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    I am a computer tech by trade. I like working with my hands ether building or fixing things. Into R.C. planes, woodworking but not my strong point.

    I love boating and going to new places by boat. In some cases it been a fun and a learning curve. At times living on the boat up to a week on vac.

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  1. Well, that depends.... So If I walk into a W.M. here in Boston (Woburn, Braintree) and I get a better price from Defenders in CT. and there a 100 miles away they will not price match. Price Match Guarantee If you find a lower price on an identical product at a local retail store, West Marine will match that price within 30 days of purchase. We will price match: Local Stores within 50 miles Amazon, direct from Amazon only Sale and regular prices before shipping, handling and/or sales tax charges Retail prices for wholesale Customers
  2. Yes, West Marine is over price. Try Defender.com I just use W.M. if I need something that day. Overton's is good, but there more for the smaller boats. Having a 29 footer I don't use them, if you compare the two sites you will see what I mean.
  3. Iggy

    red light ??

    You have some sort of fault. As in overheating, but the display should tell you.
  4. I think your a little to negitve on this. If your engine smells that bad than there is something wrong. Diesels use less fuel, less maintenance and more power per gallon. As to seaworthness, that all depends on the boat. Fast trawlers, are one thing. But any boat over 34 to 36 feet better have a diesels or you need big pockets. I hate to say this, but in some was I have to agree with Hatem on this.
  5. I can see our points of view are different. Personally I would go with a cruiser or better still a trawler. That would give you more comfort and room. Nothing wrong with a walk-around. It just depends on what you want and what you are going to do with it. I would want hot water, a larger fridg than my 2sq. ft. one, more water and the room. In my own 30 footer on a ten day trip was hard enough. It was more the water carrying only 30gals.
  6. Yep! Open bows can get swamped very easily. Personally, if I was going more than 3 miles off shore the way your talking, a 32+ footer for me. You will be able to carry more food, water, fuel and twin diesels. Thats the type of boating and boat I am going for.
  7. The drive in made out of aluminum, goes with out saying for us. But for him, its a soft metal and easy to strip after a 4 to 6 years of maintenance. My lower plug did the something.
  8. Very true, but I would not open the engine compartment. I would smell the air from the blower, if all good, no need to open the hatch.
  9. Iggy

    LED advise/help

    I could answer that question if you want?
  10. Iggy

    LED advise/help

    Some times the right shade of blue can look green to some people. The rules of the road state too "Blue or red flashing lights are restricted to use by law enforcement vessels only" Plus "Vessels may use other lights while underway as long as they can not be mistaken for lights specified by these rules or interfere with a proper lookout." In other words, not be mistaken as Nav lights.
  11. Iggy

    Garmin 5212

    That could have been the problem....... Oh well.....
  12. Iggy

    Garmin 5212

    Is the unit 5212 registered with Garmin under your account??
  13. Yes, you do have power steering. Chanced are its off your starboard engine. But yes, you will need to install a hydraulic pump and ram to push and pull the rudders or drives. I have never installed one but have been on boats that have. Its not cheap, you need the room for the pump and hoses, a place to mount the ram and now the wiring. I will say, an autopilot is the way to go!
  14. Iggy

    Winter Battery Care

    It really depends on the type of battery you have. Are we talking about flooded, AGM or Gel? Not too many people use Gel anyways, but could. Flooded batteries need more care, if there not fully to half charged they could freeze depending on temp. This is where you may want to bring them indoors and/or trickle charge them with one that has an "Auto" mode so you don't cook them. You may want to put the charger on a timer, they only need a few minutes a day to keep them up. Flooded will discharge about 2 to 6% if not more each month, if not kept up. Now with AGMs, its a whole different story. AGMs can go down to -50 before they will freeze. They only discharge 1 to 2% each month, so the don't need a charger for a 5 or 6 month layup. Some of mine AGMs are hitting 10 years old and no problems. I just disconnect the Neg cables and leave them in the boat. Thank god for for that, I have 5 of them and at 55lbs each, I don't like to move them. The spring, clean & grease all the terminals, plug the boat in and in 15 to 20 minutes the charger goes into a maintenance mode. Personally, I don't like the idea of keeping them in the boat with a charger that is on. Chances are your boat is covered or wrapped and hard to get into. Point being, you don't know what the charger is reading, is it really on or off, are the batteries boiling over. You don't want a fire and you have fuel on board. But thats me.........
  15. You can install a LED indicator light to show that there on.
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