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  1. Just spent 13 months living outside Austin in Hill Country near Lakeway. We were between Lake Travis and Lake Austin and in Travis the most. My Bravo 3 Dual Prop that isn't a stainless shiny finish is now dull and milky looking so I assume this is a purely aesthetic question. How do I get steel colored again, even shiny maybe using something in my driveway? I assume I can let someone do it who does it for a living but what's the fun that?
  2. Like so many things, no short cuts, thank you both
  3. I might relocate to the Austin area and my new lake would be Lake Travis as well as the river and other bodies of water. Anyone have opinions on boating on Lake Travis? We went out on someone else's boat for a couple of hours and explored maybe two miles. I didn't see good shoreline or sandy beaches or coves like you would in Havasu. Some fish kept biting (nibbling) my wife and I know we wouldn't like that. Then the people we were with said to Google Aligator Gars and I know I don't want to see one of those, they get like 10 feet! Is this lake dangerous? Do we need to be battle ready for dangerous critters at all times? I haven't read about anyone going missing. Any opinions would be appreciated, thank you.
  4. OK here is my new digs We will be boating today with air 95 and water 85
  5. Tillys Marine owned by Brett Tilly, they are the SoCal authorized Chaparral dealer and they have locations in Huntington Beach, Norco and Ventura. John is the mechanic in HB and one of the best, Jack Saranpa runs HB and both have 30+ years each in boats. If you saw my post about replacing my whole outdrive from an accident it was John who gave me a better than new boat. All my service has been through them for two Chaparral's. I would recommend them to anyone for any boat. 714-840-1163
  6. Well we did it. I am in a house in Hudson Bend on the lake. I walk about 100 yards to the shore. So far I am still on a trailer because I have a huge asphalt spread around all sides of this property. The back towards the shore has a football size lawn with a giant BARBQ pad and then down to the dock that my friend/landlord/neighbor has. I am shopping for a house anywhere but Hudson Bend but in and around Travis. I'm still learning the area and I haven't decided if I am cashing out of HB or leasing. Great deal for a first stop getting the month to month why we pick. Been here about three months and hauled my boat here only about three weeks ago. Been launching at Mansfield Dam every weekend since which has me in the water 20 minutes from my driveway. So much lake, so many lakes, so much to learn. We are really enjoying Austin, just made our first brisket last weekend. So far this change has been a great adventure but it is early with much more to come. Pictures to follow once I stop and take some.
  7. First I should say we are all safe and back home. We arrived Sunday afternoon and didn't launch until Monday morning. That launch resulted in discovering that the issue I mentioned in another thread about my engine not revving was a real problem because it didn't get better when we got out of the breakwater. The engine purred smooth at idle but would not take gas and give power. We pulled it out and I drove around town looking for a shop that would scope it and the guy at Sun Country took mercy on me. He discovered it was the C sensor and it had failed so even though I had plenty of water pressure the boat thought I didn't and wouldn't get out of guardian mode. He replaced and I paid and problem solved. Launched and the boat was its fantastic self again flying across the lake. I let my 15-year-old take a turn somewhere halfway between the marina and the dam. We are a family of 5 and we were all in the back. I was standing next to him holding the tower. He was having fun weaving a lazy snake pattern nothing reckless going about 30 MPG and he started a turn around a small island that was about 200 yards off shore. He was going to loop around it and before I could react we were coming around the other side and where deep water should be was a field of white rock right below the surface unmarked. As he continued over the top you heard a BAM and felt a jolt. He had his lanyard on so as he got up the engine shut off. Instantly we heard water rushing in and alarms going off. The water behind the boat instantly had a slick. I lifted the engine compartment and the bilge was filling with water. That #%^$&%$ed Chaparral started the bilge pump and I am told because of the hull design stabilized itself and stayed afloat. Right or wrong the Chaparral dealer told me a Sea Ray would have sunk. My wife went into protective mode and got us all life jackets and the radio. In the end, it was good old 911 on the cell phone that got her a response. I flagged down a boater who pulled us over to the AZ side, the island was on the CA side because I saw what turned out to be an old closed run down marina. We had a sheriff from AZ and CA arrive on their boats and they determined it wasn't alcohol related and at 15 with adults you can operate a boat and chalked it up as an accident with no negligence. We had Sea Tow pull us back to Lake Havasu Marina. It took 3 hours and was a pleasant ride at sunset that cost $785. I have Norman Spencer insurance and when I called they said the tow is covered and now I begin the claim process. I have a $686 deductible. My assumption is I will get this fixed for $686? I think they should examine the transom and engine to make sure there is no unseen damage? I think it's clear I need a new outdrive.
  8. https://www.facebook.com/MomsGotInk/videos/882544665149537/ no reason to post this except it is funny
  9. 15K before the prop so far
  10. I had a 190 and bought the 226 in 2013 and I have 0 regrets. I consider it the perfect boat. Someone was near mine in the water in Havasu last year and reached over and nudged it and proclaimed "it's like a kite!". I totally agree with that statement. In fact, here is my old boat looking for owner #4 http://www.tillysmarine.com/pre-owned-boats.html/2005/CHAPARRAL/190-SSI/19-FT/HUNTINGTON-BEACH/CA/US/details-5274422#info, the last owner was a Harbor cop in Los Angeles Harbor and he kept it as nice as I did and now he wants a Robalo.
  11. https://twitter.com/Fox35Keith/status/627275019421401092
  12. Under the rails
  13. I read AP posted a story that the Coast Guard ceased efforts in their search followed by the Coast Guard posting a response stating the AP story was not true and the search was ongoing. The parents hang on to hope letting us know the boys are strong and that they did not have permission to be out of the local waterways and on the open ocean. IMO it is shaping up to be a tragedy of innocent adventure gone wrong.
  14. I have lived at the edge of the ocean all my life. If they have access to a boat as we always did you keep venturing out further and further. It is no different than when you had your first bike or car and you keep expanding your known world. Maybe the parents didn't know their plan and wouldn't have approved, I don't know. What I do know is we did many things we knew better than to ask permission to do. I hope they are safe, but I agree it doesn't look good. If they got their vests on I think the water there is warm and being young they can tread for a long time.
  15. "The drive was ripped out. The boat was never the same after 20k in insurance covered work..." That's not good to hear
  16. This is an interesting twist, I sure hope they find these kids Former football player Joe Namath will hold a press conference about 2 missing teen boys in Jupiter, Fla.http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/coast-guard-searching-2-missing-14yearold-boys-aboard-19foot-boat-near-jupiter-27806.shtml?wap=0&
  17. Thank you Hatem
  18. my Garmin display doesn't look like that, what is it?
  19. I wouldn't want to own one I just want to #$%#$ about stuff on their forum
  20. Maybe the last I share when I destroy my boat here. You guys are too perfect and tough. I might have to share my next destroy my boat story on a Sea Ray forum.
  21. I also agree, I have been on Powell, Mead and Havasu with this boat many times, Havasu maybe 15 times. I am usually happy I am not "that guy". I have never even come close to not avoiding a hazard and I am usually helping others who didn't avoid them. House boat boating on Powell with all my radios, spot lights, flares, a triage level medical backpack, three times the vests and cushions I need and on and on I have helped many people. On one peaceful day I sit back and enjoy my son driving for a matter of minutes with my guard down, in all honesty mostly because I am so proud of him in life and academically I sat back and let him make some adult choices. In 15 seconds BAM I became "that guy". That is the story I want to pass on. Meanwhile I am going to take my Tilly's guy to lunch so I can "influence" where I sit in the queue
  22. congrats! Beautiful!
  23. We were halfway between the Havasu Marina and the dam on the California side, beware the California side, they don't mark hazards, Arizona does. If you know where that big brick building by the water with giant tubes running up the mountain is we were just shy of that toward the Marina. Just past Black Meadows and across from Cottontail. Yes to covert upgrades, the wife is the enemy there