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Straight Shooter

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    Trent Severn Waterway, Ontario, Canada
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    Boats, Beer, Golf, Hockey and Fishing

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  1. Never assume. Always check. My boat builder thought it was a good idea to put the bilge pump through the selector switch. Turn the switch off, and yep, you got it, the bildge pump was disabled and we took on water. Took us a few eeks ot figure it out, as we thought we had a leak somewhere. we assumed the builder/installer has a minimum level of intelligence when the dealer (who is also the builder) installed the selector switch as an aftermarket upgrade.
  2. We enjoy inviting guests on our boat, but now we seem to be outgrowing it. Now it seems like sardines in a can, by the time I put two full families on my boat. We still enjoy it, but I like it more when the kids get on the banana boat, and we only have 4-5 adults in the boat, with the kids are being towed behind. it is much better. As for sloppy guests, as people leave the boat, I tell them to pick up "stuff" as they leave. The kids need more detailed instructions, but the adults get it. Problem solved.
  3. The Admiral and I are still talking about this. We are planning on buying a new boat, but we can't agree on where we are in our life and what the boat will help us do in the next phase of our life. About 2-3yrs ago, we bought a ridiculously expensive beautiful lakefront cottage with a wet boathouse on the Trent Severn Waterway in Ontario Canada. We were in a marina with our bowrider, and the marina was beautiful...the biggest and most full service one we have ever seen, called Crates Marina in Keswick on Lake Simcoe (big water). That part of our life came to a close and we needed a cottage or
  4. I watched my boat sit in the boat house all weekend. It rained all Saturday. I spent the entire day Saturday with my daughter taking out our extensive inflatable water park. It is starting to get cold and the water was about 65F so we could not wait any longer. I was in the water for about 2hrs. Took a 30min extra hot shower. It felt really good. I only have one confirmed weekend left to use the boat on the 21st. After that, who knows. My on-water insurance runs out on Oct 31st, so its gotta be out by then. Always a sad day taking it out for the year. Somehow my entire family seems to disappea
  5. If the boat was owned by your uncle, then get him to look at it as a 3rd party, not as the current owner. If not, then he already is a 3rd party and should not be emotionally connected to it already. Ask yourself one important question..... Is the 16yr old boat is really REALLY good condition? why? Because you are going to spend well over 15000 deer and probably 50-60hrs of effort putting in, what is hopefully a properly remanufactured motor, into an old boat. If this motor isn't well documented, or fell off the back of a truck, then run away from this project, because it has "disaster" writte
  6. I have a Merc Monitor. The my speedo, tach and battery gauge are analog. I have the Smartcraft "idiot" gauge that has about 8 warning lights on it. The Verado engines come fully equiped with DTS and Smarcraft enabled, you just need to pony up the extra cash for all those Smartcraft enabled gauges. All of the analog gauges on my boat go through a digital-to-analog converter rectangular box, that is under my dash. It is big and clearly labelled, you can't miss it, if you have one too. The Speedo, tach, trim and battery gauge were going to run me about 2000 deer. Instead, I just bought the Merc
  7. i'm on board with "licencing stupid". Wake surfing of any kind is just another adrenline junkie. Wake surfing behind ANY boat is stupid. Its no different than tailgaiting behind a truck on the highway to save gas. If the truck slows down or stops, the car get crushed. If the boats slows down or stops, like avoiding a collision with some loser on a jetski or some d-bag in his go-fast boat, then the wakesurfer will slam into the boat. Who cares if they hit the prop or not? They will get hurt because they are engaged in a ultra high risk sport. Its no different than tieing up a skiier 4' behind t
  8. Mine are both huge AGM batteries. They were both VERY expensive at about 500 deer each. One is dedicated to the Verado outboard and is 1000MCA which is a mandatory requirement by Mercury for all Verados. The other is the house battery, but it is identical, so it acts as my backup, should I ever need it. I have isolators separating them and my Verado charges both when it is running. I have an onboard intelligent AC/DC charger designed for AGMs so it does a great job. I've only used it once ever when I was out for 14hrs and basically drained the house battery. All wiring between all batteries an
  9. I'd be calling my lawyer and providing links to the full video feed, not just the snipit. We'd need to see the full spectrum of what the cop did before we crusifiy him, or at least threaten to go through the process of it. The US, being the most litigious society in the world, and the video footage being pretty #%^$&%$ing already (as well as the 20+ witnesses), things are not boding well for the cop. For him to hit full throttle on TWO Verado 300s, both with big stainless steel props, so close to boats and people is showing EXTREMELY poor judgement. Collision was immi
  10. Yes, Canada does have some odd laws around booze. I'm from Ontario, but I remember going to my grandparents cottage in Nova Scotia in the summer in the 70s and 80s. Alcohol was strickly controlled there, especially hard liquor. You used to pick what you wanted from a catalogue, fill out a form, put it in a mail slot with the cash (cash only of course) and then some dude would get your booze from a protected concealed area and put it in a steel carousel with any change and spin it around so you could get it. Things have not changed a whole lot; it looks not as "prison-ish" now (they only change
  11. Just curious......Where are you guys getting details on this boat and the 357SSX ? I love reading advance "confidential" stuff about new boats.
  12. Hey Buzzzz-zzzzz...........Like my post said. "bed for two" , "toilet", "anchored" and "microwave". So yes, it is true.
  13. Very nice. I would have liked to see an option for a micro-cabin on it too. That being just a bed for two, a toilet (those two options make it legal to drink on it Canada when anchored), a sink and a microwave oven. I wonder if my wife would like a little walk-though on it? Hummmmm. time to phone my Chap dealer on my lake and see if they plan on getting one in thier show room.
  14. Water levels in the Great Lakes have been wonky over the last 7yrs too. Sometimes it is up 6ft and then down 5ft the next year. Some feeder lakes with shallow basins have people with docks that have not rouched the water all year. I'm in the Trent-Severn area, so the water levels are controlled by a series of danms (spelled wrong for filter won't #$%& them out) over a 360km stretch of connected lakes. This year has been crazy. It was up 3' due to all the rain and over 5' in some lakes. News reports flow in of the "up stream" lakes with higher levels than yours and then you hear about heavy
  15. There is nothing really wrong with that setup, its just a matter of do you want to upgrade. Most likely your batteries are side-by-side, and not spread out where a rewire is a pain in the butt. Most likely your charger is an intelligent charger, where it won't overcharge and comes with 3-phase charging cycles. Hopefully your two batteries are the same type (AGM etc) so the charger can use the proper voltage and charging cycle. If yes to the above, then just run a 2nd set of wires into the 2nd battery and let the isolator due its job of separating the batteries and preventing them from bleeding
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