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    Boating, tubing, knee and wake boarding on the upper Potomac river. Party times down by Mt Vernon.
  1. Gents, thanks much. I think it might be a grounding wire that is loose, or one of the amps is on its last leg. I know there are two amps on board, I just have to locate the #%^$&%$ things. They aren't in the obvious/easy to get to places, so time to start undoing panels and tracing wires. Az, I will definitely try flipping the channels and see what I come up with.
  2. So have this issue that started. With our wet sounds speakers/clarion head unit. Haven't had any problems up to this point, sound quality had been amazing, tunes are a big part of our atmosphere while out on the water. But recently encountered an issue that I am frankly stumped on. Seems to be some sort of feedback or static on the right channel side of things. As you turn the volume up, the static (for lack of better description) gets worse, almost like distortion. I pulled every speaker and made sure all connections were tight and didn't notice any grounding wires, that might cause a short. Then I pulled the whole head hint out and verified all the harness cables are connected and tightly secured. So any other thoughts would be appreciated, before I turn to finding a marine stereo expert. Definitely want to have things working perfectly before the upcoming 4th of July bash. Thanks - Steve
  3. As a retired USAF SrNCO, it is heart warming to know that so many boaters actually "get the meaning" of the holiday and always take the time to day thanks. I fly the American Flag at the house year round, as well as on the boat. To all who have and continue to serve -- Thank you, stay safe, and know that it makes a difference
  4. I can't really add anything new, but I can say that I have never had a boat with a completely dry bilge. There is always some amount of water. Certainly not gallons as you stated, but would be curious if you do find any more areas that might be the cause
  5. Zion, very sorry to hear about all your issues. We haven't experienced too many things with our 327, knock on wood. Had some EVC issues, that took a good while to resolve, but after that things have been smooth sailing. Ours also lists slightly to poet, and after talking with dealer and chap it is due to design; water tank and fuel tank, along with waste tank all being port side, weight distribution is off a bit. But nothing too serious. Hope you don't have any more gremlins to deal with and can enjoy a much better and fun filled 2nd season with your 327
  6. As far as our waterways here in DC/NOVA/MD even the rear facing seat is not legal to use while boat is in motion. All occupants must be inside the confines of the cockpit/bow seating area. We got stopped cause I had a spotter sitting there, while we were kneeboarding, and told the spotter had to move inside. Only while anchored or not underway is it permissible to sit on the bow deck or Rear facing transom seat. But, as we all know, each state and jurisdiction is different as is the interpretation by the authorities.
  7. I know that in DC/Northern VA waters it is illegal to be sitting/laying on the bow while the boat is in motion. We for stopped twice by both Coast Guard and Harbor Patrol. Fortunately we were only "wanted" and no ticket was issued.
  8. Will be interested in everyone's feedback on it. Would be a great addition to have a way to place shade in the how, where everyone usually hangs out.
  9. Looks great, and certainly adds to the classiness of the 327!
  10. Looking good. Will be interested to see how the caulk lines turn out!
  11. Actually it was a crack at the base of the raw water pump. From what we could see/feel, it wasn't the gasket. The water was by no means spraying or coming out fast enough that would have indicated gasket/seal failure. I think the pump was just old and it was at the bottom where there had been some rust accumulation. Believe it just finally gave way, fortunately it was a slow and steady release of water, rather than massive rupture, otherwise I am not sure anyone would have been around in the middle of the night when the high water alarm went off. Best advise, always check and double check everything. And very true about finding/having a reputable and trustworthy mechanic -- stick with them.
  12. Strick, sorry for the delayed response. I would say, and I am sure most would agree, make sure on top of having a survey done, you take the time to check certain things yourself. While this is by no means a complete list - more just highlights of things from the experience noted above -- make sure you have working bilge pumps, and highly recommend that if they are small capacity ones, you upgrade them to something a bit larger. Ensure there is nothing clogging the bilge pumps either. Amazing how a bit of slime or some residue chunks and clog the pump. Maker sure you batteries are in good condition and have enough juice to open the engine compartment at a moments notice. Double check to ensure all your hoses are clamped properly, if not double clamped. Get to know exactly where your thru hull connections are and their shut off valves. Ensure your raw water intake collant pumps are not rusted, cause that could easily hide a leak. Know exactly where your fuse panel is, and where other fuses that may not be in the breaker box are located. While all of this would be something a surveyor would do, it still is best to do it yourself. Or at least be there and be an active participant in the survey. Ask questions, keep notes, make sure you understand things fully. There are no stupid questions, so don't be afraid to ask, even on the simplistic things. Double check all fittings, screws, retainers, nuts/bolts, etc. things have a tendency to work themselves loose on a boat, so take the time to ensure they are tight/secured. And make a habit of checking all of them periodically. And even after you have the survey, and all checks out and you proceed with purchase, spend some quality time getting to "know your boat". It's quirks, it's nuances, all the nooks and crannies. Take your engine manuals and boat operating guide and go through the schematics and visually look at each of the major systems, so you have "eyes on them" and can go right to a particular item if you have trouble. Take the time to look at all your hoses and know what leads where. Some times knowing that a certain hose has a curve or bend, can be helpful down the road when you might have to do some trouble shooting. While I know all of this sounds like it should be common sense, often times we overlook these things, cause we are so happy and intent to get out on the water. Major rule of captaining your own vessel -- know it inside and out!! Don't be afraid to seek advise from other friends with boats, or this forum, or dock mates. If you have any questions, or just general things you want to BS about send me a message. Welcome to the group, best of luck with the purchase and enjoy boating! There is nothing better than being on the water, cherishing all the joys it brings with family, friends and those you will meet a along the way!
  13. Will be interesting to see if there is any follow up to this story. I know I haven't seen much said about it, since this past weekend. Would defiitely like to know what his explanation was for the maneuver and then his not heading backin to check on people And completely agree that e or two bad apples, often gives the other 99% a bad name. Same as with the military, or fire/ems, or any other profession that is supposed to be there to support the local populace. We often forget. About the countless others who do the right thing, go out of their way to assist, and are overall very good people that genuinely care about others. Being a military veteran myself, having served 21 years; it is a shame when a handful of bad folks in uniform does somethng totally stupid, unprofessional, unethical, or down right illegal - and that casts all the rest of us in a bad light. Or worse brands us as immoral and unthinking killing machines. I am proud to have served my country, to do the things necessary to protect my fellow citizens and our way of life. And I am sure I speak for plenty of others who have worn the uniform in service to our great nation -- we want to kick the a$$es of those bad apples, even more so than the general public. But one good lesson from this incident -- it was the good Samaritans and fellow boaters who jumped into action. We have to look out for each other, as we are out and about on the water, enjoying a pastime that is truly unique and wonderful, one we should share and promote with others.
  14. We saw them towing it out from the wall yesterday afternoon under the escort of two DC Harbor PatrolUnits. All I can say is that I am not surprised by this. We have not had the best dealings with DC Harbor patrol. And if as reported they were responding to "person or jumper in the water" that still does not obviate the need for safety and common sense The fact that he did not respond back to the scene, made no hails to check on injuries and damage, shows how bad of a unit this is. And if there were other boats damaged by responders that is even worse!!
  15. So for all my fellow boaters that are n the DC area and boat the upper Potomac to include the Georgetown/Three Sisters area, be aware that DC harbor patrol has at least one officer that is enforcing a "law" that dates back to the early 1900s --which states it is illegal to "swim, float, or otherwise be in the water" of the Potomac. It is okay to be engaged in tubing, wake boarding, etc. but apparently just taking a dip to cool off or having one of those floating islands is a big no no. Oh and don't stop the boat, take a break between tubing and use the tube as a raft, that is also not allowed. Cause then you are "floating on the river" which is not okay to do. Yesterday we were out on the boat with a bunch of neighbors, hanging out enjoying a nice Saturday afternoon, temps were high, so after lunch some of us jumped in the water and were hanging out listening to tunes and having a good time. Then a DC harbor patrol boat pulled up to us and told all of us we had to get out of the water, we questioned, and were told "no swimming allowed". That certainly put a downer on the day. Now I have been boating on the Potomac for 10 years and have never had any such issues, except for this one Officer. We have been out playing in the water and had Coast Guard go by, have had other Harbor Patrol Officers go by, have had MD DNR go by, and never been stopped and told to get out of the water. So just a word to the wise, apparently the Potomac isn't meant to be a fun day out/in the water
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