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Denny

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About Denny

  • Birthday 04/18/1944

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    http://www.greatlakesmarinas.com

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    Great Lakes
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    Boating Golfing Fishing Tinkerer

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  1. Denny

    Towing a Dinghy

    Be careful, it could catch air and flip, it happened to me. I then figured out a way to mount it to my swim platform, now I can go at any speed. Denny.
  2. Denny

    ICW Cruise

    For me with my 350/260 Mercruiser on a 23ft 5,000lb package, I figure about 2-2.5mi. per gal. Don't know your figures, but you need to figure in waves-no waves, wind-no wind, current-no current. Denny
  3. Denny

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Excellent. You can show him these pictures, too. Look at this, I didn't even realize the original tag from 2010 was still on the bimini poles lol. It doesn't say what metal, but at least it says it's for the 276 ssx lol. Talked with my guy today. He said back in the day, when cyclops and I were kids, they used brass poles and they would plate them. He also said if you scratch S.S. it will rust, especially around salt water. If you take the poles apart, you can replace the button, it is mounted on a flat piece of metal that hooks on the end of the pole. You can buy them made out of metal, (which looks like what you have) and S.S. which is all we use. If you can't tell by looking at them, you can lift them to tell what they are made of. S.S. is definitely heavier. A (WHITE) scotch brite and some S.S. cleaner should bring back the rest. Actually tooth paste works well on a lot of things. Denny.
  4. Denny

    Shaping a surf wave

    That is why I prefer open body's of water over land locked body's. Middle of the summer 85 degrees, Monday thru Thursday, Lake Erie, The Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and The St. Clair River all the way to Lake Huron, are all mine. I would say that over 90% of the waves that I encounter are from the wind. Denny.
  5. Denny

    Towing a Dinghy

    I would call the dealer of the dinghy and explain the size of the dinghy and power source.You could also look on the net to see what others have successfully done. Just type in how to tow a dinghy behind another boat. Denny.
  6. Denny

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Yes yours looks like mine. You can order any length, but I think 150 is the starting point. I am going to take my new one back out and soak it in fabric softener. It will take a few days to do with the soaking and drying times. I will let you know how it reacts. You could go all chain. Just weigh your present 15ft chain and multiply it by 10. It would be like having a large person riding on the bow all the time. The positive part of it, would be that you would not have much, if any bow lift on acceleration. Denny.
  7. Denny

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Where did I find my bimini poles? They came with the boat, Chaparral bimini, ma bro. Don't have many pics of it but this is the only one I could find quickly and you can pretty much see half the setup. If you compare the poles to that top frame on the windshield (which is SS), you can almost see that chrome look difference. Maybe? But I'll definitely take your word for it, Denny. I'll take a better, close-up pic tomorrow since I have the whole bimini in the shop now and replace this pic with it. I'm sure it's the same stuff that many other members here have on their Chaps. Usually low end boats will us aluminum, I can't believe Chap would cut corners. I will check with my guy tomorrow. Denny.
  8. Denny

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Hatem, don't know if this will be an issue for you or not. My anchor line got pretty frayed so I replace it. My replacement was supposed to be 150 ft. They sent me 200 ft. I thought great, will not so great, I'm having trouble fitting it all into my storage area. Granted it is new and slippery and I take that into account, however if the line does not free fall vertically the resistance will push the line out of the gypsy even if you have tension on the line as if you were retrieving your anchor.I got the 1st 150 ft in with out too much trouble, the last 50 ft. would not go in, until I pushed the build up pile down and freed up more space. I Learned something from Anchorlift. They sent instructions with the new line that told how to care for your anchor line if it gets dirty and stiff. They said to wash it and get all the dirt out of it, and then to soak it in fabric softener. So I thought, you have a lot of line that is not frayed why not make some dock lines. I cut it into different lengths and sneaked them into my wife's washer, man that really is the way to clean them. Anyways after that I soaked them in the fabric softener over night, they came out like limp dish rags. I know after my original line got weathered it was fine. I may take my new 200 ft line and soak it, and just cut it down to 150 ft. I really don't need the extra 50 ft. And I can make some more dock lines. Denny.
  9. Denny

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Bimini poles are typically platted. From time to time you see stainless. I have been helping this guy out at his boat canvas shop for the past 2 years. I have never seen poles that are plated, they have been either S.S. or aluminum. The fittings that I have seen have either been S.S., aluminum or plated cast. Where do you find them at? Denny.
  10. Denny

    Electrical issue

    Don't know if this is true or not, someone once told me that with the new cars, not to jump start another vehicle, because you could blow your computer, and they will drive away and you will not.
  11. Denny

    Electrical issue

    First, and most import, I would like to thank all of you for your valuable info. It opened doors of trouble shooting that I was not aware of. Bottom line, human error and who knows what else. I did barrow a fresh battery from Interstate. So I did do a voltage check of the wiring at as many points that I could find, both batteries, isolator & solenoid, starter solenoid, and the new battery, all read 12.5. Loosened and tightened wires again. Forgot to take a photo of the starter solenoid before I removed the starter, so after researching it on the internet (what a wonderful tool of info) found out that I had the little wire on the wrong post, so that took took care of that issue. As for the windlass, I could not get a reading on it, that was do to the fact when I put the batteries back in after having them load tested, I missed putting on the main feed wire to the motor. Well the windlass is back to working, hit the key and she cranked right over (pulled the coil wire) she was sleeping and I did not want to wake her, at least I remembered to do that. So all in all, still do not know what actually was the cause, there was nothing that jumped out visually and said here I am. Just another unsolved mystery. Thanks again to all. Denny.
  12. Denny

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Poles are either S.S. or Aluminum. Neither will be affected by a magnet. Denny.
  13. Denny

    Electrical issue

    I'm headed over to test things out now. Don't know if it matters or not, the isolator is over 25 yrs old.
  14. Denny

    Electrical issue

    cy, thanks for your input, if you could find a place to put your plate, you could eat off of my engine and batteries. If my batteries are only reading 12.5 which sounds low, then why are they passing a load test.
  15. Denny

    Electrical issue

    Thanks Iggy, as I said my mechanical skills are limited, if I can see it, there are not too many things that I cannot fix. It is when I cannot see it is where the problem comes it, hence, here we are.Tomorrow I will test the voltage at the starter and then by pass the isolator.
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