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  1. No, it sets nicely protected in it's little box. As far as I know for now the only 2 things that my girl doesn't have are, radar and autopilot, and only because I have no need for either.
  2. Already got one. Another one of my automotive accessories.
  3. The angle on the handle allows the top to be over the box. I see your rocker switch now. You could extend your wires for the bow switch so you could stand up and hold it in your hand, and when you are done with it, roll it up and put it in your locker. I have seen some that look like 2 miniature hockey pucks, they come in a pair, you step on them, one for up and the other for down. Maybe on a large boat, but on mine I thought that they would look tacky. Believe it or not everything on there has a purpose . The cigarette lighter is original equipment, and has a dual purpose. I do not smoke, so I don't use the lighter portion. There is a switch and when you flip it, it then becomes a light that shines down to illuminate whatever you may need it for. I think ash trays are an option now, you have to request one, and then again they may not even be available on some models. The cup holder does fold up, I got it years ago at BoatUS, before it became west Marine. I'm sure that they still sell them. Mine are plastic. Yours look like they will hold up a lot better, being that they are S.S. The unit on the teak box is a light to illuminate the level gauge above it at night, so I can see the gauge to balance the boat form starboard to port. Not to mention the light is off of a pick up truck rear chrome bumper, it is one of the license lights, that was left over from one of the jobs I did in the body shop. This is the best way that I could come up with to try and answer and comment to everyone. Denny.
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    Snap-In carpet question

    +1 S.S. If you mark the spots and take it to a place that does MARINE canvas work they can put them in for you. Denny
  5. Hi Hatem, I do not have a bow switch. I was going to get one and talked with john the owner, he told me about an anchor turner that they have. So I got it and don't have a use for a bow switch. All I have is a helm switch, it is a rocker type switch. I have it mounted on the left side of the helm just above the cigarette lighter/reading light, does it look like yours?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    It is not the bottom paint that protects the glass, it is the moisture barrier that does. All the bottom paint will do is to help stop anything from sticking to it. All you get in fresh water is green slim and moss, the amount that you will get depends on the clarity of the water, and toilet bowl cleaner will that if off. Denny.
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    I would contact the marine surveyor that did the inspection and have him come out and reinspect that area, to see if he had missed it, or if it is only cosmetic. Denny.
  8. Tied up for a week on the St. Clair River at a cottage we stayed at on Harsens Island. The week days, the water was as flat as a swimming pool. Come Saturday and Sunday it was a whole different story. It was like Grand Central Station, boats of all sizes and wakes to match, from all directions The poles were forgiving and had some play and spring effect to help absorb the shock, but the line on the dock did not. And when the Titanic went through that was all she wrote. 1/2 inch braided line is strong except at the splice where the inner core is removed to make the splice to make the loop at the end of the line. Actually I'm glad that it let loose, or it may have torn out my cleat. So a braided line with a loop, no matter how thick, just like a chain, has a weak link. I believe that the only way it would be equally strong , would be to hand tie your own loop, photo the Monday after. Just a little FYI for those who might find this interesting. Denny.
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Dock line recommendations Your dock line should have 1/8" of diameter for every 9' of boat with a minimum size of 3/8". This means a 20' boat should use 3/8" lines. A 40' boat should use 5/8"line.May 10, 2018
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks, thanks again. Also I'm a little confused, I noticed that my anchor line was starting to fray in a couple of places, so I contacted the company and they said that it was ok, because it had an inner core and that is where the strength is. So my question is. Do they make one rope for anchor road, and a different one for dock lines?
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Ya, we have those same dual hull boats here, they are called the jet express and they transport from the main land to the islands. If you google the jet express port clinton, it will come up with info on it. Lake Erie can get real violent, it put a 10 ft wave through the windshield of it, and these are the larger version of the design. A 10 ft wave on the ocean, imagine it in 25-30 ft of water. As you get closer to shore and shallower water they get more vertical. I have been out with my girl in strong 4's with a rough wave about every 10th wave, with a head on sea that is about all I feel comfortable with. No, it was just a lot of larger cruisers pushing 3 ft wakes from everywhere at the same time.
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Thanks for the info. Sorry for not being politically correct.
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    I originally had 3 strand, but it got old and stiff, so i replaced it with the braided. I researched it and knew that the 3 strand was somewhat stronger, but I normally only tie up in protected marinas, unless I am on the hook. When I tie up at a marina and I have the option, I will stern in and cross tie. I will then tie off the bow and spring line the midship and add what ever fenders that are needed. This particular mooring did not allow me to do that. So when I commented to Hatem that, (This is only the 3rd time that I have tied up under these conditions), it was here. I do not understand how you would crisscross the lines on this mooring, which ones are you talking about? What I have learned from this is why 3 strand is stronger and where the weak link is on braided.
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    I bought a pair of those shock absorbers and put them on the bow and stern lines since those get the most action. They definitely help a lot in relieving the strain, at least on the cleats. ´╗┐Yeah,I have thought about buying a couple of them. This is only the 3rd time that i have tied up under these conditions in the 26 years of owning her. So it was never a priority, and this was the only time that something like this happened.
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Yep not a scratch.
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    Oil/foam dripping from outdrive

    + 1 on that, get it done now and get it behind you. A lot of times if you have things done in the slow or off season you can get a deal. Denny.
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    Weather Watching

    12 miles off shore on the Ocean is one thing, but 12 miles off shore in a 23 ft boat on Lake Erie is another. Some of you already know about this app for your cell, so this is for those of you that don't. It is called Dark Sky, and it is a real time weather app that centers on your cell phone GPS coordinates, any where on the world. It will tell you what is coming, when it will be there, and how long it will stay. And some other neat stuff. While I was out fishing yesterday, it told me that I had 30 minutes to get my canvas up or I was going to get wet. It is not free, but for instant info, it is worth every penny, and that is all it is, pennies. Hope this helps someone.
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    Weather Watching

    This is who I have been in touch with. info@darksky.net 260 Broadway, New York City, NY Let my know if this helps. Denny.
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    Weather Watching

    Dark Sky got back to me. iPhone is a one time fee of 3.99 + tax. Android is 2.99 + tax per year. Denny.
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    Oil/foam dripping from outdrive

    Looks like you have water invasion from some where. I would drain the outdrive to see if the oil has a milky look. Denny.
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    Weather Watching

    Yes, the app is loaded onto your cell phone. I have an E-mail into them to see what the monies buy, I will keep you all posted. Denny.
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    Weather Watching

    I've heard that Lake Erie can behave just like the big, wide open ocean sometimes. The size of the body of water of the Great Lakes almost qualifies it to be a small sea. Lake Erie is the shallowest of all the Great Lakes, and that is what makes it so treacherous. The waves come in narrow chops, not rolling swells. The smart boaters on Lake Erie are avid weather watchers
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    Weather Watching

    Thanks, I'll check it out. Denny.
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