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  1. I thick mine in the ski locker.
  2. I'm a huge Phila Eagles fan. However, when the weather is so nice like it has been, I can't sit inside and watch tv. So I put the game on the radio and go about my outdoor business!
  3. gonna take some trial/error at the boat ramp. Load the boat on it and see how it sits. Then pull the boat back off and make adjustments. Make take a few times to get it right. Unless you have a marina with a forklift that can do it for you. I recently set up a new trailer for my boat and I did it at the ramp. Took me an hour or 2 and maybe 3 times on/off the trailer.
  4. look up jcj256
  5. scariest part is now some of these schools are 60K+. That's just insane! We started college funds for both our kids when they were born so hopefully they will be set when the time comes. We were in DC a few weeks ago and my 13 yr. old wanted to see Georgetown U. Holy crap, 65K!! That aint happening!!
  6. me too, he was always very helpful
  7. in my case, I live in PA where our season is basically May-Sept. My kids are now heavily involved in sports so this year I only put about 25-30 hrs. on the boat. We basically missed all of May and part of June due to travel tournaments. Does it financially justify itself----No. However, I wouldn't trade the days we do get out on the lake for anything because that family time on the water is priceless IMO. Luckily, my boat has been paid off for the last 7 years so I don't have a payment. But if I could afford the price of a new boat, I'd buy it in a heartbeat whether I use it 20 hrs. or 100 hrs./season. What I'm trying to say is boating is not really an activity where you worry about the cost.
  8. if you are concerned with justifying the cost vs. usage of a boat, you're in the wrong activity. Cause it'll never justify itself. Unless maybe if you live in the far South and use your boat every day.
  9. jcj256 sold his boat years ago so he's not on hear anymore but you may be able to message him. I remember he added a pro-Charger to his 496
  10. i know JC from this forum had 600+ HP on his 256 SSi with a Bravo 1. He was running right around 70+. I can't see this hull hitting 80 as it rides way too wet and doesn't have the lift to run that fast.
  11. Bravo XR so he's good. Love to hear how fast he gets the 256 going!
  12. +1 to Mi3Sons comment about BBlades. I used them to lab finish my Bravo 3 props and they are good. Sounds like you must have a Bravo 1 on your 256?? The 256 is a stern heavy boat so you need to find a prop that will provide stern lift. When BBlades did mine, they added some cup which helped with my mid-range by providing a bit more lift. Unfortunately, selecting props sometimes requires a lot of trial & error
  13. I remember 1 summer we were on vacation at Lake Norman in NC. My brother in law had his Cobalt on the lift and mine in the slip next to it. We had a massive torrent of rain overnight. Came out in the morning and his boat was gone. It had floated off the lift and it wasn't tied so we found it at the other end of the cove. It was crazy how fast the water level rose in 1 night. I can't even imagine what it was like in Houston!
  14. whether it's a new boat or a 20 yr old boat, it's about what makes you happy. Sometimes it's not about the cost. i'm actually getting pricing to either powder coat or wrap my arch black like the newer boats. My boat is 10 yrs old. Some may say that's crazy too
  15. I'm with you Rip5, it's about smiles/dollar for me.
  16. Just replaced my starter. Took me a few hrs. Pulling the old one was fairly easy. Getting the new one back in place was tough tho. I removed 1 battery and he exhaust hose. Took a while but success! Didn't realize how slow the old one was actually cranking until now.
  17. yeah, 70 is pretty good cause I think the normal rate is like 90 deer. I typically try to do most of my own work unless it's completely over my head. I like the feeling of accomplishment after I complete something--especially if it's the first time I attempted it. Plus, the obvious cost savings.
  18. Doesn't apply to me as I live on high ground in Pennsylvania. But just something I was thinking about as I watch the damage from Harvey and the approach of Irma.
  19. So LKN guys, any new waterfront restaurants? Was anything ever opened at the old Midtown Sundries location? We will be back again this year in July and I'm already getting antsy. LOVE it there!! I hope to retire down there some day.
  20. Nah, didn't bother. Without a 2nd set of hands, it's tough to do it. The wife isn't strong enough. But I really didn't need to anyway
  21. Starter alone is 180 deer
  22. Get outta here, 350?!?!
  23. so if you're in the path of a hurricane, and you keep your boat on a lift, I assume you'd leave the plug in in case the boat ends up in the water. But if it's on the trailer and there is risk of major flooding, would you leave the plug in or take it out?? Usually out so it doesn't flood with rain water, but what if it's massive floods were the boat ends up floating?? Just thinking about that
  24. as I was laying upside down, blindly wrenching bolts by feel only, I had to think, how would one replace the starter on the port side motor of a twin engine installation??? Starter is on the right side of the engine so how the heck would you get to it??
  25. wow, my entire body is covered with bruises from becoming a contortionist to replace the starter!