in post-Covid and now that I'm back on the water as well. I've had a lot of changes over the last few years, but overall doing well, and glad to be running around in an old boat again.
  3. Hi Todd. Yes, overall, life is very good, in spite of the challenges. Both my youngest daughter and my wife are dealing with some very major, serious health concerns that won't go ever away, but as a family, we're learning how to manage those and keep moving forward, making the best of every day. This down time has taught us a lot about working through things, being together as a family, and enjoying the moment. All we have is today, and we need to live it to the most. I hope you're doing well and getting through this business slump okay. My business is in the tank at the moment, but I kn
  4. So, it's been a long, long time since I've been here, and it's been a long, long time since my boat has been wet (with other than rain), but this down time has been exactly what I needed to get the boat back in shape and get back on the water. I figured I'd check in on my old community here, even though it's been years since I've owned the Chap. This group is still the best on the web. Since I've posted last I've met someone, gotten married, rebuilt our house, rebuilt our boat (the big old Sportcraft walk-around that replaced the Sunesta), done a lot of stuff, and basically enjoyed the la
  5. jmiska

    Boat dock pics

    Wow! Lake Ontario was my last New York home, and I'd forgotten how spectacularly beautiful it is. I've never in my life, nor will I likely ever again, lived in such an amazing place as the rural, eastern Great Lakes. Thanks for posting these pictures.
  6. I have a Standard Horizon handheld that just pre-dates the GPS version, and it's been an outstanding radio. Rugged as can be, and the battery still holds a great charge after quite a few years. I've used it kayaking for years in the salt water and it's been soaked many times. I just rinse it off in the sink when I'm done. I also have a Standard Horizon fixed mount GPS/AIS VHF in the boat and the quality is top notch. As good as the hand held, just fixed mounted.
  7. Screw my boat. I say Todd and I meet up at Drew's boat in the Keys! Thanks for the offers of help guys! I'm going to have a nice busy week with my kids and I may or may not get to pulling the drive before next weekend. I'll need to make a dolly for it first. Regardless, I'm not running it til I've checked out the u-joints and replaced them if need be. It would be really bad form to end up like Big Fun's picture there in my little lake!
  8. Thanks guys. You confirmed my initial thought when I discovered the bad joint yesterday: don't run it til it's fixed. It's just not worth the risk of a lot more damage. If I can find a shop that can do it quick turn, I'll do that. Otherwise, we'll do something else for the day. In looking on you-tube it looks like a very straightforward job for a shop, but is it reasonable to do at home? I would need to build a stand with wheels to support the drive taking it on and off, but would I also need a press of some sort to change the joints themselves? They don't appear to be the kind that use
  9. Gentlemen! When a driveshaft u-joint fails in a Bravo drive, what's the worst damage it can do beyond rendering the boat dead in the water? I'm thinking, what if the center block breaks apart? Is it going to throw parts that could damage the gimbal bearing, or perhaps even puncture the bellows? Will the shaft ends be flying around uncontained? Here's why I ask. I noticed yesterday while running the boat in the driveway a distinct knocking sound from the driveshaft area when the drive is either trimmed 1/3 or more up or turned hard to either side. Clearly a u-joint is on the way out. No b
  10. Depending on where your radio base unit is located, having everything on the mic can be really handy. My good friend, whose boat I use often, has the radio unit down buried inside the console, and the mic is almost like a phone with a screen on the back, speaker, knobs and mouthpiece. I actually like it a lot, as it's all right there in your hand. Okay, I just googled the Raymarine VHF 240 and it's a very similar setup. I bet you'll like it.
  11. I remember those exact radios in the school buses when I was a kid (many decades ago!). You can tell it's either from a bus or a cab with a fixed frequency.
  12. Yes, Drew, you absolutely must have your DSC fully operational! You boat in the ocean, in and around the Gulf Stream, with heavy traffic. God forbid something goes wrong in a hurry. It might be that your only chance to get out a distress message is that red button on the radio. Without an MMSI number and GPS input, your distress signal is meaningless. Drew and Duane, I would go with either of the Standard Horizon that has a GPS receiver built in. I'm amazed at how well it works. My radio is down under the helm/dash and pretty blocked from the sky. That's why I also hooked my Furuno to it,
  13. I'll respond as someone who grew up with a lake house that our family went to every summer, and weekends out of the summer. For anyone here who knows me reasonably well, you'll also know that I love the water, and everything about it, so my point of view may be somewhat biased. As a kid, my parents would take my brother, sister and me to the cottage as soon as school ended, and we'd head back "home" a few days before school started. We did this for about 8 years, or so, and I would never in my life trade those wonderful memories for anything, ever. I consider myself to have had the best c
  14. By the way, I'm going to hijack my own thread on two fronts: First, I noticed in your signature that your boat was lost in a warehouse fire. Was that in the Bethlehem Steel plant fire? My brother lives in Hamburg about 2 miles from there. He kept his RV there, but it just happened to be out at the time by a crazy stroke of luck. His neighbor across the street lost a gorgeous vintage racing hydroplane in there. I'm actually shocked that the magnitude of the loss there hasn't made bigger news. There were probably many millions of dollars in classic cars, RV's and boats in there, and the only re
  15. Todd, you think exactly like I do! In the end, I came to the same conclusion: easiest repair route. Plus, the aftermarket pipe is less than the stock one, and, according to Slowhand, might show some performance improvement on my exact car, so it becomes a no brainer.
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