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  1. Anybody else see this? Climbing the hill heading west out of Needles, CA this last Sunday (7/7/2013) We think the boat and trailer hitting the truck ignited the truck's fuel tank. What we don't see is how the boat might have swung around. There is no damage to the boat other than from the fire and we see no skid marks from the trailer's tires.
  2. Posting the next two with the URL method as I don't want to wait for my upload limit to reset. Plus, they are bigger....
  3. Certainly!
  4. We boat pretty much exclusively on Mohave and go every year around the 4th of July and then try to squeeze in one or two more trips. It gets harder as the kids get older. More things to plan around vice just packing up and going.
  5. I have never forgotten to put the plug in, but I have forgotten to raise the stern drive before pulling the just trailered boat out of the water. It is when the marine equivalent of fingers-on-the-chalkboard occurs, that I am thankful for the transom-mounted trim switch.
  6. Glad to hear that.
  7. Our local show (Los Angeles) doesn't convene for another two months.
  8. How much longer will you be able to provide Chaparral parts?
  9. Not as bad as you'd think. The Sonic in Bullhead City (AZ) has a nice, wide, open drive through. And it is hard to resist the call of a large cherry limeade during happy hour.
  10. We pull into Sonic towing our boat...
  11. If we are going to over-generalize, then you Army guys need to regale us with tales of sleeping outside in the dirt, MRE's (or C-Rations for you old-timers), and always keeping your weapon clean even though it sleeps in the dirt with you. I'll take three hot meals and sleeping on a shelf in an air-conditioned space, thanks.
  12. We bought our 2004 190 SSi in April 2008 with 55 hours on the clock. She now has 118 hours after two seasons with us.
  13. Good advice. One of these is going to be the first "high-dollar" accessory I install on my boat.
  14. I think I will be the lone voice praising the bow cooler. We boat on Lake Mohave (AZ/NV) with 110 degree temps in the Summer. We fill the bow cooler with water and ice every morning. And every morning the cooler still has 50% of the ice from the day before.
  15. Anchor locker?
  16. Not much Dodge love here...this makes two. 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab. The 5.7L Hemi V-8 has no problems pulling our boat. It is equiped with the factory tow package as well so the transmission AND oil have separate coolers (little radiators).
  17. Looking forward to seeing your pics as I was at Mohave this last weekend and I am wondering if I saw you there. Funny thing is that I was telling your story to other boaters while I was there.
  18. Have fun. We are most likely heading back to Mohave the last weekend of June.
  19. I had no problems moving up or down river through Blacks Canyon. The sand bars are marked with buoys and I stayed in the middle unless the water surface was looking different (like a collection of wavelets surrounded by calm, glassy water). At the "line-of-death" the water looked to be 10 - 15 feet deep, but unless you know for sure what you are looking at it is hard to guess with clear water. Here is a pic taken on 6/11/2009. If you obey the rules and stop at the sign in the middle of the pic, you cannot see the dam.
  20. I was just on Lake Mohave this past weekend. We tried to boat up to Hoover Dam on Friday (11th). We made it all the way up there, but the place where they stop the boats from heading farther upriver does not let you get a view of the dam. Just of the new bridge they are building. Also, when you get to that spot, the water is moving fairly quickly and it is hard to station keep. I'll post a couple of pics tomorrow.
  21. Heading up Thursday (6/11) night for to be on the water Friday and Saturday. Anybody else going?
  22. It WAS windy (there is a reason they call it BLOWhave). Which isn't that big a deal going upwind, but downwind against the chop can be rough in a 190. We did a dam-to-dam run, but they have moved the "line-of-death" so you can't see Hoover Dam from a boat in the river (my suspicion is because of the new bridge they are building), which made the 60 mile trip back against the wind all that much more annoying. So on our 2nd day we didn't stray too far. Saw the dead fish floating about as well.
  23. We are talking about the same place, but separated by 60 miles of water. We launch/slip at Katherine's and day camp about 10 miles up. I have cruised from Katherine's to Willow once. We wanted to do a dam-to-dam tour, but we were too early in the year so we couldn't get past Willow.
  24. We were just there this last weekend (Apr 3-5). Got an oil change and a drive unit service (with impeller change) done to get her ready for the upcoming season. I hope the weather is better for you. It was kind of unpleasant for us. Even though it was sunny, the air temp was 10 degrees below normal AND it was windy like nobody's business. Made for a rough time on the water. It made us change our plans from "a nice day on the lake" to "a quick post-maintenance sea trial". I think we put 36 minutes on the engine clock.
  25. All this time I thought my boat was a 2004 190 SSi Sport. First, there is the badge on the side that says "SSi Sport". Then there is the sport seating configuration outlined in the Owner's Manual. Then I download and peruse the newly available Part's Guide. There on page 38 is a perfect top down picture of my exact boat. Color, seating configuration, carpet, extended swim paltform. All of it. At the top of the page it is called a 190 SSi SUNDECK! Imagine my surprise. Can any of you older/wiser heads clue me in? I need to know if I need to update my signature.