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  1. TidalPotomac

    This is for Hatem

    Yes, tying both lines to one cleat will help swing the boat. We do this on high traffic days to counter wake, our slip is in the middle of the river and a few feet from the channel. Hatem, are you using the piling off your starboard bow? You could use the piling for a bow line as well as a spring line. That would improve protection while you are away from the boat. If your marina permits, install an”J” bracket on the piling to store your lines while out on the water (you install the bracket high on the “inside” surface of the piling away from potential contact). Use your boat pole to stow and retrieve your lines.
  2. TidalPotomac

    This is for Hatem

    Not all slips are conducive to crossing lines. In you picture it appears you are tying you boat against the dock using fenders? We cross our line to reduce shock on the lines and also allows the boat to sway a bit in the water. We also have four points to secure lines so that the boat is centered in the slip, pilings for bow lines, cleats on the dock for the stern. We use a spring line to keep the boat centered, the boat rises and falls with the tide with no lines chafing. When we arrive at the boat for the weekend, we remove one of the stern lines (the one you will trip on). Without the stern line the boat rests against a few fenders on the starboard finger dock.
  3. TidalPotomac

    Anyone ever swapped a drain plug....in the water?

    Some boats sink faster than others, with a Chaparral, it could sink if you couldn’t get the plug back in transom. With a Boston Whaler, it would still float without the plug or bilge pump running.
  4. TidalPotomac

    Anyone ever swapped a drain plug....in the water?

    A couple of weeks ago, I used a live well plug in place of the errant drain drain plug on our Boston Whaler. I later found the drain plug and contemplated charging it out while he boat was in the water. I decided not replace the plug, however it would have been a quick replacement and without risk of the boat sinking. I once launched the Whaler without the plug, the bilge immediately kicked on alerting me to the goof on my part. I was able to get the transom plug installed while on the boat, again no risk of sinking.
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    Anchor Rode Locker Capacity

    Yes, learn to tie the knot! It is not hard. When preparing the rode for the anchor, I cut away a ten foot length of the previous portion of the the 8 plait braid attached to the chain. I used this portion of the 8 plait braid to practice tying the braided knot. It took about an hour to practice the knot, it took me about 45 minutes to repeat the knot on actual anchor line. When tying the line to chain, either 8 plait or 3 strand, loosen the weave of the line prior to starting as the line tightens and constricts as you produce the weave. Make you own fid, a tool to help feed the end of the braids through the braided line, by cutting a section of a large knitting needle point.
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    Anchor Rode Locker Capacity

    Have you examined you anchor roller to ensure it is spinning freely? We had a worn roller that didn’t spin and had a groove worn into the roller causing a few issues. Confirm roller isn’t worn and spins freely.
  7. TidalPotomac

    Anchor Rode Locker Capacity

    What model windlass did you install? We replaced our windlass with a Lewmar 1000 on our Sig 350 and are using a 45lb anchor, no problems retrieving the anchor line and chain. Your boat weighs a few tons, using chain rode only won’t drop the bow.
  8. TidalPotomac

    8.1 osi ?

    The OSI equipped VP originally came equipped with XDP drives. The 8.1 OSI is 375 HP. We purchased our 2006 Sig 350 with XDP drives and had the upfit kit for DPS drives installed as part of the purchase deal.
  9. TidalPotomac

    This is for Hatem

    The Carolina flare boats evolved over time, they were originally smaller with windows, in the mid-eighties they use fiberglass instead of glass on the front facing portion of the boat, many were converted as well. The inlets in the south can be formidable, therefore the sport fishermen started building larger boats with more flare to handle the inlets. In North Carolina there are many inlets that pose a challenge, Oregon Inlet is one of those inlets and has been feature on Wicked Tuna -Outer Banks. Early on in the series, the northern fishermen in there lobster boats were a bit put off by Oregon inlet shoals and waves, many returning to the docks or being helped by the locals. YouTube has many videos of waves, damage and navigational hazards of Oregon inlet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNFMFOh5898&app=desktop&persist_app=1 Do not underestimate a sport fisherman’s desire to go fishing offshore, fishing is the reason sport fishing boats were created and evolved.
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    This is for Hatem

    The Carolina boats are designed without a windows due to the conditions they operate and running the inlets. The sport-fishers are purpose designed and evolved for sportfishing.
  11. TidalPotomac

    Signature 276 construction

    Johnfrmcal, What engine and outdrive are on the boat you are looking at buying? The Volvo Penta OSI engines came with XDP outdrives. If the boat you are looking at has XDP drives, educate yourself on the potential issues with the outdrives.
  12. TidalPotomac

    pro's and con's of uncovered slip

    We live on our boat during the weekends, spiders are under control when they show themselves, when not on the hook or bad weather, we enjoy the company of our dock mates.
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    pro's and con's of uncovered slip

    Our snakes take care of the birds. We watched a snake get evicted from an anchor locker a couple of weeks ago, apparently the snake was sleeping off a big meal.
  14. TidalPotomac

    pro's and con's of uncovered slip

    Snow collapse can be a real problem however I am guessing you are a trailer boater and you will pull your boat during the winter months. Keep your cockpit cover on while you wait for the covered slip to become available. There is a better boating social scene with a covered slip.
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    Plug, What Plug?

    The dingy the charter company has us in this week, was missing a plug for the RIB bottom, while the cockpit plug was in allowing the dingy to run. This morning I ised a Pusser’s bottle cork. It fit perfectly and will be testing things out around Anagada, BVI today. As side note, the RIB floats fine with both plugs out!
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