13utchy

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  1. Yes, I've been searching all over for a delete button on my most recent duplicate post, but no dice .... We'll see if it happens again here too. Nice 220 by the Futzin' !!!!
  2. Good morning! I was curious if any of you could comment on how your marina works if you are to sell your boat? Do you still have the option to keep your slip and essentially sublet it out to the person that purchased your boat? And then, at your discretion, take the slip back when you're ready? I used a mooring for 2 years at this marina & now in the 2nd year using the dock/slip. We were recently blessed with terrific news that we have a baby on the way, so have elected to take a few seasons away from boating. I don't know if I misunderstood, but was given the impression that the slip is ours to keep as long as we wish and can essentially reach an agreement with whoever buys our boat & allow them to use it for say 2 seasons? Have any of you heard of such an arrangement? Almost sounds too good to be true. Any insight you can provide is very much appreciated!
  3. Good morning! I was curious if any of you could comment on how your marina works if you are to sell your boat? Do you still have the option to keep your slip and essentially sublet it out to the person that purchased your boat? And then, at your discretion, take the slip back when you're ready? I used a mooring for 2 years at this marina & now in the 2nd year using the dock/slip. We were recently blessed with terrific news that we have a baby on the way, so have elected to take a few seasons away from boating. I don't know if I misunderstood, but was given the impression that the slip is ours to keep as long as we wish and can essentially reach an agreement with whoever buys our boat & allow them to use it for say 2 seasons? Have any of you heard of such an arrangement? Almost sounds too good to be true. Any insight you can provide is very much appreciated!
  4. I put the boat up with a near empty tank. Reason being, I like to run fresh, ethanol free fuel in the Spring. The only argument I hear on this is that moisture will accumulate in the tank, but I honestly don't think you're going to accumulate a gallon of water in the tank .... Plus, any moisture that IS in the tank will be mixed in w- fresh fuel. Also - if you're in a state that doesn't offer ethanol free; I was reading in this month's issue of "Boating magazine" that running a fuel stablizer on the season's last tank of fuel (such a StarBrite); isn't a bad idea either.
  5. Thanks Leonid -- I'm thinking of doing the same. Costco had a great deal () for a 22' mooring cover, which should do the trick on my 204ssi. My only concern however is being in Vermont; I don't want all the weight of the snow up against the windshield, etc. Do you or anybody else who's tried this have any pictures or links you can refer us to? I'd like to keep the mooring cover on the boat (which is also vented) to keep everything clean & then a tarp supported by PVC to angle the ice/snow away. I'm open to suggestions. Otherwise ... I'm shrink wrapping again & w/ Winterization, that ran (which I guess is still pretty decent for a price from the little I understand!)
  6. Interestingly, it had been raining quite a bit. This event was just odd however, as while there is a lot of plant life; the surface of the water is generally pretty clean. And the grass also seemed attached to the underside of the swim platform, so you really had to pull at it. I'm making #%^$&%$ sure now however to keep my drive all the way down.
  7. Thanks Baum - Interesting you bring that up with the bellows. Last season; I recall somebody telling me to always keep my drive down all the way when on the mooring & I never quite knew why! I've been guilty of forgetting to do this from time to time (such as this past instance). Now I'm wondering if the bellows were perhaps torn? I am familiar with regular exhaust bubbles, but this was actual exhaust rising out of the water, which I hadn't ween in the past & it was sputtering & having trouble running at first. Afterwards however, it seemed to run smoothly. I hope I didn't go out cruising around yesterday afternoon w- torn bellows however .....#$%$^&! And everything had been going smoothly this season except for the weather!
  8. I'm not sure if the title does justice to the subject matter -- perhaps you veteran boaters have encountered this before? I'm on my 2nd season keeping my boat on a mooring on Lake Champlain. Prior to today, I have not been out to my boat since Friday, Sept. 6th. I didn't notice any issue then, but today, I discovered essentially a thick mat of grass surrounding & under the swim platform. The following photos are after I had pulled much away (to give an idea how much we're talking about!) This grass seemed to be stuck to the underside of the swim platform as well. Upon starting my motor; I noticed exhaust rising from the water! I immediately shut down the motor;I pulled more grass away & this seemed to help. Ran smoothly afterwards, but I'm just puzzled what this was. Could muskrats/beavers be taking shelter up under the boat? Of note; I didn't see any of the other boats around the marina with the same issue.
  9. Just found this: http://www.amazon.com/Star-brite-Spider-Natural-Repellent/dp/B001R1AQ5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373685511&sr=8-1&keywords=star+brite+spider+away Star brite Spider Away Natural Spider Repellent
  10. They're starting to drive me nuts as well. I keep my boat on a mooring (Lake Champlain, VT) and I constantly get spider nests in my bimini top. Doesn't matter if it's opened or rolled up with the boot zipped over it. At first, I mistook the nests as wasp nests as they look very similar! So I'm browsing around now for remedies. My boat is generally clean -- fresh coat of wax is put on every start of the season. I'm at the point now however that I'm ready to spray the entire perimeter of the haul. Do some of you veteran boaters have suggestions? I was just reading on eHow that lemon is apparently a deterent?
  11. 303 is the business my good man! I use the cleaner: The protectant: And then treat the bimini top, bow & cockpit covers with: Just read the reviews on Amazon .... quite a few fans of the stuff. Beware of that fabric guard however -- that's some nasty @#$%@# so dress/protect yourself accordingly. My boat is a 2005 & has spent most (if not all) it's Summers docked in NY or on a mooring here in VT since I purchased it. Still looks great inside & out ... well .... aside from a few scuffs here & there!
  12. Well I'm reviving this topic .... I became a skeg-dragger myself during my rookie boating season. I had it re-painted & allegedly straightened (doesn't look much different) I'm thinking of a skeg guard still but have been a bit apprehensive if this is a deterrent when marketing a used boat? Do people typically frown upon these? I'm going to use my 204 this season & next, but then will be upgrading to a 420 Premier.
  13. Anybody ever try this? I know there is a bit of a "snake oil" mystique about these oil treatments in where you substitute a quart of engine oil for a quart of the additive. I've used it in a high mileage truck a few times amongst some other liquid concoctions & am indifferent if it had any benefit (still runs, so that's a plus!) Anybody ever try this in there boat? Any reason why we should not? My 5.0 Volvo GL has only around 200 hrs on it & would like do everything I can to maintain the motor.
  14. Think I'm going to be trying out a new prop as well next season! I'm running a 5.0 as well, albeit, a GL, but on a 204, which is probably a few pounds lighter. 45 MPH (via the GPS) @ 4,800 RPM That would be great to get the RPM's down a few ticks.
  15. Thanks DWW - your silence speaks volumes. I'll leave 'er alone. After shelling out $1k in fuel over the Summer, may be best! I'll research props over the Winter!